Technology (like GMOs) and its Discontents
Apr30

Technology (like GMOs) and its Discontents

Thanks to the wonders of internet technology (specifically, online newspapers, e-mail, and Twitter), I have been immersed today in a veritable blizzard of communications about whether particular technologies are bad for us or for the planet, and what should be done about them. Truly, a wide range of people, opinions, and actions. GMOs I much enjoyed a radio interview/debate about legislation that would force food makers to label food...

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Soon You’ll be Thankful for #foodchem Microbes
Nov14

Soon You’ll be Thankful for #foodchem Microbes

Cleantech Chemistry dives into the #foodchem carnival this week! This is a good time to get your Thanksgiving menu planning started. This time of year I use a lot of spices. Have you ever noticed how expensive they are? I’ve paid $14 for two vanilla pods. The problem with vanilla is that it comes from the seed pod of a kind of orchid. Having tried to grow orchids, well, let’s just say I can imagine this is not an easy crop. Also,...

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Sustainable Packaging
Apr25

Sustainable Packaging

It may harken to a more Victorian past, but I can’t help thinking of Mondays as laundry days. Modern-day laundry-doers – whether they do the chore on Monday or not – have at least two opportunities to decide how sustainably they want to clean their clothes. First is the choice of laundry detergent – there are options including super-duper-concentrated, made with bio-based/renewable materials, free of dyes or...

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