This week’s Weekly Round Up is dedicated to GMOs —well, maybe more appropriately, food wars — kind of by accident. I don’t know, but a lot of articles and information I stumbled across this week dealt with GMOs and the science behind them — and marketing campaigns having to do with GMOs, and conventionally-produced food, and red meat and geesh. There was a lot of stuff this week.
So buckle up. Here’s the unusually long May 15 edition of the Weekly Round Up.
- This one comes from a favorite site of mine, Ask The Farmers. This post deals with the safety of conventionally-produced food versus organic food. It’s well-balanced and contains some great information.
- This. I suppose it’s a departure from the “food wars” theme, but whatever. It’s a Jersey cow, so it had to make an appearance this week.
- This piece, from the Washington Post. It finally put into words some of the thoughts I’ve had the last couple of weeks after Chipotle’s “We’re over GMOs” announcement. Even if you’re a believer in Chipotle’s decision to cast GMO foods aside, this article is an excellent read, asking some important questions about today’s society in general. It’s definitely worth your time.
“But Chipotle, Whole Foods and those who follow their examples are doing real social harm. They are polluting public discourse on scientific matters. They are legitimizing an approach to science that elevates Internet medical diagnosis, social media technological consensus and discredited studies in obscure journals. They are contributing to a political atmosphere in which people pick their scientific views to fit their ideologies, predispositions and obsessions. And they are undermining public trust in legitimate scientific authority, which undermines the possibility of rational public policy on a range of issues.
“Whatever the intention of those involved, embracing pseudoscience as the centerpiece of an advertising and branding effort is an act of corporate irresponsibility.”
- This one, which comes from the Illinois Farm Families blog. I love it when someone who has never visited or experienced a farm — and has some preconceived notions — finally gets their boots dirty and sees that, maybe, farmers aren’t that bad after all. Check it out.
- This. Because it seems appropriate, given this week’s round up.
- This piece, from NPR, which talks about the origin of GMO foods. Did you know it wasn’t just 20 years ago, but rather, thousands of years ago? And the article is about sweet potatoes, and who doesn’t like sweet potatoes?
- This blog post, from Feedyard Foodie. In it, she tackles a commonly asked question — or comment — that she receives on her blog. Like the post from Ask The Farmer, this post deals with conventionally-raised beef versus grass-fed beef, but Anne does a great job of getting down to the guts of the issue, and providing concrete examples of why her family farms the way they do. Be sure to check it out.
- One final ‘GMO’ post from Minnesota Farm Living. A quick list of 10 Things You May Not Know About GMOs.
- And today’s final entry, because it’s hilarious, comes from The New Yorker. Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans. You know you want to read it…