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Tag: Food Policy

Food and Politics: Democracy Now Hosts Prop 37 Debate, Interviews Michael Pollan on GMO Labeling

For the first time in US history, California voters this November will have the opportunity to vote for mandatory labeling of foods containing GMOs. Democracy Now hosted a Prop 37 debate this week, and interviewed food writer Michael Pollan on the health, environmental, and social issues surrounding GMO labeling and biotechnology-driven agriculture. As election day nears, industry’s slick and deceptive campaign against the labeling initiative continually saturates the CA airwaves. Democracy Now’s coverage offers a grass-roots education and rebuttal opportunity: read, watch, consider, and share!

Children’s Book Review: Allergies, and Awesome You!

Allergies are one of the most common afflictions of Americans today, especially in children. “My allergies are acting crazy today!” “Here, have one of my [insert allergy drug here].” As an ex-child with asthma and allergies, now a fully-fledged adult with the sniffles and wheezes, I was drawn to review Dr. Atul N. Shah’s book for kids, Allergies, and Awesome You!

GMO Labeling Might Let People Know What They’re Eating: ‘NOOO!’ Screams Food Lobby, Clutching Chest

As November creeps inexorably closer, the Grocery Manufacturers Association declares that defeating California’s GMO labeling initiative is ‘its highest priority.’ Despite almost unanimous consumer support, the food industry is fighting no-holds-barred against CA’s efforts towards increased transparency and accountability regarding US food packaging. Apparently, informed consumerism scares them silly.

Food Crisis Looming? One Simple Way to Save the World (or At Least Stop Making Things Worse)

This year’s drought has hit US farmers below the (corn) belt, prompting fears of global food riots and shortages. With global climate change promising more drought, high temperatures, and severe weather events, it’s time to take a good hard look at our food system in terms of domestic and global food security — and to ask ourselves if there’s a better way to eat, in a world of rising population and shrinking resources. (Hint: there is!)

The Organic Watergate Dilemma

Dubbed “The Organic Watergate,” this revelation might be fighting words for some, but for those invested in the safe food community, it might mean enhanced scrutiny on our food system.

GMO Free USA Launches First Action Campaign: Watch Out, Kellogg’s!

Last month EDB reported on a new grass-roots organization seeking GMO labeling through direct consumer action. Faced with Monsanto’s corruption of democracy Connecticut and Vermont earlier this year, GMO Free USA formed to take the labeling issue directly to food manufacturers. The group announced its first action campaign yesterday: boycott-bazookas fire initial rounds this week at the Kellogg Company, demanding fair labeling of their products containing GMO ingredients.

Moyers to Interview Vandana Shiva: Physicist, Activist, Ecologist Speaks Against GMO Agriculture

“Seed is the source of life… Seed is the first link in the food chain, and therefore when you control seed you control food.” Dr. Vandana Shiva speaks eloquently about the problems inherent in biotechnology-based corporate agriculture, and passionately argues for a food system overhaul driven by consumer action. Share this preview with everyone you know who eats food! Then catch the full interview this weekend on Moyers & Company.

GMO Free USA: New Group Seeks Change Through Direct Consumer Action

Consumers want GMO labels by an overwhelming majority, but Monsanto has deep pockets — and so far, sufficient political clout to override the democratic process regarding labels for genetically modified foods. In response to this sorry state of affairs, one CT voter turned anger into action and founded GMO Free USA. This innovative grass-roots group seeks to take the issue directly to food manufacturers, through massive consumer action.

GMO Update: CA Labeling Initiative Qualifies for Ballot, Industry Releases PR Hounds

A California GMO labeling initiative met requirements last week for inclusion on the November 2012 ballot. Biotechnology interests have already begun an all-out assault with big marketing guns, towards convincing CA voters that (despite all evidence to the contrary) they actually don’t want GMO foods labeled. Will pro-consumer forces be strong enough to stand the onslaught?

Animal Rights Conference Update

We are now barely into the month of June, which means…we have made it through the torrential downpour of spring, the frigid winter, and also, that the Animal Rights 2012 National Conference is two months from kickoff. I will have the pleasure of attending the AR2012 from August 2 through August 5 this year in Washington D.C., which is a great excuse to visit the area and hear a bunch of amazing speakers, authors and activists for the first time.