The GMO ‘Golden Rice’ Experiment was an Ethical Disaster – One Shocking New Development

Golden Rice - Photo: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) via Wikimedia (CC BY)

Golden Rice – Photo: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) via Wikimedia (CC BY)

What GMO apologists will constantly tell you is that genetically-modified food is essential to feed the world.

They’ve spent so much money on lobbying and influencing politicians – $572 million from 1999 to 2010 – that a majority of people in Washington D.C. have actually come to believe this nonsense. (University of Michigan’s Catherine Badgley explains here why organic can feed the world.)

But GMOs, we are told, won’t just feed the world. They’ll supposedly nourish it as well.

One prime example of this is GMO ‘Golden Rice’, which was touted as a way to help solve a major global health problem by providing kids adequate amounts of Vitamin A.  Read more »

Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Spa Time, 365 Makes it Official, and Back-to-School

On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company.



In its willingness to constantly test out different concepts and offerings, Whole Foods Market decided to try something that it had never done before – it opened a spa at its new location in Boston earlier this year.

Figuring that when shoppers come in for cheese or spinach, they might also want the convenience of booking a manicure, waxing, hot shave or shoe shine, using all natural and organic ingredients. Read more »

The Living Maxwell Show on Periscope: Maggie Jones and Alex Buckley, Founders of Bitsy’s Brainfood

On a recent episode of the Living Maxwell Show on Periscope, I interviewed Maggie Jones Patton and Alex Buckley Voris, Founders of Bitsy’s Brainfood.

Bitsy’s Brainfood makes great organic cereal and smart cookies for kids, and Maggie and Alex started the company because when they went to the grocery store to shop for kids, the healthy aisle wasn’t any fun.  So, they decided to create fun products for kids that were organic, healthy, and packed with fruits and vegetables as well.

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