There’s no such thing as food supply chain transparency for the produce you buy. Want to know where your fruit came from? Good luck with that.
Have you heard about the vegan ‘Game of Thrones’ themed burger, or the new app to help you fight food waste? Did you see the new diet and nutrition research on MS and heart disease? Do you know about Big Ag’s efforts to railroad organic standards, in a direction no one here wants ’em to go? Read on for a roundup of all the good, bad, and interesting news from the food world this week!
Big Food’s defeat of Prop 37 cost them dearly, and only energized the labeling movement across the nation. Now they’re meeting to talk about GMO labeling at the federal level — but is it just an attempt to preemptively weaken future labeling laws?
One important vote that national Election coverage wasn’t following so closely last night was California’s Proposition 37: The GMO Right to Know Act. Prop 37 might seem like it was only relevant in California, but had it passed, it would have set a precedent for GMO labeling – and transparency – here in the U.S.
“A few days after the plant was shut down, three U.S. Representatives from California stepped in, and sent a letter to the USDA calling for its immediate reopening. U.S. Representatives Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, and Jeff Denham said that its closure was hurting the economy, and the USDA needed ‘to intervene against the onslaught of attacks that are occurring at the behest of radical groups.’
For years, food purists, evangelists, activists, you name it, have been fighting to get the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce oversight into the mega-food industry. The concern that arose thirty-five years ago pertained to the dangerous misuse of antibiotics in food, which scientists feared would lead to drug resistance.
Now, reports are saying the FDA might finally seal the deal — banning antibiotics by court mandate. The ruling, issued by Judge Theodore H. Katz of the Southern District of New York, may make antibiotic use in livestock much less prevalent.
Big Dairy has unleashed a new ad campaign that comes across as a blatant attack on its newest competitors: non-dairy milk. Joining the ranks of Coke vs. Pepsi, the “Real Milk Comes From Cows” campaign is laden with language aimed at showing consumers how terrible milk substitutes are for them. Brought to you by The California Milk Processor Board, the ads lined up several milk alternatives next to “real” milk, with labels highlighting the ingredients of each.
People don’t like animal cruelty. And they sure don’t want to eat meat that comes from animals that have been subjected to inhumane and abusive treatment.
In Iowa, they’ve found a way to solve that problem: criminalize folks who expose cruel and inhumane animal treatment. Last week the state House of Representatives passed HF 589 (pdf), and it’s poised to pass the State Senate (as SF 431) as well.
The UK is close to seeing its first ever factory dairy farm, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals is doing its best to protect consumer health and animal rights by blocking it.