Food and Farming

Consumer Choice: As American as Apple Pie

Consumer Choice: As American as Apple Pie

Meet the Arctic apple. In the field-trial stage since 2003, this fruit has had bacterial and viral DNA inserted into it — a genetic modification that prevents browning when bruised or sliced. One company, Okanagan Specialty Foods, has been testing these genetically engineered apples in New York and Washington — the country’s biggest apple-producing states. Now, they’re up for regulatory review by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Big Food Fight

Big Food Fight

I’m going to sell you a food, but I won’t tell you what’s in it. Trust me, the ingredients are perfectly safe — but I absolutely oppose telling you what you’re eating. I also won’t let independent scientists study the ingredients. And I’m making a bundle of money by selling these unlabeled products. But trust me, they are safe. Go ahead, take a bite.

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The Drought Lottery

The Drought Lottery

Politicians on both sides of the aisle are planning to shamelessly take advantage of the devastating drought and stick taxpayers with a bloated, wasteful Farm Bill. This trillion dollar bill won’t fix the drought, but it will put taxpayers in a fix.

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Why We Need the Food from Family Farms Act

Why We Need the Food from Family Farms Act

Although my Mississippi community has fared pretty well this summer, the worst drought in a generation is jeopardizing more than half of U.S. cropland. Thousands of farmers are facing tough decisions, especially if they own livestock. Dairy farmers face a triple threat — feed costs are at record highs, heat stress is reducing milk production, and dairy cooperatives aren’t paying enough for wholesale milk, thanks in part to failed policy. Some farmers are seeking hay, grain, or silage to feed their cows; others are selling now to cut their losses. 

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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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