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Ben Alford

Ben Alford works in Indiana Public Media's online dimension and holds an M.A. from Indiana University Bloomington's History and Philosophy of Science department. When not vegetating in front of a computer screen or geeking out over a good book, he can found outside exploring.

Recent Posts by Ben Alford

January 21, 2013

Shades Of Gray 

The Unpalatable Truth About Life In A Global Village

In a recent editorial for the Guardian, Joanna Blythman blames vegans for driving the price of quinoa out of reach for poorer South Americans. Is she right?

January 18, 2013

Adbusting  

Not OK: Deconstructing Coke’s Visual Culture Of Deception

With a new ad campaign, Coca-Cola is trying to portray itself as a leader in the war on obesity. Here's why we should be suspicious.

January 10, 2013

Nature And Nurture 

Genes Play Key Role In Mouse Obesity

A new study suggests that alongside diet, exercise and environment, genetics may be a significant factor in whether or not we become obese.

December 21, 2012

A World Of Plenty? 

Study Finds Stunted Crop Yields In Many Regions Of The Globe

In much of the world, production of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans is failing to meet expectations.

October 26, 2012

Spray That Somewhere Else! 

Bumblebees Also Adversely Affected By Pesticides

Turns out honeybees aren't the only pollinators who need to worry about pesticides.

October 16, 2012

What You Don't Know Might Hurt You 

Sullied Soils: Dealing With Backyard Contamination

Just because you don't use dangerous chemicals in your garden doesn't mean they're not there.

October 4, 2012

Feedback Loop 

Farmers And Superweeds Mired In Arms Race, Study Finds

According a recent study, herbicide use has increased by 527 million pounds since herbicide resistant GMOs first hit the scene in 1996.

September 20, 2012

That Wasn't On The Label 

BPA In Urine Linked To Childhood Obesity

Newly published research suggests that when it comes to obesity, it's not just what's in our food that matters, but what's in food packaging as well.

May 17, 2012

Feeling Slow? 

Is Soda Making Us Dumb?

A new study suggests high-fructose corn syrup is bad for brains as well as the rest of our bodies.

April 12, 2012

Incredibly Inedible 

The Dark Side Of Sunny-Side Up

Grisly undercover footage from The Humane Society reveals, yet again, what can happen to hens in the absence of governmental oversight.

April 11, 2012

Animorphs Downstream! 

Roundup Makes Tadpoles Change Shape

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh reveals that America's most popular weedkiller can turn frog larvae into freaks of nature.

March 22, 2012

Guilt-Free Revenge? 

A New (All-Natural) Weapon In The War On Bugs

Researchers in Australia may have come up with a potent but environmentally-friendly pest control strategy. They have spider evolution to thank for it.

March 7, 2012

You First, Siri 

A Reason To Hope For Spooked Sprout Fans

A new invention may eventually take the gamble out of consuming raw veggies.

March 2, 2012

Don't Knock It 'Til You've Tried It 

Might As Well Go Eat Worms — Or Bugs

With more and more of the world's population craving meat, insects are starting to look a lot more appetizing.

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