agriculture

EconTalk: Taleb on GMOs

Another great EconTalk episode. This time with Mr. Taleb on GMOs and more. He hasn’t necessarily changed my mind, but it’s definitely thought-provoking. At one point near the end Taleb mentions that he is not concerned about anti-biotic use/abuse. That…

Why The Butter Shortage?

This isn’t good. Japan faces specter of a butter-less Christmas: “TOKYO — Yes, Virginia, there is a butter shortage. Supermarkets in Japan have been rationing butter since spring because of a shortfall in raw milk production. Now, there’s concern there…

Good Article on Progress and GMOs

Also see: Dark Green Day & Norman Borlaug: Humanitarian Hero Versus Doomsayers When Activism Kills – Hoover Institution: “In fact, no one has yet documented a single case of illness from GM foods, even as about 3,000 people a year…

Monstrous Alaskan Veggies

So that’s what 20 hours of sunlight will do. Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun : The Salt : NPR: “Everything in Alaska is a little bit bigger — even the produce. A 138-pound cabbage,…

But It’s Natural!

Flesh-eating bacteria, hurricanes, halitosis, ebola, malaria, typhoid … all “natural” things. Soap, antibiotics, pasteurization, refrigeration, iPhones … all man-made things. RealClearScience – The Biggest Myth About Organic Farming: “The majority of Americans believe that organic foods are healthier than food…

They Got It Half Right

I’d like to see them nix the whole thing. The farm bill vote gives credence to Democrats’ favorite ‘straw-man’ argument: Then, on July 11, a funny thing happened. The Republican leadership split up the two portions of the farm bill…

Quick Look At Agricultural Subsidies

Many on the right (I think rightly, for the most part) get upset when they see welfare at the individual level, particularly when it’s obviously abused beyond even its normal intentions. But they fail to get concerned about (or perhaps even see)…

Cowen On World Hunger …

A good column in the NYT, from Dr. Cowen. (HT: Radley Balko) World Hunger, the Problem Left Behind – Economic View – NYTimes.com “There is no shortage of writing — often from a locavore point of view — in support…