Our Tasty Brains

Could our brains be wired for unhealthy food choices?[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″]Last fall, I attended a behavioural economics conference in Denmark, where guest speaker Antonio Rangel, a professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), discussed his results from a neurobiology and economic study on how people make value-based decisions. Dr. Read more…

Environmental Colonialism

How environmental activists work to keep the poor, poor. Environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs) loudly proclaim biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) crops provide no benefits. These eNGOs exhibit no moral conflict in proclaiming themselves the true stewards of land and nature, protectors of all that sustains humanity, while denying subsistence farmers Read more…

Drone Farming

Can efficiencies increase if we farm from the sky?   This past spring the US Federal Aviation Administration gave clearance for the use of drones for agriculture purposes, approving Yamaha’s RMAX drone helicopter to spray crop fields (it has been in use for 20 years in Japan). Although this approval Read more…

Approvals of GM crops

Trying to reach new levels of crop technology with stagnant regulations Genetically modified (GM) crops have been produced for 20 years and have become essential components of food and feed production. In 2013, over 430 million acres of land worldwide produced GM crops (roughly 12% of farmable land). Such growth Read more…