Farmers have been developing favorable traits by selectively breeding crops since the beginning of agriculture. The age old practice of creating more tolerant and pest resistant plants with higher yield has turned into a complicated, and sometimes secretive and modern process of genetic engineering. With modern technology, alterations can be made directly to the DNA of various plants. With only a few companies leading the market in genetically modified crops, and sometimes entire strains becoming eradicated by a single illness, controversy envelops present-day regulations concerning genetically modified foods. Issues being discussed include the safety and treatment of farmers, gene-patenting, food affordability, the environment, and the quality assurance of the crops being produced. How do genetically modified foods affect humans and other wildlife? Do consumers have the right to know when genetically modified crops are present in food products?
Before you take another bite, have you ever stopped to consider what you are really eating? Lately, there has been growing concern across the nation in regard to where our food comes from and how it is produced. It would be nice to believe that when we go into our local grocery store the items we buy are completely natural and geared to maximizing our overall health; however, this is not entirely the case.
Imagine going to the grocery store; this is one of the first times you have had to go about buying your own groceries and making sure you are getting all the vitamins and nutrients that come from the foods we eat. In every section of the store, you see foods labeled organic, Non-G.M.O., or contains G.M.O.s. Does it matter which one you pick? Does one have more health benefits compared to the others? Are they all safe to eat? There is no clear answer because there is a lot of debate around G.M.O. use for our produce, but that does not keep people from buying those products.
Ok, so this post is circling back to the post about permaculture that I did pre-Christmas, and whilst not exactly about permaculture it is about agro-biodiversity. I see the two topics as being intimately inter-related as they both seem to stem from utilising land to the best of its ability, and along with hydroponics and vertical farming may be part of the solution to feeding urban populations.
Genetically Modified (GM) organisms are those who have had their genetic characteristics altered by having a modified gene or had a gene from another organism inserted by a genetic engineering technique.
There is an alarming percentage of food brands owned by Monsanto. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Monsanto Company has maintained a large presence in the industrialization of agriculture. As time has passed, we’ve seen that this corporation has done far more harm than good. From incorporating artificial additives to genetically modifying organisms, Monsanto has smeared their name on the world’s agricultural landscape. You’ll learn the food brands owned by Monsanto, and you’ll see why this is the last time you buy from them again.
You don't have to be rocket scientist - or a master chef - to cook a potato to perfection. Just follow the scientific formula T=r²/c. Master chefs such as Gordon Ramsay or Mario Battali might not appreciate taking cooking advice from a scientist, but according to Dr. Peter Barhman, people have been cooking potatoes the wrong way for centuries. Barhman, a retired physicist, claims that cooks should follow the formula T =r²/c to properly cook a potato. T is the cooking time, r is the radius of the potato, and c is the constant that depends on the water's heat capacity and the diffusivity of the water and the potato. Though culinary experts might scoff at his academic approach, Barham's theory about how to cook the perfect potato may inject a little science into kitchensaround the world.
If some types of food can make you hungrier than before you ate, than what's the point of dieting? According to a recent study, 52% of Americans believed doing their taxes was easier than figuring out how to eat healthy. That makes selecting the nearly 2,000 pounds of food an average American eats each year more of a challenge than a simple chore.