Highly-poisonous botulinum toxin (the stuff in Botox), played a formidable role in the history of food and warfare. It is still a factor in prison-brewed alcohol and some canned foods, and can quickly kill a person.
Public health experts and operators of local food pantries are working to alleviate a reality in which many residents of low-income neighborhoods do not know when they will eat their next nutritious meal.
Last year the GM companies, having met with ministers at a little-publicised 'Growing for Growth' conference, started another push to promote GM. They were immediately backed up by Owen Paterson insisting that GM food will sort our problems - no worries.
He was followed in July by David Cameron saying Europe was "being left behind" even though the previous month it had been disclosed that GM food is banned from all the restaurants and cafes in the Palace of Westminster, and he himself was refusing to say whether he'd feed GM food to his family.
In the seven years since an E. coli outbreak caused by contaminated bagged spinach from Central California left five dead and 103 hospitalized, retailers and other large buyers have forced Salinas Valley farmers to rip out wildlife habitat, fence...
Growing coffee is a proud, 200-year old tradition in Costa Rica. About half of Costa Rica’s coffee is produced by small farmers, many of whom run small, shade-grown coffee operations. But Costa Rica’s coffee industry is shrinking.
Cultures throughout history have slaughtered animals at certain times of year, and many of our traditional holiday meals—think Thanksgiving turkey and Easter ham—came from this practice. Steak also was once an autumn delicacy: After the first frost, ranchers would flood the market with steers fattened on summer's pastures. But that changed after World War II, when farmers—buoyed by a large new trove of government-subsidized corn and soy—found profit in confining cattle and selling meat year-round, and most turned to "finishing" cattle on grain, breaking beef's tie to growth cycles.