Keri Marion

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9 years 2 months ago

The question about organic growing practices in industrial agriculture seems almost like an oxymoron: How can the industrial complex promote healthy growing practices and still turn a healthy profit?

It's true that organic food tends to fetch a higher retail price, which may compensate for some of the extra time and labor that goes into organic growing methods. But we have to remember that there are a number of other costs associated with the industrial...


9 years 2 months ago

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute shows that, "nearly half of the meat and poultry samples — 47 percent — were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those bacteria — 52 percent — were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics."

The study published in the journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases, (April 15), brings attention...


9 years 2 months ago

If there's one thing we can say we've been lacking in industrial American society, it certainly is the structure of a functioning community.  But all of that is changing as urban gardening reconnects the dots of living in a society where we share values, ideas and the booty of community gardening.

PBS Atlanta put together a wonderful and informative 10 minute segment about urban gardening in Atlanta, one of our nations most critical sectors for nutritive eating.

At approximately 7:...


9 years 3 months ago

Walmart sells organics; sets up a fruit stand in front of their automated doors.  Hundreds of thousands of re-useable bags decorated with pre-war iconography; sold for $1 apiece: made in China. McDonalds: jumping on the sustainability bandwagon, claiming it has had interest interest in...


9 years 3 months ago

The International Journal of Biological Sciences claims that three varieties of GMO corn have now been linked with organ failure in a study performed on rats.

Specifically, the study notes,"Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs...


9 years 3 months ago

Nothing is more distasteful than shady business practices, except maybe shady business practices that seek protection by state and federal laws.

HF589 is a bill for an act relating to offenses involving agricultural operations and providing ipenalties and remedies. It was formerly called...


9 years 3 months ago

Lawmakers in Iowa are looking to make it legal to discriminate against activists that seek work in animal-centric food industrial plants that border on (or are completely immersed in) abusing the system for profit. The bills are titled: SF 431 and...


9 years 3 months ago

Crude oil and industrial food. Two things that don't sound like they should go together, but inexplicably do. Well, maybe not so inexplicably after all.

We have everything we could ever want, but it comes at a price.

And that price varies depending on its supply or demand. Currently demand is high; supply is speculatively short. In...


9 years 3 months ago

"The enormity and unprecedented nature of this combined natural and human-made disaster will require a massive and completely novel approach to management and remediation.  And with this comes a never before seen opportunity for collaboration, research and wisdom."

These are the words of Paul Stamets, mycologist. His short essay explains how an ecological approach can use...


9 years 3 months ago

Early this morning, the news came swiftly: radiation had been detected on the California coast.  Moments later, another article revealed that, eventually, the radiation will reach Western Europe at minimum, and probably will end up circling the globe entirely.

Last Friday's earthquake in Japan has left something like 20,000 people either dead or...


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