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.

Environmentalism and Why I’m a Vegetarian (Almost)

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Vegetarian Health: What convinced me to cut back on eating red meat was when I realized the environmental consequences of consuming it.

BIG Ag’S GMO Gambit: Defeat Labeling & Label Opponents as Terrorists

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Defeating GMO Labeling — People are outraged once they see what happens to their dinner before it gets to their plates.

A Curse, a Blessing, and a Good Food Movement

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Good Food Movement — The Good Food rebellion has since sprouted, spread, and blossomed from coast to coast.

Monsanto, the TPP, and Global Food Dominance

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Ellen Brown: If the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.

Combatting Threats to Healthy Food & Vitamins at Codex Alimentarius

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Label GMOs of San Fernando Valley presents National Health Federation President and General Counsel, Scott Tips — Tuesday, November 19th

City Hall Gunning for LA’s Food Charities Again?

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Dan Bluemel: Food lines being under attack is nothing new in LA. Three years ago, a similar campaign, led by business interests and residents in the Skid Row area downtown, managed to shut one food line down and threaten several others.

Playing Chicken with Food Safety

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Dan Farber: Somewhat surprisingly, considering its something the public cares about deeply, food safety doesn’t seem to have many friends in Washington.

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

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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.

Genetically Engineered Salmon: Coming Soon To Sushi Near You?

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Lisa Goldwag Kassner: Do you want to be experimented on by eating sushi, salmon fillet, or bagels and lox made with a new type of salmon with eel genes in it – salmon which hasn’t been adequately tested for human consumption or environmental safety?

How Shadow Drug Industry Avoids Regulation

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Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: It is time for Congress to put the cop on this pharmaceutical beat before more Americans die from the profits-over-safety priorities of this rogue industry.

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.

Is Organic Food Healthier?

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Organic Food – A Stanford University Study found that organic foods are not more nutritious than those that are conventionally grown.

Billionaire Dispatches: If You Only Knew What We’re Putting in Your Food

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Clifford “Felonious Ax? Tasner: Voters are not becoming better informed and candidates get away with saying almost anything that pops into their heads. It was especially bad this year when Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan simply lied at every chance.

Sheila Kuehl on Prop 37: What’s In Your Food?

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Sheila Kuehl: A decision on this proposition comes down to whether you think it important to know whether you are purchasing and ingesting food that has been genetically modified.

What You Should Know About GMOs in Your Food: October 26

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Learn about health, science, and moral concerns about genetically modified organisms. October 26, St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, Chatsworth.

The Truth About Proposition 37—Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods

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Carole Bartolotto: I knew the battle over prop 37 would be heated, tough, and ugly. But I was not expecting biotech companies and food manufacturers to stoop as low as they have and spend a million dollars a day doing so.

The Bronx Example: Urban Food Deserts

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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

Safer Foods, Saner Prison Sentencing, No Death Penalty Vie for Voter Attention

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Dick Price: At the American Civil Liberties Union’s Pasadena/Foothills Chapter forum this past Tuesday, September 11th, advocates made their case for three particularly contentious initiatives on California’s November ballot:

No Homes But Food Stamps Are Cut

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Charley James: Most unemployed people will get cut off. Many working poor, who rely on food stamps to make ends meet, will go hungry. So, too, will countless military families’

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.

Why Genetically Modified Foods Should Be Labeled

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Carole Bartolotto: Do we really want to irreversibly change the face of plant life with unknown consequences for the monetary benefit of a few large corporations and their investors?

ACLU Pasadena / Foothills: Three Strikes, Death Penalty, GMO Foods

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With Election Day fast approaching, the ACLU Pasadena/Foothill Chapter will present a discussion of three initiatives on the November ballot, dealing with California’s Death Penalty (Prop 34), its Three Strikes Law (Prop 36), and the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods (Prop 37).

Expanding Waistlines: Shrinking Sodas a Start

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Tina Dupuy: Here’s the thing with the obesity epidemic: Doing nothing is not fixing the problem.

Government May Be Violating Tobacco’s 1st Amendment Rights

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Walter Brasch: A controversial Supreme Court decision less than two years ago could have the unintended consequence of significantly reducing the government’s 46-year campaign against cigarettes.

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.

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