Food

Bioreactor reaction

Gulf dead zone fix falls flat

It’s good to see a big Midwest “land grant” agricultural program that’s concerned about the Gulf Dead Zone, and upper Midwest farms’ large contribution to it. But this release about a study underway at Iowa …

You glow, girl

Thoughts on irradiated food

In Checkout Line, Lou Bendrick cooks up answers to reader questions about how to green their food choices and other diet-related quandaries. Lettuce know what food worries keep you up at night. Dear Lou, Is …

what not to eat

Warning: This product may cause sickness, paralysis, and death

It’s hard to draw any other conclusion from Michael Moss’s New York Times blockbuster investigative piece on E. coli in industrial beef, which is centered on the plight of Stephanie Smith, a young dance instructor …

War is peace; chemical ag is sustainable ag

“… I will mention that I support organic and sustainable agriculture. In fact, Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution and from my home state of Iowa, is credited for creating a sustainable agriculture system …

Gimme your lunch money

Is privatization the answer to the school lunch mess?

Professional bloggers operate under pressure to produce a high volume of provocative posts. And there’s also the rule (often honored in the breach) that brevity is best–no one wants to slog through a tome on …

Great, Danes

Big Pork and Sen. Grassley: the Danes want you to know your hogs don’t need endless antibiotics

Must we be dosed daily with antobiotics? According to the meat industry, the debate over legislation pending in the House that would ban the use of sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics comes down to a simple …

The pen is mightier than agri-business

Why are (some) farmers afraid of Michael Pollan?

Author Michael Pollan is no stranger to controversy. He has broadened the discussion of what we eat, where and how it is grown, big vs. small, organic farming vs. conventional. When he speaks some in …

Choice nuggets

Two takes on school lunches, plus other tasty morsels from around the web

When my info-larder gets too packed, it’s time to serve up some choice nuggets from around the Web. —————- Get ’em while they’re hot.  • In today’s New York Times, Kim Severson’s got a wonderful …

Been Brown so long

Lester Brown speaks sense on the food/climate crisis

Don’t stop making sense: Lester Brown testifies tirelessly, but is anyone listening?I don’t agree with everything Lester Brown says, but the man generally talks good sense. Which means he’s absolutely marginalized in today’s key policy …