Daniel Charles http://wamc.org en Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'? http://wamc.org/post/can-quinoa-take-root-roof-world For thousands of years, quinoa barely budged from its home in the Andes. Other crops — corn, potatoes, rice, wheat and sorghum — traveled and colonized the world. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 97588 at http://wamc.org Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'? When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions http://wamc.org/post/when-china-spurns-gmo-corn-imports-american-farmers-lose-billions For a while there, China was the American farmer's best friend. The world's most populous nation had so many pigs and chickens to feed, it became one of the <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2014-april/china-in-the-next-decade-rising-meat-demand-and-growing-imports-of-feed.aspx#.U9qutONdV8E">top importers</a> of U.S. corn and soybeans almost overnight.<p>China also developed a big appetite for another corn-derived animal feed called "dried distillers grains with solubles," or <a href="http://www.grains.org/buyingselling/ddgs">DDGS</a>, a byproduct of ethanol production. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 96114 at http://wamc.org When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment http://wamc.org/post/moldovas-winemakers-seize-upon-regions-geopolitical-moment Consider, for a moment, the misfortunes of winemakers in Moldova, a former Soviet republic in southeastern Europe, tucked in between Ukraine and Romania.<p>Their country is the poorest in Europe, with a per capita GDP about the same as Honduras. They'd love to sell their product — which has gotten approving nods from foreign critics<strong> --</strong> in wealthier countries. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:44:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 96019 at http://wamc.org Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://wamc.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 95567 at http://wamc.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? http://wamc.org/post/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new <a href="http://csanr.wsu.edu/program-areas/m2m/research-areas/nutritional-quality/bjn-2014/">study</a> is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.<p>It's a scientific reply to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/04/160395259/why-organic-food-may-not-be-healthier-for-you">analysis</a> that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 94695 at http://wamc.org Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender? http://wamc.org/post/foster-farms-food-safety-pioneer-or-persistent-offender Foster Farms, a chicken producer in California, just can't seem to stop bleeding bad news.<p>On July 3, it <a href="https://fosterfarms.com/about/press/press_release.asp?press_release_id=183">recalled</a> several batches of chicken products because a chicken breast from one of those batches is blamed for poisoning someone with salmonella bacteria. The recall came on top of an <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/heidelberg-10-13/map.html">outbreak</a> of salmonella that's been going on since October 2013. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 94484 at http://wamc.org Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender? Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa http://wamc.org/post/globe-trotting-gmo-bananas-arrive-their-first-test-iowa Somewhere in Iowa, volunteers are earning $900 apiece by providing blood samples after eating bits of a banana kissed with a curious tinge of orange.<p>It's the first human trial of a banana that's been genetically engineered to contain higher levels of beta carotene, the nutrient that our body converts into vitamin A. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 94336 at http://wamc.org Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis http://wamc.org/post/big-bucks-strawberry-genes-lead-conflict-uc-davis Yesterday, we <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/01/327256662/breeding-battle-threatens-key-source-of-california-strawberries">reported</a> on a legal tussle over control of the country's top center of strawberry breeding, at the University of California, Davis. But there's a backstory to that battle. It involves the peculiar nature of the UC Davis strawberry program.<p>Basically, in the world of plant breeding, there are public programs at universities, there are private efforts at companies like DuPont or Monsanto. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 94003 at http://wamc.org Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries http://wamc.org/post/breeding-battle-threatens-key-source-california-strawberries In California, a legal skirmish has erupted over strawberries — or rather, over strawberry breeding.<p>To be absolutely precise, the battle is about strawberry breeding at the University of California, Davis. This is more important than it might sound. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 93908 at http://wamc.org 'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much http://wamc.org/post/natural-food-sounds-good-doesnt-mean-much Some people have had it with "natural" food.<p>For fifteen years, <a href="http://consumersunion.org/experts/urvashi-rangan/">Urvashi Rangan</a>, director of consumer safety and sustainability for Consumer Reports, has been pointing out that "natural" is just about the most misleading label that you'll ever see on a food package. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 93374 at http://wamc.org 'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much