Digest – Commentary & Blogs: Organic+GM0s=win-win?; Swim with Jim; PB & Jeffries


starThis one's for you, Anastasia: Very interesting argument by Pamela Ronald, UC Davis plant pathology professor (and co-author with her organic-farmer husband of "Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food"), that we should be focusing on a hybrid agricultural model of both genetic engineering and organic farming to feed future populations. We're listening. But until non-industry-funded, multi-disciplinary risk-management studies are performed on GM crops — and human error is taken into account — we're still thinking organic is better off going it alone. (The Boston Globe)


starYou had us at "upchuck rebellion": Kat leads a rousing big cheer for Jim Hightower's new book, "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow." (Eating Liberally)

Annals of farming: Hog farmer Walter Jeffries takes delivery of a ton of Ben & Jerry's outdated peanut butter for his pigs. If only he'd gotten a picture of the first few test chomps... (Sugar Mountain Farm)

Just saying no to Big Brother: One farmer intends to burn her copy of the United States 2007 Census of Agriculture. (Granny Miller)

Ew! There could be Splenda in our drinking water! (Julie's Health Club/Chicago Trib)

Students build bike-powered grain crusher (TreeHugger)

2 Responsesto “Digest – Commentary & Blogs: Organic+GM0s=win-win?; Swim with Jim; PB & Jeffries”

  1. Thank you for sharing that article! I'm very happy to see that I'm not the only person who thinks the best agriculture would be a careful combination of technology and organic methods. Dr. Ronald is now on my list of possible labs to post-doc in :)

  2. I not only know Pamela Ronald personally, but I interviewed her on this topic a couple years ago, and knew about the book in the works. Now I'm going to have to pick this up!