Food

cut bait

Atlantic bluefin tuna inches towards protection

Can we change our tuna?With the Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery on the verge of collapse and ICCAT, the entity charged with protecting it, ignoring its own scientists’ call for a fishing ban, the tuna’s last …

Know your USDA advocate

USDA sustainable-ag czar Merrigan hits youtube

Way back in August 2006, I wrote a column arguing that farmers in northern areas could grow a lot more vegetables in the winter, if the USDA would invest in research and infrastructure for it. …

Genetically modified headaches

Amid Monsanto’s antitrust troubles, another study questions the health effects of GMOs

Better living through biotechnology? Pity executives at genetically modified seed giant Monsanto. Not only are they having to knock heads with Department of Justice lawyers over the company’s business practices, but some of their most-cherished …

Vilsack in Copenhagen

Getting at the roots of unsustainable U.S. ag policy

Cross-posted from Civil Eats. Around one third of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the way we produce, process, distribute, and consume the food we eat according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). …

Dominant traits

Seed behemoth Monsanto stumbles into antitrust trouble

Even as it bombards the airwaves and magazine ad pages to tout its commitment to “sustainable agriculture,” GMO seed giant Monsanto has been having a rough go on the PR front of late. First came …

The other aquacalypse

California’s water woes worsen

NASA just released a disturbing report on California’s shrinking water supplies: New space observations reveal that since October 2003, the aquifers for California’s primary agricultural region — the Central Valley — and its major mountain …

your liver, hfcs, and you

New research: Fructose increases risk of diabetes, heart disease [UPDATED]

You should lay off the sauce–it’s not good for your liver. [Author’s Note:] This post, reacting to the findings of a University of California, Davis, study on fructose, quoted and relied heavily on an error-laden …

Five-year plan

Cellulosic ethanol: time to ‘party like it’s 2014’?

Cellulosic ethanol, after 30 years of R&D (much of it on the public dime), is ready to deliver on its promises. No longer perpetually five years away from commercial viability, the technology has come into …

grossology

Don’t watch NYC’s new anti-soda video on a full stomach

Remember NYC’s anti-soda campaign “Don’t Drink Yourself Fat”? Well, prepare yourself. Because the NYC Department of Health has made themselves a YouTube Video. And it’s a doozy: I think I’m going to be sick — …