Category Archives for Too Big

Getting Closer to a Fix for Neonics

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the sudden death of bee colonies, has huge implications for the growers of our food and public health in general.

The cause, until recently has been a deep mystery.

Now CCD researchers are finding more and more evidence pointing towards a class of pesticides—neonicotinoids or “neonics”—as at least part of the problem.

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You Say Potato, I Say GMO

Earlier last month, the USDA approved a GMO potato, the first of its kind in over 20 years.

This techy-tuber, called Innate and developed by the J.R. Simplot Co., has been designed to develop less acrylamide (a suspected carcinogen) when deep-fried and to resist bruising and browning.

It debuts a new era of GMOs that “aim to provide benefits to consumers, not just to farmers as the widely grown biotech crops like herbicide-tolerant soybeans and corn do…” according to Andrew Pollack of the New York Times.

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Are Antibiotics in Meat on the Decline?

It has been a mixed week of gains and setbacks in the meat industry for getting a handle on the issue of antibiotics in livestock.

It seems that public awareness of the dangers of pre-emptive antibiotics in livestock is growing, and it may just be a matter of time before policies change for the better.

In an attempt at a policy change for the better, the California Assembly approved SB 835, a bill that would limit the use of antibiotics.

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Two Big Sweetener Industries Duke It Out In Court

When we heard that producers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are being sued over their claim that sugar is…well, basically no different than common white cane sugar…those of us who feel passionate about limiting sugar in our diets may have gotten a rush of excitement. Yay!

Then we heard that the plaintiff was the cane sugar industry.


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“Carbon Farming” Will Surprise You…And Give You Hope For The Future

The debate centering on a climate agreement in Paris this week was a reminder of the difficulty of addressing climate change.

Greenhouse gasses (GHGs) released into our atmosphere are intrinsically connected to economic productivity.

We’ve devised a world in which getting ahead is synonymous with shoving carbon into our atmosphere, so, to a lot of people, attempts to reduce GHGs feels like a limitation on economic growth.

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