Food and Drug Policy

Wendell Berry said, "People are fed by the FOOD industry, which pays no attention to HEALTH and are treated by the HEALTH industry, which pays no attention to FOOD." This is emphasized by the proliferation of genetically modified foods (GMOs) in the United States and the increasing power that corporations like Monsato hold over our political process. The articles on this page address this and other food related issues. Please read and don't forget to share these articles with your network.

Is Movement to Label GMOs Anti-Science?

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Carole Bartolotto: While I can’t speak for the entire movement, I can say that the lack of research in humans and troubling findings in some animal studies is enough to make me question the safety and necessity of GMOs.

Fracking America’s Food Supply

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Walter Brasch: Fracking — the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce water-based recreational and sports activity, and lead to an increase in the cost of food.

China Orders Ham?

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Vijay Prasad: The US is perfectly content to allow the Chinese to buy its debt, and finance its debt-driven consumption and its debt-driven asset bubbles. American pride does not want to countenance Chinese purchases of actual US assets.

Got Milk? No Thanks

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Carole Bartolotto: The good news is that you can easily replace cow’s milk with almond, soy, rice, hemp or coconut milk instead. I love Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Milk.

Urban Farming — An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Urban Food Deserts

Urban farming is taking root because it makes sense. It conserves dwindling water supplies, makes little plots of land productive, reduces food bills, provides healthy produce free of salmonella and chemicals and gets people off the couch and in motion.

GMO Myths and Truths

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Download this free report, GMO Myths and Truths. It presents evidence that effective and sustainable solutions to food production already exist without the need for genetically engineered technology.

Half a Coke and a Smile?

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JP Sotille: The American diet is now a mine-field of sickness, empty calories and chemical additives. And the number-crunching folks at Coca-Cola think this mine-field may blow-up in their faces.

The Bronx Example: Urban Food Deserts

Urban Food Deserts

Mark Naison: For the last few years, public health experts have used the term “Food Deserts” to describe communities where residents lack access to healthy food and suffer the twin problems of hunger and obesity

Ketchup Is Still Not a Vegetable

Scott Prosterman: The Republican Party will not LET Ronnie go away, invoking his name to squeeze any votes out of his legacy, which keeps getting re-worked and burnished to suit the current packaging needs.

New Food Safety Threat Emerges

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Marian Wang: Also unclear is whether the federal agencies in charge of changing the food safety system will be adequately funded. Republican proposals to cut the FDA’s budget and the USDA’s inspection budget could cut into efforts to update the system.

Out-Sourcing Pharmaceuticals Can Be Dangerous

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Tracy Emblem: Up to 40% of the drugs Americans take are now imported, and up to 80% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients in drugs are manufactured by companies in foreign countries.

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