Yes, Organic Farming Can Feed the World

by Anna Lappé for TakePart A few years ago, I was at a biotechnology trade meeting listening to a panel on GMOs. Throughout the two-hour session, the panelists all sang the praises of the technology—not too surprising at an industry event. (At the time, the GMOs under commercial planting were limited to seeds genetically engineered […]

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Don’t Panic, Go Organic: The IPCC Report Should be a Wakeup Call for Climate-Smart Food

by Anna Lappé for Civil Eats   The just-released synthesis report on global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has prompted some to start name-dropping Thomas Malthus. Malthus, you may remember, was the 19th Century British economist and demographer who warned that population growth would inevitably lead to global food shortages. In […]

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Grist’s Coverage on GMOs: What’s Really at Stake

by Anna Lappé for Civil Eats   If you’ve been reading the running commentary over at Grist for the past six months, journalist Nathanael Johnson has been opining about genetic engineering in agriculture, diving into the debate and surfacing now with a final “what I learned” piece. His column has gotten a lot of attention […]

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Pharma to Farms, Cultivating the Germs that Won’t Die

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America In 1982, my father, the late toxicologist and medical ethicist Dr. Marc Lappé, published “Germs That Won’t Die,” raising the alarm about the overuse of antibiotics and the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. He would have no idea that nearly four decades later, the crisis has only gotten worse. […]

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