industrial crop production
The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.
Around the globe populations are growing, prosperity is rising and people are increasingly hungry for meat. Does the planet have enough resources to go around? The final of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
Okra is the quintessential Southern ingredient, representing so much of the gastronomy of the South, from Creole cuisine to lowcountry cooking. Even for those of us up North, okra is seasonal eating at its best, the epitome of Real Food Right Now. And yes, you can absolutely eat all of this "nose-to-tail" veggie.
It's been a busy few weeks of developments in genetic engineering (GE) news, each deserving of further attention - so without further ado, here's a roundup-ready (sorry, we couldn't resist) collection of the most important stories about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as efforts to require their labeling.
Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists put together a policy brief, in which they outline a vision of a healthful alternative to the unsustainable practices that are involved in industrial agriculture. Accompanied by a bright interactive web feature illustrating the components of a healthy farm, the brief spells out the principles, practices and benefits that come along with a shift toward farming based on ecological principles, or agroecology.
Although it may have taken half a century, we are now seeing Rachel Carson's frightful predictions become reality. Countries across the world are growing increasingly concerned with the plight of honey bees. Rightfully so - they are indicating quite clearly the deterioration of our ecosystems. But here in the United States, while we patiently wait 5 more years for our government agencies to review the registrations of neonicotinoid chemicals, there are many things we can be doing now to help.
It started with a simple idea: when it comes to food, we should model our diets after that of our grandparents, which is to say, we should eat less meat and less processed food. Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, the slim handbook that answers the common question, "What should I eat?" is sweetly animated here.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced its first-ever guidelines on organic foods for babies and children, published in the journal Pediatrics. The article, Organic Foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages, hit the mark in some cases, but in others, fell way, way short.
For over a decade an international debate has raged over the cause of the global decline of honeybees. In just the past month, three separate studies have connected bee die-offs and neonicotinoid pesticides- a culprit blamed by farmers and scientists since the debate began.
In a little-known Hallmark holiday back-story, the woman who founded Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, spent the last years of her life fighting against its commercialization. Obviously, she lost that fight. But we have ideas on how to celebrate more organically and sustainably - starting with the flowers!
City folk are now peeing glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup - but that isn't the only news that's garnered Monsanto headlines recently. Here's a "roundup" (ouch) of important Monsanto and GMO news.
A new study found high levels of arsenic in infant formula, energy bars, cereal bars and energy gels containing organic brown rice syrup. But there are still no regulatory limits for arsenic in food.
There's a new GMO in town: Monsanto's GE sweet corn. If you're unhappy about this, you're not alone. Food and Water Watch has initiated a national campaign to pressure Walmart to refuse to sell products using the GE corn.
Major American universities are practicing "land-grabbing" - buying up African farmland in deals that will likely result in displacement of small farmers, environmental devastation and the further impoverishment and political destabilization. Students and alumni: you have the power to change this.
Over at GOOD magazine, July's 30-day Challenge is to Waste Less. (Twitter hashtag: #30daysofgood) Here at GRACE, we've been having a great time checking out the the GOOD staff updates and the responses to the questions they've been putting to their readers.
Industrial agriculture and monocropping has caused the extinction of thousands of breeds of fruits, vegetables and livestock. The July issue of National Geographic highlights the hopeful work of seed preservation in this article, Food Ark.