Opinion/Editorial Archive

The Fat Lady (Monsanto) Hasn’t Sung Yet

Friday, November 14th, 2014

by Rick North

Source: Amancay Maahs

What a difference a week makes.

Late-counted ballots from all over Oregon have now reduced the vote deficit to only 6,371 on the GMO food labeling initiative.

This is:

50.22% No

49.78% Yes

At this point, a difference of around 2,900 votes or less would be enough to trigger an automatic recount, which goes into effect at .2% or less of all ballots cast for the measure.

There are around 13,000 ballots cast still not counted because something isn’t quite right with them – signatures not matching what is on record at the county election offices, missing signatures, unclear votes because of the ballots getting wet (this is Oregon, after all).

Moreover, there are still ballots that are already valid that haven’t been counted yet. We don’t know exactly how many, but there could certainly be another 10,000.

Voters who submitted one of the not-valid-yet ballots were notified by their county election offices.  If they can go to their local office and correct the ballot by 5:00 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Nov. 18, the ballot will count. If they don’t, it won’t count. Read Full Article »

How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Washington Post
by Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter

Source: Charlie Barker

Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and food writer for the New York Times, is the author of “How to Cook Everything Fast.” Michael Pollan, who teaches journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Ricardo Salvador is a senior scientist and director of the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Olivier De Schutter, a professor of international human rights law at the Catholic University of Louvain, was the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food from 2008 to 2014.

How we produce and consume food has a bigger impact on Americans’ well-being than any other human activity. The food industry is the largest sector of our economy; food touches everything from our health to the environment, climate change, economic inequality and the federal budget. Yet we have no food policy — no plan or agreed-upon principles — for managing American agriculture or the food system as a whole.

That must change. Read Full Article »

EPA Approves Enlist Duo®, Opens Gate to New Wave of GE Woes

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Beyond Pesticides

enlist logoDespite a massive outpouring of public opposition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that it has registered Enlist Duo®, officially putting the rubber stamp of approval on the sale and use of a new wave of genetically-engineered (GE) 2,4-D tolerant crops.

Developed by Dow AgroSciences, Enlist Duo® is an herbicide that incorporates a mix of glyphosate and a new formulation of 2,4-D, intended for use on GE Enlist-Duo®-tolerant corn and soybean crops. While registration of the herbicide was anticipated by most of the public since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s approval of the Enlist Duo®-tolerant crops in mid-September, the announcement still comes as a disappointing shock, demonstrating the failings of the U.S. pesticide and agricultural regulatory system to put people and the environment before economic incentives and industry bottom lines. Read Full Article »

Why I’m Voting Yes on 105 to Label GMO Foods

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dining Out
by Bradford Heap | Chef and Owner, Colterra, Niwot, CO; and SALT, Boulder, CO

Source: Martin Cathrae

As a Coloradan, chef, and restaurateur committed to farm-to-table quality, integrity, taste, health, and the environment, I join organizations like the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Moms Across America, Conservation Colorado, and others in my support of GMO labeling, and encourage Coloradans to vote yes on Proposition 105 this November to require the mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods sold in Colorado.

As a father, I choose non-GMO foods for my kids when I can, but since an estimated 85-percent of grocery products sold in the U.S. contain genetically engineered ingredients without having to be labeled as such, it’s hard to make informed choices at the supermarket for my family. While pro-biotech interests claim that GMOs are safe, a growing body of scientific research suggests that there may indeed be enough risks to warrant the need for consumer transparency and justify the call for mandatory GMO labeling. Read Full Article »

No No Nano: Macro-Objections to Micro-Machinations of Industrial Processed Food

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The Call of the Land
by Steven McFadden

“To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.” – Wendell Berry

Steven McFadden

Steadily, stealthily, corporations are driving the goodness of natural life itself from our food, and cleverly – though unwisely – infesting it with dim bits of microscopic material substance that are obscured from human awareness. I object. Wholeheartedly.

Just as synthetic chemicals, manufactured additives, irradiation, and then genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been corporately imposed upon processed food, now a micro-invasion of nanoparticles is gaining momentum. Patented lab-created nanoparticles are even penetrating the realm of organic food, as the USDA’s organic program chooses to do nothing.

The invisible, insidious micro-mechanistic food interventions being aggressively advanced by industry are now incarnate via nanotechnology. That’s the practice of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale, and then incorporating the synthetic molecules into processed stuff, including our food. Read Full Article »