Posted on April 21, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Can food production keep pace with demand?
Cuts in research threaten ability to keep pace with growing demand
FRISCO — A top food expert says the world could be facing a serious food shortage in 40 years, when production won’t be able to keep up with growing demand.
“For the first time in human history, food production will be limited on a global scale by the availability of land, water and energy,” said Dr. Fred Davies, senior science advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. “Food issues could become as politically destabilizing by 2050 as energy issues are today.” Continue reading
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Posted on November 12, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Rampant fraud makes eco-friendly choices difficult
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Top chefs from around the country are calling on Congress to address the problem of seafood fraud by passing legislation that would establish more accountability, from fishing boats all the way to the dinner plate.
More than 450 chefs, restaurant owners and culinary leaders, representing nearly all 50 states, are urging Congress to pass the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood (SAFE Seafood) Act. More accountability up the chain of supply would enable restaurants to make better eco-friendly choices, the chefs wrote. Continue reading
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Posted on May 31, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Yummy food, people watching … what more could you want?
Sorting apples at the market in Brignoles, France.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO —Some people seek out museums and statues when they travel, and that’s fine. I’ve been known to visit a museum or three. But if it ever came down to a choice between a museum or wandering through a farmers market, the market would always win out. It’s not just because I love food. Markets are just great places to pick up the vibe of a town and to watch locals go about their business. It’s fun to see who’s going home with asparagus stalks hanging out their handbag, and to watch people sniff stinky cheese, or poke melons to find the ripe one. It’s also good to connect with the people who grow the food you eat. Finally, there’s no better place to stock up with a few good snacks for the next leg of your trip. Today’s photo set is themed for the popular #FriFotos Twitter chat, so upload your own market pics, tag them and join in the fun. I’m looking forward to seeing some pictures of markets that I’ll maybe visit on one of my next trips. Continue reading
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Posted on May 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Activists have set May 25 as a wordwide day of action to raise awareness about genetically modified food issues.
Colorado joins in with demonstrations across the state
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Activists today (May 25) will try to raise awareness about what they perceive as the dangers of genetically modified foods with a series of worldwide marches and protests under the #OccupyMonsanto banner.The rallies include events across Colorado, from Denver to Grand Junction. The Denver protest at the State Capitol starts at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to continue until 4 p.m.
A worldwide list of events is posted at this Facebook page.
Grassroots opposition has been growing the past few months since Congress passed what’s been called the Monsanto Protection Act, which appears to gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture at least temporary authority to ignore court rulings on whether it’s OK to plant genetically engineered crops. Read this NPR report for more details on the congressional action. Continue reading
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