What is Organic

Genetic Modification is not plant breeding, it’s genetic gambling!

OrangeppleSoon after humans began the ancient practice of saving seeds, the process of selecting seeds likely soon followed. I can imagine the earliest agriculturists saving and replanting the seeds that were the biggest and came from the most robust plants. Those seeds were more likely to have better yields and resist frost or drought. Occasionally Mother Nature took care of the natural selection with weather events that left only those healthier, more resistant, seeds to be re-planted. Fruits that were bitter or small were cast aside for those that were sweeter and juicier. Grains or beans that were easier to store or preserve were favored. Continue reading “Genetic Modification is not plant breeding, it’s genetic gambling!”

What is Organic

Battleground I-522: what’s at stake and why now?

English: Digital Elevation map of Washington s...
English: Digital Elevation map of Washington state. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In less than a week the people of Washington State will decide whether most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods and seeds using genetic engineering (GE) will be labeled when offered for retail sale. A “yes” vote on 522 would give Washington shoppers more information about what’s in their food and control over their shopping decisions. Under this initiative, genetically engineered foods to be labeled would include chips, cold cereals, soft drinks, candy, corn and soy.

Our food is already labeled with abundant nutritional information, including sugar, sodium, whether flavors are natural or artificial and if salmon is wild or farm-raised. Food companies are already required to label genetically engineered food in 64 other countries, so why not here? Continue reading “Battleground I-522: what’s at stake and why now?”

What is Organic

Boycott that Brand! Is this the real path to change?

Boycott?The organic media is ablaze with boycotts and declarations of industry treason. Familiar brands you thought you could trust, ones that have been proudly displayed on shelves for years, are now under attack. Retailers who have embraced the organic and natural movement are demonized as villains. Continue reading “Boycott that Brand! Is this the real path to change?”

Environment

GMO Answers – It’s all how you ask the Question

World GMO production
World GMO production (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The biotech industry recently launched a GMO Answers website as a place for consumers to get their information on genetic modification. The site is funded by the Council for Biotechnology Information with companies that include BASF, Dow Agro Sciences, DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta, America Farm Bureau Federation, America Soybean Association and the National Cotton Council. Continue reading “GMO Answers – It’s all how you ask the Question”