Would General Mills support national GMO labeling? They say yes.

GMO rice graphic

Journalists must walk a fine line between reporting and becoming (or even perceived as) an activist. While I do my best to walk that line professionally (though at times I admittedly do “fall down” on one side or the other of an issue), in my personal life I sign a large number of online petitions for causes I feel strongly about.

It’s rare, though, to receive a response – even a “canned” one – from one of these petitions. But that’s what happened.

In response to a petition I signed recently asking General Mills to support mandatory FDA labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s) in them, here’s the response I got via email. Very interesting. Let me know what you think. Continue reading

Who does the USDA really represent? Surely not the public’s welfare

Genetically engineered Diamond back moth by Oxitec

With all the hoopla across the country about whether or not to pass legislation that would give the public the right to know what’s in the food we eat and about preventing carcinogenic pesticides from being used on our food crops, the idea that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would flagrantly disregard concerns of environmentalists and concerned citizens seems at odds with its public charter. Yet that’s apparently what’s happened.

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Walmart and organics – progress or hype?

In 2006, in an effort to modernize and broaden its appeal to a wider urban customer base, Walmart announced it was launching a push to sell more organic food. And although numerous consumer groups met the announcement with some skepticism, a number of manufacturers rushed to create organic versions of their products to meet the megaretailer’s demands.

Six years later, it’s interesting to look at how successful Walmart has been.

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