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)

3 Responsesto “Mini-Digest: Monsanto wants to “save” the world, Kill Bill Vol. 247, SOLE research in the pipeline”

  1. Jenni P says:

    I think the OSU study surprised me more than it does you, Janet. Much of my family lives in a small farming community just north of OSU’s main campus. Each summer I travel from Seattle to visit my aunt and uncle. Last year, I tried to do as much local shopping as possible. I did have to pay more for the local food I could find. The few cuts of grass-fed beef I traveled a half hour to get (and I was in farm country!) were dear. But there wasn’t much available. The local farmers’ market comprised about 6 booths, 2 of them for crafts (including neon synthetic candles). The Whole Foods had local eggs and a bit of local veg, but most of the produce was from California (and, disorientingly, from my own state of Washington).  Local food wherever I found it was more expensive, so the Midwestern folks who answered the survey would have to pay more if they want it, but if what I experienced is any indication, there isn’t much available to buy.

  2. Janet says:

    Interesting, Jenni. My suspicion is that availability is highly variable from one town to the next. Here in Lawrence, Kan., we have a Farmers Market that’s thriving, with more than 90 vendors, and they can sell only products they produce themselves. But, Lawrence (also a college town) has 85,000+ population and is surrounded by good farmland. Smaller communities perhaps don’t have a big enough population to support more than a minimal market–or maybe everyone just has a garden for himself/herself. Maybe the Jennifer, the Baklava Queen, who lives in Ohio, blogs here and on her own site and seems to eat almost exclusively locally, has some insights about Ohio. Jennifer?

  3. Katie says:

    Dammit. Now my last refuge of food when I dont have enough money to make it through the month in the black unless I can eat on $2-$3 a day (local farmers market food) is going to go away.