Some people are always looking for a villain. There is Judas, Al Capone, Kim Jong-un, Monsanto and Walmart. For you, environmentally-aware, socially-conscious and fact-skeptic consumers, reconsider your hatred towards Walmart. Last week, Walmart, America’s largest grocer became the first retailer to sell blemished apples from Washington state, under the brand “I’m Perfect”, as part of… Read More Eat the Ugly
Democrats and Republicans in this country can’t agree on anything. Except one thing: GMO labeling. On July 14, just before going on their summer recess, the US House of Representatives passed a controversial bill on biotech labeling. The bill requires that most foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to be identified as such. The really funny… Read More Food Luddites of the world, unite!
Let’s talk openly and matter-of-factly about pot: are pesticide residues on marijuana a health concern? The truth is that we don’t know because there is virtually no research on the topic, and whether there are direct health risks posed by pesticides used in marijuana production will remain uncertain for as long as marijuana remains federally… Read More Toxic tokes
Let’s face it, summer is not that pleasant any more. Daily temperatures are averaging 90 degrees and humidity is reaching daily highs of 80 and 90%. I often see the cross-fitters working out in the Miller fields and every time I conclude they are clearly crazy. There’s no way a sane mind in an average… Read More Drink till you dry
Eels are a very mysterious animal. And even though they can be found virtually everywhere in the globe, in fresh and salt water ecosystems alike, very little is known about them. I find eels fascinating because they are totally bizarre. They challenge all the paradigms of normality in the biological world—at least as perceived by… Read More Saving the American eel
This is a paradoxical story of how killing endangered animals can actually advance conservation efforts… spoilers alert, it’s got to do with defined, defensible and divestible, property rights. For an even worse spoiler check this podcast: http://www.radiolab.org/story/wild-things/ — There are plenty of examples, both current and historical, in which well-intended schemes backfire. It is often the case… Read More Kill and let live
In Colombia we have an expression for people that have gone totally crazy: “crazy like a goat”. As Capricorn, I always identified very well with this form of labeling. In this picture, courtesy of Ios Kotsogiannis from San Francisco, please appreciate a patriotic crazy with a goat: “Loco con una cabra”. Happy Independence Day America. Be… Read More Loco como una chiva