July 1, 2001 |
For nine years, two dozen genetic engineers struggled to create a simple soybean that would stand up to a killer herbicide. After tens of thousands of mistakes, they thought they might have done it: They had created 100 seedlings laced with DNA from soil bacteria, a cauliflower virus and a petunia plant. They planned to test them cautiously in their Monsanto Co. labs. But an eager executive decided to test them all, to douse every plant with a highly potent concentration of the herbicide.
May 30, 2001 |
You can find soybean paste soup at most Korean restaurants, or you can buy it to go from Hannam Chain Supermarket. There the soup is so freshly made that it's still hot when set out in the deli section. The base is broth flavored with soybean paste. To this, Hannam adds cubed tofu, clam meat, zucchini, mushrooms, long beans, green onions and enough sliced jalapenos to make it one spicy bowl of healthful food. Soybean paste soup, $3.50 a quart at Hannam Chain Supermarket, 2740 W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001
"In Heartland, Some Recipes for Disaster" (May 13) begged a question. The article quotes Oregonian Matt Brucknell, "There's no tofu on the menu here," in Kansas City. Tofu, soy milk, vegetarian sausages (to name a few) all have the soybean as a core ingredient. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Midwest an important soybean-growing region? If so, some of those soybeans may become fodder for hogs and steers, but perhaps some become tofu. Would proud soybean farmers have us believe that their products are fine for swine and cattle but unfit for human consumption?
April 29, 2001 |
I decided to take a sabbatical from my regular life when I turned 40. I was single, fancy-free and experiencing that "been there, done that, so now what?" feeling I think is common among women who combined career and motherhood when young and reached burnout. My travels led me halfway around the world, from South Africa to California, where I took up residence in a Zen Buddhist community in San Francisco.
September 23, 2000 |
Tofu doughnuts, anyone? How about tofu-cream fig shortcake, or chocolate peach soy-cream layer cake, or a pastry filled with purple sweet potato and whipped soy cream? Japan's ancient affection for the soybean has taken a modern turn here, as Kyoto's most famous tofu maker updates both its menu and its methods in a bid to retain a clientele that is eating more meat and fast food.
September 20, 2000
I took the train from Washington to New York last week. I brought along a copy of Esquire magazine. Esquire is one of my favorite magazines to take on the train because sometimes I end up taking a long nap, and I don't read a word. I like a magazine that if you don't read it, you don't miss much. (You could say that's my philosophy with this column. You can stop right here, and you'll be fine. It's not like at the end of the column I reveal that Darva is pregnant with Bob Knight's baby.
March 29, 2000 |
Government scientists have developed a new soybean that's healthier for the heart because the oil need not go through a process that produces artery-clogging trans fatty acids and it has less than half the saturated fat of conventional soybeans. Food manufacturers, who use soybean oil in everything from margarine to crackers, are eager to get the healthier oil because of Food and Drug Administration plans to require the listing of trans fats on food nutrition labels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1999
Several years ago The Times ran an article offering the opinion of a researcher that man descended from "killer apes." It caused a big stink in the religious community. Around the same time, The Times ran a brief blurb that noted that man was a distant relative of the soybean. This didn't seem to cause any uproar, perhaps because it was brief, several pages back, and didn't refer to the plants as killer soybeans. Anyway, the articles inspired me to write a poem. I think its time has come: Evolution Pollution Man descends from Killer Apes And that explains our mania.
January 19, 1999 |
Minnesota farmer Doug Magnus is bracing for trouble when the first shipload of cheap Brazilian soybeans arrives in the United States this spring. Last week's currency collapse has made it cheaper to buy soybeans from Brazil than from him. That's bad news for U.S. farmers, the world's leading soybean producers, who were already sitting on a record crop and rock-bottom prices before their chief competitors saw a 32% plunge in their currency, the real, in the last week.