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Science and Food

Index of articles from the Science in Society Archive on science and food. For articles in other categories, please see the SiS archive menu.

Low Fat and Low Saturated Fat Diet Bad for Health
Government guidelines on restricting dietary fat and saturated fat to reduce cholesterol and heart disease are bad for health according to evidence from independent studies
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 13th April 2015

Super-rice without GM, China's Dream Comes True
1 000 Kg per Mu in 10 Years
Prof. Li Kangmin 5th December 2011

African Alliances Challenge Introduction of GM Technology
Civil society and private sector organisations come together to fight introduction of GM technology
Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji 20th June 2011

The New Politics of Food Scarcity
Veteran world watcher Lester Brown sounds dire warning of spreading political unrest, conflicts, and deepening division between rich and poor as food prices soar and supply falls further and further behind rising demand, but does not point to obvious solution
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 14th June 2011

Biofuels and World Hunger
Damning report confirms critic’s charge that industrial biofuels are responsible for world’s food and hunger crisis
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 3rd November 2010

AquaAdvantage Salmon Ready for Commerce?
In the absence of feeding studies the commercial release of GM salmon is too hazardous to consider
Prof. Joe Cummins 22nd September 2010

UK Food Standards Agency Study Proves Organic Food Is Better
The results in its recent study appears to prove organic food is likely to be better than conventional food by a probability of 99.95 percent
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 26th August 2009

Call for Direct Witness Evidence of GM Hazards & Failures
ISIS has already accumulated a large dossier of evidence and your help in assembling witness evidence may be just what's needed to make the case for a global ban on environmental releases of GMOs. Please submit to us photographic and video evidence of hazards and failures
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 14th April 2009

Saline Agriculture to Feed and Fuel the World
Shortage of fresh water poses a much bigger threat to world food supply than the shortage of fossil fuels; cultivating salt-tolerant crops could solve both problems
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 25th February 2009

The Full Monty on Food
The paradigm of food security has shifted back to self-sufficiency and local food production; celebrated organic gardener Monty Don says we must grow our own food to save us from the global economic and food crisis that no governments can fix. Sam Burcher
Sam Burcher 22nd October 2008

Organic Agriculture and Localized Food & Energy Systems for Mitigating Climate Change
How the world can be food and energy secure without fossil fuels
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 15th October 2008

Dream Farm 2 a Work of Art
A visit to a potential site gave an unexpected perspective to the implementation of Dream Farm 2
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 1st September 2008

Rising Prices Reinforce Need for Food Security Policies
The new key to food security is self-sufficiency, not trade, and policies are needed to expand local food production and invigorate the agricultural sector particularly in developing countries
Martin Khor 15th July 2008

Ending 10 000 Years of Conflict between Agriculture and Nature
Organic agriculture is not enough; we must replace annual with perennial crops.
Dr. Stan Cox 26th June 2008

Transparent Label An Alternative to Organic Certification
Organic food flown in from poor African countries to the UK has triggered debate over organic certification; the solution may be a transparent voluntary label that directly informs consumers
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 29th November 2007

Food Colouring Confirmed Bad for Children. Food Standards Agency Refuses to Act
New study confirms link between attention deficit hyperactive disorder and artificial food colours, but the UK Food Standards Agency is downplaying the evidence and offering misleading advice, coinciding with an aggressive campaign of disinformation from industry.
Prof. Peter Saunders 1st October 2007

GM Protein for Ice Cream Not Ready for Commercial Use
The advisory committee has made considerable effort towards assuring the safety of a genetically modified ice-structuring protein intended for use in edible ices, but large gaps still remain
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 16th April 2007

Green Tea Against Cancers
More evidence emerges on green tea and cancer prevention though it is hard to pin down the molecules involved
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 24th January 2007

Fluoride in Tea
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho replies
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 22nd January 2007

Green Tea, The Elixir of Life?
Two cups or more of green tea a day for reducing risks of heart disease, cancers, Alzheimer's, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, infections, malaria, AIDS …
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 18th January 2007

The Inside Story of BSE
Prof. Peter Saunders reviews The Politics of BSE , Richard Packer, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2006. ISBN 1-4039-8529-4
Prof. Peter Saunders 7th November 2006

Stem Farmers’ Suicides with Organic Farming
Amid a rising epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India, an organic farmer appeals to the father of the Green Revolution to embrace organic agriculture
Sam Burcher 12th October 2006

Dream Farm 2 - Story So Far
A potted history of Dream Farm 2, its conceptual underpinnings and update with a potential site in mind
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 24th July 2006

Dream Farm 2nd Announcement
How to turn "wastes" into energy and resources for local self-sufficiency in a post-fossil fuel economy
ISIS 10th January 2006

