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Conspicuous in Their Absence. Pesticides and Environmental Impacts.
This week a new paper entitled Leverage Points for Improving Global Food Security and the Environment was published in the journal Science. ( Science Daily summary ) The authors focus on the 17 ...
marc brazeau 07/19/2014 10 8 - -
The Simplest Solution to the Greek Yogurt Problem
Modern Farmer has an interesting piece on Greek Yogurt's Dark Side detailing the problem of disposing tens of millions of gallons of acid whey and some of the solutions that are being developed to ...
marc brazeau 05/26/2014 42 17 - -
Special May Day Edition | Volume One: Fast Food
Daniel X. O'Neil The ...
marc brazeau 05/01/2014 2 4 - -
Trix Are For Suckers. Evil Genius Edition.
The relentless Stephanie Strom reports on the fiendishly brilliant change the General Mills has made to their privacy policy. General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as ...
marc brazeau 04/22/2014 5 - - -
The Global Politics of Food Prices
Joshua Keating at Slate has an excellent piece on the role food prices have political stability and the drivers in the rise in food prices since 2000. That trend is result of the intersection of ...
marc brazeau 04/22/2014 1 3 - -
Daily Essentials | 15 April 2014
1. Genetic Gift May Have Turned Ferns Into Masters of Shadow | Ed Yong | Phenomena | National Geographic 2. If Science Solves the Lime Crisis, Will We Accept Genetically Modified Gin ...
marc brazeau 04/15/2014 1 - - -
The 10 Minor Realizations That Flipped My Thinking About GMOs
A recent story about GMO testing kicked off a conversation with a friend. The researchers tested the biochemicals from crops to ...
marc brazeau 04/15/2014 247 30 3 -
Rising Prices, Food Fraud and Regulatory Redundancy
A few things caught my eye looking over this piece from CNBC on food fraud and rising prices . Number one: The Department of Agriculture predicts food prices will rise between 2.5 and 3.5 percent ...
marc brazeau 04/14/2014 27 13 1 -
NJ Explains: The Rain on the Plains, Mainly to Blame?
Maybe partly. Nathanael Johnson starts us off with some good news. As you can see, farmland has leveled out at about 75 percent. But erosion has gone down. The most interesting part of that first ...
marc brazeau 04/14/2014 2 5 - -
Daily Essentials | Monday | 14 April 2014
1. China's corn rejections cost companies $427 million | Shadi Bushra | Reuters 2. Did USDA mislead the public, Congress about injury risks for poultry workers? | Kimberly Kindy | The ...
marc brazeau 04/14/2014 1 3 - -
Classic Statement of the Day
"It took a Freedom of Information Act to get the Chicago Public Schools to disclose what's in the chicken nuggets they serve in their cafeterias." More at ...
marc brazeau 04/13/2014 2 4 - -
REALFOOD Daily Essentials | 13 April 2014
Kimberly Kindy | The Washington Post: Political push for raw, unpasteurized milk is increasing access, but illnesses are up, too Marion Nestle | Food Politics:
marc brazeau 04/13/2014 2 4 - -
You can't have it all: Kenyan farming edition
The Economist has a fine short piece on the tensions running through the thriving Kenyan horticultural trade. Kenya is a fantastic place to grow things. Their export market is thriving. The problem ...
marc brazeau 04/12/2014 6 7 - -
More on Walmart's new organic push
Following up from Rob Wallbridge's commentary on Walmart's new organic gambit, we find Colin Schultz writing for the Smithsonian: But for organic food producers, it's more complicated. Organic ...
marc brazeau 04/12/2014 4 2 - -
Bill Moyers and Saru Jayaraman on a real minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers
All Work and No Pay from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo . . . . back in 1991 , the National Restaurant Association passed around enough ...
marc brazeau 04/11/2014 3 7 1 -
Padlock Ranch wins sustainability award
Padlock Ranch , headquartered in Ranchester, WY just won the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Beef Council and the Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Foundation's environmental ...
marc brazeau 04/08/2014 10 4 - -
Canadian Oat Farmer Ron Rein weighs in on oat prices
Here: Hi, I’m a grain farmer from western Canada. After reading the entry “Blame Canada: High oat Prices Edition” I want to offer the perspective of a Canadian oat producer who has been ...
marc brazeau 04/08/2014 3 4 - -
SNAP Challenge Gourmet: Homemade Muesli
After yesterday's post reacting to the increase in the cost and environmental benefits of oats, I thought I'd better share my 'recipe' for homemade muesli, along with a breakdown of prices. ...
marc brazeau 04/08/2014 3 10 1 -
Blame Canada: High Oat Prices Edition
At the grocery today I went to get some oats from the bulk bins to make muesli and I was hit with some unwelcome sticker shock. 89 ¢ a pound! That's up from 69 ¢ a pound for as long as I've been ...
