Food Chain Weekly News Topic
GOING TO GROUND
Food Chain Radio Show #922
June 1, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts: Judith Schwartz, Author
Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
Can livestock be managed to restore soil?
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
This advice may have worked eighty years ago, but that apple has since lost about 50% of its calcium and over 80% of its phosphorus, iron, and magnesium. To keep the doctor away today, we must now eat about five apples a day!
What happened to the food in our food?
There are two ways to grow a plant: One way, which we have come to call the “organic” way, is to feed the soil with life, and then to allow for the decomposition of that life in the soil to feed the plant. The other way, which might be called the “synthetic” way, is to bypass the soil and feed the plant directly with synthesized nutrients.
Most of our food is now produced the synthetic way, on an industrial scale. As a consequence, the role soil plays in the production of food is different than it was 80 years ago. Where soil was the source of nutrients, it is now an inert medium through which plants can be fed nutrients.
This synthetic technology has given us a great amount of control over the production of our food, and has allowed for the industrial scale with which we now grow our food. With control, however, comes responsibility. We are now responsible for providing all the nutrition plants need. If we fail to do so, plants will not provide us with all the nutrition we need.
Who among us is smart enough to know which nutrients plants need, in what quantity, and at what time? We do our best, but given the nutritional quality of our apple, and the state of our health, it would seem as though we should be going to ground. And so we ask…
Can livestock be managed to restore our soil?
Cocaine + Caffeine= Coca Cola - Guest: Mark Pendergrast, Author of "The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company that Makes It"
Mark Pendergrast joins Michael Olson to discuss the history of the iconic American soft drink. Learn about the trials and errors of one of America's biggest companies. To find out more about Mark and his book click here: http://markpendergrast.com/coca-cola
Food Chain Weekly News Topic
EXOGENOUS SEMIOTIC ENTROPY
Herbicide Glyphosate (Roundup)
Food Chain Radio Show #920
May 18, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
********* Michael Olson hosts: Stephanie Seneff, PhD, Senior Research Scientist
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
I recently sat in on a Food Dialogues panel discussion titled “The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers.”
This discussion, which took place in Chicago at the International Bio convention in front of an audience of biotech people from biotech companies like Monsanto and DuPont, quickly became a tug of words between organic and conventional agriculture. One of the panelists, Dr. Bob Goldberg, was the author of the ballot argument against California’s Proposition 37 GMO Labeling initiative, and so had lots of words with which to tug, and was very good at tugging.
Nevertheless, I was there to tell the audience why I think people are uncertain about their technologies, and the foods those technologies produce, and so offered up something like this:
“You have at your hands a marvelous new technology which has the capacity for ultimate good, and ultimate bad. You have made it possible for one farmer to grow thousands of acres of food crops with no weeds, and therefore have made their lives much better, and yourselves, much wealthier. But what did consumers get? They got food drenched in herbicide and infused with pesticide. And some of those consumers are starting to ask, ‘What’s to eat?’”
Those who manufacture herbicide-resistant plants say that the herbicide saturated foods are safe for people and mammals to eat. The herbicides go right straight through us, they say, and they have the science to back up what they say. And who am I to doubt the wisdom of their science?
Then I ran across the following in the journal Entropy: “… glyphosate is the “textbook example of exogenous semiotic entropy.” And… “Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.”
This leads us to ask the author of that Entropy article…
Is the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) safe to eat?