David v. Goliath

Via Atlantic Food Channel: The Nimans on the lesson of swine-flu.

 


Bracing for Climate Change, China Increases Agriculture Spending

Fearing that climate change could spark a future food crisis, China will increase its spending on agricultural production by 20% this year amid warnings that climate change could spark a future food crisis.

 


Dinner for Dr. Strangelove

Buried underground 600 miles from the North Pole, the Global Seed Vault, whose goal is to store samples of every type of seed from every seed collection in the world, has started receiving its first seeds this week. The seeds are being protected to prepare for a doomsday scenario where climate change, natural disasters, or human errors have erased the seeds from the planet. Yikes.

 


Save the Bees

Following a massive decline in bee populations last year, Häagen-Dazs has announced that it will donate $250,000 to the University of California and Penn State to fund bee colony research. Forty percent of Häagen-Dazs's fruit and nut and mixed flavors are sweetened with honey.

 


The Chopstick Debate

A growing movement of environmentalists protesting China's disposable chopsticks industry -- which produces roughly 63 billion pairs each year -- is facing resistance. Also, one of the activists wears an orangutan costume. Via Serious Eats.