TAG: food supply

Food Chains: Revealing The True Cost Of A Purchase

Food Chains: Revealing The True Cost Of A Purchase

Transparency in the food supply is more important than ever. It is great to know more about where our food is grown, raised and what it contains. However, for those of us who wonder where our food actually comes from, we also need to be aware of who is behind the production. Farmers, laborers and families represent the force behind our food supply. A new must-see documentary has just been released called Food Chains that exposes this largely unnoticed operation and the real people who are behind stocking our shelves. The spotlight is placed on the U.S. agricultural industry, government… read more

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

Keeping track of everything in the food supply is nearly impossible. While label reading and careful consumption certainly helps, we all know what an extra effort it can be to try and uncover the potentially harmful and amplify the beneficial. The following resources are a few clever tools that are helpful and simple to use. Though no one wants yet another gadget to have to carry around, there is one on the table that promises to put you in the know regarding ingredients. The SCiO is a handheld molecular sensor available for preorder that can analyze nearly every component it comes… read more

Beautiful Sustenance

Beautiful Sustenance

Seeds are one of nature’s many miracles that may often go unnoticed, though their importance is paramount in sustaining human life. One look into some of the issues surrounding the seed industry is called Open Sesame The Story of Seeds. This film discusses a growing seed movement, but also brings focus to the significance of food supply preservation. To start your own seed supply or to enhance a home garden, check out seed conservation tips from Native Seeds, a nonprofit organization. From pollination to storage, their instructional page will provide an idea of some of the basics of caring for seeds. Try… read more

U. S. To Phase Out Some Antibiotics In Animal Feed

U. S. To Phase Out Some Antibiotics In Animal Feed

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently instated a proposal that would begin to eliminate the antibiotics used for non-medical purposes in animal feed in the U.S. Their plan is to initiate a voluntary process in which the feed products containing antibiotics used solely for enhanced growth and food production would be phased out. Antibiotics used for enhancement purposes are put in animal feed or drinking water in order to make the animals gain weight quickly. It is also used to reduce the amount of food that is needed to increase bulk in the animals. It is commonly used… read more

People Have Had It With GMOs

People Have Had It With GMOs

Cities across the globe have been participating in protests against the colossal agricultural company, Monsanto. There have numerous recent marches and awareness campaigns to address the increasing concerns over the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs and other agro-chemicals. The company has been scrutinized for holding back food safety research on GMOs that provides information which shows that they are harmful to the environment and human health. Researchers who have examined how they impact the body’s system, including animal research, have concluded that there are in fact staggering results from using the altered additives. Jeffrey Smith, an author and activist, points… read more

So, Where Did The Weird Wheat Come From?

So, Where Did The Weird Wheat Come From?

A curious thing appeared in a wheat field in Eastern Oregon recently. Attempting to get rid of some out of harvest wheat plants that sprouted, farmers noticed that the plants did not respond to a commonly used herbicide called glyphosate. They knew this was not a normal type of wheat. Oregon State researchers were called in to examine the crop for why it was unaffected by the herbicide, and it was found that the plants were in fact genetically resistant to the substance. Further investigation revealed that the plants came from a particular wheat strain produced by a St. Louis, Missouri… read more

Inquiry Into Agrarian Communities

Inquiry Into Agrarian Communities

Agrarian communities have been documented in many cultures as a means for sustaining local inhabitants. Agrarianism farming concepts focus more on agricultural good for the commonwealth, and not on industrialization and profitable products. There is also the realization that agriculture has the potential to support and sustain communities, and farmers of the land are held in high regard. Some who examine food security issues question whether or not the concept of the first agrarian communities would be beneficial if currently reinstated on a larger scale, and suggest that these types of farms can be proposed as a model for food… read more