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Hi, I'm Malcolm Woods

I’m the New Media Editor at Outpost, though I’m the old media editor, as well. In both capacities, I read, hear, photograph and write about food. I also eat food pretty regularly, all of which means I spend a lot of time thinking about food…
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Malcolm Woods

Pass the Patchouli: I'm Going to the Garden with the Hippies

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By Malcolm Woods September 10, 2012

 

The president of the Wisconsin Technology Council felt a need to weigh in on the issue of organic foods in Sunday’s Journal Sentinel, taking a shot at hippie gardeners and even your local co-op at the same time.

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Plenty of Reasons to Stick With Organic

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By Malcolm Woods September 5, 2012

Give up organic?

 

I’m sure some people will think about that today, after hearing about a new study that found little evidence that organic food is any better for you than conventional food. Apple for apple and zucchini for zucchini, organic is often more expensive, after all.  No doubt, some folk will opt for cheaper conventional, but I’m betting the booming growth in the organic industry will continue.

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The Slow Fight Against GMOs

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By Malcolm Woods August 7, 2012

 

Do the foods you eat contain GMOs?

 

GMOs are genetically modified organisms, plants and animals that have undergone alterations to their original genetic material at the cellular level.

 

First experimented with in the mid-1970s, genetic engineering has rapidly grown in sophistication and frequency. Early experiments revolved around methods to make plants less susceptible to frost, but researchers soon moved onto transgenic engineering, in which genetic material from different species are combined into one organism. 

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Slimed: beef mix exposes our conflicted relationship with food

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By Malcolm Woods March 26, 2012

There has been a lot of talk lately about "pink slime." That's the term a former USDA official gave to a commercially prepared mixture of beef trimmings, dosed with a puff of ammonia to thwart germs and often mixed with ground beef as a cost cutting measure.

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The Natural War of the Words

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By Malcolm Woods October 17, 2011

A new report is generating buzz in the natural foods industry. The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based advocacy group which pushes for sustainable and organic agriculture, tested a number of natural and organic cereal brands and found that many of the cereals labeled as natural contained evidence of genetically modified products (GMOs). Further, the report suggests that “natural” cereals may contain pesticide residues.

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Loaves and (GMO) Fishes

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By Malcolm Woods October 10, 2011

A news report today says an approval of the first genetically-modified animal for human consumption is now in final review at the federal level.

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Small town grocers and sustainability

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By Malcolm Woods July 8, 2011

An article in USA Today about the declining number of independent grocery stores in small towns across the country is a compelling argument to buy local.

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Bend their ear

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By Malcolm Woods July 7, 2011

The Obama administration look set to approve a new genetically engineered corn, designed to better tolerate drought conditions, but you still have time to let the USDA know how you feel.

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Milwaukee plays chicken

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By Malcolm Woods May 24, 2011

Keeping chickens is now legal in the city of Milwaukee.

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Organic Dance

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By Malcolm Woods April 25, 2011

The old factory space that has become home to Sweet Water Organics in Bay View has undergone quite a transformation in recent years. But it's newest role - as a modern dance venue - is certainly its most intriguing incarnation yet.

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A Wine for Passover

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By Malcolm Woods April 8, 2011

Passsover is coming, and with it the search for a good bottle of kosher wine that doesn't remind one of cough syrup. We've got one for you. In stores by the end of the week.

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Fueling higher prices?

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By Malcolm Woods April 7, 2011

The sharply rising demand for biofuels around the globe is likely helping increase food prices, as nations cope with a difficult decision - whether to grow crops for fuel or for food.

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Catch a Bee Movie at the Times

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By Malcolm Woods March 25, 2011

Since 2006, the number of honeybee colonies in the United States has dropped precipitously. What are all those empty and abandoned hives telling us? A new documentary that tries to answer the question will air next week at the Time Cinema on Milwaukee's west side.
 

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A Rally for GMO Labels

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By Malcolm Woods March 23, 2011

A series of rallies demanding that foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) be labeled is planned for this coming weekend.

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The inside dope on iodine

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By Malcolm Woods March 16, 2011

The nuclear crisis in Japan has triggered a run on potassium iodide supplements in the US, but is it much ado about nothing?

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Growing Power's Next Challenge: Growing Jobs

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By Malcolm Woods March 8, 2011

A new program run by Milwaukee's Growing Power that hopes to boost inner city food production and provide up to 150 jobs has received funding from the city.

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Start stocking the pantry for St. Pats

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By Malcolm Woods March 4, 2011

The good folks at CHOW have collected some of their favorite Irish-themed recipes to help you prepare for St. Patrick's Day.

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Milwaukee considering urban farms

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By Malcolm Woods February 21, 2011

The city of Milwaukee today will consider a proposal by Growing Power to create urban farms that would offer employment and training to inner city residents.

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Sniffles? Sore throat? Zinc might help

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By Malcolm Woods February 16, 2011

Want help fighting off a cold? Reaching for zinc might be a good idea, say researchers who have reviewed a number of studies about the mineral.

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Are Pesticides Targeting Men?

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By Malcolm Woods February 15, 2011

Are pesticides targeting men? A new study suggests that many pesticides used in agriculture disrupt male hormones, potentially creating a ink to a wide range of health issues being experienced by males today.

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