|Biotech’s Latest Creation: Franken-Apples Coming to a Store Near You|
Global Possibilities - 4/17/2013. By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins - Thanks to the biotech industry’s relentless quest to control our food, McDonald’s, Burger King and even school cafeterias will soon be able to serve up apples that won’t turn brown when they’re sliced or bitten into. A new, almost entirely untested genetic modification technology, called RNA interference, or double strand RNA, is responsible for this new food miracle.
|The Curse of Fertilizer|
National Geographic - 4/17/2013. By Dan Charles - Nitrogen fertilizer - more than a hundred million tons applied worldwide every year - fuels bountiful harvests. Yet this modern miracle exacts a price. Runaway nitrogen is suffocating wildlife in lakes and estuaries, contaminating groundwater, and even warming the globe’s climate.
|Italy's Financial Crisis Means More (Bread) Dough At Home|
National Public Radio - 4/16/2013. By Amy Guttman - Processed food packed with salt, fat and sugar has been making incursions into the traditional diets of countries around the world. Even Italy immune to the reach of junk food. But hard economic times are spurring Italians to rediscover home cooking, and especially bread making.
|Why action on forests now is essential to all our futures|
The Guardian [UK] - 4/16/2013. By Bharrat Jagdeo - While forests once provided subsistence for local people, for generations clearing forested land has also been good for global business, providing immediate food security for the world. Put simply, forests have been worth more dead than alive.