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Last week the USDA released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on newly developed 2,4-D resistant genetically modified corn and soybean traits. As the internet exploded with pro-biotech advocacy celebrating the move towards deregulation of yet another GMO product line, I couldn’t help noticing the number of straw men participating in the debate! Just so the ‘no thank you’ side of the unfolding 2,4-D debacle is fairly represented, here’s why some sustainability enthusiasts don’t consider this potential ‘alternative’ even a little tiny bit preferred.
Top News from the Food Front: Righteous Research, Processed Poison, AgriBiz Aggro, and a Vegetarian Ruckus
This week’s top stories bring some nifty research to the table: meat and diabetes, school lunches and student health, Alzheimer’s and herbs! The FDA tries some more baby steps towards regulating dangerous stuff in our food — what a neat idea! — and processed foods reach a new low, sending children to the emergency room. GMO apples that resist turning brown won’t save the world; but they’re the hot new biotech item, and the USDA seeks public comment about it. Also, cattle ranchers hate Joan Jett — read on to find out why!
The EPA has introduced new pesticide labeling rules in order to protect bees and other pollinators. The new labels will prohibit use of some pesticides when bees are present.
Highly toxic soil fumigant methyl iodide will no longer be sold in the US, to the relief of ecovores, farm workers, environmental scientists, and sustainability fans across the country.
As if industrial agriculture wasn’t polluting water enough with manufactured chemical pesticides, now researchers have discovered that U.S. streams are also contaminated with insecticides genetically engineered into plants. According to a study published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Bt toxin from GMO corn is finding its way into streams.
Recent (unbiased) research has shown that organic strawberries are more flavorful, healthful and better for the soil.
[social_buttons] This is the second in a series of posts that seeks to explain some of the detailed, crop-specific reasons that pesticides get used, and how that is actually important for true agricultural sustainability. In this post I’ll talk about a pesticide that is a main-stay of Organic farming and also widely used by other […]
Finding sustainable sources of seafood is becoming increasingly difficult. Should you buy farmed or wild caught? And what are the most sustainable choices? I’ve talked about sustainable seafood before, and since shrimp is the most commonly consumed seafood in the United States, you might want to have a bit more information about that shrimp cocktail […]
Really, folks? Were we questioning the possibility that organically grown foods were more nutritious than traditional grown? I think not. We (being fully informed consumers) know that food is food is food. Raw food is healthiest (as in lots and lots of produce in its natural state). That’s a no brainer. We also know that […]
You’ve worked hard getting that garden planted and tending it with care, but inevitably nature takes its course and the bugs find those veggies. Is it any surprise they’d want to eat the delicious fruits of your labors? You can’t blame them, after all. But you can prevent pest damage and control problems.
You’ve likely heard of Skin Deep, the cosmetic safety database which lists the toxicity of ingredients in personal care products. But did you know there is now a similar database for food?
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. […]