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…

Girl Scouts tell anti-gmo activists to buzz off

No comment. From the Girl Scout FAQ: "Our bakers determine whether to use genetically modified agricultural crops (GMOs) in Girl Scout Cookies based on a range of market-related factors. There are some conventional ingredients, such as sugar, which are most prominently available in the United States as GMO. Our bakers are industry experts and have…

Ancient Sumerians vs. Modern Greens

One of the mantras of Greens and the Organics is how we have to work in harmony with nature instead of against it.  They also decry the idea of food as a commodity and industrial agriculture.  They would have hated the ancient Sumerians. The Sumerians invented agriculture around 4,000 B.C.  They mono-cropped. They diverted water needed for …

From the archives: Bloomberg to ban alcohol in NYC bars

The bombings at the Boston Marathon today has left everyone in shock. With that in mind, I decided to post an old column I did when I was writing about local NYC issues for...Ack! examiner.com. I thought we could use a chuckle. This is from 2011. ___________________________________ Fresh on the heels of his latest victory to ban smoking outside, …

Thinking beyond Argumentum ad Monsantum.

I wish Monsanto would go away. The anti-GMO activist obsession with them has queered the genetic technology discussion. It has clouded their thinking. Common Dreams has a link to a pdf, which I won't link to here, that is a history of Monsanto's evil chemicals.  The logic is since they created or helped create such poisons as Agent Orange, the fa…