Take the Harm out of Pharma and Industrial Crops

Genetically engineered crops designed for use as food carry their own concerns as detailed in Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey Smith. This position paper exposes the concerns surrounding the use of genetically engineered crops to produce pharmaceuticals and industrial components such as lubricating oils and enzymes for use in tanning or paper manufacturing. These crops . . . → Read More: Take the Harm out of Pharma and Industrial Crops

Seeds of Deception, Dr. Jeffery Smith

Seeds of Deception is a very readable book that gives a broad overview of the issues around the health and environmental consequences of genetically modified foods in the food supply, both animal and human. Readable is an appropriate adjective as it written well in a story format. Enjoyable is not an adjective I would use. . . . → Read More: Seeds of Deception, Dr. Jeffery Smith

The Influence of Bias on Research Regarding Health Advantages of Organic Food

This is my first attempt at a journal article that I would love to eventually publish. However, I find myself stuck between the academic research world and the world of the informed consumer. I have no interest in moving into the popular press. I say first attempt because my Doctoral Adviser, Dr. Liz Lipski, aptly . . . → Read More: The Influence of Bias on Research Regarding Health Advantages of Organic Food

Seedless Plants… Does Engineered Infertility Make Sense?

Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw . . . → Read More: Seedless Plants… Does Engineered Infertility Make Sense?

Why Do My Taxes Subsidize Fast Food?

Why is a hamburger cheaper than a salad?

What are the real costs of the processed foods and inexpensive chicken, hamburger and fish that I buy at the local grocery store?

After completing the Nutrition Politics and Policies course, I took a few weeks to do some deep breathing. The amount of information that is . . . → Read More: Why Do My Taxes Subsidize Fast Food?

Is Organic Worth It?

If you view value as more good stuff (nutrient dense) without the bad stuff (pesticides, hormones & concerns about genetic modification) then organic is certainly worth it. Marion Nestle explores other issues around the organic label in her book, What to Eat. She addresses many questions and I thought a summary might be in order.

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Stolen Harvest, Vandana Shiva

Shiva presents a compelling argument from the perspective of citizens of the southern hemisphere, most of whom are farmers. Health implications of genetically modified foods, chemical fertilizers and pesticides on consumers is mentioned, but the main focus is on the health, social and economic implications of those producing the food. Although this is an issue . . . → Read More: Stolen Harvest, Vandana Shiva

Why is the question, “What it eat?”, so complicated?

I love Marion Nestle’s answer in her book , What to Eat. As a professor of nutrition at NYU and a former adviser for several USDA, FDA and Health and Human Services committees, she has a unique perspective.

Nutrition topics are often controversial, and here is the short reason why: the science is complicated. Complicated . . . → Read More: Why is the question, “What it eat?”, so complicated?

Empty Harvest, Dr. Bernard Jensen & Dr. Mark Anderson

The subtitle, understanding the link between out food, our immunity and our planet, summarizes the mission of Jensen and Anderson in creating an awareness of the intimate relationship between our food supply, our health and environmental issues that concern us today. They provide a clear and compelling case that healthy soil delivers healthy crops that . . . → Read More: Empty Harvest, Dr. Bernard Jensen & Dr. Mark Anderson

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan

“What should we have for dinner? This book is a long and fairly involved answer to that seemingly simple question. Along the way, it also tries to figure out how such a simple question could ever have gotten so complicated.” (pg. 1) Michael Pollan is a fabulous writer and this is an enjoyable, easy to . . . → Read More: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan

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