Want to stick it to Monsanto? March for public investment and open data

A while back, I interviewed a plant geneticist who expressed extreme frustration over the measly funds that were available for research into biotechnology. The scientist’s own research was quite exciting in and of itself because of its potential to profoundly improve current agricultural problems across the world by improving yield, while reducing fertilizer overuse. Intrigued,Continue reading “Want to stick it to Monsanto? March for public investment and open data”

What environmental groups don’t understand about biotech

On May 27, the “Take the Flour Back” environmentalist group plans to take “mass action” in efforts to remove more than $1 million worth of research in biotechnology. Their purpose, according to their website, is one of “mass decontamination” of what they see is a threat to farmers, the food supply, health of consumers, and biodiversity. What this protestContinue reading “What environmental groups don’t understand about biotech”

One Tomato at a Time: Feeding the World with Controlled Environment Agriculture

Tomatoes grown with controlled environment agriculture A simple insalata caprese served to bring about a possible, worldwide agricultural revolution in Tucson, Ariz. Each tomato in the Capri-style dish was a product of gardening perfection, grown within a precise range of “Goldilocks” (not too hot, not too cold) temperatures with a steady supply of light, carbonContinue reading “One Tomato at a Time: Feeding the World with Controlled Environment Agriculture”

Can We Prevent a Food Crisis while Preserving Biodiversity?

To feed a crowded planet and avoid further loss of species, Nina Fedoroff, professor of biology at Penn State University and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), argues for more focus on biotechnology and controlled environment agriculture. “Time is not on our side,” she said in a keynote address at a research reports andContinue reading “Can We Prevent a Food Crisis while Preserving Biodiversity?”

Antibiotic resistance: "One of the Greatest Threats to Public Health"

Lance Price In the United States, there are nine billion food animals produced annually including, 34 million cattle, 108 million hogs, 267 mililon turkeys, and 8.9 billion broilers. In contrast, there is only a human population of about 300 million people. Only a fraction of those people will be treated with antibiotics (for 10 days orContinue reading “Antibiotic resistance: "One of the Greatest Threats to Public Health"”

Living Food Walls for Disadvantaged Youth, Sustainable Communities

The first living wall as it’s constructed in South Africa. My friend Warren Te Brugge has taken on a project that deserves the attention of all who are interested in the ideals of sustainable communities and food security in all parts of the world. His new foundation My Arms Wide Open® is building the first-ever living food wallsContinue reading “Living Food Walls for Disadvantaged Youth, Sustainable Communities”