December 02, 2014

11:36 PM | Nicaraguan Farmers Turn to Tarantulas As A Cash Crop Amid Historic Drought
Nicaragua is Central America’s poorest country. Many Nicaraguans farm for a living, relying upon crops like coffee, corn, beans and sugarcane to make money. But this past summer, the northern part of Nicaragua was hit by one of the worst droughts in recent memory. The drought ravaged the country’s crops, which in turn led to rapid increases in the prices of staple foods. The situation got so bad at one point that the Nicaraguan government began to encourage its […]

November 23, 2014

10:20 PM | Vaccines from GMO corn–science deniers everywhere faint
For me, the “Big Four” of science denialism are climate change, evolution, vaccines and genetically modified crops or food. There are a few others, and some actually tie into the Big Four, like denying the scientific fact called Germ Theory, which states that some diseases are caused by microorganisms. Antivaccination forces embrace wholeheartedly the denial of […]Continue reading «Vaccines from GMO corn–science deniers everywhere faint»

November 21, 2014

3:24 PM | Agricultural Production Affects Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Cycle
Crop production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbon dioxide, with corn playing a leading role, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants inhale, and then [...]

November 19, 2014

11:00 PM | What does science say about GMO’s–they’re safe
Updated 19 November 2014. The science deniers of the world, whether they deny evolution, global warming, vaccines, or GMO safety, spend their time inventing pseudoscience to support their beliefs and claims. As I have written previously, “Pseudoscience is easy. It doesn’t take work. It’s the lazy man’s (or woman’s) “science.” But it has no value, […]Continue reading «What does science say about GMO's–they're safe»

November 18, 2014

7:46 PM | Nosetretcher alert: Simplified explanations blur understanding of food industry
Dorothy Farrell, a columnist for something called Pipe Dream, writes that, “As I grew up, I discovered that most hamburgers come from a place called a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO). Many of those animals do not enjoy simple luxuries … Continue reading →
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