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, […]
“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Walt Kelly, Pogo comics I have been writing about resistance to toxic chemicals. And though I have plenty of posts on other stuff, I have shied away from cancer, even though one of the biggest problems with treating cancer is resistance. Yet it is difficult to […]
Reposted from Whole Terrain with permission; and from Island Press Field Notes We are a chemically-addicted society. I am not talking caffeine, alcohol, or painkillers–although there is plenty of that–but chemicals designed to kill. Of the nearly 37 million pounds of antibiotics used in the United States each year, some 7 million pounds are ingested […]
There are many ways we influence evolution in contemporary time, or in our lifetime. While I have been focused on how we influence the process by way of the chemicals we use, life evolves in response to fishing, hunting, driving, and now there is evidence that life is evolving in response to climate change. No […]