The debate over California’s drought is missing a key component: sustainability. It is not whether almonds or alfalfa is worse. (They are both offenders.) Our whole system needs an overhaul.
Congress is going to ask the FDA to crack down on artisan soap makers. These craftsmen and women usually make soap at home and sell it at farmer’s markets, online, or in local natural food outlets.
Earlier this year, the USDA solicited submachine guns. The United States Department of Agriculture! This is an agency tasked with regulating agriculture… and they asked for submachine guns. My question: Why would an agency created to regulate farmers require automatic weapons?
I have always wanted to go to Alaska. Next July, I’ll finally be going. And I’ll be taking one of you lucky readers (and a guest of your choosing) with me.
Big wins can happen in small places. The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals.
On the heels of the announcement that Chipotle is taking tangible steps to be completely GMO-free, they’ve now announced that they’re going to be serving 100% grass-fed beef nationwide. Unfortunately, the grass-fed cattle won’t be coming from the United States. According to Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold, there simply isn’t a consistent enough supply of grass-fed, antibiotic-free, hormone-free beef in the U.S. to meet the restaurant’s large demand. In response to this revelation, the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture took offense and issued a statement lambasting the restaurant chain.
Did you know that on nearly one third of the planet’s surface, deserts are threatening to gobble up grasslands? It’s called desertification. Last year one of my heroes, Allan Savory, gave an amazing talk at a TED conference about a radical solution to re-green the world’s deserts: holistic management of grazing cattle.
What’s Big Ag’s answer to the growing threat of Round-Up resistant superweeds? Why, creating an even deadlier GMO commodity crop that’s resistant to a more powerful herbicide, of course! That’s what Dow has done — creating genetically-modified varieties of corn & soy that are resistant to 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (commonly known as 2,4-D), the chemical that makes up half of the infamous Agent Orange herbicide deployed during the Vietnam war. The USDA is currently taking comments (through February 24th) on these 2,4-D resistant crops.
In breaking news this week, the legal battle between the sugar and corn syrup industries escalated when emails discovered in more than 500K pages of subpoenaed documents revealed misgivings among the top corn syrup executives about their Sweet Surprise ad campaign. The emails show that some top level executives were wary about calling corn syrup “natural.”
Coconut sugar, also called coconut palm sugar, palm sugar, and coconut crystals/nectar is rapidly becoming a popular natural sweetener in households across the US. But is it sustainable?