Digest – Commentary & Blogs: Scary new pesticide, folic acid solution, post-peak-oil soil


star Pedal to the methyl: Tom Philpott documents step by meticulous step the ill-advised, crony-capitalistic path taken to approve methyl iodide, a new, highly toxic fumigant favored by large-scale strawberry and other fruit growers – which might just be worse than the methyl bromide it’s supposed to replace. (Grist)

Or, you could eat dark green, leafy vegetables, whole wheat bread, beans peas, buts, seeds, sprouts, oranges, grapefruits, liver, other organ meats, even poultry:: A pediatric cardiologist writes movingly of the debate over whether more folic acid supplements should be added to flour to prevent defects of the spinal column in newborns. Bizarrely to us, the article fails to mention all the foods that naturally contain folic acid, or to suggest that dietary education is as viable a tool as spiking a processed food like white flour. (New York Times)

Vote with your pitchforks: Oregon farmer Day Owen is leading a grassroots rebellion against the indiscriminate spraying of herbicides on clearcut areas, and on the fact that Oregon’s protective agencies seemed to be spokespersons for big timber and big pesticide companies. (The Register-Guard)

Doing their corporate homework: Renegade School Lunch Lady Ann Cooper and another reformer attempt to make sense of all the latest stories and reports on the battle over school food, both school lunches and "a la carte" or "competitive" foods. (Gristmill)

BLOGS, etc.

Revolution begins in the back yard: In response to Richard Heinberg’s lecture, "What Will We Eat as the Oil Runs Out?", Sharon of Causaubon’s Notebook looks at whether Cuba’s transition to organic agriculture could happen in the United States. Bottom line: yes, but only through a bottom-up process, ie — we all need to start learning to grow our own food. Jon Rynn over at Gristmill has a similar view.

Another reason not to buy produce from TJ’s: The food-waste vigilante notes that the feel-good grocery chain encourages the same amount of food waste that CostCo or Sam’s Club does — in bulk. (Wasted Food)

starThe Locavore’s Guide to New York City (Local Fork)

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