More and more people are realizing that our food chain is in crisis. Big agribusiness would probably like us all to continue munching on highly processed, genetically engineered, chemical-laden, pesticide-contaminated pseudo-foods. But the tide of history is turning.
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.
Do you have any cereals, crackers, cookies, snack bars, soy milk or baby formula? How about anything with corn syrup or processed food made from corn? If so, you are probably eating food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Pesticide and chemical companies battling California's Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically engineered foods, are telling Californians these genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe and no different from food grown naturally.
Knowledge is the key to creating a healthier nation. Currently, genetically engineered (GE) foods are not labeled, so we have no way of knowing if the food we are eating is a product of this artificial process.
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.
When government officials are consistently opposed to the idea of regulation (i.e. the implementation of rules of governance) one wonders what they're doing in their posts... other than jockeying for a better-paid exit when they next waltz through the revolving door.
By showing up at the Paul R. Knapp "Animal Learning Center," President Obama and his staff show that they are out of touch with the needs of rural Iowans and likely to continue to plow down their unsustainable path of supporting the industrial agribusiness lobby.
Our food system has been adept at keeping the lights out or at least dimmed. But that is changing. The FDA should start by following the practices of more than 40 other nations and label genetically engineered foods.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn variety that is resistant to the highly toxic herbicide 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.