Even though I have attended a countless number of meetings, seminars and conference calls for the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) food, and have been involved with many marches, rallies, and fundraisers across the country, I had yet to attend an official GE-labeling political hearing — until the one held a few days ago in New York City.
And let me tell you, it was an eye-opener.
Ever since the narrow loss of last year’s Proposition 37, California’s GE-labeling ballot initiative, the momentum in the U.S. for the labeling of GE-food has never been stronger.
GE-labeling legislation is in various stages in 25 different states. Connecticut and Maine have passed GE-labeling bills, albeit with major provisional clauses, and the state of Washington will be voting on its own bill later this year. Read More »
As I mentioned in the post, it was a great step in raising awareness of this abhorrent technology and hopefully it will never get approved.
AquaBounty, the company that is trying to receive FDA approval for genetically-engineered salmon, has been telling the public that this “fish” is safe – safe for humans and safe for the environment, both of which is completely absurd in my opinion.
Now we have documentation that calls into serious question the credibility of AquaBounty and its willingness to tell the truth.
When you follow the organic industry closely and care deeply about health, it is very easy to get frustrated with how our leaders place such little importance on organic.
While we do have a small number of organic advocates in Washington D.C., the overall policy that emanates from our government is one that supports genetically-modified food, largely because the GM-industry uses its vast resources to influence politicians and regulatory bodies.
And if you think the GM-industry hasn’t gotten to Obama, think again.
In terms of organic food, there is a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
While every single participant in the organic food industry plays a critical role, I’d like to single out these three groups this year and express my sincere gratitude.
Organic Farmers Is there anyone more important to the industry than organic farmers?
These are the individuals who work brutally long hours, face the high costs and burdensome paperwork for USDA organic certification, and deal with unpredictable weather conditions, all to bring us the most nutritious food available. Read More »
Over the last few weeks, a group of about 50 people walked from New York City to Washington demanding that our government label genetically-modified food.
Throughout the march, many other people joined at different stages/cities and yesterday culminated in an official protest just steps outside of the White House.
Many luminaries and well-known voices in the organic movement were in Washington for the finale including Maria Rodale, whose grandfather, J.I. Rodale, started the organic movement in the U.S. in the 1940s, and Vandana Shiva (below), one of the world’s leading environmentalists and an absolute hero in India. Read More »