Posts Tagged "grass"

Why certify?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Yesterday I gave a talk at NYU about sustainability certification–organic, fair trade, and others. Some of the questions students had were really solid and thoughtful, which made me think it might be useful to post some responses and thoughts on the subject. Any stamp on a label is put there to tell you, the customer, something about the product. The price tag tells you how much someone wants you to pay. The ingredients list tells you what’s inside. The name “Chianti” tells you that the wine came from a certain part of Italy and contains certain grapes. “Fair...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 | 0 comments

While eating my way through the slow food Cheese Festival in Bra, I fell in love with Bagoss cheese. At the time, I didn’t know where it came from or how it was made, but I knew I wanted more. There were at least four different samples of the cheese at different levels of maturity. The youngest version of the cheese that had been aged for one year was sweet and supple with a fresh lightly floral aroma, while the oldest cheese, aged for two years, was intensely salty and crumbly, similar to aged Parmigiano Reggiano. When I got back to Parma I searched all of my favorite cheese shops for...

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But… how could something so tasty be bad?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 | 0 comments

It looks as if there’s even more evidence–and very good analysis of it–that suggests that meat and dairy are bad for the environment. Well, crap. (And crap is definitely part of the problem.) The Environmental Working Group just released a report on why we should be eating fewer animal products. The report tells a compelling story, though it’s not a story some of us would like to hear. The production of meat and dairy uses large amounts of pesticide, fertilizer, fuel, feed, and water, and it releases greenhouse gases, manure, and toxic chemicals into our air and...

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No regulation for biotech grass

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 | 0 comments

In policy news: the Department of Agriculture decided this week that it doesn’t need to regulate a new, genetically modified Kentucky bluegrass. The grass is resistant to glyphosphate, so it will be a boon to homeowners who will be able to spray their yards with Round-Up to get rid of pesky dandelions. USDA didn’t say that this grass poses no risks–it only said that this isn’t under their jurisdiction. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) only regulates GM crops with genetic code from microbes or potential pests. What does this mean for...

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