|Chile crisis of 2011 reveals need for more resilience and diversity on the farm|
Grist - 3/29/2011.by Gary Nabhan. The record freeze that hit the U.S. Southwest and Northern Mexico in early February is still affecting vegetable availability and food prices in general more than 6 weeks after the catastrophe. Restaurants across the U.S. are rationing peppers and tomatoes on their sandwiches and in their salsas. Prices for peppers have jumped as much as 50 percent, and for tomatoes by 15 percent, due to crop damages resulting from the worst freeze in southwestern North America since 1957. Climate change is scrambling where the most optimal conditions for each vegetable variety will occur in the future. We now need to diversify our food production strategies and broaden our crop diversity if we ourselves are to "weather" such stresses.
|Double toil and worth the trouble|
Portland Press Herald - 3/28/2011.by Glenn Jordan. While sugarhouses make syrup, there's the matter of also whipping up hundreds of pancakes and doughnuts for Maine Maple Sunday.
|ADHD: It’s the food, stupid|
Grist - 3/28/2011.by Kristin Wartman. Over 5 million children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States, and close to 3 million of those children take medication for their symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But a new study reported in The Lancet last month found that with a restricted diet alone, many children experienced a significant reduction in symptoms.
|The Battle for Biodiversity: Monsanto and Farmers Clash|
The Atlantic - 3/28/2011.by Anna Lappé. Does genetic modification lead to more and better crops? Or will it destroy the foundations of our food systems? Two weeks ago, Monsanto announced the latest genetically engineered crop it hopes to bring to market: a soybean rejiggered to resist the herbicide dicamba. The new product, says Monsanto, will aid in weed control and "deliver peace of mind for growers." Meanwhile, half a world away, La Via Campesina, a farmers' movement of 150 organizations from 70 countries, had a slightly different idea about what would bring peace of mind to its millions of members: protecting biodiversity.