Mini-Digest: Monsanto wants to “save” the world, Kill Bill Vol. 247, SOLE research in the pipeline
You say crisis, we say …Croesus: Monsanto has launched a massive PR campaign (New York Times) promising to double the yields of corn, soy, and cotton using genetically modified seeds. Never mind that its most successful GM seed to date has produced lower yields while requiring higher inputs and actually increasing, not reducing, the use of herbicides. It claims to be just trying to help address the world food crisis, but we're not buying it and neither is "Uncertain Peril" author Claire Hope Cummings.
Farm Bill Go-Round: The bill keeps circling back, and now George Bush is threatening to veto it again. (Brownfield Network)
Put your research where our mouths are: UNC scholars will study sustainable farming and its effect on public health. Getting some data behind the assertions would be a very good thing. (UNC News)
Locavores no cheapskates: Ohio State research finds that people are willing to pay more for local foods, too. (We could have told them that!) (OSU News)
Globalization hazards: Food from who-knows-where may not have been raised with the same sanitation standards as in the United States, which could make us sick. (Eureka Alert)
A mild case of the flu: Tyson preemptively destroys 15,000 chickens possessing bird-flu antibodies, just in case. And, really, it's the weak kind. And it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with industrial-style chicken barns. Meanwhile, the company is getting rid of its antibiotic-free labels in the wake of USDA's ever-evolving rules. (Brownfield Network)
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