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Genetically Modified Escalation

How much money, effort and time must be wasted in the service of feeding today's GMO escalation trap? By the time one side wins, society will have lost.

I've Been Pollan-ated

Several groups teamed up to bring Michael Pollan to the University of Vermont for a question and answer session and book signing this past Thursday evening, and I was lucky enough to attend the event. 

Energy, Diminishing Returns and the Future of Food

This game of investing energy towards the procurement of food is one that Homo sapiens – and all living organisms – have played for millennia.

To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Most, but not all, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic.

To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Acrylamide

Acrylamide is produced in food when the amino acid asparagine reacts with sugar, particularly glucose, when heated above 248 degrees Fahrenheit...

To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Heterocyclic Amines

In a former life I earned a masters degree in environmental chemistry, toxicology and risk assessment, so anytime the word 'toxin' is mentioned my ears perk up, particularly when I hear it in the same sentence as the word 'food'.

From Fire to Fermentation: A Review of Michael Pollan's Cooked

The book, like others Pollan's written, benefits from his exceptional storytelling.

Activism and Integrity

Truth be told, my goal here is not to belittle Bill McKibben, nor is it to scold climate activists in particular or activists more generally.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Magnesium

The last nutrient I'll focus on in this series is magnesium, which, like iron and calcium, is a mineral rather than a vitamin, and it serves a range of purposes in our bodies.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Foods: Calcium

We can get calcium from a range of foods, including dairy products like milk and cheese, deep green leafy vegetables like kale and cabbage, as well as broths made from the bones of animals like cows and chickens.