Biotechnology Takes Center-Stage
Oct 17, 2013
The anti-GMO activists are calling this year's recipients of the World Food Prize controversial, which just underscores their lack of understanding of the science and technology the prize winners have used to increase food production. Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of the late Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner, says she expected a backlash when three biotechnology pioneers were named this year's winners. But, she also said "hallelujah." In a column this week she wrote: biotechnology's opposition "cannot be permitted to deprive billions of people of its promise." The World Food Prize will be awarded today in Des Moines, IA.
Technology is a Good Path, Farmer Says
Tony Thompson qualifies as an "industrial farmer." But when The Washington Post says big farming doesn't have to mean bad farming, we take notice. In fact, we're seeing more positive stories about agriculture in recent weeks where the use of technology to raise food is viewed as a good thing. This profile of the Minnesota farmer proves that size isn't everything as it relates to farming techniques. Thompson may not inspire the folks who shop at Whole Foods, but he inspires us.
Debt Deal Undermines "Senator Gridlock" Label
Today we know how many congressmen it takes to turn on the lights in Washington, and now we're hearing from nearly all of them how they were the key to preventing the economy from going over the cliff. One of the winners, however, appears to be Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. He secured funding for a lock-and-dam project on the Ohio River that would benefit his home state, and according to the Lexington Herald Leader, provided a boost to his Senate re-election campaign.
Swedish Meatballs a Specialty
We don't think of furniture makers as sources of good food, but IKEA is trying to change that. The Swedish company makes inexpensive furniture that Americans have been going bonkers for in recent years, but their food sales now total nearly $2 billion. The company estimates they'll sell 150 million meatballs this year in 300 store cafeterias world-wide.