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.

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.

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:

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?

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.

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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