Food News You Can Use

October 18, 2011

  • Mark Bittman Writes About Occupy Wall Street (10/11): Adding his two cents to the nationwide conversation about how we might fundamentally change the the system to create more equality, Bittman urges “activists who are interested in food” to get involved.
  • Why the Food Movement Should Occupy Wall Street: Siena Chrisman writes on Civil Eats (10/11) that “the richest one percent hold 40 percent of the wealth, while almost one in five Americans is on food stamps.  Rampant Wall Street speculation on commodities is driving up food costs, small farmers are being driven off their land, and agribusiness holds monopoly control of our seeds and stores. In this climate, the struggle against massive wealth disparities, unregulated financial institutions, and excessive corporate power is our struggle as well.”
  • GMO Feed Disrupts Organs in AnimalsReader Supported News (10/7) reports on a new report published in Environmental Sciences Europe showing that “consuming genetically modified (GM) corn or soybeans leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice, particularly in livers and kidneys. . . . The GM soybean and corn varieties used in the feeding trials ‘constitute 83% of the commercialized GMOs’ that are currently consumed by billions of people.”
  • Comment on the USDA Proposed Rule for “Animal Disease Traceability”: The Cornucopia Institute reports that the USDA has extended its comment period on a proposed rule for mandatory animal traceability, thanks to a request by groups with “concerns about the substance of the rule.” The new deadline is Friday, December 9, 2011. You can take action and add your comment here.
  • New Report on How “Natural” Claims Deceive Consumers and Undermine the Organic Label: The Cornucopia Institute published a new report on food corporations’ PR spin– particularly those producing breakfast cereals– marketing “natural” products that “merely pay lip service to sustainability and eco-friendliness, while undercutting truly committed organic companies.”

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