Dan Charles http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Relax, Folks. It Really Is Honey After All http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/relax-folks-it-really-honey-after-all Maybe we're too inclined to believe the worst about supermarket food.<p>How else to explain the reaction to <a href="http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/">a recent report</a> about honey on the web site <a href="http://www.foodsafetynews.com/">Food Safety News</a>? Food Safety News is published by a lawyer who represents plaintiffs in lawsuits against food manufacturers and processors.<p>The post, by journalist Andrew Schneider, claimed that most honey on supermarket shelves isn't really honey. Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Dan Charles 15556 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Relax, Folks. It Really Is Honey After All New Varieties Haven't Taken The Nutrition Out Of Broccoli http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-varieties-havent-taken-nutrition-out-broccoli Quick question: Are vegetables less nutritious than they used to be?<p>You're free to argue about this, because scientists haven't managed to come up with a clear answer.<p>There's <a href="https://www.crops.org/publications/cs/abstracts/51/6/2721">some new data</a> out this week in the journal <em>Crop Science</em>, and at least for broccoli, the answer seems to be no. But keep reading, because the story gets a little more complicated.<p>Scientists at the U.S. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:19:00 +0000 Dan Charles 14843 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Varieties Haven't Taken The Nutrition Out Of Broccoli Farm Subsidies Birds And Fish Would Choose http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/farm-subsidies-birds-and-fish-would-choose <em>With the 2012 farm bill coming up fast, we're taking </em><em>a closer look at what it is and how it shapes food policy and land use in an occasional series. This is part three.</em><p>Capitol Hill is a scrum of lobbyists fighting over a shrinking budget these days, and farm subsidies are <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63988.html">under attack</a> as never before. Some of those subsidies appear <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/10/04/141047164/farm-bill-direct-payments-to-farmers-may-dry-up-in-2012">likely to die</a>.<p>I hear cheering. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:22:00 +0000 Dan Charles 14690 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Farm Subsidies Birds And Fish Would Choose Facing Planetary Enemy No. 1: Agriculture http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/facing-planetary-enemy-number-one-agriculture For the past 200 years, ever since Thomas Malthus published his <a href="http://www.econlib.org/library/Malthus/malPop.html"><em>Essay on the Principle of Population</em></a>, big thinkers have been wondering whether Earth-dwellers will eventually run out of food.<p>Today, a global group of scientists released a <a href="http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2011/UR_CONTENT_358824.html">fresh look</a> at the question. They add a different, environmental twist to it. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:56:00 +0000 Dan Charles 14549 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Facing Planetary Enemy No. 1: Agriculture Today's King Corn Can Thank A Jumping Gene http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/todays-king-corn-can-thank-jumping-gene Ever wonder where your food came from? No, I mean where it <em>really</em> came from — as in, where did humans first find the plants that we now depend on for survival, like potatoes or wheat or corn, and what made those plants such generous providers of food, anyway?<p>Last week, the world's <a href="http://teosinte.wisc.edu/">leading experts</a> on the origins of corn at the <a href="http://www.wisc.edu/">University of Wisconson-Madison</a>, added a new twist to King Corn's still-evolving story. Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:52:00 +0000 Dan Charles 14233 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Today's King Corn Can Thank A Jumping Gene Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not Enough To Waste http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/water-water-everywhere-not-enough-waste Here's a fact worth pondering: Farming accounts for 70 percent of all the water that's used for any purpose, worldwide. And demand for it is growing, along with the planet's population and our increasing appetite for meat. That's according to the UN's <a href="http://www.fao.org/">Food and Agriculture Organization</a> (FAO), which recently published this poster and others in a <a href="http://www.fao.org/nr/water/promotionalPRINT.html">striking series</a> on the vital role of water in growing our food.<p><p>But what if that water runs out, leaving fields wilted and stomachs empty? Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:07:00 +0000 Dan Charles 14066 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org