Across the country, consumers are demanding the right to know what is in their food, and labeling of genetically engineered food. It's a vibrant and diverse coalition: mothers and grandmothers, health libertarians, progressives, foodies, environmentalists, main street conservatives and supporters of free-market economics.
The popular herbicide 2,4-D is not the same thing as Agent Orange -- the chemical cocktail that included 2,4-D as one of its major ingredients. But the analogy is striking. We already know for a fact that 2,4-D is not safe; it is a dangerous source of dioxins and has been repeatedly linked to deadly disease.
Perhaps trust is just too romantic of an ideal in a complicated food system. I'd argue the opposite: It is precisely the complexity of the system that demands us to have trust in those that feed us.
It's clear why "profit at any cost" big business wants to keep consumers in the dark. They want to maximize their profits. But let's review, for the record, why truthful food labeling is so important to us, the overwhelming majority of the people, and to future generations.
Do you think any human can adequately inspect three birds every second to ensure they are free of feathers, feces, lesions, bile and other contaminants?
There's Cheese... and then there's cheese, and then, if the cheese is in your snax, it's probably cheeze. Cheeze isn't Cheese, or cheese. It's those...
What do you think? Would you ever eat roadkill?
There's a big difference between 'non-toxic' and 'edible.'
If you're ordering sushi in the United States, you may not be eating what you think you are.
Poultry, dairy and eggs are produced in an industrialized system that values profit and "economic efficiency" over food safety, animal welfare or fairness for farmers.
One frequent refrain we've heard is that no U.S. company will ever ship chicken to China for processing because it doesn't make economic sense. Well guess what? It clearly does make economic sense because this process is already being used for U.S. seafood.
Their flavor will be reminiscent of your former flame. Plus, your homemade version can't get recalled. So there's that.
We have been eating fast food sandwiches made with azodicarbonamide for years. If you don't eat that stuff very often, I doubt you have anything to worry about. And if you do eat a lot of fast food sandwiches, I'd venture to say that azodicarbonamide is probably the least of your concerns.
The food you eat is the biggest socio-political decision you make each day. However, conditions and treatment of animals is not only a moral issue. Animal treatment has a direct impact on the health of American consumers.
When not used correctly, these tools can cause severe damage to you or someone else. We've rounded up some of the most dangerous equipment -- and chances are, you have a few of these in your kitchen.
Although the FDA doesn't need congressional authorization in order to mandate a federal labeling standard for GMOs, federal lawmakers have become increasingly vocal on the issue.