food

A pound of strawberries… and a little something special

March 3, 2007

One of the things that interested me about last years’ e.coli in spinach thing was that it underlined how little we know about where/how our food is produced. There’s a whole vast network of growers, packagers, distributors, and sales outlets and we have a pretty imperfect understanding of what happens to, say, our lettuce or […]

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When Democracy becomes moot

February 27, 2007

The whole GMO thing has gotten me thinking about where we’re headed as a democracy. Technically, the democracy thing means that the general populace has a strong say in their local/regional/national governance. And when it was first created, it seems like it must have been pretty okay. When the only things you really needed to […]

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GMO’s and Farmers

February 27, 2007

This is related to my spluttering about GMO’s on Daniel Abraham’s blog a week or so ago… Dr. Katherine Miller (who happens to be teaching a course this semester on sci-fi and science, how cool is that?) just pointed me to the Monsanto vs Schmeiser case, in which a farmer was sued by Monsanto for […]

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