marc brazeau 04/07/2014 8 3 - -
Tricks Are For Kids: Manipulative Marketing, Pester Power, Michelle
This post from Nate Silver's new Five Thirty Eight caught me eye. Researchers observed that many cartoon characters appearing on cereal boxes are looking down, which means they could be trying to ...
marc brazeau 04/06/2014 3 9 - -
Why I'd Rather Be a Team Big Dissident, Than a Team Small Cheerleader
I'm coming up on half way through Maureen Ogle's In Meat We Trust , which I'm enjoying and learning a lot from. It gives me the context to understand the historical context for the point she made ...
marc brazeau 04/03/2014 13 6 - -
Pesticides and Farm Workers. A Labor and an Environmental Issue.
This week's must read comes from Susan Freinkel writing for FERN in The Nation on long term research into the impact of pesticides on the children of farm workers in California:
marc brazeau 03/17/2014 4 12 - -
About Those Industry Funded GMO Studies . . .
marc brazeau 02/13/2014 17 11 - -
The SNAP Challenge Gourmet | Dented Can Chili
The other day I was in the market, grocery shopping and as I was grabbing a half gallon of milk, I glanced in the dented and discarded bins. I often peek, but have never bought anything but soup ...
marc brazeau 02/09/2014 29 22 2 -
Incentivizing Work in SNAP with Vegetables
Louise Putnam | Missouri State Archives Against the backdrop of the foolish pearl clutching that has greeted the CBO report ...
marc brazeau 02/09/2014 38 4 - -
The Séralini GMO Scandal. An Ongoing Debate
On January 14th I published a critique ...
marc brazeau 02/05/2014 17 6 - -
Organic Farmers Face Their Own Version of Baumol's Disease
Nathanael Johnson's recent interview with veteran organic farmer Tom Willey made about a dozen great points and raised about a dozen vexing issues. I'd like to look at just one of them. In the ...
marc brazeau 02/01/2014 86 82 8 -
Farm Bill Analysis Link Dump
Brad Plummer | Wonkblog | The Washington Post | The $956 billion farm bill, in one graph Dan Glickman, Gary ...
marc brazeau 01/31/2014 1 - - -
One Stop Shopping to Understand What's Happening With The Farm Bill
Here is an attempt to pin down what's going on with the Farm Bill. The changes to SNAP are covered in this post . For ...
marc brazeau 01/29/2014 5 11 1 -
How Would the New Farm Bill Affect SNAP?
A look at what's in the ag part of the Farm Bill can be found here. The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe on cuts to SNAP : Negotiators found a way to cut about $8 billion in funding for the program ...
marc brazeau 01/29/2014 3 7 - -
Contemporary Selective Breeding. Plant Edition.
In an effort to address the naivete and sentimentality that people have about agriculture, we continue our look at contemporary selective breeding. After looking at the state of the art of dairy cow ...
marc brazeau 01/28/2014 16 6 - -
A Trans Fat Ban and Marijuana Legalization: Liberal Hypocrisy?
Jason Lusk points to William Bennett and Christopher Beach recent Politico piece on supposed liberal hypocracy regarding regulating some harmful things, but decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana. ...
marc brazeau 01/27/2014 139 49 3 -
Americans in Cars, Eating Badly: Scale and Scope
Just on the heels of a post on the potential for better convenience and grab and go foods to improve health outcomes for Americans, comes news via Marion Nestle that Subway is prioritizing moving ...
marc brazeau 01/26/2014 44 31 4 -
Contemporary Selective Breeding. Cow Edition.
Ed Yong has a fascinating post about a new evolutionary biology study on cow milk and the differences for male and female offspring. If you are interested in animal husbandry and/or evolutionary ...
marc brazeau 01/26/2014 8 4 1 -
Americans in Cars, Eating Badly
Marion Nestle flags a chart from the USDA's Economic Research Service :
marc brazeau 01/15/2014 3 12 - -
The Ethics of the Séralini Retraction and Charges of Conflict of Interest
Writing for the Hasting Center's Bioethic Forum blog, Adriane Fugh-Berman and Thomas G. Sherman ask some tough issues regarding the Séralini retraction. According to SpinWatch, a European ...
marc brazeau 01/14/2014 6 4 - -
Turkey. The Other White Meat
I have to agree with Paul Krugman on why Matthew Yglesias is wrong about our supposed hating of turkey. M.Y. in 2012, we produced a staggering 49.5 billion pounds of chicken meat worth an aggregate ...
marc brazeau 11/29/2013 6 3 - -
The REALFOOD.ORG Thanksgiving Reader
THE ENVIRONMENT This Thanksgiving, Be More Grateful than Wasteful Dana Gunders | ...
marc brazeau 11/26/2013 4 10 - -
If The Science Was For Sale Why Did The Meat and Dairy Industries Get Rolled?
