Washington Post: Anti-GMO activist Jeremey Rifkin's editorial cautiously welcomes the rise of a new genomic technology -- marker-assisted selection (MAS) -- that will increase crop yields and pest resistance without relying on splicing in genes from other species. Except GMO crops may have already contaminated non-GMO crops enough to make MAS more difficult.
NPR: Morning Edition asks Michael Pollan why grilling with fire is such a primordial pleasure.
Texas A&M's AgNews: An article on a Texas A&M study (published in Meat Science this summer) that waiting longer to slaughter cows fed on corn produces nicely marbled beef with more monounsaturated fats than younger corn-fed beef. An eye-opening look at the other side's mindset, where a researcher says with a shrug, "We've always had more corn in this country than we can consume, so we feed it to our livestock."
Edmonton Journal: A firm in Vancouver, B. C. has chosen a site north of Edmonton, Alberta for Canada's first biodiesel plant. The plant will convert canola into biodiesel. Although diesel cars could run on 100% biodiesel, but Canadian industry and government plant to blend 5-20% biodiesel with regular diesel. (There also are plans for biodiesel plants in Washington State. Does anyone else see a problem with turning food into fuel while millions of people are starving?)
The Seattle Times: Continuing the topic of biodiesel, a Kirkland, Washington company is selling "green" cars. These are a mixture of used Volvos, Mercedes and VW Beetles which have been refitted to operate on biodiesel. The company, The Green Car Company, also sells DaimlerChrysler Smart Cars that are refitted to meet U.S. standards. The Smarts get 40 mpg. DaimlerChrysler recently has announced that they will sell Smart Cars in the U.S.
BBC News: Even if you aren't a lactard and haven't adopted the locavorean habit, you may want to wait for Cadbury to fix their testing process before you reach for that milk chocolate bar (or any of their other candies). They recalled one million chocolate bars due to fears that the products may contain salmonella bacteria. (I can't help but think of the corny "Sam N Ella" food safety videos from grade school.)