Archives for January, 2010

Roger Beachy has been attacked by some who feel that his willingness to fund work at his non-profit institute with Monsanto money will bias his work as director of NIFA. John Tierney does not think so. Read his opinion piece

Read Emily Waltz’ interview with Roger Beachy, the new director for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the new research funding arm of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). What does Beachy’s appoinment mean for researchers, farmers and consumers? Larger, longer grants with more money for education or extension, so the knowledge can…

Eat with the fullest pleasure

“Eating with the fullest pleasure- pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance- is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world”. Wendell Berry

“Whether it’s the science to slow global warming; the technology to protect our troops and confront bioterror and weapons of mass destruction; the research to find life-saving cures; or the innovations to remake our industries and create twenty-first century jobs–today, more than ever before, science holds the key to our survival as a planet and…

Food Dystopia

Last year, I attended a Food Symposium at the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride. Many of the speakers offered a simple solution to feeding the world in the face of a population that is expected to grow to 9.2 billion by the year 2050: Eat local. But how much impact will the “locavore” movement really have…

In an interview with The Times, Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development at Imperial College London and a former government adviser said that the ban on organic farmers using GM crops was based on an excessively rigid rejection of synthetic approaches to farming and a misconception that natural ways were safer and more environment- friendly…

Give to Haiti

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Dupont and Monsanto battle

The plot thickens. Reuter’s reports that DuPont submitted an 18-page report to the U.S. departments of justice and agriculture last Friday, alleging that Monsanto is unfairly using monopoly powers to drive up prices and defeat the competition. DuPont is asking U.S. regulators to force Monsanto to “rein in” its activities.

How to breed Tomatoes and Potatoes

My fabulous former student Karl Haro von Mogel has just posted another one of his plant breeding videos, this time on tomato and potato breeding. Check it out!

The Long Now Foundation has a fabulous website where you can make predictions about the future that are societally or scientifically important. Make a prediction or challenge a prediction.