Genetically Modified Foods are completely harmless!


Probably not a GM strawberry...

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Okay, so I can’t claim to know if Genetically Modified (GM/GMO) foods are completely harmless as we just don’t know yet.  Some variants may be absolutely safe, positive contributions to our food systems, but I fear they’re getting broad brush approval due to financial concerns.  Given time, we’ll learn whether or not they are loaded with hidden dangers.  Connecticut is considering legislation which would require all GM foods be labeled as such.  This seems a fair approach as it would then give consumers the opportunity to make informed choices.  It would also help raise our collective level of awareness, as I believe few know how pervasive these products are.  It’s probably no surprise that I advocate for the precautionary principle* as this wouldn’t be the first time technological progress preceded scientific knowledge of a technology’s drawbacks. Continue reading

Lunch on a Budget


Having coffee at the end of a bike ride this afternoon, I overheard the following exchange between an older gentlemen and a cashier:

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McChicken and a McDouble today sir?

No. Just the McDouble today.

$1 and 8 cents, sir.

I can’t claim to know the motivations of the customer (Maybe this is the food he prefers and money doesn’t play into the decision.) but my intuition screams that I just witnessed a microcosm of the growing poverty in America.  So I have to ask, are these the kinds of choices you want to make in the future?  And, are you okay with people being forced to live this way?  The train is on the wrong track and those in position to change direction are instead throwing more fuel on the fire.  It’s time to reassess what’s important and start demanding better.  We need to get after it now, before it’s to late.

The clock is ticking.

Humanity at the 4th Agricultural Crossroads: A Choice of Cleverness or Wisdom


Harvard University Extension School

Humanity at the 4th Agricultural Crossroads:

A Choice of Cleverness or Wisdom

ENVR-120 Environmental Ethics & Land Management

Department of Environmental Management

BY

Chris Oestereich

 

St. Louis, MO

December, 2011

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Convenience Jumps the Shark


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It’s day 1 of my personal post-a-day challenge. The makers of Ballpark Franks made this one easy for me by placing a new product on the market, the individually wrapped hotdog.  What do you think? Am I way off the mark here? Or, is it time for our food systems to start taking sustainability seriously? Please weigh in with your thoughts.

The #PlanetHome Chat Wrap


I stumbled upon a twitter chat featuring Jeffrey Hollender (Twitter id: @JeffHollender) & Alexandra Zissu (Twitter id: @AlexandaZissu) called Planet Home. (Twitter hashtag: #PlanetHome) The chat was apparently in support of Jeffrey & Alexandra’s book of the same name.  I really enjoyed the chat and thought I’d share a few of the highlights.

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