Tag Archive for 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,…

The Milkman Cometh, Again

Fun and interesting story. We were getting milk delivered to our door as recently as maybe 1995. The Milkman’s Comeback Means Dairy At The Door And More : NPR: “All over the country, trucks are now delivering fresh milk, organic…

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…

On GMO Oats and Cheerios

I thought this was kind of interesting. Though I’m not necessarily convinced about the “never will be” angle. Why There Are No GMO Oats (and Probably Never Will Be) – Modern Farmer: “Nevertheless, demand for oats has been falling for…

Milk Prices, Again

Seems like this comes up every year or so. And it’s one of those stories that makes it tough to know where to begin. Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again : The Salt : NPR “The leaders of the House…