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After watching several documentaries about our food supply and learning just how deficient in nutrients the food we consume has become over the past 30-years, our family has decided to make some serious changes. We are buying organic, eating in season and buying locally. Our meat is grassfed, our bread in homebaked and I feel good about what my family is eating.

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motherjones.com

by Tom Philpott

July 27, 2014

The rapid emergence of nanotechnology suggests that size does, indeed, matter. It turns out that if you break common substances like silver and nickel into really, really tiny particles-measured in nanometers, which are billionths of a meter.

For example, regular silver, the stuff of fancy tableware, doesn't have any obvious place in sock production. But nano-size silver particles apparently do. According to boosters, when embedded in the fabric of socks, microscopic silver particles are "strongly antibacterial to a wide range of pathogens, absorb sweat, and by killing bacteria help eliminate unpleasant foot odor." (By most definitions, a particle qualifies as "nano" when it's 100 nanometers wide or less. By contrast, a human hair clocks in at about 80,000 nanometers in diameter.)According to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN)—a joint venture of Virginia Tech and the Wilson Center—there are more than 1,600 nanotechnology-based consumer products on the market today. If SmartSilver Anti-Odor Nanotechnology Underwear sounds like a rather intimate application for this novel technology, consider that the PEN database lists 96 food items currently on US grocery shelves that contain unlabeled nano ingredients. Examples include Silk Original Soy Milk , Rice Dream Rice Drink, Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate , and Kraft's iconic American Cheese Singles, all of which now contain nano-size titanium dioxide.

motherjones.com

by Tom Philpott

July 16, 2012

Sunday's New York Times piece on the corporatization of organics got me to thinking: What are the weirdest additives the USDA allows in food labeled "organic"? Here are five.

Made from seaweed and used as a thickener and stabilizer for certain dairy products like cottage cheese and yogurt, carrageenan is probably the most controversial organic additive. Joanne K. Tobacman, an associate professor of medicine at University of Illinois-Chicago, claims that carrageenan causes intestinal inflammation, and she petitioned the USDA not to approve it for organic food.

spyghana.com

by Tom Mysiewicz

June 10, 2014

Recently, an NGO (non-governmental organization) in Russia-the National Association for Genetic Safety-began working closely with the Russian Duma to enact a set of laws criminalizing the introduction of harmful genetically-modified crop.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated he will sign such legislation, saying Russia can grow enough food for itself without genetic engineering it. "If Americans like to eat such foods, they can eat them," Putin is reported to have said. But with GMO companies in the U.S. massively campaigning to hide GMO content-do Americans really know what they are eating? I believe Russia and, increasingly, countries elsewhere, are on the right track in this regard. And I base this belief on my first-hand observations from the inception of GMO crops-and the original promises made and assurances given for this technology-to the much different reality I see today.

occupymonsanto360.org

by Tom Laskawy

February 17, 2013

It's been a good week if you enjoy a little GMO schadenfreude.

The FDA has reportedly bowed to public pressure to extend the comment period on its approval of genetically engineered salmon, and Illinois, Maryland, and Iowa are the latest states to buck GMOs by introducing labeling bills into state legislature. Even the Supreme Court has an opportunity to take Monsanto down a peg. On Feb. 19, the court will hear arguments in a patent infringement case between an Indiana farmer and Monsanto (I covered it in detail here).

grist.org

by Tom Laskawy

July 24, 2012

Last week, the USDA fully deregulated herbicide resistant sugar beets. And while the shift isn't a surprise to most advocates, it does hint at larger problems within the system.

This announcement puts an end to a long court battle to force the USDA to uphold the law - a battle that some anti-GMO advocates might call Pyrrhic. We covered the GMO sugar fracas extensively last month, but here's a quickie review: The USDA was forced to perform a court-ordered environmental review of the GMO sugar beet seed and to restrict planting by farmers until the review was finished. As it happens, this was a review that the USDA had failed to complete back in 2008 when it had allowed farmers to begin using the seed. This failure was in violation of law and was the grounds for the court's intervention after several consumer groups filed suit.

fortune.com

by Tom Huddleston, Jr.

September 7, 2014

The great-grandchildren of the woman who once served as Aunt Jemima filed a class action suit seeking royalty back payments.

The suit, which also names as defendants Pinnacle Foods and its former suitor Hillshire Brands, accuses the companies of failing to pay Harrington and her heirs an "equitable fair share of royalties" from the pancake mix and syrup brand that uses her likeness and recipes. According to the lawsuit, Quaker Oats took control of "64 of [Harrington's] recipes and 22 complete menus" and marketed them to the public.

onpoint.wbur.org

by Tom Ashbrook

June 5, 2013

The trouble with bees. Their die-off is now global. We follow the bee problem around the world.

If bees go, we all know, humans are in trouble. And a lot of bees have been going lately. Huge die-offs. Colony collapse. All over. The bottom line issue, of course, is that bees pollinate a big chunk of the crops that feed us. In China now it's gotten so bad they are hand-pollinating blossoms in orchards. Doing by human hand what billions of bees once did. Talk about unsustainable.

mashable.com

by Todd Wasserman

July 25, 2012

Chick-fil-A, facing a barrage of social media criticism for the company's founders' views on gay marriage, has been outed for apparently creating a fake Facebook account in an attempt to counter the debate.

A Chick-fil-A rep has denied that the chain created a fake account. The account, under the name "Abby Farle," took issue with consumer allegations that the chain recalled Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet toys after Henson's organization took issue with Chick-fil-A's stance. However, this widely circulated photo, from a Chick-fil-A in Plano, Texas, shows the chain has a different explanation for the recall:

Fox News

by Todd Starnes

September 7, 2014

One of the great moments in history came when an unsuspecting camper sandwiched a marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two graham crackers -- creating an American masterpiece -- the s'more.

The U.S. Forest Service wants Americans to make healthier S'mores by replacing the chocolate with fruit, according to a blog post meant to commemorate National Roasted Marshmallow Day (apparently there is such a thing, it was observed on August 30 this year).

radio.foxnews.com

by Todd Starnes

July 11, 2014

The First Lady of these United States has declared war on Chick-fil-A. It seems the home of plump juicy breasts and hot buttered buns has run afoul of the new Smart Snacks in School program.

The program is a component of Mrs. Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new government regulations require snack items served in public schools to have less than two hundred calories. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues. And that's really bad news for kids at South Carolina's Socastee High School. They've just learned they will no longer be allowed to buy Chick-fil-A sandwiches at school. "They don't meet the standards," Principal Paul Browning told the Myrtle Beach Sun News. "We're struggling with it."

      

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