TAG: Crops

On The Menu: Genetically Modified Organisms

GMO's

66% of those who participated in a poll in the U.S. showed a preference for manufacturer’s food labels to reveal what products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Since over 90% of U.S. corn crops are genetically modified, it is no wonder more insightful consumers are in support of transparent food labeling. Genetically modified foods are among us and have been for some time, and you might not even know you are ingesting the experimental fares. In primary school you may have learned that by putting a seed in a cup, providing good dirt, water and sunlight you would soon have… read more

Corn: A Kernel Of Destruction

Corn Kernels

Corn has become an inescapable additive to both edible and non-edible products. Every day, we are bombarded with corn derived products. Sodas laden with corn-syrup, ketchup, tortillas, ice cream, candy – foods far from resembling the light golden kernels of freshly husked corn – are a constant source of corn and its most prevalent by-product, corn-syrup. The use of which has increased diabetes and obesity rates. In addition, the majority of corn grown in the U.S. goes to feed livestock. But it doesn’t end with our diets. The excess of corn brought on by overproduction leaves the USDA scrambling for other avenues… read more

The Quest for a Chemical Free Garden

The Quest for a Chemical Free Garden

A few summers back, I tried to have a completely organic garden…and failed. Miserably. My garden was free of all pesticides and chemicals, and the only protection was fencing to keep the wildlife out. Good cultivated earth, nutrient-rich topsoil, seeds, sun and water only. It’s amazing how these simple ingredients can invite a whole slew of little things, overnight even, that will take over your entire carefully tendered space. My organic experience ended up looking like, well, a science fiction experiment. Several strange creatures swarmed my garden, and at times my entire yard. The party had started, and it lasted… read more

The Impact on Humans if Bees Become Extinct

Endangered Bees

Many bee species have been dying out in recent years, with honeybees suffering the most dramatic decline. The loss of bees has been attributed to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, mite infestations, infections, and possibly even cell phone radiation. Monoculture (growing single crops) is also a problem because bees are less healthy when they consume only one type of food. Bees are critical to the sustainability of our food supply. Loss of the pollination services that bees provide would wipe out around 80% of our food plants. If we lost the bees completely, we’d lose the majority of our fruits,… read more

Share Your Harvest

Excess crops to share

Unstable access to food should not be blamed on a lack of resources, but rather the lack of their distribution. Every day, over 50 million Americans live with food insecurity, relying on food pantries as their main supplier of nutrition. Sustained largely by donations of canned and packaged goods, food pantries (also known as “food cupboards” or “food shelves”) are rarely able to offer visitors fresh produce. In addition, the food banks that supply the pantries have less frequent delivery dates than a grocery store would, making a constant supply of fresh fruits and vegetables impossible. Meanwhile, over 40 million… read more

This Test Can Identify GMO’s In Food

This Test Can Identify GMO’s In Food

Growing concerns over genetically modified foods have many consumers on the lookout for more information. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs’) may be added to some foods to increase their beneficial properties. For instance, to boost nutrient levels or to make crops less susceptible to insects. Many in the food industry adhere to current labeling guidelines, accurately stating the contents in their products and whether or not they are GMO free. However, both consumers and regulatory expectations are demanding more detailed information to be inclusive of all food products. Researchers have zoned in on this concern, and have actually developed an interesting… read more

Modifying Orange DNA To Prevent Their Demise

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Did you know that over the past few years while you were sleeping, a new virus strain was slowly ravaging the world’s supply of oranges? Yeah, neither did we. It’s affecting farmer’s crops globally, and in the United States, the state of Florida (one of the world’s largest producers of orange juice) has been hit pretty hard. The disease essentially sours an orange and leaves it half-green, and totally inedible. Back in 2005, the disease finally reached “the sunshine state”, forcing orange growers to come up with a plan. Together, a community of roughly 8,000 farmers searched high and low… read more

Eco friendly wine

Green wine

Green wine doesn’t exactly sound very palatable to the average oenophile; however its popularity has grown rapidly around the world. There are many types of ‘Green Wine’ and unless you live in Portugal and are au fait with Vinho Verde (literally green wine) which translates as “young wine” with slight pétillance, ‘green wine’ means that it is cultivated in an environmentally friendly way. There are organic wines, biodynamic wines and organically grown grapes. All labelled under the umbrella of ‘green’, yet their meanings are very different. Biodynamic wineries are fast taking a strong hold on viticulture (the science, production and… read more