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Re-assessing the sustainability of genetically engineered crops?

Historically, there has been passionate resistance from advocates of organic and sustainable agriculture systems to the introduction and use of genetically engineered (GE) crops.  The…

On whether the “organic vs. conventional” comparison is meaningful

My colleague Chuck Benbrook posted a fascinating article this week summarizing his recent paper that evaluates how organic milk impacts human nutrition. If you haven’t…

The Foley Institute Panel: The Science, Ethics and Politics of GMO’s and Your Food

In an effort to provide a balanced and pro-active public forum for the discussion of issues related to GMO’s and the I-522 Initiative, Washington State…

When MANAGING for soil carbon really pays

In August I published a post describing one mechanism by which increasing soil organic carbon (SOC) can lead to direct financial benefit on irrigated farms.…

Considering the vulnerability of our food system to climatic disruptions

While the nationally televised Seahawks game was delayed for lightning Sunday night, much of the inland Pacific Northwest braced for the fourth major storm event…

WSU’s Official Position on I-522, the GMO labeling initiative

Several people have inquired about the position of WSU, the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture &…

No, I won’t stop eating meat to feed the planet

Full disclosure: I come from a livestock-producing family tradition and I eat meat. And I like it. A lot. In his latest provocative post, my…

When soil carbon sequestration REALLY pays

The dog days of summer have arrived in Eastern Washington – with daily temps reaching the high 90s every day. This is the second extended…

No glyphosate-tolerant wheat found by WSU wheat breeders

I know that many residents of Washington were extremely concerned to learn about the discovery of glyphosate-tolerant wheat in an Oregon farm field this spring.…

Innovative farmers as solution to society’s “wicked problems”: The Vander Haak Dairy

About once a year I accept a request to present on the topic of the future of agriculture and food. Usually, when I’m asked to…
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