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GMOs are Still the Best Bet for Feeding the World.

GMOs are Still the Best Bet for Feeding the World.

It’s been a while since I’ve written on GMOs, but it may be time to start again. Recently, a huge amount of attention was given to an IARC report suggesting that glyphosate (brand name: Roundup), one of the most common pesticides, may cause cancer...

March 31, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
Growing a Baby Microbiome

Growing a Baby Microbiome

According to the world food program, 1 out of every 6 children on the planet suffers from malnutrition, and this is responsible for over half of deaths in children under 5 years old.

March 30, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
New Issue of the Journal Cell is All About Food

New Issue of the Journal Cell is All About Food

I suspect that the Venn diagram of Food Matters readers and readers of the journal Cell doesn’t contain a lot in the overlap portion, but this week, that should probably change. Cell is one of the big three in biology science publishing (the other two being Nature and Science), and usually contains predominantly wonky, jargon-laden cutting-edge research on [...]..

March 26, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
February Link Dump

February Link Dump

Food/Ag Feathers, beaver butt excretions and CHEMICALS!! in your food? Yeah, but it’s not what you think. Bill Gates weighs in on GMOs and their potential to feed to world.

February 28, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
How to Study a Complex Microbial World – Part 3: Genes to Genomes

How to Study a Complex Microbial World – Part 3: Genes to Genomes

In part 1 of this series, I talked about what DNA sequencing is, and why it’s an important tool. In part 2, I explained some of the technologies that scientists are currently using to actually “read” the letters of DNA sequences from organisms...

February 28, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
How to Study a Complex Microbial World- Part 1: DNA sequencing

How to Study a Complex Microbial World- Part 1: DNA sequencing

Over the next few months, I plan on writing a lot about research on microbial communities. This is somewhat self-serving, as my own research is moving in that direction, but I also happen to think it’s fascinating, and highly relevant to the most current research involving food...

February 19, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
January Link Dump

January Link Dump

An abbreviated list of cool microbe/food/immune system things I saw last month, but didn’t manage to write about. Microbiology: Audiommunity on a superantigen made by Staphylococcus aureus...

January 31, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
Jonathan Eisen and Jessica Richman on the Microbiome

Jonathan Eisen and Jessica Richman on the Microbiome

I just finished listening to a pretty great discussion between Jonathan Eisen, whose work I mentioned last month, and Jessica Richman, founder of uBiome (a sort of 23andMe but for the microbiome)...

January 30, 2015 — Kevin Bonham
A look back at 2014

A look back at 2014

It was a scant blogging year for me, what with defending my PhD thesis, launching a masters program at Harvard and getting married. But I still have a couple of posts I’m proud of: It’s only been a couple of months, but it’s already hard to remember what life was like before my fermentation obsession...

December 31, 2014 — Kevin Bonham

Brewing the “First” Alcoholic Beverage

My fermentation obsession has reached new heights – on Christmas day I bottled my first mead, and it was delicious. My wife also gave me a book on mead making, and I’m getting ready to start a wild-ferment mead...

December 30, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
All the microbes of the field will clap their hands

All the microbes of the field will clap their hands

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: microbes are everywhere, and everywhere important. As regular readers will know, I’ve recently become obsessed with cultivating our microbial companions to make delicious foods...

December 6, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Two Podcasts About the Other Side of Eating

Two Podcasts About the Other Side of Eating

It’s a few days after Thanksgiving, but nevertheless, I’m thankful for sanitation. Here at Food Matters, we spend a lot of time talking about the things that go into our mouths, but throughout the world, the stuff that happens on the other end is almost as important...

November 29, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Ferment Friday – My First 3 batches of Sauerkraut

Ferment Friday – My First 3 batches of Sauerkraut

There’s something wonderful doing things yourself. This is not just my observation, there’s data on this. For example: people love their Ikea furniture more than any particle-board-glued-to-plastic-wood-patterned furniture has any right to be loved...

November 28, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
My New Fermentation Obsession

My New Fermentation Obsession

It’s been a while since my last post – I was not quite prepared for how busy I would be teaching 3 classes, doing research and planning a wedding would be.

November 11, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
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