There are signs that the rights of consumers to know what is in their food may be coming to a revolutionary climax. With Vermont ushering in the first unencumbered GMO state labeling law, the skirmish has broadened its fronts from the halls of Washington DC to the fields of Iowa and homes in Oregon. Continue reading “You say you want a revolution? From East to West GMO times are a changin…..”
Walk down the food aisles and you will notice a new label multiplying on the shelves. Non-GMO labels are one of the fastest growing label phenomena in the grocery aisle today. Recent polls indicate that 92% of consumers want to know what is in their food when it comes to Genetically Modified Ingredients. That’s exactly why these labels are growing in popularity and recognition. They represent one way to assure consumers that they are not feeding GMOs to their families. The other sure fire way to avoid GMOs is to purchase certified organic products. It’s just that simple and most hungry shoppers don’t even realize it. Continue reading “Want to avoid exposure to GMOs? Buy Organic!”
Does the world really need a new spin on the basic apple? Some folks at Okanagan Specialty Fruit think so. I suspect they have spent untold resources developing the world’s first genetically modified apple. Back in November, I posted Let’s Give Eve a Better Apple? It explained that the creators of this genetically engineered apple hail it as “Nature at Its Best”. They go on to say “We all love apples! Until they turn brown, that is. Arctic® apples are everything you love about apples!” Continue reading “Arctic apple vortex set to descend upon the US!”
The news of genetically engineered (GE) foods is certainly circuitous. Recent news came literally in a round shape when General Mills announced that their 73-year-old breakfast cereal, Cheerios, would be free of GE products. Cheerios is one of the highest profile brands fed to millions of kids across the country. Bowing to consumer pressure and the “As You Sow” group who engaged with General Mills in requesting that it reformulate its iconic Cheerios product. , The Wall Street Journal reported that General Mills had been working to rid Cheerios of GE products for the past year. The cartons will voluntarily display “Not Made with Genetically Modified Ingredients”. Alas, it only affects the original flavors and not the Honey- Nut flavor, but it’s a step in the long march towards transparency. I know many a toddler who is fed cheerios as a mainstay, and this will rid one source of GE products from their diet. Thank you General Mills! Now let’s think about feeding our children more whole organic food. Continue reading “At least we have Cheerios?”
The end of the year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past and engage in envisioning our future. We look back at a year of costly GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling battles that drained over seven million dollars from pro-labeling funders’ coffers. The momentum we achieved was exhilarating until it became obvious that we were being outspent and undermined by erroneous messaging. Washington State fell by narrow margins reminiscent of the California defeat.