Dan Charles http://kazu.org en Relax, Folks. It Really Is Honey After All http://kazu.org/post/relax-folks-it-really-honey-after-all Maybe we're too inclined to believe the worst about supermarket food.<p>How else to explain the reaction to <a href="http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/">a recent report</a> about honey on the web site <a href="http://www.foodsafetynews.com/">Food Safety News</a>? Food Safety News is published by a lawyer who represents plaintiffs in lawsuits against food manufacturers and processors.<p>The post, by journalist Andrew Schneider, claimed that most honey on supermarket shelves isn't really honey. Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Dan Charles 1858 at http://kazu.org Relax, Folks. It Really Is Honey After All Newbie Farmers Find That Dirt Isn't Cheap http://kazu.org/post/newbie-farmers-find-dirt-isnt-cheap <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/11/14/142306970/local-food-is-no-small-potatoes-farmers-rake-in-almost-5-billion">Local food </a>is fashionable. Customers are swarming <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113484871">farmers' markets</a>. Organic vegetables sell at a premium. So what's to keep a young, smart, enthusiastic would-be farmer from getting into this business and making a good living?<p>The lack of hard, cold cash for land and farm equipment, apparently. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:27:00 +0000 Dan Charles 1280 at http://kazu.org Newbie Farmers Find That Dirt Isn't Cheap When Taking The Pollen Out Of Honey Makes A Sticky Mess http://kazu.org/post/when-taking-pollen-out-honey-makes-sticky-mess Allegedly, there's a tsunami washing up on American shores. It originates in Chinese beehives and the American beekeepers who've spotted it are hopping mad.<p>The American Honey Producers Association <a href="http://www.americanhoneyproducers.org/Members/Tsunami%20of%20Indian.pdf">claims</a> that Chinese companies are evading American trade restrictions on Chinese honey by sending it first to other Asian countries, especially India and Vietnam, which have free access to the American market. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 20:53:00 +0000 Dan Charles 726 at http://kazu.org When Taking The Pollen Out Of Honey Makes A Sticky Mess A Food Security Expert On When 200,000 Tons Of Rice Went Missing http://kazu.org/post/food-security-expert-when-200000-tons-rice-went-missing In 2008, food prices around the world surged and awakened fears – which <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/06/22/137324767/volatile-food-prices-grab-g-20s-full-attention">continue to this day</a> — that the world could re-live the disastrous food shortages of the early 1970s.<p>Harvard economics professor emeritus <a href="http://www.cgdev.org/content/expert/detail/2720">Peter Timmer's</a> life and career was shaped by that food crisis in the 70s. Sun, 06 Nov 2011 09:55:00 +0000 Dan Charles 681 at http://kazu.org A Food Security Expert On When 200,000 Tons Of Rice Went Missing How Fear Drove World Rice Markets Insane http://kazu.org/post/how-fear-drove-world-rice-markets-insane Nothing is more basic and simple than food. Yet it comes to us courtesy of a long, complicated supply chain that spans the globe.<p>That chain delivers food cheaply — but it can break. Four years ago, it blew up in most spectacular fashion, affecting hundreds of millions of people who rely on rice for sustenance. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:30:00 +0000 Dan Charles 547 at http://kazu.org