Tag Archives: GMO

Environmental Impacts of Farming

The Swedish Food Agency (Svenska Livsmedelsverket SLV) recently published a report on a many-faceted breakdown of environmental effects in farming per one kilogram of farming product. This report was also discussed in an opinion piece in the Sweden’s largest newspaper, Dagens Nyheter (under the … Continue reading

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Monocultures – the Great Evil of Modern Ag?

Instead of adding to the cloud of confusion around farming with vague comments on the ills of monoculture, it would be far more fruitful to concentrate on understanding what actually lies behind the grand-sounding concept. Continue reading

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Myth: UN Calls for Small-Scale Organic Farming

A 2013 UNCTAD report is often falsely cited as UN endorsement of organic farming. The official stance of UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) paints a starkly different picture, promoting an inclusive approach based on science and evidence, not ideology. Continue reading

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Why It’s So Hard to Talk About GMOs

Despite our best intentions, discussions about GMOs often quickly degenerate into shouting matches. If we really want to make a difference, we should consider the psychology of how and why our views are formed, and help others do the same. Instead of eagerly fighting with facts, the effect of kindness and curiosity on a debate could surprise you. Continue reading

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Three Ways Science Could Improve the World through Rice

Little did I know that rice, that innocent bag of grains sitting in my pantry, is warming the planet, inadvertently contributing to millions of deaths of women and children worldwide, and slowly poisoning me with arsenic. But I don’t want to … Continue reading

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GMOs and the Environment

Many people are worried about the impact GMOs could have on the environment. That’s a reasonable concern. Are GMOs increasing the profits of farmers and biotech companies at the expense of the environment? As I have learned more about biotechnology and … Continue reading

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On Farming, Animals, and the Environment

The way I see it, being labeled organic really shouldn’t stand in the way of choosing environmentally friendlier methods. Looking at the evidence I can find, sadly at this time this seems to be the case. Continue reading

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