Food Archive

5 things everyone should know about pesticides

Not all chemicals are equal, and neither are all pesticides. As in most areas, many people are misinformed by vague polarizing texts that frequently talk about “toxic” chemicals without stating the dose. There are things you need to know about pesticides, and I did my

What food would look like without modification over millenia

Ever wonder how your food would be without any human intervention over the course of agriculture history? For thousands of years, farmers have manipulated their crops to get the best yields and have resulted in many of the produce you see today. Also, it’s

How do you actually make a GM tomato?

So, I think we’ve all seen this type of image from anti-GMO activists: The irony is that this is so completely divorced from what one actually does to modify a tomato, or indeed any plant, that it only serves to polarize. Also, it allows

Chief EU Scientist Urges GMO “Rethink”

Studies linking genetically modified crops with adverse effects on the environment or animal health are based on “contested science”, according to a report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which was supported by Anne Glover, the EU’s chief scientific advisor. The report

Anti-GMO activists interrupt conference and destroy seedlings

Recently, 300 people occupied the meeting of the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) in Brasilia, which was convening to discuss the release of three new varieties of transgenic plants in Brazil including a request by FuturaGene to legalize their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees.

Walmart & others selling “supplements” containing NONE of the listed ingredients

The New York State Attorney General’s Office is demanding that GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target remove store brand herbal supplements from their shelves after the pills were found to be packed with a strange array of fraudulent—and in some cases hazardous—ingredients. Popular supplements such

Claiming “conspiracy” is a simple escape for gullible people, according to new research

Now, this isn’t an attempt to claim every conspiracy is simply illusion. Individuals conspire all the time in private, economic, and political settings to maximize personal profit, and both big tobacco and big oil have conspired to discredit science and skew public perception about

Discussing some actual, and some fake, risks about GMOs

My text about why GMOs are not your enemy gets a LOT of flack. Despite the fact that Exxonmobil makes literally over 10 times more money than Monsanto (or Syngenta, or Novartis), it is unable to sway the scientific consensus that the world is

Salt Water Potatoes Will Revolutionize Farming

Salt water is famed for its abundance, but also for being bad to drink or use on your crops. After all, haven’t we all heard the term “to salt the Earth” being used to mean decimating it? Researchers from the Netherlands proved that this

Have We Really Lost 93% Of Food Varieties In 100 Years?

You have probably heard that we have 93% fewer food crops available today than 100 yeas ago. That a great portion of our food diversity has gone extinct and disappeared. It seems logical when you look at the infographic above based on a 1983 survey of