Three examples of genetic engineering of crops show that extremely modest engineered changes in plant genetics can result in very important benefits. These three examples involve engineered changes that trigger the natural defenses of the plant without introducing novel defense mechanisms.
Uganda’s president wants to integrate protections for Uganda’s genetic heritage and resources into his country’s desperately needed biosafety law.
Nitrogen emissions from agriculture can exacerbate particulate pollution, endangering human health. There has been a lot of progress in addressing that, but much still needs to be done.
Eating highly processed foods may be associated with an increased risk of developing cancer, according to a new study published in The BMJ. The study was widely reported in the media – mostly uncritically. But there are a number of problems with the study’s design …
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.
Agronomist Andrew McGuire explains why there is not enough manure or compost available – and can never be enough – to replenish soil fertility at a systems level. Studies that show improved outcomes on single farms are not measuring improvement at a systems level.
Returning manure to the soil that produced it can be a sustainable way of restoring soil organic matter. Too often the organic matter of many farms is pushed through the bottleneck of intensive livestock production to be applied just a few farms. Robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Can we produce enough manure to serve as a major source of soil nutrients? Agronomist Andrew McGuire shows the limitations due to entropy make it impossible for manure to make up more than a portion of nutrient replenishment.
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.
This easy to make crowd pleaser is a remix of a classic combination.
Consider using a 13 bean blend in your Superbowl Chili for chili that encourages diverse rotations and nitrogen fixation.
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.
The ability of the anti-GMO movement to frame the debate in mainstream venues has been waning. Is 2018 the year they return to the fringe?
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.
Food historian Rachel Laudan recounts the Christmas meals of her childhood in 1950’s England and ponders whether children today can summon the same sense of wonder.
Looking for a New Year’s resolution that won’t trigger any guilt when you fail? Take a little time and read up on the latest research in plant breeding every now and then.
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.
Michael Pollan blames farm subsidies for making junk food cheap. He’s wrong. Here’s why.