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When I wrote about the recently renovated, fun and sustainable Francis Ford Coppola Winery, I learned about an exciting new trend (wineries with electric car charging stations) and a disturbing natural disaster: Colony Collapse Disorder. CCD is a phenomena that has been written about on EatDrinkBetter before but was news to me. In 2006 beekeepers started noticing that […]
After promising farmers their genetically-modified (GM) corn would resist crop pests, Monsanto, and Midwestern corn fields, are seeing the evolution of insects that have begun to resist toxins in these “super” crops. How can you take action?
It is suspected that planting fields containing a variety of crops is more efficient at warding off pests and disease compared to monoculture, which is a big argument for shifting towards organic farming, but it has not been well-studied. A recent grant will fund the study of biodiverse crop covers, and this is big step […]
Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University have been studying virus transmission between domesticated bees and wild bees to determine if a virus could be transmitted from a domesticated colony to a wild colony. The conclusions are grim.
For the past 50 years or so, pushing for higher and higher crop yields without concern for nutrient levels has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the nutrient levels of our food. How do we change this trend? [social_buttons] As with one of my previous articles, my very health-conscious brother suggested that I look into […]
There is still a great debate on whether or not Monsanto’s genetically modified crops and heavily used pesticides are safe. But has it already been proven that the company is severely damaging our soils? Monsanto is an $11.8 billion/year industrial agriculture behemoth. Aside from numerous environmental and health concerns regarding its pesticides, genetically modified seeds […]
According to research published in The Journal of HortScience, produce now lacks not only the taste, but also the amount of nutrients it had just 50 years ago. Vegetables today are larger, but contain more “dry matter” which dilutes the concentrations of minerals. This results in 5% to 40% less magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc. […]