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My Reaction to Mark Bittman’s Op-Ed Piece in the NY Times

My Reaction to Mark Bittman's Op-Ed Piece in the NY Times

Mark Bittman, the author of several books and long-time food columnist for the NY Times, recently wrote a very good op-ed piece that is worth reading. His Why Aren’t GMO Foods Labeled? is something that every citizen in our country should be asking our politicians. And demanding answers. Europe requires that GMO foods be labeled […]

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Mark Bittman, the author of several books and long-time food columnist for the NY Times, recently wrote a very good op-ed piece that is worth reading.

His Why Aren’t GMO Foods Labeled? is something that every citizen in our country should be asking our politicians. And demanding answers.

Europe requires that GMO foods be labeled because they believe in giving consumers a choice and proper information about the foods that they are putting into their bodies.

In the U.S., our politicians are extremely beholden to Big Ag and don’t want to label foods as genetically-modified because they are scared that people won’t buy them.

Given that 70% of our supermarket shelves contain GMOs, I can see why they would be concerned. There would be a massive transition to organic food and conventional food companies would suffer tremendously.

Yet, our lawmakers have concluded that GMO foods are “generally regarded as safe” and they completely ignore the way in which a food is manufactured.

The fact that a food’s genetic expression can be altered in a laboratory and does not raise any potential health concerns is just pure intellectual dishonesty.

The one thing that I disagree with Mark Bittman on is his statement that “in the long run, genetic engineering may prove to be useful.” I don’t believe that you can fight Mother Nature and win. Essentially, that is what we are trying to do with GMO food.

The ending of his op-ed piece, however, is right on the mark. He said that we are being used as guinea pigs and without labeling, we have no say in the matter.

Isn’t that what America is all about? Having a say in the matter.

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If you are still not convinced or don’t know much about GMO food, go watch The Future of Food. This is a must-watch movie for everyone.


3 Comments

  • Max Goldberg says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for that great NYT piece. I missed it and am happy you posted a link to it here.

    About the GMO issue, I agree with you wholeheartedly. We need to continue to educate people about the dangers of GMOs, and the most powerful thing we can do is to vote with our wallet every single day. If we stop buying GMO food, companies will shift and provide organic food, or whatever the market is demanding.

    Thanks for your input.

    Live well,
    Max

  • stephanie haughey says:

    Hi Max,

    I would encourage all grocers/farmer’s markets to opose the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. It will be important for any grocery food purveyor to ban these foods from any private label product they carry and support efforts to label and/or ban such foods until a time when they can be proved safe for consumption and the environment.

    It is equally important that customers demand/take a stand as such from their grocery stores,Costco and Wallmart!

    Allowing the commercial planting of Monsanto’s GE Roundup Ready alfalfa will most certainly bring risks to organic and conventional farmers and cause damage to our surrounding environment. With no restrictions, these crops and the pesticides used for them have potential to creep into our entire food chain and severely infringe on our consumer choice. Our small farmers are left with no protections against these GE plants that are designed to resist highly toxic pesticides such as 2-4D and Dicamba.

    Take action!
    All the best,
    stephanie

  • stephanie haughey says:

    Hi Max,

    Inspiring story today in the NYT.
    Our food does matter and it is going to take a grass roots effort
    to shift the paradigm as some of the folks are doing in this article.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/us/06farmers.html?_r=1&hp

    All the best,
    stephanie

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