Sustainable Agriculture

Virgil on September 30, 2013

This is going to be one of those “I told you so” posts, but at least scientists are slowly and finally waking up to farming practices that have worked for thousands of years and were destroyed (or in the process of destruction) by modern science and their government and agribusiness allies. So, some scientists are […]

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Virgil on December 31, 2012

I have seen some trends developing over the past few years and am throwing out my predictions for the state of food in 2013. This mainly applies to the United States because the rest of the developed world and much of the undeveloped world is far more advanced when it comes to food and food […]

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Virgil on December 21, 2012

I love yogurt, plain yogurt, not the sickly sweet kinds with fruit or flavored. I love a little tang and the purity of freshly made yogurt and the Greek yogurt in the grocery store can be very nice tasting, although you have to be careful to avoid milk from cows that have been given growth […]

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Virgil on December 18, 2012

With all the issues surrounding the economy and looming fiscal cliff, people aren’t paying attention to everything going on in Congress. Monsanto and the other GMO producing and pushing companies have suceeded is slipping disastrous riders into pending legislation. The goal is to make it impossible for GMO seeds and crops to be proven safe before they […]

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From our friends at Food Democracy Now! It’s time to Stop Monsanto  – Join Us for the Food Fight of the Century to label GMOs! Dear Virgil, Tonight is Halloween and there’s nothing more frightening than the future that Monsanto and the giant pesticide companies have in store for us. In just six days, on […]

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Virgil on October 28, 2012

One of the wonderful things about being home from Iraq is the ability to get good food. Regardless of what you think the food tastes like, the food is of the lowest quality possible, I call it sub-institutional level. The contractor gets paid a lot per head per meal, but they get the lowest cost […]

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Virgil on October 3, 2012

Making a huge splash in the press recently is that it looks like some folks are finally admitting that genetically engineered (GE), also called genetically modified organisms (GMO), crops cause a new class of weeds resistant to herbicides. They are being dubbed superweeds because the increased use of herbicides on GE crops has super (no […]

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Modern agricultural science, while often very good, never ceases to amaze me in terms of shortsightedness and ignorance of anything outside their extremely narrow comfort zone called conventional (or industrial) agriculture. USDA and big agribusiness, which largely controls these scientists, certainly makes matters worse. So, I was stunned when I read of some Washington State […]

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Virgil on September 19, 2012

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Kickstarter. It is a platform for anyone to help fund creative projects. You can contribute as little as $1.00 and help make a project happen. I have backed three projects and Growing Cities is one of them. It is pretty cool to be able to […]

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Last week, a Stanford University study was published which got way more press that one would expect. For example, you can read one article written just after the study’s release in the New York Times: Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce. Essentially, the study claims that organic products are not […]

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