Global nitrogen consumption in the 20th century

An Unlikely Fix: nitrogen fertilizer and organic agriculture

Written by Adam Merberg In 1898, the chemist and physicist William Crookes devoted his presidential address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science to “a life and death question for generations to come.” At existing rates, he argued, the world’s…

Analysis of Washington State GMO Labeling Initiative I-522

Written by Bill Price Background Recently, supporters of the Washington State initiative I-522 submitted signatures to the Secretary of the State of Washington.  This initiative is designed to “establish mandatory labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering”. The official web…

The Frustrating Lot Of The American Sweet Corn Grower

Written by Steve Savage We Americans love sweet corn - our uniquely national vegetable.   We consume ~9 lbs of sweet corn per person per year (see how that compares to other vegetables in the graph above).  The farmers that…

GMO Labeling And “The China Scenario”

Written by Steve Savage When asked, "Do you want foods that contain GMOs to be labeled?" most US consumers say, "Yes."  To those unfamiliar with the food system, this sounds like a simple request.  The reality is that GMO labeling…

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