Browsing All posts tagged under »myth-busting«

“Big Organic”: Threat or Opportunity?

February 10, 2016

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I’m proud of the growth in the organic sector. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic sales in the United States have increased from $3.6 billion in  1997 to over $39 billion in 2014. This double-digit rate of growth holds true for Canada, too, which is now the fourth-largest organic market in the world. This […]

Feeding the World: Beyond the GMO/Organic Dichotomy

August 19, 2014

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Here’s an older post that never made it onto this blog. Originally published by The Genetic Literacy Project on March 25, 2014, this piece addresses common assumptions about organic agriculture’s ability to “feed the world” (including cost and yield) and calls for a recognition that there is no “one right answer” to this issue – in […]

Organic Farming and Modern Technology: Friend or Foe?

June 27, 2014

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Note: This post originally appeared on the Genetic Literacy Project website here. I just listened to a recent interview with Julie Borlaug, associate director for external relations for the Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. Julie is the daughter of the scientist who is often referred to as the ‘father of the […]

Deconstructing Don Huber – A Tale of Two Talks

January 10, 2014

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This is a story of two talks, both of which are almost identical. It’s also the story of two people, both of whom are also the same person. What separates both are a couple of years, perspective gained, and perspective lost. I first heard Dr. Don M. Huber, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology at Purdue […]

An Organic Farmer Walks into Monsanto…

December 13, 2013

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The story of how I came to be touring Monsanto starts back in late April and a blog post where I questioned the current tenor of the GMO debate. It caught the attention of Janice Person, a Social Media Director for Monsanto, who commented, “if you ever want to see what we do at Monsanto, I would love […]

Are GMOs Used to Make Organic Cheese?

June 7, 2013

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Recently, I’ve been part of some discussions relating to the use of enzymes derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic cheese production. The concern, or the assumption, is that they are employing the same GMO-derived chymosin (known less precisely as “rennet”) as about 70% of the cheese on the market today. That didn’t sound […]

Is There “Illegal GMO Wheat” in Kraft Mac & Cheese? NO!

May 31, 2013

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This is going to be quick and dirty, but I just came across a flurry of tweets regarding this topic and feel the need to address it. Vani Hari, aka “the Food Babe” is acting like she’s uncovered the conspiracy of the century because she discovered a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese that, upon […]