Tag: Food Industry

The Beauty of Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom seeds offer small links to our past that can feed us today. Their proven track record can help us grow safer, better tasting, chemical-free fruits and vegetables while we’re trying to be self-sufficient and a friend to Mother Nature.

See No Evil, End No Evil: Iowa and Utah Ag-Gag Bills Bring Legislative Foolishness to Fruition

Confronted by public outrage over all-too-common cruelty to farmed animals, as exposed by hidden cameras and undercover investigations, factory farming interests predictably seek the moral low ground. Rather than addressing the cruelty itself, they would prefer to simply end consumer awareness of it. Despite humiliating defeats everywhere such legislation was attempted last year, ag-gag bills have recently resurfaced to advance this ignoble goal. One such bill in Iowa just passed the Senate, and is only awaiting the governor’s signature; another in Utah has passed the House, and could become law if approved by the Senate.

New Monsanto-Dow ‘Stacked Resistance’ GE Crops: Big Mistake or Bad Idea?

Roundup Ready ‘superweeds’ have evolved herbicide resistance, resulting in ever-increasing Roundup application and escalating use of unsustainable farming practices.

The biotechnology industry’s proposed solution? GM crops with combined resistance to Roundup AND an Agent Orange ingredient called 2,4-D — so now we can have even MORE herbicide use and even TOUGHER intractable weeds! Yay! What could possibly go wrong?!

A Brief Discussion of Exploding ‘Manure Foam’

Midwestern hog farmers have been experience problems with exploding manure pits for a few years now, according to the Minnesota Daily. Basically, foam began to build on top of manure pits. This foam supposedly traps methane gas, and if a spark nears it, the pit explodes, taking barns and pigs with it.

How Clean Is Your Chicken?

As it turns out, 80 percent of poultry growers never sanitize their crates. And neither do those who transport chickens to slaughterhouses. This seems like a bad idea.

Ecovore Resolutions: New Food for a New Year

The beginning of a fresh new year is a perfect time to consider what we eat and why– and to embrace new food choices celebrating health, sustainability, and compassion. If these are things you value, I encourage you to consider joining the growing ranks of the ecovores. It’s a healthy, satisfying, and joyful way to eat!

World Grain Production Down in 2010, But Recovering

World grain production fell in 2010, exacerbating a global food situation already plagued by rising prices, according to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication. Despite record rice and maize yields around the world, global wheat production dropped substantially enough to bring total grain output to just below 2008 levels.

Q&A with Sylvia Bernstein, Author of “Aquaponic Gardening”

Aquaponics is not the answer to all of America’s future food supply and environmental issues. Grains and root crops, for example, will probably always be most efficiently grown in the soil. But for above ground, vegetative crops and animal protein, there simply isn’t a better growing technique for our country’s future food security.