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Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

On Sandwich Cookies, Salads, and Subsidies

I just returned from another weekend in New York—as on the last trip, I did a lot of walking and eating.

One of my favorite discoveries this time was the Chelsea Market. One hundred years ago, this sprawling warehouse complex was home to the National Biscuit Company’s bakeries, and birthplace of the Oreo cookie. Today, it houses a wide variety of food purveyors, many of them focused on bringing locally produced ingredients to New Yorkers’ tables. Read More

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Genetically Engineered Crops in the Real World – Bt Corn, Insecticide Use, and Honey Bees

One of the most frequently mentioned benefits of genetically engineered crops is a reduction in chemical pesticide use on corn and cotton. Read More

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Help Prevent the Dismantling of Sustainable Agriculture Science

I just returned from the annual Tri Societies meeting, a four day event where several thousand soil scientists, crops scientists, and agronomists get together to share their latest work.

Why should anyone care about a convocation of science nerds? Read More

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Gardening (and Farming) As If the Planet Depended on It

I’m a small-time urban gardener. I have bigger dreams, but I make do with a collection of containers on my postage stamp of a patio, and a border of perennials, shrubs, and small trees. This month, I’m harvesting the last Sungold tomatoes and a late flush of jalapeño peppers…and wishing I’d gotten my act together to start some fall greens to take their place.

I’m also beginning to think about tucking in the perennial beds with a protective, weed-suppressing, winter blanket of compost and mulch.

And more and more, I’m realizing that I’m part of a huge gardening movement. Read More

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Biodiversity: It’s Not Just about Pandas and Polar Bears

As I slogged into my garden, soaked by recent tropical storms and hurricane Irene, and pushed back the leaves of my zucchini plants, the wild bumblebee emerging from one of the flowers reminded me that I wasn’t doing all of the work in this plot of vegetables. Read More

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Will Genetic Engineering Divert Us from Essential Food Production Science?

Climate change, increasing population, greater demand for animal products, and the un-sustainability of current food production: All will challenge our ability to produce enough food in coming decades. Read More

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