Food and Farming

Tomato Tampering

Tomato Tampering

Food geneticists, for example. These technicians have the smarts to tinker with the inner workings of Momma Nature’s own good foods — but not the smarts to leave well enough alone.

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The War on Soda Pop

The War on Soda Pop

New York City, ever the leader in healthy living, is about to ban the sale of super-sized sodas and other sweetened drinks by its restaurants, movie theaters, and street carts.

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The Local Beer Boom

The Local Beer Boom

And now, for some happy talk — by which I mean a non-corporate, “little-d” democratic, and altogether pleasurable economic development that’s spreading across our country. In a word: beer.

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Overturning Citizens United

Overturning Citizens United

From the equipment, chemicals, and seeds on the farm, to farmers and food workers, to supermarkets and consumers, there’s not a part of food and agriculture that big, often multinational, corporations don’t dominate.

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Not Only the Cows Are Mad

Not Only the Cows Are Mad

The Department of Agriculture determined in April that a cow from California died from an always-fatal disease that triggers dementia and can be transmitted to people. The chilling news about the latest mad cow case was no surprise for me. I’ve been trying for two decades to stop the cattle feeding practices that transmit bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly called mad cow disease.

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