Archives for September, 2011

Strawberries are a particularly pest prone crop. To control these pests, more than 9.5 million pounds of pesticides, including over 3 million pounds of methyl bromide, a toxic ozone-depleting chemical is applied each year. Methyl bromide is also associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer in farm workers. We all like strawberries, but this…

The food dialogues

Today I am in NYC participating in the “Food Dialogues”, a discussion with farmers and ranchers in four US locations about food and farming. The program is sponsored by the US farmers and ranchers alliance. Right now Secretary Vilsack is speaking with host Claire Shipman. He says “diversity makes sense..we need all kinds of agriculture…