Even his supporters admit that Ethan Abbott, the embattled natural farming activist who's been feuding with county authorities on several fronts, has a bit of a temper. But Abbott, 38, who was sentenced yesterday to ninety days in jail and eighteen months of probation in Weld County Court over a 201 ... More >>
Think fracking will make a lot of noise at the ballot box on November 4 -- and on TV and computer screens before that? Of all the initiatives vying for a place on the ballot, Initiative #48 could be the most controversial -- and expensive, with opponents (think Monsanto) prepared to fight, and fight ... More >>
There's a large bus with peeling white paint parked at one end of 13th Street for the Boulder Farmers' Market Saturday; it's part of Boulder County's School Food Project. The school lunch program has been being revamped since chef Ann Cooper was brought on board to shake things up five years ago -- ... More >>
Foods in Colorado could get new labeling next year, now that the Colorado Supreme Court has approved the wording of Right To Know Colorado, an initiative to label genetically modified foods --commonly called GMOs -- on food packaging. Now supporters just need to collect enough signatures to get it o ... More >>
Yesterday, we posted about a small group that defended the safety of genetically modified organisms, during this weekend's March Against Monsanto. Shortly after publication, a debate broke out between the pro-GMOs group, the Monsanto Defense Fund, and the anti-Monsanto forces. Here's an example of t ... More >>
Earlier this week, we posted about Denver's March Against Monsanto, a Saturday rally and festival protesting the corporation most closely associated with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs; see photos from the event below. Turns out, though, that a small handful of those present don't see anyt ... More >>
On Saturday, March Against Monsanto, an organization in opposition to genetically modified organisms in general and Monsanto's GMO-related efforts in particular, staged protests and rallies at 485 locations across the planet. According to local organizer Ethan Abbott, Denver's version was among "th ... More >>
In the early years Monsanto, the St. Louis biotech giant helped pioneer such leading chemicals as DDT, PCBs and Agent Orange. Unfortunately, these breakthroughs had a tendency to kill stuff. And the torrent of lawsuits that came from random killing put a crimp on long-term profitability. So Monsanto ... More >>
John Dadzie, the orbital center of Los Angeles' dubstep galaxy known as SMOG, is the mastermind behind 12th Planet. Transitioning from drum and bass to dubstep seems to be a natural course for producers in the past few years, and Dadzie has been at the forefront of that movement's progression. We re ... More >>
Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Antonio Valenzuela hosted at Roostercat Coffee House this past Saturda ... More >>
Monsanto was one of the first companies to genetically modify a plant cell, leading the way to genetically modified foods -- and it created "Roundup Ready" seeds that are essentially immune to the popular weed killer. Such achievements, as well as the firm's past association with chemicals such as D ... More >>
Barack Obama's appearance in Boulder on Sunday brought out Rich Black Mormons (one of them, anyway) and thousands of others -- a fascinatingly varied swath of humanity willing to swelter in the heat for hours for a chance to stand on CU-Boulder's Norlin Quad, sight of the annual 4/20 celebration, to ... More >>
Colorado stands at the forefront of the nation's organic movement, and Grower's Organic is helping to lead the way, finding organic suppliers and then connecting these farms with retail outlets, delivering fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 150 restaurants, grocery stores and local co-operativ ... More >>
Starting July 1, California will enforce a ban on foie gras -- delicious, delicious, fatty goose/duck liver -- and while PETA is thrilled, chefs are pissed. Why the ban on these tasty liver-lobes? Gavage, or forced tube-feeding off the animals, is seen as cruel and inhumane. But neither side in this ... More >>
No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe. Like all of the recipes we've featured here, vegan lasagna isn't difficult to make. It does have a lot of ingredients, though, so ... More >>
While consumers continue to dish dirt about the lack of local farm produce at the area's farmers markets, Kimberly put "farm to table" on the table as one of the "Thirty overused, irritating and just plain awful food words and phrases that make our mouth hurt." As Kimberly states her case; ... More >>
Photo by Kenny BeClassic gas station graphics will keep residents pumped in good times and bad. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is currently called a "disaster," but that will change with time. Because Americans love petroleum more than life itself, they will no do ... More >>
We hope you've already eaten lunch, because you won't be hungry after this: Seems that California's Olivera Egg Farm is facing six violations for permit violations stemming from local complaints about their reported daily pumping of chicken excrement into a 16.5 acre pond near the facility. T ... More >>
Do you know where your cluck comes from? Following a recent birthday barbecue feast, I woke up before the sun with a wretched bellyache and proceeded to hurl my guts out. Nothing reminds you that you aren't 21 anymore like puking bacon cheeseburgers and red wine and going up against a hangove ... More >>
Take solace in the present folks, because tomorrow is the day you'll stop eating like you did yesterday. That is, of course, if you go and see the documentary Food Inc. The film opens in Colorado tomorrow at the Landmark Chez Artiste, located at 2800 South Colorado Boulevard. I recently screened the ... More >>
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Something to Chew On
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