Keri Marion

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11 years 2 months ago

While researching on the GMO Alfalfa Story, I found this story which is a little old, but still relevant. It goes like this: GMO Giant Monsanto offered to send 60,000 sacks (475 Tons) of seed to Haiti to help restore their farming practices; but Haiti is refusing the deal. Instead, they are choosing to burn them in protest.

Monsanto has a long history of "reaching out" to impoverished nations only to have farmers sign contracts they...


11 years 3 months ago

Wow. Genetically Modified Alfalfa has just been permitted by the United States Supreme Court to be used without complete testing in the industrial agriculture market. Patented seed presents its own problems which I've written about before, and will certainly be writing about again, but for this article, I am concentrating on the specific law suit and ban that was just lifted yesterday.

There was a ban on GM Alfalfa put in place in 2005, but it has just...


11 years 3 months ago

Sustainable Food is food that is grown using sustainable practices. I realize this sounds almost redundant, but there is no aim of insult here: It's just that we don't really think about it that way unless it is plainly stated.  So what does it mean?

Oil, in its most simplest terms, is energy. As we all know from fifth grade environmental science classes, energy can not be created nor destroyed; it can only shift in physical form. For example, a calorie is a only a unit of energy that we use to describe certain units of...


11 years 3 months ago

Healthy food is on everybody's minds these days. And with so many disease outbreaks in the corporate meat industry, it is important to keep in mind the health of the animals in which we consume; after all, their health is our health.

Meat is both cultural and comfort food. Personally, I carry no moral opposition to eating meat, assuming it has been raised and slaughtered properly and with gratitude; but the last time I looked at meat in the grocery store, it came with a warning label. Is...


11 years 3 months ago

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are at the crux of what is probably a disaster in the making, but at the very least an extremely controversial practice in the minds of organic consumers. The problem is so enormous that it may take me several articles to get through all of them, but I'll start with the most primary: Seed.

The first and most problematic issue with GMO Seed is that once the seed is modified, it becomes patented property of the company that modified it. The seed can be modified to perform a number of actions: restrict reproduction, withstand pesticide or...


11 years 3 months ago

Local, healthy food isn't hard to come by, but it might seem like it sometimes. The average American spends somewhere around 90% of his time indoors. From bed, to car, to work to pub to bed, it's not hard to imagine how little time we spend in the outside world. Further, for those of us in cities, the outside world consists of concrete with a smattering of trees. It's not difficult to surmise how quickly an industrialized citizen can be disassociated from his food. Food, for many people, comes in boxes with stylish graphics and bar codes, not from plants nor trees....


11 years 3 months ago

Sometimes we forget about what food is. I mean, not simply the obvious carrot or steak, but where food comes from; how food becomes food. We feed our food, food. What food we feed it makes all the difference to what we are eating, as we are eating whatever they (plants or animals) ate.

Speaking in averages: The average American eats an average of 180lbs of meat per year . This is all-inclusive to meats and meat-products. The average American male weighs about the same as the amount of meat he ingests. This statistic does not include milk, cheese, butter or eggs, but they're equally...


11 years 3 months ago

As organic growing practices become more important to the consumer, it's curious to know what it means when something is labeled as "organic." How organic, exactly, is "organic"?

According to the USDA, 100% Organic is anything produced using organic methods, but it excludes salt & water which are not required to be organic. So typically, something labeled "100% organic" can be 95% organic and equally as little as 70% organic -- something like a drink, for example, where water and salt might constitute a considerable amount of the end product can still be labeled "...


11 years 3 months ago

The strawberry is not only delicious and nutritious, it's practically an icon of late Spring. Childhoods are stained with them; a generation has used them as anthem; they are, far and wide, one of the most popular fruits of all time.

With the strawberry comes the promise of Summer: grilling, camping, ice cream, tarts & pies. Their ripe season coincides with asparagus, rhubarb, peas, broccoli and kale. They are our first yearly sweet and Americans love them to the tune of over $2 billion dollars in annual sales.

Strawberries are exceptionally fragile and...


11 years 3 months ago

Sustainable Food is truly the core of all concerns to modern living. As every person needs to eat, it is imperative that we do so with understanding of how our food arrives to us and what methods dictate its production. Climate changes and unforeseeable weather can can impact an enormously diverse system including physical, social and economic health. Further, a weekly visit to a fast food chain can influence a particular breed of vegetable or meat to dominate the market, inoculating an industry of monoculture that, if it fails, could easily spread famine and disease. It's these...


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