Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Two Recent Articles Worth Reading

I just returned home late last night (thank you, volcanic ash) from a trip to Galicia in the northwest corner Spain. I’ll write more about the food and culture of the area over the next week, but today I wanted to post links to two articles that appeared in The New York Times while I was away.

One is a column by Nicholas Kristof that discusses how mainstream the link between chemicals and cancer is becoming, a fact that can only help defeat their rampant use:

“The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream," Kristof writes, "so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.”

Click here to read Kristof’s full column.

The second article, “Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds” pissed me off and I hope it does the same to you. It tells how Monsanto’s master plan (aka genetically modified crops) has backfired, leading to the creation of superweeds that are resistant to Roundup, Monsanto’s popular pesticide.

To learn why “farmers throughout the East, Midwest and South are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides,” click here.

And we’d be naïve to think the two articles don’t go hand in hand.

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