Food and Farming

This Global Ruling Is Just Not Cool

This Global Ruling Is Just Not Cool

They say that if you get up in the morning and swallow a live toad, nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day. Well, we Americans have just been fed a live toad by the World Trade Organization. Last May, the WTO — an oligarchic, autocratic governing...

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Coke’s PR Scam Explodes

Coke’s PR Scam Explodes

If your car's battery terminals are corroded, just open a can of Coca-Cola. Coke will dissolve corrosion, making your battery connections spiffy clean in a jiffy. Ironically, however, Coca-Cola can't seem to clean up its own corrosive corruption structure. By hook or...

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The Fishy Science Behind Mutant Salmon

The Fishy Science Behind Mutant Salmon

Americans have been eating genetically modified corn, soybeans, and other crops for nearly two decades. But thanks to the Food and Drug Administration, now you might find a salmon with genes spliced from two other fish species on your plate. It’s the first time the...

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Big Ag Serves Up Wastewater Salads

Big Ag Serves Up Wastewater Salads

Ask anyone who’s lived through California’s drought: Water scarcity is getting scary. And banning long showers isn’t even a drop in the bucket when it comes to finding a solution. The biggest water sponge by far is food production, yet agri-giants continue to douse...

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What Competing Thanksgiving Tales Share

What Competing Thanksgiving Tales Share

Thanksgiving is here. Let’s eat! America's most food-focused holiday traces its roots back to the abundant feast that Pilgrims and Indians enjoyed together in the fall of 1621. Only half of the Mayflower Pilgrims who’d arrived at Plymouth Rock the previous December...

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They’ve Got the Red Cup Blues

They’ve Got the Red Cup Blues

'Tis the season to bicker about Starbucks coffee cups. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a chill in the air, Christmas songs in every store, and anger about a phony "War on Christmas." Clearly, love for one another, world peace, and the Christian faith...

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My Thanksgiving Terror

My Thanksgiving Terror

The leaves are changing colors and the air is getting crisp. As we settle into fall, Americans take time to reflect on what they're thankful for. Like many folks, I've got plenty of gratitude for the most important meal I'll eat this month. Sweet potatoes, stuffing,...

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The Three F’s of Thanksgiving

The Three F’s of Thanksgiving

When I think about Thanksgiving, I think about family, food, and firsts. The first person in my family to eat a Thanksgiving feast was William Brewster, my 13th great-grandfather. He was also one of the first people to celebrate this tradition at all. After coming...

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Is It Time to Put Down the Bacon?

Is It Time to Put Down the Bacon?

By now you've probably heard the sobering news: Red meat may cause cancer. And bacon and other popular processed meats definitely do, the World Health Organization says. Does that mean we all need to quit eating processed meats — no pun intended — cold turkey? For...

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Don’t Let Them Blind You with Their Science

Don’t Let Them Blind You with Their Science

When I first began researching agriculture, I had no idea how organic farming worked. I saw it as a somewhat backward yet non-toxic and desirable way to grow food. Organic farmers didn’t use fertilizer, I figured, so maybe the plants would be smaller. And they didn’t...

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