|A banker bets on organic farming|
The New York Times - 8/28/2012. By Mark Bittman – It’s unlikely that large-scale changes in the so-called food system will happen without movement on the part of big investors. Sadly, most of these – like the corporations they support – take short-term, profit-maximizing views. But there are unconventional exceptions. Jeremy Grantham, the chief investment strategist for the unfortunately named G.M.O. (it stands for Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC), is one of those.
|Keeping it in the family: BPA might last in our bodies for generations|
Grist - 8/28/2012. By Tom Laskawy – Back in May, I pointed to a study on a farm chemical that was found to cause physiological and behavioral changes in rats. Worryingly, the effects persisted for generations after a single exposure (it was the first time this phenomenon was extensively documented in an industrial chemical).
|The fracking of Rachel Carson|
Orion - 8/27/2012. By Sandra Steingraber – Rachel Carson, the ecologist who kicked the hornet’s nest, wrote a book that needed no subtitle. Published fifty years ago this September, Silent Spring rocketed to the top of the bestseller list, prompted a meeting with the president’s science advisers, occasioned congressional hearings, and circled her neck with medals of honor. It also let loose swarms of invective from the pesticide industry.
The Contrary Farmer - 8/23/2012. By Gene Logsdon – I fantasize about genetically-engineering deer that would love the taste of raccoons or that would eat car tires so society would do something about surging wildlife populations. But now a true occurrence is taking place in Foolish Farming Today that not even a genius like Mark Twain could reduce to a more absurd conclusion. Agribusiness has succeeded in developing corn varieties that eat tractor tires. Do not laugh. This is not a joke.