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Monsanto Wants Your Questions: Go Ask!

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 10:50 AM

So do Syngenta, DuPont, and Dow Chemical. Those companies, along with a couple others in the biotech industry, have decided that they've been bad at communicating, and have created a web site,, to try to improve. They're soliciting questions about any GMO-related topic, and Cathleen Enright, executive...

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GM Feed, Pigs, and Stomach Inflammation: Smoking Gun?

(77) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 2:48 PM

You may have seen the study, published this week in the Journal of Organic Systems, showing a correlation between severe stomach inflammation and GM feed in pigs.

The headlines have 'smoking gun' written all over them. "GMO feed turns pig stomachs to mush!"...

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Condemning Monsanto With Bad Science Is Dumb

(383) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Did you see the latest indictment of Monsanto making the rounds? It's a "peer-reviewed" paper in the journal Entropy, co-authored by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, blaming glyphosate, the compound in the herbicide Roundup, for virtually all the ills that can befall us.

But here's the thing --...

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Label Antibiotic Use, Not GMOs

(49) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 11:13 AM

I have a question: Where's the grassroots movement demanding labeling of antibiotic use in animals? Where are the petitions? Where are the Facebook memes? Where is the outrage that we don't know what we're putting in our bodies?

We have all of those things, and more, in the campaign for...

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Go, Frankenfish! Why We Need GM Salmon.

(242) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 3:13 PM

I trust you've heard about the genetically modified salmon currently making its way upstream through the U.S. regulatory process -- as it has been for 17 years.

First I want to ask you what you think about it.

Then I want to tell you what I did yesterday.


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Oceana Overstates Mislabeled Fish Problem

(57) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:19 PM

By now, we all know that the fish we buy has about a one in three chance of being something other than what's on the label.

Just how much should we care?

We can all agree that, in a perfect world, fish would be labeled accurately, but Oceana, an advocacy...

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Who's To Blame For Factory Pork? Probably You.

(81) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 8:14 AM

You've heard the gruesome stories, you've watched the appalling videos. The litany of factory pork's offenses is familiar to anyone following food. The pigs are closely confined, sometimes so closely that they can't turn around. They have no outdoor access and no sunlight. They have nothing to root in and...

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Don't Romanticize Small Farmers -- Some Are Jerks

(201) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 8:24 AM

Small farms are, it seems, the new black. Conscientious eaters want to turn the clock back to the post-WWII kind of farm that had limited acreage and raised a variety of plants and animals. The kind with tractors, and silos, and picturesque red barns.

Mark Bittman, for example, in a...

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What's Eating Vegans?

(419) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 4:00 PM

"I've never been so disgusted with the human race," said one commenter. What could he have been reacting to? A piece on slavery? The Crusades? Ongoing gerrymandering efforts in Texas?

No, it was a piece about pigs. My piece about the three pigs I'm raising in a large,...

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Raising Pigs for Meat: Love Them, Kill Them, Eat Them

(507) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Our pigs arrived two days ago, and never did anything cuter grace a cloven hoof. They're about 25 pounds each now, and we're going to get them to about 240. Then we are going to kill them and eat them.

I've been warned not to name them. I've...

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How to Stop Eating Junk

(23) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 12:35 PM

None of us can be left alone in a room with Doritos -- I don't know how they make that orange dust, but they ought to be dealing it on street corners.

And a lot of food is like that -- diabolically irresistible. Understandable, since the companies that make...

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Food Stamps: Extreme Makeover

(17) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 3:38 PM

Can we rethink food stamps? Instead of nickel-and-diming the program with endless arguments about what should or shouldn't be paid for, and what is or isn't junk food, let's scrap it altogether and build it fresh.

The program (technically, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP) has become...

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First-hand Food: Aiming for Self-sufficient? Do the Math.

(6) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 3:07 PM

If you're not growing, raising, hunting, foraging, or fishing your own food, you're behind the curve. Chickens and gardens, pigs and turkeys, rods and guns, are all showing up at the homes of what used to be milquetoast supermarket shoppers.

My husband Kevin and I are knee-deep into it. We've...

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Save the Planet: Wash Less

(20) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 10:05 AM

In the three years since I left Manhattan, I've discovered that growing, fishing, hunting, and gathering my own food is an energy-intensive process. Boats, trucks, and power tools to catch fish, haul dirt, and build livestock enclosures leave the carbon footprint of a Sasquatch. Luckily, I've found a way to...

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First-Hand Food: The Black Art of Bluefish

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 5:13 PM

Uncertainty is the mother of superstition, and getting food first-hand -- farming or fishing, hunting or gathering -- is maddeningly uncertain. Hunters, in the absence of a sure-fire way to find deer, swear by lucky hats or rabbit sightings. In the quest for consistent harvests, biodynamic gardeners harness cosmic-astral influences...

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