Daniel Charles http://wqcs.org en Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' http://wqcs.org/post/plant-breeders-release-first-open-source-seeds A group of scientists and food activists is launching a <a href="http://www.news.wisc.edu/22748">campaign</a> Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 42301 at http://wqcs.org Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA? http://wqcs.org/post/future-clean-green-fish-farming-could-be-indoor-factories Why hasn't fish farming taken off in the United States?<p>It's certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that's grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported. The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water ponds in southeast Asia and Latin America. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 41857 at http://wqcs.org Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA? Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead http://wqcs.org/post/farmers-need-get-climate-smart-prep-whats-ahead The planet's top experts on global warming released their latest <a href="http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/report/final-drafts/">predictions</a> this week for how rising temperatures will change our lives, and in particular, what they mean for the <a href="http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/images/uploads/WGIIAR5-Chap7_FGDall.pdf">production of food</a>.<p>The report, sadly, is massive and excruciatingly hard to digest. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:14:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 41690 at http://wqcs.org Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean? http://wqcs.org/post/food-giants-want-sustainable-beef-what-does-mean McDonald's made a big green splash a few months ago by <a href="http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com/mcd/sustainability/signature_programs/beef-sustainability.html">announcing</a> that it will start buying "verified sustainable" beef in 2016.<p>A chorus of voices responded, "What's 'verified sustainable' beef?"<p>McDonald's, it turns out, is part of a group that's trying to come up with an answer. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 41266 at http://wqcs.org Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean? Top 5 Ways Asparagus, A Rite Of Spring, Can Still Surprise http://wqcs.org/post/top-5-ways-asparagus-rite-spring-can-still-surprise As the snow melts, even in Minnesota, and daylight lingers into evening, people who like to eat with the seasons know what's coming: asparagus.<br /> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 40732 at http://wqcs.org Top 5 Ways Asparagus, A Rite Of Spring, Can Still Surprise In The New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy And Palm Oil Rule http://wqcs.org/post/new-globalized-diet-wheat-soy-and-palm-oil-rule These days you can fly to far corners of the world and eat pretty much the same food you can get back home. There's pizza in China and sushi in Ethiopia.<p>A new scientific <a href="http://www.ciatnews.cgiar.org/2014/03/03/globalized-diet-more-food-less-diversity-more-associated-risks/">study</a> shows that something similar is true of the crops that farmers grow. Increasingly, there's a standard global diet, and the human race is depending more and more on a handful of major crops for much of its food.<p>At the same time, all over the world, people are eating a bigger variety of foods. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:50:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 40295 at http://wqcs.org In The New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy And Palm Oil Rule Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy http://wqcs.org/post/why-non-gmo-label-organics-frenemy It's easy to think of "organic" and "non-GMO" as the best buddies of food. They sit comfortably beside each other in the same grocery stores — most prominently, in Whole Foods Market. Culturally, they also seem to occupy the same space. Both reject aspects of mainstream industrial agriculture.<p>In fact, the <a href="http://www.nongmoproject.org/">increasingly successful</a> movement to eliminate genetically modified crops — GMOs — from food is turning out to be organic's false friend. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:20:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 40196 at http://wqcs.org Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It's Pricey http://wqcs.org/post/chickens-laying-organic-eggs-eat-imported-food-and-its-pricey The other morning, I found myself staring at something strange and unfamiliar: empty grocery shelves with the word "eggs" above them. The store, a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C., blamed, in another sign, the dearth on "increased demand for organic eggs."<p>This scene is unfolding in grocery stores across the country. But Whole Foods' sign wasn't telling the whole truth. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 40165 at http://wqcs.org Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It's Pricey The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer http://wqcs.org/post/system-supplies-our-chickens-pits-farmer-against-farmer After reading Christopher Leonard's <em>The</em> <em>Meat Racket</em>, a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/19/276981085/is-tyson-foods-chicken-empire-a-meat-racket">broadside</a> against the contract-farming system, I decided to take a closer look at it.<p>I drove to North Carolina and ended up in the kind of place that supplies practically all of our chickens: a metal-sided, 500-foot-long structure near the town of Fairmont.<p>In the dim light, I see 30,000 little chicks scuttling around on the floor. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 39824 at http://wqcs.org The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'? http://wqcs.org/post/tyson-foods-chicken-empire-meat-racket Christopher Leonard's new exposé on the chicken industry, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Meat-Racket-Takeover-Americas/dp/1451645813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392403784&sr=8-1&keywords=meat+racket">The Meat Racket</a>, doesn't devote much ink to the physical object on our plate, the chicken meat itself.<p>Instead, Leonard focuses on the economic machinery that delivers the meat to us, or, as he puts it, "the hidden power structure that has quietly reshaped U.S. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 39778 at http://wqcs.org Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?