Full disclosure: I didn’t read the BBC’s coverage of the story, because I’d read The New York Times’ version yesterday. When I bookmarked the link for future reference, I noted that the study (or at least its news reportage interpretation) included “No mention of the environmental benefits of organic agriculture, apparently, nor were factors like ‘taste’ taken into account. Le sigh.” Here’s a slightly abridged version of what I wrote back to my mom: Continue reading →
Happy end of Labor Day Weekend, readers. I hope you’re having a good one. Here are some links for your delectation, arranged in my best attempt at connecting them all by theme. First, some stories about eating less meat (or none, yay!), then two different kinds of good news about eggs. Here goes:
If you want to avoid GMOs completely, start by moving another country â€“ and then become a vegan.
So yesterday I spent some quality time (read: almost four hours) in the Rose Reading Room of the main branch of the New York Public Library, blasting through Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink by E. Melanie DuPuis, for my food processing and industrialization class. Today I gave it three out of five stars on GoodReads (which I won’t link to because their shiny toys and WordPress do not get along, sigh) but that might have been a bit ungenerous on my part, perhaps an inevitable result of reading the whole darn thing in one sitting. Also I was maybe a little resentful to be reading DuPuis instead of Anne Mendelson’s Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages, which has been on my “to-read” list for something like two years now (and I know I love Mendelson’s writing; her Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking remains one of my favorite bits of food geekery ever). But I digress. Back to DuPuis, and why I might have to upgrade her book’s rating. Continue reading →
So I got a message from the splendiferous Ms. Lara earlier today:
Hey, Tracy! Someone on FB is arguing that GM crops are categorically horrible and bad and whatnot. Can you send me some informative links to help educate her (and myself!)? (I seem to recall you linked to an article about the death of an agriculturalist who saved millions of lives with his crops, so of course I thought of you…)