GM contamination test case [#geekgirl]
[Via the ABC's Radio National] “The West Australian Supreme court will commence hearing a test case that has farmers around Australia and even across the world on the edge of their tractor seats.
It involves a farmer Steve Marsh who lost his organic certification when GM canola seeds from his neighbour’s crop sprouted on his land.
Steve Marsh has sued his neighbour for the economic loss that accompanied his loss of certification.”
“Total ban on GM food production mulled in Russia” [#geekgirl]
[From an article at RT.com] “A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production.
The initiative is backed by Evgeny Fyodorov of the parliamentary majority United Russia and a group called Russian Sovereignty, which unites MPs from various parties and parliamentary factions.
The politicians want to amend the existing law On Safety and Quality of Alimentary Products with a norm set for the maximum allowed content of transgenic and genetically modified components. The powers to establish that norm go to the government and products with excessive content of GMO components should be banned for turnover and imports.”
“Expired” Food is Good for You [#geekgirl]
[Via salon.com] "Last September, a major report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School squashed the long-standing myth surrounding “sell by,” “best by” and “use by” dates on food. It revealed how those dates, which are mostly unregulated and surprisingly arbitrary, tell the consumer next to nothing about how long a product will stay fresh. Yet 90 percent of Americans are under the mistaken impression that they do – and that they are inviolable – causing us to needlessly throw away food.
The problem, however, begins even before such food reaches people’s refrigerators: It’s against most supermarkets’ policies (including that of Trader Joe’s) to sell food once it’s aged past these mystical dates. Dana Gunders, who co-authored the NRDC report with Emily Leib, sees Rauch’s project as the logical next step in freeing us from the tyranny of date labels. “Just the fact that he’s doing it, I think is a huge proof point to indicate that what we’re calling ‘expired food’ is in fact still good to eat,” she told Salon."
Monty Python Reunites! [#geekgirl]
“John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin reunite 30 years on to talk about The Meaning of Life, comedy, fish and their own mortality.”
Helping Bees: Plant Borage, Lavender, Dahilas and Marjoram [#ecology] [#geekgirl]
[I can supply lavender and borage seeds free of charge to geekgirl readers in the next month or so. The seeds are all organic, with no pesticides or herbicides used. Let us know if you want any.]
Know Where Your Food Comes From [#geekgirl]
“A crowd-sourced nationwide food guide. We enable you to trace your food back to the farm it came from, whether staying in or dining out, so you can find food you feel good about eating.”
#Reddit Gives Cancer Patients a Pizza Party [#geekgirl]
“At the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, one little girl named Hazel Hammserley sent out a message that the Internet responded to in droves. She wrote the message “Send Pizza Room 4112″ on her hospital room window, hoping for a delivery to cheer her up during the day of aggressive cancer treatments. What happened next was amazing.
Reddit users saw the image… and then pizza deliveries began pouring in for little Hazel. She and her friend on the floor got so much pizza, mother Lauren Hammersley actually had to request that people stop sending pizza.”
“Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food” [#geekgirl]
“Each fruit and vegetable in our stores has a unique history of nutrient loss, I’ve discovered, but there are two common themes. Throughout the ages, our farming ancestors have chosen the least bitter plants to grow in their gardens. It is now known that many of the most beneficial phytonutrients have a bitter, sour or astringent taste. Second, early farmers favored plants that were relatively low in fiber and high in sugar, starch and oil. These energy-dense plants were pleasurable to eat and provided the calories needed to fuel a strenuous lifestyle. The more palatable our fruits and vegetables became, however, the less advantageous they were for our health…”
“Phones face down stacked at the table…” [#geekgirl]
The #Science Of Addictive Food [Video] [#geekgirl]
I’m always wary when a sense of individual agency is nullified or scapegoated by/through a simplistic “well-it’s-an-addiction-so-it’s-not-my-fault” justification. This video resists falling into that trap, thankfully, and it’s worth watching for the fascinating science behind food-engineering terminology such as “Sensory Specific Satiety” and “Vanishing Caloric Density”.]