Food and Farming

Eating in the Dark

Eating in the Dark

I'm sick of writing about labeling genetically engineered foods. I'm sick of it because there's really one thing to say, and I've said it before: Americans have a right to know how their food is produced. Period. The fact is that most processed food in the supermarket...

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Betting the Farm on Free Trade

Betting the Farm on Free Trade

From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is helping stage a growing citizen pushback against the expansion of natural gas extraction. But a far-reaching global deal recently signed halfway around the world may make her job much harder. Feridun got...

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Stomping on Our Constitutional Rights

Stomping on Our Constitutional Rights

Imagine the outcry by tea party Republicans if state legislators were passing laws banning the use of video cameras in banks to capture images of robbers. Yet those very same tea partiers have been passing laws in various states to ban the recording of inhumane,...

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Slurp, Baby, Slurp

Slurp, Baby, Slurp

As the “lamestream” media, late-night talk show hosts, and Sarah Palin impersonator-in-chief Tina Fey lapped up the former Alaska governor’s first remarks to Donald Trump’s “right-wingin’ bitter-clingin’” supporters, one of her most hilarious lines didn’t get the...

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A Healthy Way to Build Communities

A Healthy Way to Build Communities

Mark Winne, an author and anti-hunger activist, often says that the most important word in “community garden” isn't “garden.” I saw this firsthand not long ago. Standing in the sun between several small garden plots all morning, it may not have looked like much was...

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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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