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Genetically-Modified Crops are Creating Big Problems

Genetically-Modified Crops are Creating Big Problems

For those who didn’t see it, there was an excellent piece in the New York Times the other day about Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops. Monsanto created these genetically-modified crops called Roundup Ready. The claim was that pesticides (Roundup) would cause no harm to the crops but would kill all the pests and weeds surrounding the […]

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For those who didn’t see it, there was an excellent piece in the New York Times the other day about Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops.

Monsanto created these genetically-modified crops called Roundup Ready. The claim was that pesticides (Roundup) would cause no harm to the crops but would kill all the pests and weeds surrounding the crops.

So, Monsanto not only sells seeds to farmers but they also sell farmers the pesticides.  If you think Monsanto is just a seed company, think again. It is a chemical company.

The claim that Monsanto made was that these bio-engineered crops would kill all the weeds and require minimum-till farming.

After many years, two things are happening.

1) Farmers sprayed so much Roundup that new super-weeds have emerged, which are uncontrollable and resistant to Roundup.  They are now combatting the problem with more herbicides, which increases the amount of chemicals they have to use.

2) Roundup was supposed to prevent minimum-till farming — good for the environment. However, with these new super-weeds growing, farmers are having to abandon minimum-till farming.  That means more fuel spent to get the soil ready.

The bottom line: These GMOs are not working.  They are creating more harm than good.

Is any of this a surprise? To me, not at all.  When you try to fight Mother Nature, you don’t win.


Food, Inc. Will Be on PBS Tonight at 9PM EST

Food, Inc. Will Be on PBS Tonight at 9PM EST

Tonight on PBS at 9PM EST, the movie Food, Inc. will be shown. For those people who have not seen it, the movie is an absolute must-watch. You will see many shocking things including: – How genetically-modified food is tearing up this country – How Monsanto’s hard-ball tactics wreak havoc on the lives of farmers […]

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Tonight on PBS at 9PM EST, the movie Food, Inc. will be shown.

For those people who have not seen it, the movie is an absolute must-watch. You will see many shocking things including:

– How genetically-modified food is tearing up this country

– How Monsanto’s hard-ball tactics wreak havoc on the lives of farmers who try to not use its products

– How our government allows dangerous chemicals to go into our food and puts greater importance on the agenda of powerful ag-businesses instead of the health of this country

– How the USDA permits animals to be treated in the most inhumanely way possible

This movie is a serious wake-up call as to what is really going on in our food system.

Based on what you see in Food, Inc., you will walk away pretty shocked.  And, hopefully, you’ll be outraged and inspired to get involved.

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On another note, I recently shot an interview with Joel Salatin, one of the stars of Food, Inc.  I hope to have it up next week.  He’s a super-nice guy who is doing some very important work down at his farm in Virginia.


Obama Appointment of Siddiqui to Agricultural Post is an Absolute Disaster for Organic Food Proponents

Obama Appointment of Siddiqui to Agricultural Post is an Absolute Disaster for Organic Food Proponents

You probably heard that over the weekend President Obama recess-appointed 15 people to different government posts in order to bypass Senate approval hearings.  What may have escaped you is that Islam Siddiqui was appointed as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. If you care about organic food and the […]

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You probably heard that over the weekend President Obama recess-appointed 15 people to different government posts in order to bypass Senate approval hearings.  What may have escaped you is that Islam Siddiqui was appointed as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

If you care about organic food and the environment, this move should outrage you.

A lifelong pesticide lobbyist and GMO advocate, Siddiqui’s confirmation in the Senate was opposed by more than 80 environmental, small-farm and consumer groups.

Siddiqui is vice president of science and regulatory affairs at CropLife America, a trade group of biotech and pesticide companies, which is essentially a front organization for Monsanto.  CropLife has the proud distinction of many great accomplishments including fighting the initiatives of banning GMO food in California, claiming that pesticides positively impact endangered species, lobbying the Bush administration for human – and child – testing of pesticides and writing a letter to Michelle Obama urging her to use pesticides in the organic garden at the White House. Read more »


Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2010

Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2010

I just knew that the hundreds and hundreds of hours I have spent roaming the aisles of supermarkets and studying menus at organic restaurants would come in handy one day. But, I had no idea that it would lead to me writing this post.  So, here it goes…. 1) More and More Coconuts Coconuts have […]

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I just knew that the hundreds and hundreds of hours I have spent roaming the aisles of supermarkets and studying menus at organic restaurants would come in handy one day.

But, I had no idea that it would lead to me writing this post.  So, here it goes….

1) More and More Coconuts

Coconuts have taken on much more prominence as of late.  A bunch of ice creams, including Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss and Purely Decadent, have coconuts as their central ingredient.  Energy bars, such as those from Raw Revolution, have used them in their products for a while.

In terms of organic coconuts, this is what I foresee.

Organic coconut water: Coconut water is a hot trend in the beverage world right now.  Some people consider coconut water to be the ultimate post-workout drink because it contains electrolytes.

However, nearly all of those boxes of coconut water that are flying off the shelves in the supermarkets are not organic.  It is only a matter of time before we see a shift to organic. Read more »


Why Organic Coffee is So Important

Why Organic Coffee is So Important

A girl I used to know in New York City was so fanatical about recycling that she would literally take empty bottles home from bars because she feared that they would be tossed in the garbage. I’ll never forget the time when we were out one night and she started filling up her designer handbag […]

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cup of coffeeA girl I used to know in New York City was so fanatical about recycling that she would literally take empty bottles home from bars because she feared that they would be tossed in the garbage.

I’ll never forget the time when we were out one night and she started filling up her designer handbag with empty beer bottles, which weren’t even hers!  She was that committed to the environment.

Yet, when she drank her coffee each morning, organic coffee was never even a consideration.

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, this didn’t make much sense.  Why?

Because conventionally-grown coffee is incredibly unhealthy for people and the planet. Read more »