June 2, 2007

Depending on corn and other biotech

From UC Berkeley's Webcast series, Michael Pollan, UC Berkeley Professor of Journalism, discusses his new book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. "What should we have for dinner? According to Michael Pollan the answer may determine our survival as a species." The first blurb on the role of corn is fascinating.

Whole Foods
has made nice with Pollan in another UC webcast with powerful content on food production. By the way, Whole Foods has their own video blog called Secret Ingredient.

Food choice connects to deeper questions involving complex systems, risk perception, ecosystem sustainability, and democratic control over technology, some of which were discussed at a Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology by Edward Woodhouse (QT) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a reminder, stay away from current batches of Chinese toothpaste and other possible sources of additives that the FDA is having trouble evaluating.

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