Global Food Trade & the New Slave Labour
How globalisation links UK's Tesco supermarket chain to colonial-style farming in South Africa that exploits farm-workers especially women and perpetrates poverty
Sam Burcher 14th December 2005

GM crops for Africa? No Thanks!
Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for Biosafety based in South Africa exposes the machinations of USAID and other agencies to push GM crops under the guise of biosafety capacity building
Mariam Mayet 4th October 2005

Food and Energy Security: Local Systems Global Solidarity
Alan Simpson MP offers a brilliant analysis of what's wrong with current national and international policies on food and energy and why we must break all the rules
Alan Simpson MP 27th September 2005

Food Miles and Sustainability
What's behind the statistics and what should be done?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Rhea Gala 21st September 2005

Policies for Sustainable Food Systems, National and Global
Why our current agriculture and food production is not sustainable
Michael Meacher 14th September 2005

Sustainable Food System for Sustainable Development
What's a sustainable food system? That's a question for this conference to answer. But I'll show you what it is not. Here's a sobering estimate of the greenhouse gas emissions from eating in a European country, based on full life cycle accounting, from farm to plate to waste
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th July 2005

Agriculture without Farmers
The WTO and EU agricultural policies are sweeping farmers off the land in droves and threatening world food security
Rhea Gala 6th July 2005

Dream Farms
Abundantly productive farms with zero input and zero emission powered by waste-gobbling bugs and human ingenuity Sustainable development is possible
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 9th June 2005

Sustainable World Global Initiative Update
World crops yields have been falling for three successive years as temperatures soar, and water and oil - on which industrial monoculture are heavily dependent - are both rapidly diminishing. The day of reckoning has come for the "environmental bubble economy" built on the unsustainable exploitation of our natural resources
Independent Science Panel 17th May 2005

Monsanto versus Farmers
The world's biggest genetically engineered seed owner destroys time-honoured traditions of seed saving and drives American farmers to destitution and bankruptcy.
Sam Burcher 28th April 2005

Organic Production Works
A new study shows organic production outperforms conventional in crop yield, soil fertility, pest reduction and economic return
Rhea Gala 9th December 2004

Are Organic Foods More Healthy?
New research shows that organic feed gives protection against toxins under vulnerable conditions where conventional feed fails
Rhea Gala and Sam Burcher 8th December 2004

GM Rice in India
Prof. Joe Cummins reviews recent genetically modified rice research in India.
Prof. Joe Cummins 30th November 2004

GM Rice in Japan
Prof. Joe Cummins reviews genetically modified rice in Japan and points to overlooked dangers
Prof. Joe Cummins 30th November 2004

GM Rice Release in China
Reduced production and transportation bottlenecks have persuaded China to think of growing GM rice, but Prof. Joe Cummins says it is unwise for serious safety reasons.
Prof. Joe Cummins 30th November 2004

Feeding the World or the Corporations?
Food agencies are feeding corporate greed while an estimated 880 million people in the world go hungry
Sam Burcher 26th November 2004

Increased Mycotoxins in Organic Produce?
Prof. Joe Cummins exposes the propaganda campaign against organic food that has little or no scientific basis; and genetic modification is not the answer to reducing aflatoxin contamination
Prof. Joe Cummins 23rd November 2004

Europe Still Resisting GMOs
The authorisation of Bt 11 sweet maize for food use in May this year marked the end of Europe's de facto moratorium on GM approvals. However, there is by no means consensus on GMOs in Europe.
Lim Li Ching 1st November 2004

Food for Thought
Toby Risk visits a small, diverse and self-sufficient farm in Britain that means to set an example for the rest of the country
Toby Risk 12th October 2004

Feeding the World under Climate Change
Industrial agriculture contributes enormously to global warming, it is increasingly unproductive and heavily dependent on oil that's fast running out. Nor can it feed us once climate change really gets going. A very different agriculture is needed.
Edward Goldsmith 6th October 2004

Non-GM Iron Rice a Solution?
Is genetic engineering necessary to develop rice rich in iron? Lim Li Ching reports on successes achieved with conventional breeding
Lim Li Ching 14th September 2004

Rice in Asia: Too Little Iron, Too Much Arsenic
Asians are getting too little iron and too much arsenic from soil and water. Unfortunately the remedy for one problem may increase the impact of the other. The challenge is to find a remedy that takes care of both problems
Prof. Joe Cummins 13th September 2004

Assessing Food Quality by Its After-Glow
Measuring the weak light re-emitted by cells and organisms may tell us a lot about them
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 5th January 2004

Soya Destroying Amazon
Brazil has been clearing vast stretches of virgin forests to make way for non-GM soya in order to capture world market. Will it stop under President Lula?
Peter Bunyard 2nd October 2003