|Sticky solution: Vermonters pan ‘all natural’ syrup|
Portland Press Herald - 9/10/2010.By Lisa Rathke – Montpelier, Vt.: A new Log Cabin syrup touted as "all natural" looks a lot like the pure, 100 percent maple product that's the pride of Vermont, right down to its packaging in a plastic beige jug. But Vermont officials, seeking to protect the state's signature commodity, contend that Log Cabin All Natural Syrup is not what it seems, enticing consumers into dousing their pancakes with ingredients that include caramel color, xanthan gum and a paltry 4 percent maple.
|Drought tolerance critical, say DuPont and Monsanto. We couldn’t agree more.|
Rodale Institute - 9/9/2010.By Amanda Kimble-Evans – The Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial has been tracking the performance of organically managed fields and conventionally managed fields for the last 30 years. The yield results dispute the oft-cited misconception that organic farming uses more resources to produce less food. And, the resilience of the organically-managed fields in drought years is incredible.
|Our energy-gulping industrial food system revealed|
Grist - 9/9/2010.By Tom Philpott – In his recent The New York Times op-ed, "Math Lessons for Locavores," Stephen Budiansky shows that transportation and "modern" (i.e., highly mechanized and chemical-intesnsive) farming make up relatively small parts of industrial food's energy footprint. Consumers in their kitchens, in Budiansky's view, are the real energy guzzlers – so locavores should stop worrying and learn to love industrial food.
|Before Iowa’s tainted eggs, there was Maine|
The Atlantic - 9/9/2010.By Joe Fassler – In 1988, New York State placed an embargo on eggs produced by Quality Egg of New England. Several New York residents had been sickened with Salmonella, and the illnesses were traced to the company's facilities in Turner, Maine. The FDA found that henhouses there were contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE), the strain most commonly transmitted to humans through undercooked eggs. The offending facilities were (and are still) owned by Jack DeCoster, the egg mogul whose Iowa laying houses were blamed for last month's massive recall.