|Biotech industry cooks up PR plans to get us to swallow synthetic biology food|
Friends of the Earth - 5/22/2014. By Dana Perls - Two Mondays ago, I sat in a room of some of the most powerful agribusiness, food and synthetic biology companies in the world. The goal of this industry meeting was to discuss how to get the public to accept synthetic biology, a new and unregulated set of genetic engineering methods, as the “foundation for the future of sustainable food.”
|Weather Week: Peaches in Maine?|
New England Cable News - 5/22/2014. By Amy Sinclair - Kelly Orchards in Acton, Maine, has planted about 3-1/2 acres of peaches.
|Can Organic Farming Counteract Carbon Emissions?|
The Wall Street Journal - 5/22/2014. By Rani Molla - Organic practices could counteract the world’s yearly carbon dioxide output while producing the same amount of food as conventional farming, a new study suggests.
|The Social Cost of GMOs|
Paul Craig Roberts - 5/22/2014. Food production is a source of large social costs. Indeed, it seems that the more food producers are able to lower the measured cost of food production, the higher the social costs imposed on society. Consider the factory farming of animals. The density of operations results in a concentration of germs and in animals being fed antibiotics. Lowering the cost of food in this way contributes to the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs that will impose costs on society that will more than offset the savings from lower food prices.