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Tag: Food Policy

GMO Labeling Update: Progress Galore!

The push for mandatory GMO labeling continues to gain momentum around the country, as consumers clamor for food industry transparency. Several recent news stories highlight the inevitability of the shifting tides, making conscious eaters optimistic and chemical companies (presumably) quite nervous.

VT House Ag Committee Passes GMO Labeling Bill

Last week Vermont leapt energetically into the GMO labeling race, launching legislation that would require labels for food products containing genetically modified ingredients. Representative Kate Webb (D) introduced the VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on February 1 of 2012, and Monsanto’s response was swift and predictably litigious. Despite overwhelming voter support for the bill, VT caved to corporate threats last year. Will democracy finally triumph over corporate bullying, this time around?

Will Sequester Cause Spike in Meat Prices?

As the March 1 sequester deadline whooshes past, animal industry analysts (and meat eaters on a budget) knit their eyebrows in concern. Our latest national brinksmanship debacle could accelerate downward consumption trends, in an already-declining meat market.

New School Food Rules Set To Improve Adolescent Snacking

On February 1st, the USDA released a landmark proposal (pdf) that sets forth new guidelines that will regulate the snacks that are able to be sold in schools and builds on improvements made to regulations guiding breakfast and lunch programs that emphasize the inclusion of more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Science, Sustainability, World Hunger, and GMOs: A Skeptic’s Rebuttal

Environmental activist Mark Lynas recently embraced biotechnology, as the agricultural savior of humanity. His public conversion has drawn heavy attention in mainstream media, prompting gleeful cackles from biotech profiteers. As with any science-based debate, critical thinking and skeptical inquiry offers the best path forward: are there good reasons to follow the pilgrimage of the devout, renounce organics for GMOs, and spread Monsanto’s gospel? (Spoiler alert: nope.)

GMO Update: WA Labeling Initiative Clears Signature Hurdle

Last week GMO labeling advocates submitted more than enough signatures to propel I-522 into the legislative limelight. This initiative would require labeling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Under WA law, the measure can now be enacted, revised, or sent to voters in November 2013. Good work, WA!

GMO Update: WA Next Contender for Viable Labeling Law?

Energized by Prop 37’s near-victory last month, labeling advocates in 30 states are ramping up legislative efforts to require fair labeling of GMO foods. Washington state looks poised to step up as the next big battleground: if advocates for initiative I-522 obtain enough signatures by the end of December, WA voters could see a ballot measure requiring GMO labeling as soon as November 2013. They need your help — read on, for what you can do to support Washington’s GMO labeling efforts!

Vote For Real Food: Learn How Food Friendly Your Political Representatives Are

We’ve been treading water in a pool of political juices for awhile, so I apologize for stirring the legislative pot, but food policy has become a political topic. And now we have a tool to help us decide which levers to pull. A new organization, Food Policy Action (FPA), seeks to keep us in-the-know on how well our national government representatives support (or fail to support) important food policy decisions.