Food and Farming
Some people complain that their town has gone to the dogs. Bastrop, Texas has gone to the chickens — and Bastropians are proud of it.
If you’re one who enjoys a steak dinner now and again, let me ask this question: do you prefer it with a nice sauce, a side of garlicky spinach — or maybe some transglutaminase?
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.
New York City’s billionaire mayor wants to ban super-sized sodas and other sugar-packed drinks.
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.
Summertime can be a carefree, relaxing season filled with cookouts, backyard picnics, and trips to the ice cream truck.
Rather than find ways to cooperate with the natural world, America’s agribusiness giants reach for the next quick fix in a futile effort to overpower nature. Their attitude is that if brute force isn’t working, they’re probably not using enough of it.