“We need to feed the world” is biotech’s favorite marketing slogan. It paints proponents of sustainable agriculture as extremists who care more about shopping at Whole Foods than helping the hungry. And it’s so, so wrong.
Did you know today’s peach bears little resemblance to one harvested in 4,000 B.C.? Engineered evolution makes me wonder: Are our peaches really “natural?”
China has begun rejecting shiploads of American corn because of traces of an unapproved genetically modified corn showing up in shipments.
Ah, corn. Sweet, juicy, fresh, and an utter mess to prep. But shucking corn doesn’t have to leave you standing in an explosion of silks. Here’s how.
What’s wrong with the state of farming and food in America? Vox posted a collection of maps, graphs, and charts that tell the story in an enjoyable way.
How could you influence the global food crisis as President for a day? Action Aid, a global non-profit determined to end poverty, wants you to find out.
Here’s some text from a PBS interview with Michael Pollan, entitled “Modern Meat”. This covers the need for the holes (“Rumen Fistula”) and more. Read the whole thing via the [ … ]
Corn first received heavy subsidies back in the 70s when we first started using it to make alternative fuels like ethanol. Since then, corn subsidies have strongly influenced our food system to the detriment of our health.
France asked the EU yesterday to ban Monsanto’s genetically modified corn.
In case you needed another reason to look out for high fructose corn syrup in your travels, though, a September study in the journal Metabolism took a look at how our bodies metabolize HFCS vs. how they handle sugar, and they found that participants who drank corn syrup-sweetened soda pop absorbed more fructose than those who drank a sugar-sweetened version of the same soda.
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?
What was once considered a strictly Asian food is now becoming more mainstream in the west.
Americans are eating GM sweet corn and will likely eat more with Monsanto’s first GM vegetable. But without GM food labeling no one will know.