March against Monsanto: NYC version

First off, if you're going to have a protest about how we're all being poisoned, you need to have it led by healthy, well-fed, good-looking people. Second, you need music and what better music to have than the Occupy Wall Street All-No-Star Band with special guest, Zuccotti Park Sax Guy. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX4yw4eMnmI?rel=0…

Is organic farming the boy in the bubble of agriculture?

In their opposition to GMOs, organic farmers point to the possible contamination of their crops. The use of the word contamination in itself is hyperbole and note the qualifier, possible. What they mean is cross-pollination, a less scary sounding word. Their vocabulary is full of maybes, could happens, and what ifs? Organic farmers seem to be…

Portland Coroner: “buycott” app user starved to death

The Portland, Oregon coroner's office has determined that a 26- year old local Portland man starved to death after relying on his "'buycott" app to only buy food that fit in with his political and moral worldview. Friends of the deceased,  known as "Rainbow Bob," said no matter what product he scanned on his iPhone app, there was something that …

Is Himalayan “non-gmo” pink salt radioactive?

Now this is rich. If there was any doubt as to why we think the anti-gmo crowd is head shakingly stupid, here is a classic example. A company called Himalania is selling Himalayan Pink Salt as a non-gmo certified product. That's right, non-gmo salt.  Kudos to Shea Gunther for his mnn.com column, Facepalm of the week: Non-GMO salt!?  for brin…

After SCOTUS victory, Monsanto calls it quits

Hours after their victory in the Supreme Court, seed and chemical giant Monsanto filed for bankruptcy citing the enormous cost of “buying everybody off.” At a hastily called press conference, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant told assembled reporters the company never really thought through their "buying everybody off, scheme ." "I mean, do you know h…

Got Typhoid? The raw milk debate.

In the early 1900's, New York State  was ravaged by a typhoid epidemic.  One of the main culprits in spreading the disease was contaminated raw milk. (click on image to enlarge) [caption id="attachment_1836" align="aligncenter" width="300"] New York Times 12/08/07[/caption] A year earlier in NYC [caption id="attachment_1839" align="aligncenter…