Where’s the beef?

Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings, AKA “Pink Slime.”(Credit: Beef Products Inc.)

The recent media hullabaloo around “pink slime,” or Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings, brings into question whether it is possible to sterilize slaughterhouse scraps that are “notorious for carrying pathogenic bacteria” — and then serve the product for lunch at school. http://bit.ly/GCqRHk


Celebrating an Anniversary in the Arctic Circle

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Syria. Credit: Global Crop Diversity Trust/Britta Skagerfalt

Rarely do you celebrate an anniversary with raw chick peas and fava beans.

But these seeds, from the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), highlighted the fourth anniversary shipment for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault—located on the colder side of the Arctic circle in Norway.  The Global Crop Diversity Trust maintains the seed vault in partnership with the Norwegian government and the Nordic Genetic Resources Center, as a back-up to the living crop diversity collections housed in “genebanks” around the world.

I helped publicize this shipment as part of my work for Burness Communications; click here to read more.