Monsanto sues the citizen’s Arkansas State Plant Board, Bunge partners with the Non-GMO Project, the GMA continues its collapse. They fraying of food and farm coalitions continues apace.
Does the proliferation of Non-GMO labels represent a serious obstacle to progress in agriculture or are they just a hazy clean food fad that will pass soon enough. I think it’s a fad that I wouldn’t worry too much about.
As consumer preferences and values have shifted over the last decade, tensions and fault lines in the various food producer and ag coalitions have come to a head. Expect more shake ups and betrayals in 2018.
Three new biotech products recently hit the market that have the potential to steer the GMO debate in more productive directions.
Home meal kit is delivery brittle business model for solving a resilient problem. Look for the herd to be culled and the beginnings of a new model by year’s end.
With Beyond Burger hitting TGIFridays menus and the Impossible Burger remaking upscale bar menus, watch for Plant Meat 2.0 in your aunt’s fridge later this year.
Our food safety laws are meant to protect us in an impersonal, mass market. Motivated raw milk consumers and producers need an orderly way to opt out.
. . . Now, let’s imagine that a waitress decides that it’s not worth haggling with her supervisor everyday over the $10 a day the restaurant owes her to fill the gap between her $2.13 wage, her tips and the $7.25 an hour she is supposed to be making. But then she makes the wrong, but perhaps understandable decision to start skimming the $10 a day by pocketing the check for a table or two each day that pays in cash that she avoids ringing in.
To get a first hand feel for this creepy phenomenon, I hoofed it over to my local Fred Meyer to browse the cereal aisle, a place I’ve only stopped in once before to grab some store brand bran flakes for homemade muesli. There they were, relegated to the bottom shelves. And here’s the creepy thing. They were looking up at me, trying to make eye contact from the place on the floor.
Dietitian and science communicator Leah McGrath lays down ten tell tale signs you are watching a food related shockumentary. Plus, we’ve got Shockumentary Bingo cards ready to print!
Kevin Folta unpacks the problems with Wild Turkey’s decision to source non-GMO corn. It increases the environmental impact of the popular whiskey, while playing on an ignorant health claim for … whiskey of all things.
As rents rise and independent businesses in Minneapolis lose their leases to large national chains, a first-of-its-kind co-op found a solution. They created the economic space for a cooperative brewery and brewpub and other co-ops in their neighborhood.
“In all, the impact of adopting slow growing birds is a 34% increase in feed per lb prime meat, a 40% increase in gallons of water and a 53% increase in the manure per bird marketed, and a 49% increase in costs per bird marketed.”
And to what end is this big step backwards in terms of sustainability being undertaken? Theoretically for animal welfare. But what is absent in this discussion is – why slower growing = better welfare?
Worker-ownership economics catch on in Ohio, Nevada, and North Carolina.
When Chipotle announced they were not extending paid sick days to hourly employees last year, there were some who suggested that they might pay a price in food safety. As they post big losses following a series of disease outbreaks, that strategy does indeed look penny wise and pound foolish.