I’ve been writing about how technology informed by ecology can help save both food and medicine, leading us to better ways to fend of pest and pathogen. But today was a twofer for ancient remedies. One throwback garnered a Nobel for Medicine or Physiology for Youyou Tu who, after “investigating thousands” of chemicals in search […]
We live in an age of pesticide and antibiotic overuse. One outcome is resistance, increasing pesticide use and contamination and fears that we are entering the “post-antibiotic era”. We are addicted to all sorts of commercial chemicals. So what’s next? How do we break the cycle? While industry may see opportunities for newer and more powerful chemicals, there’s another […]
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The first inkling that things were really bad was the news that late blight had not only wilted and rotted my own tomatoes but Red Fire Farm’s (Montague, Massachusetts) as well. Farmer Ryan Voiland has been growing and selling tomatoes since middle school, setting up a road-side stand outside his parent’s home. A decade or […]
The other day a friend asked if it was true that the herbicide Roundup (or glyphosate) caused celiac disease. My knee-jerk response was that these days Roundup is blamed for everything from celiac to cancer. Adding that, as the top selling herbicide in part thanks to genetically modified crops (it was pretty lucrative before GMOs as well), it’s […]
If you made it here from Evolving Away From the Truth, Happy April Fools! Sheesh, you just can’t trust anybody these days.
Humans may be evolving resistance to the truth! A recent article in PLoS-BS suggests that there may be intergenerational effects from watching Fox news. “We chose Fox,” says social scientist Armand Bean, principle investigator, “because there is good documentation that they seldom tell the truth.” There is plenty of research suggesting that environment – whether hunger, […]