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Top News from the Food Front: GMO Bans, Paleo Nope, & Toxic Jerky

DO NOT eat hummus or walnuts before reading about these ongoing food recalls — also avoid the ground beef. I know, I know, I always say that — but this time (in addition to many other good reasons!) it’s an e. coli contamination thing. The week’s food safety issues aren’t just bothering 2-legged diners: if you have canine friends, beware the toxic jerky! So, yes, the week’s news does feature some ickiness. But don’t be scared — there’s also some nifty GMO news, plus research on Paleo diets, cheap food, and obesity. Holy guacamole, but there’s much to report this week!

Save Water and Money During a Drought: Go Vegan

Much of the United States has been experiencing near-historic drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The drought and accompanying heat wave are not only parching people’s lawns and impacting their air-conditioning bills but also causing animal sufferingβ€”more than 1,000 calves died from heat stress on Midwestern dairy farms in July aloneβ€”and sending food prices soaring, especially for people who eat meat, eggs, and dairy products.

Food Crisis Looming? One Simple Way to Save the World (or At Least Stop Making Things Worse)

This year’s drought has hit US farmers below the (corn) belt, prompting fears of global food riots and shortages. With global climate change promising more drought, high temperatures, and severe weather events, it’s time to take a good hard look at our food system in terms of domestic and global food security — and to ask ourselves if there’s a better way to eat, in a world of rising population and shrinking resources. (Hint: there is!)

Could organic farming be the key to feeding a warming world?

Climate change is about more than just hotter summers. As the world heats up, we’re also expected to see more extreme weather and increased incidences of drought. That presents challenges to the farmers producing our food, and according to research from the Rodale Institute, the answer may be organic farming.

Greenwashing Genetically Modified Crops

One of the biggest weapons in GMO companies’ arsenal is the claim they make repeatedly that genetically modified (GM) crops are needed to help feed to world in the face of global climate change. There’s one problem with this claim, though — it’s total greenwashing and untrue.