A Plea for Young Farmers

In this week’s El Diario de Hoy, a short article cited a lack of young experience as one of the major pitfalls in revitalizing agriculture in El Salvador. A renewed interest in farming by youth would help to improve food security, ecological degradation, as well as human capital. The article urges young people to head…

The Apple of My Goodbye

I love apples. I grew up in New England where going apple picking was a family ritual each fall. I was wandering among the rolling orchards picking McIntosh apples from trees planted in neat rows long before the words “Macintosh” and “apple” became synonymous with computers. Of course the apples were not always McIntosh –…

Worried about food dyes? Eat local food!

Certain dyes and preservatives used in foods have long been known to have carcinogenic effects, as tested on laboratory animals. One dye or preservative at a time. But now recent studies are further linking these same chemicals that pervade our foods with the increases in hyperactivity in kids. And other studies are finally (FINALLY!!!!) going…

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…