food safety 22 results

Any News in GMO Policy? Uh, Yeah!

Is there anything new under the sun to say about genetically modified food?  Yesterday, one of our heroes, Marion Nestle, posted about GMO and we sensed an air resignation.  She said she rarely writes about this topic anymore (after 20 years) because there is so little new to say.Hmmmm.  Actually there is something new to say, which is that the GMO products steamroller seems to be picking up speed. Despite greater public awareness, and the health, environmental and other...

Rib-Sticking Goodness: Just One More Reason to Go Veg

Mmm, Meat Glue - sounds yummy doesn't it?  Well, according to a recent story, transglutaminase (aka "meat glue"), which is made from a blood-clotting agent from cows and pigs, is not only being used regularly to stick together bits of meat and make a nicely formed "filet," it's likely to make you sick.Apparently, TG (It's nick-name) is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA, but then again, that's what they said about all sorts of things, including food coloring in kids' ...

Good is Bad? Disinformation and Healthy Food

A news story today asserts that "Healthy Foods Carry Hidden Dangers," pointing out that foods like leafy greens can be dangerous, harboring E.Coli and other nastiness. Listing the top ten foods identified in a study by the Center for Science and the Public Interest, the story ratchets up the food hysteria a bit. One might think that for optimum health, we should just avoid these foods.Unfortunately, the problem is NOT the food... or even our food safety inspection system in the first ...

Keeping Safe By Keeping Track: Animal ID and Food Security

So now that many of us are completely freaked out about eating (if you're not, you must be forgetting your recommended daily dose of media) , let's talk about what is touted as the promise of "hope" on the horizon, keeping us safe by instituting an animal spy system, for our own heath and welfare, of course. It's the National Animal Identification System (NAIS for short). Um... Seems a bit creepy if you ask us.This U.S. "government animal health surveillance" system, which requires regist...

Grow Your Own: Self Sufficiency for Everyone

... We love homegrown. Why? Because we know where it comes from. As we often repeat, CONSIDER THE SOURCE.Well, today it was announced that an organic food garden will be planted on the White House grounds, with the food to be eaten by the Obamas and served at official events. Not only annuals (tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) but also blueberry & raspberry bushes and rhubarb - plants that keep on giving). Very cool.We think everyone should grow their own, no matter how small a part of ...

Does Safe Food Mean Good Food?

Now that the peanut butter situation has brought attention (yet again) to the crater-size gap in our nation's food safety system, it also begs the question: Even if the government beefs up its food safety activities, shouldn't there be affirmative steps taken to create a food system that not only succeeds in preventing food-borne illnesses but that actually helps make us well?In practice, safe food and good food are two very different goals. Safe food in today's food supply system often ...

What You Don’t Know… GMO and What You Eat

How many of us have ever heard of the Codex Alimentarius?Not many, we suspect. Which is too bad because it affects the food we eat, whether we know it or not. The Codex, simply stated, is an international body that adopts standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations for all things food-related (labelling, additives, hygeine, pesticides, etc).As it is intimately connected with and its standards are referenced in trade and trade agreements, it can also have the force of ...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T…What Good Clean Food Means To Me

Clean Food. Real Food. Good Food. We hear about it all the time. For each of us, it means something slightly different. Some of us think about terrorism (think "poison-the-food-supply" as terror tactic), tainted products (spinach anyone?), unprocessed food or tasty food. To us, we think it's all about respect.How often do you think about the people who are part of the "food chain?" These are the folks that plant, grow, process and prepare what you are putting into your mouth. For most of ...

Remember to Honor Fertilizer?

There's a clever advertising campaign being pushed these days - NutrientsForLife.Org. Basically, it's all about how important fertilizer is and how the public needs to be reminded about fertilizer because "too many people lack an understanding of crop nutrients and fertilizer." Fertilizer companies are apparently feeling maligned due to "extremist groups," so they wrote into the NutrientsForLife history and mission statement that "enough is enough" They're kicking mad and dammit, you're gonna ...

American Versus Chinese Milk: Monsanto Does Good?

The news of tainted Chinese milk seeping into Cadbury's chocolate, not to mention the mouths of babes, is yet another assault on consumers, which may well serve the cause of awakening. After all, when pets started dying from those bags of Chinese pet food last year, many woke up for the first time to the fact that a safe food supply matters to more than just humans.All living creatures need food to live ... and the healthier (less tainted anyway), the better. So, maybe just like with Fido's ...