California could have been the first state in the nation to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The food movement is growing fast, but as a political force, it's still in its infancy.
Despite polling in mid-September showing an overwhelming lead, the measure lost by 53 to 47 percent, which is relatively close considering the "No" side's tactics.
We know it's easy to get sunk by "information overload" and agribusiness advertising. So far the largest GMO maker, Monsanto, and other industry giants have plowed at least $35 million into keeping us in the dark.
Myths about food are brought to us not only by those companies with a vested interest in promoting pesticides and biotechnology, but also by a host of less obvious sources.
On Election Day, California voters will decide on Proposition 37, which would make their state the first in the nation to require the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Following an explosive and controversial French study indicating a link between Monsanto's controversial genetically engineered corn and cancer, Russian authorities have suspended all imports and use of GMO corn. And it's not just Russia that's appalled by what's been learned.
Through the unique combination of city-provided land and partner-provided funding, programs and labor, Lake Oswego has intuitively actualized a sustainable community farming model for other cities to follow.
Have you ever noticed that the USDA recommends that steaks and roasts be cooked to 145° while ground beef should be cooked to 160°? Have you ever wondered why there is a difference? After all, beef is beef -- right?
Confused about the different labels claiming organic at your grocer? So are we! Already in Corvallis at the Linus Pauling Institute, the opportunity presented itself to explore this thorny topic.
As a public health scientist and as a public citizen, and I have come to the conclusion that for the health of our families, the health of the environment, and the health of the people who work to put food on our dinner tables, we should stick with organic.
Despite being completely unnatural, hypoallergenic infant formulas are a critically needed feeding alternative for sensitive babies. But several years ago, I started to notice a problem -- and I suspected corn as the culprit.
The 56-page 2012 Democratic Party Platform included no mention of food safety or the President's monumental signing of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Simple prudence should have prevented these scientists from using "evidence" not designed to capture what they wanted to know.
I am happy to work with lawyers who understand that when government fails to do its job, whether it's for political reasons or just incompetence, you have to use all the legal tools at your disposal.
The battle in California over Proposition 37, which would require labeling of foods containing GMOs, is really heating up.
Lately, the administration has been lacking "commitment" in preventing food-borne illness outbreaks. Why stop at PR-driven offerings of economic support when the nation's public health is at risk?