How can someone objectively believe that corporate funded research doesn’t bias scientific outcomes?
There’s just so much evidence that it does. This isn’t to say that every collaboration is biased, but we should presume that it’s more likely to exist than not.
Scientists Loved and Loathed by an Agrochemical Giant http://nyti.ms/2iOYpLm
Mark Bittman gets right to the point of what’s wrong with our food system in this column.
Things are so bad that it seems change is impossible, but that doesn’t mean we should stop pushing for it.
changing the food system is a big battle, a war even, and winning it will take campaign finance reform and a more representative House and perhaps even the abolition of the Senate as well as a whole lot of restructuring and re-regulating.
Do Sweat the Small Stuff http://nyti.ms/1DaiWyJ
We’ve got the food biz all wrong. Instead of providing healthy food it’s designed to maximize corporate profit.
When will we all realize this is not good for humans, it’s not good for animals, and it’s not good for the planet.
“I wouldn’t say it is dysfunctional,” Weaver told me. “More like it is functioning very well for the companies and their executives only, and very poorly for farmers and consumers.”
Poultry farming now is entirely different from what it was when I was a farm kid in Oregon with our family flock of chickens. Today’s business model is infinitely more efficient, but it also raises environmental concerns such as antibiotic overuse and is fundamentally oppressive for animals and farmers alike.
When even chicken farmers say that the system has failed, it’s time for consumers to use their buying power to push for food that causes less harm to everyone, human and bird alike. If we can rally on behalf of a frightened dog in Orlando, can’t we also muster concern for billions of farm animals — as well as the humans struggling to raise them?
Animal Cruelty or the Price of Dinner? http://nyti.ms/1WxFogk
Farm to table is all lies. Almost no one can actually sell Fatman fresh local food in a restaurant. The economics just don’t work out.
IF YOU EAT FOOD, you are being lied to every day.
This won’t last long. Its too outrageous to survive court battles.
It does show just how far corporations will go to conceal their poor behavior.
No More Exposés in North Carolina http://nyti.ms/1Q6aOUa
We do need a new green revolution for food. We need to fund the research as suggested in the article.
It will be a short sighted effort if all we accomplish is greater capacity.
We need to focus the funding on the type of research which will bring growing methods more in harmony with the environment. We need to focus on research which will meet the world’s nutritional need in a healthy manner. We need to fund research which will not just promote the giants of Big Ag.
We Need a New Green Revolution http://nyti.ms/1SuMBM7
Another example of the ways Big Ag is screwing up our lives. Our industrial food system is simply not sustainable. Fertilizer runoff is killing Lake Erie and ruining thw drinking water of millions.
Special interests in the farm and fertilizer industry are preventing any action to resolve the problem. Chase the dollar, make more of everything, use chemicals to make it more efficient, ignore the environment; why can’t we see the essential problem?
Until we change our eating habits and reduce the amount of industrial meat we consume, we’re just going to make things worse.
NYTimes: Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, a Long-Troubled Lake Erie