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By Tom Laskawy 15 Feb 2013
It’s been a good week if you enjoy a little GMO schadenfreude. The FDA has reportedly bowed to public pressure to extend the comment period on its approval of genetically engineered salmon, and Illinois, Maryland, and Iowa are the latest states to buck GMOs by introducing labeling bills into state legislature.
Even the Supreme Court has an opportunity to take Monsanto down a peg. On Feb. 19, the court will hear arguments in a patent infringement case between an Indiana farmer and Monsanto (I covered it in detail here). If Monsanto prevails, it’ll move a few more paces towards agricultural monopoly; if it loses, the company will take a couple steps back. It’s encouraging that the Supreme Court chose to hear the case over the solicitor general’s urging to dismiss it, but Monsanto could have an inside man: As in other Monsanto-related cases, former Monsanto-lawyer-turned-Supreme-Court-Justice Clarence Thomas has no plans to recuse himself.
But GMOs took the biggest punch this week from academia: Tom Philpott highlights a USDA-funded study [PDF] by University of Wisconsin scientists who found that several types of GMO seeds (including Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready varieties) actually produce a lower yield than conventional seeds. Only one seed — a corn that produces its own pesticide to combat the corn borer — offers any significant yield benefit. In other words, planting most genetically modified seeds results in less harvest per acre than planting non-genetically modified seeds.
ratzvader, the next papa. —nb
How to Eat Vegan On A Budget
- Eat vegetables and fruits that are in season (they’ll be cheaper)
- Buy from your local farmer’s market (again, cheaper!)
- Buy in bulk (grains, legumes, pasta etc.)
- Be creative (sometimes you can make something amazing out of nothing. I’ve done this way too many times to count.)
- Stop buying unnecessary junk food (and make it yourself! Things like chips, crackers, granola bars, etc. It’ll be healthier as well!)
- Take a break from processed meat alternatives and stick to whole foods.
- Stop eating out! (this is a given for any person on a budget)
- Make your own veggie burgers!
- Cook in bulk
- Make your own vegetable broth (this will save you so much money plus it will taste WAY better than the store bought ones.)
- Buy frozen vegetables and fruits (not as good as fresh but still nutritious!)
- Try making big one pot meals (soups, stews etc.)
- Stop buying canned legumes! (they’re way cheaper dried!)
- Check Amazon (they have good deals on bulk items and spices.)
- Start your own garden (even a tiny one can makes things cheaper.)
- Make your own non-dairy milk (all you need is a blender! Thanks, bloodandcrust for the tip!)
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been asked this questions TONS of times so I put together a quick little list about things that I do to eat vegan on a budget. If you have any tips or tricks, message me and I’ll add them to the list! I’ll post a link to this post on my sidebar for easy access along with the VEGAN 101 post.
Also, on a side note I did not draw the veggies or anything in the chart, I used Photoshop brushes! Click on the image to see it bigger!
- Alexis ♥