Marion Nestle had a piece earlier this week on how the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), (the organization that publishes the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) and the Journal of ...
marc brazeau 11/26/2013 27 2 - -
522 Postscript:No Polarization in the Population But Polarization Among Egalitarian Communitarians
I can't say as I was particularly surprised about the outcome of the 522 vote in Washington earlier this month. I don't think there is all that much interest by consumers in GMO's or GMO labeling. ...
marc brazeau 11/25/2013 6 3 1 -
Nuts to Soup?
A recent Wonkblog post looked at the drop in supermarket soup sales and asked the question: "Is America Over Soup?" And concluded, Maybe, but maybe not: Campbell's soup figures, though, may be ...
marc brazeau 11/24/2013 52 43 2 -
Race and the Proletarianization of the American Farmer
A recent discussion I had brought to mind this post from SciAm's Food Matters blog on the low numbers of African American organic farmers and efforts to increase those numbers: Despite contributions ...
marc brazeau 11/24/2013 3 5 - -
Why I Think Mandatory Labels for GMO’s is Bad Policy and Why I Think It Might Be Good Strategy
Why I Think Mandatory Labels for GMO’s is Bad Policy and Why I Think It Might Be Good Strategy and Why I Still Can’t Support It On November 6th, Washington voters will decide the fate of Prop ...
marc brazeau 11/03/2013 87 9 1 -
Occam's Razor and Endocrine Disruptors
David Epstein has quick and interesting look at research into the possible role of endocrine disrupting chemicals might be playing a role in weight gain both in humans and in animals. Cats and dogs, ...
marc brazeau 10/30/2013 11 11 1 -
Agriculture for 9 Billion, Dutch-style
Remarkable slideshow in The New York Times today. Despite its small size, the Netherlands punches above its weight in farm exports, second only to the United States. When Henk Wildschut set out to ...
marc brazeau 10/25/2013 16 19 - -
Annals of Bad Health Reporting: Organic Makes You a Jerk Edition
TIME: Does Organic Food Turn You into a Jerk? (Short answer: yes) The Atlantic: Does Organic Food Make You a Judgmental Jerk? Maybe Jezebel:
marc brazeau 10/24/2013 72 34 2 -
The Need to Save Seeds is a Bad Sign
I was part of a discussion last night about seed saving and intellectual property that was organized in response to this article from the Genetic Resource Action International (GRAIN): It's also a ...
marc brazeau 10/22/2013 59 10 - -
Feedback Loops, Institutional Reform and the Pitfalls of a Second Best World
My professional experience with institutional food comes from working as the executive chef at a retirement community. It wasn't the sexiest cooking job I ever had but it happened soon after I ...
marc brazeau 10/21/2013 1 1 - -
On Bad Health Reporting, Irresponsible Scientists and Chicken Nuggets
This story on the non-chickenness of Chicken Nuggets had been persisting as a featured story in my RSS reader, so despite my better judgement, I finally gave in add clicked. Chicken nuggets: Call '...
marc brazeau 10/14/2013 15 3 - -
The Revisionist History of Healthier Fries
Here comes the news that Burger King has engineered a lower fat, lower calorie fry. I don't really care and five will get you ten that whatever they did will make french fries even more fattening ...
marc brazeau 09/26/2013 19 3 - -
SNAP Reader - 22 September 2013
In thinking about writing a piece on the SNAP battle going on in Congress, I put together some of the most interesting stuff I've read this week. I thought I'd share it. LAWMAKERS "REPRESENTING" ...
marc brazeau 09/22/2013 2 3 1 -
Where I'm Coming From When I Write About the Food System
My first diary on Kos yesterday was one taking a look at how I saw the cognitive landscape change around GMO's and specifically how the polarization of the subject had changed things for journalists ...
marc brazeau 09/22/2013 45 2 - -
A Few Quick Thoughts On Stephanie Strom's Glyphosate Piece In The Times
This piece has gotten fairly wide circulation and deservedly so. I have a few quibbles and observations. 1. You really need to disentangle biotech seeds and problems relating to the pesticide use ...
marc brazeau 09/22/2013 12 - - -
What Has Changed?
A LOOK AT THE CHANGED LANDSCAPE SURROUNDING GMO'S IN THE TIME BETWEEN TWO EDITORIALS Earlier this month Stacy Malkan the former director for Yes on 37 tweeted a link to a story in which she was ...
marc brazeau 09/21/2013 24 2 - -
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