GMOs coming soon to a farm near you?

Staring in the face of nearly $300 million dollars in losses in the agricultural sector due to the rains of October, the Salvadoran government is considering trials of genetically modified crops. Some people believe this to be the magic bullet for the struggling agriculture industry in the country. Corn, beans, rice, sugarcane, and coffee are…

In the Interest of Food Sovereignty, El Salvador Rejects GMO Seeds

On May 6, El Salvador’s president, Mauricio Funes, visited an agricultural cooperative in the municipality of Jiquilisquo in the department of Usulutan to speak about the government’s investments in the country’s agricultural producers and its efforts to achieve food sovereignty. His speech was timed with the start of the growing season, and Mr. Funes spoke…

Round ’em Up

I am a champion of local foods. And I am a huge promoter of organic foods, but not if it’s industrial organic because that seems antithetical to the intrinsic organic principles. I definitely do not support growing and eating genetically modified plants for the myriad reasons I outlined in a previous post. And while I…

The Current GMO Debate: Know Your Food!

GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms – have invaded our food system. It is a fact: the majority of items on the supermarket shelves contain genetically modified corn or soybeans. The meat and dairy items displayed in their refrigerated cases come from animals fed genetically modified grains (again, primarily corn and soybeans). Even the farmed salmon…