Posts Tagged ‘GMO’
By Michelle Schwartz
In 1974, Vandana Shiva and several women from Central Himalaya, India, wrapped themselves around trees to protect them from industrial logging. These tree-hugging women of the Chipko movement were defending their forests because logging and deforestation were leading to floods, droughts, landslides and other disasters. By 1981, thanks to the actions of these women, the Indian government was compelled to stop logging in Central Himalaya.
Three renewable energy projects in Nevada and Arizona have been approved by the Interior Department, and officials say it will generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes. Through solar plants in Nevada and Arizona and a geothermal plant in Nevada, the projects will deliver 520 megawatts to the electricity grid. Interior has approved 45 utility-scale renewable energy projects since 2009, including 25 solar sites, 9 wind farms and 11 geothermal plants.
State Farm agent Dan Kalm is taking his green lifestyle a few steps further at the office and at home. Kalm, whose office is located at 2654 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson, already works at the only 100 percent solar-powered insurance office in the state and possibly the nation. The office produces 108 percent of their electrical needs, so the rest is sold to Tucson Electric Power. Soon that power will feed into an electric charging station at the office that Kalm said will be available to anyone who needs a charge. He will be using the charging station himself for the business’s latest addition—an electric hybrid Chevrolet Volt. Even before Kalm’s electric car purchase, the office received certification as a Tucson Green Business. Now Kalm’s eco-friendly practices extend to his home, where solar panels soon will be installed. “I believe it is the right thing to do,” he says.
There’s a local trend toward being more aware of it,
including gene modified fare
Tucson Tamale Company makes a variety of tamales, but all use GMO-free masa. Depending on your order, that chile spicing up your tamale is familiar and fresh because it was grown just down the road in Santa Cruz county.
The mint and basil used in Lily’s Laotian chicken and green papaya salad at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails is grown just a block away from the restaurant.
It’s all part of a fast-growing movement toward being more educated about your food – at home and at your favorite restaurant.
Restaurateurs say more people are asking for gluten-free fare, organic options, locally produced foods and now even non-genetically modified choices.
The push to eat fresher and more nutritious foods is leading more restaurant owners and chefs to rethink their daily menus.
BY BARBI WALKER
If the old saying, “you are what you eat,” is true, what happens to us when science changes our food – more specifically genetically modified? Genetically modified (GM) foods (sometimes called GMOs—genetically modified organisms), are organisms where the DNA has been modified in some way or another.
According to the Human Genome Project (HGP), “GM is a special set of technologies that alter the genetic makeup of organisms such as animals, plant, or bacteria.” This is not to be confused with biotechnology. “Biotechnology refers to using organisms or their components, such as enzymes, to make products that include wine, cheese, beer, and yogurt.” GM food debate have been discussed among the scientists, health professionals, farmers, families and foodies with the underlying question “Are GMs healthy for us or not?”