Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner

How the biggest farming practice you’ve never heard of is changing your food. BY MIRANDA HART Driving down a grid road in central Saskatchewan, a machine that looks like a giant insect approaches me in a cloud of dust. The cab, hanging 8 feet above the road, is suspended by tires at least 6 feet tall, with wing-like appendages folded along each side. Should I drive around it or under it? It is harvest season, and the high-clearance sprayer is on its way to desiccate a field. Desiccation may be the most widespread farming practice you’ve never heard of. Farmers … Continue reading Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner

What are natural foods?

Apricots by Arnout van Albada. Egg tempera and oil on panel. 2011. The glass of orange juice at the breakfast table tells a tale about what’s natural, what’s whole and what’s healthy for us by Joseph LaPorte is professor of philosophy at Hope College. His writing has appeared in The Journal of Philosophy, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and The Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy. Edited by Sam Dresser What is a ‘natural’ food product? One common suggestion is that ‘natural’ things are not made of chemicals. But the whole biological world is chemicals! Another suggestion: natural products are not genetically modified (that is, a GMO). Alas, … Continue reading What are natural foods?

The flavour revolutionary

Wrapped Oranges (1889) by William J McCloskey. Courtesy Amon Carter Museum of American Art/Wikipedia Henry Theophilus Finck sought to transform the modern United States, by appealing to Americans’ tastebuds by Nadia Berenstein is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, writing a dissertation about the history of flavour science, synthetic flavours, and flavourists. Edited by Sam Haselby In 1913, when the world seemed to totter precariously between progress and catastrophe, Henry Theophilus Finck published a book arguing that the source of the United States’ troubles was its citizens’ indifference to the attractions of a good meal. ‘The most important problem before the American … Continue reading The flavour revolutionary

Why My Fellow Farmers Are Killing Themselves

There’s no way to make a living growing food in America, and the poverty and shame are driving some to suicide by Layton Ehmke Last week, The Guardian published a powerful feature about how farmers and ag workers are killing themselves at a rate five times that of the general population. As a farmer, none of this came as news to me. Not in the least. About a dozen years ago, when the population decline of my small farming community of Lane County, Kansas, was gaining momentum — we’re down to about 1,000 people now — my neighbors a few miles away were living through a particularly … Continue reading Why My Fellow Farmers Are Killing Themselves


by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times For years it has been a supposed mystery, but it is finally being acknowledged that a primary cause of cancer in the world today is diet. Studies are now showing that obesity plays an enormous role in one’s chances of getting cancer, and the main cause of obesity is the type of foods people eat. It is in large part a lifestyle disease, and the most important relevant lifestyle choice is food. “Overall, we estimated that 40.8% of incident cancer cases were attributable to exposure to the 24 factors included in the analysis (Table 2). Tobacco … Continue reading MAINSTREAM NEWS QUIETLY ADMITS THAT FOOD QUALITY IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF CANCER

Long-Time Cartoonist Fired for Daring to Speak the Truth About Monsanto Profits

by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer, Waking Times  At first glance, you wouldn’t think that this simple, truthful newspaper cartoon would be controversial enough for a long-time cartoonist to lose his career, but we live in a brave new world, where corporate censorship supersedes even government censorship, and when a giant like Monsanto is insulted, heads will roll. Cartoonist Rick Friday had worked for the Iowan publication, Farm News, for some two decades, creating some “1,090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa,” reports KCCI, until he recently created this simple statement about profits in modern farming. … Continue reading Long-Time Cartoonist Fired for Daring to Speak the Truth About Monsanto Profits

Toxic Pesticides Found in Drinking Water

by Dr. Mercola, Guest, Waking Times Modern agricultural practices have led to ever-increasing amounts of chemicals being used on our food, and whether we’re talking about pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, most have deleterious effects on health. According to the latest report on pesticide residues in food by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a mere 15 percent of all the food samples tested in 2015 were free from pesticide residues. In 2014, over 41 percent of samples had no detectable pesticide residues on them.1 That just goes to show how quickly our food is being poisoned. At that trajectory, we may eventually … Continue reading Toxic Pesticides Found in Drinking Water

Europe is on the Brink of Completely Banning Bee-Killing Insecticides

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer, Waking Times As the first North American bumble bee has been officially added to the list of endangered species in the U.S., the European government is making a move to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides, which are widely believed to be a major contributing factor to the rapid collapse of the world’s bee and pollinator insect populations. The European commission (EC) has drafted regulations which would end the use of neonics, a family of agrichemicals which pose a ‘high acute risk to bees.’ As The Guardian reports: “The EU imposed a temporary ban on the use of the … Continue reading Europe is on the Brink of Completely Banning Bee-Killing Insecticides

Hamburgers Are Bigger Than Ever, but the Meat Has Always Been Questionable

  by Quinn Myers From ‘pink slime’ to bug burgers, a look at the quintessential American meal For most of the world, the symbol most associated with America isn’t the bald eagle, George Washington or even the stars and stripes—it’s the hamburger and fries. But how much has this simple meal — a ground-beef sandwich with fried potatoes — changed since its glory days of the 1950s? Let’s find out. The Ingredients 1950s: According to Andrew Smith, author of The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food, the quality of hamburger meat was so bad in the early 20th century that by the 1950s, customers needed … Continue reading Hamburgers Are Bigger Than Ever, but the Meat Has Always Been Questionable

Fake Food vs. Real Food – A Question of Life or Death

by Julian Rose, Contributor, Waking Times As the New Year dawns, so does our thinking process have an opportunity to do likewise. And why not make it a first call to get your priorities sorted out about your 2017 eating habits? After all, it is the quality of the fuel that you put in the tank that ensures how well your engine runs. Although they might look nice, the great majority of supermarket foods are just a brilliant con trick. And I’m telling you this, sensing that the majority reading this article are most likely still doing most of their food … Continue reading Fake Food vs. Real Food – A Question of Life or Death