We have all seen the TV ad’s sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) explaining in loving and simple family terms that there is no difference between natural Cane Sugar and the Franken sugar derived from putting corn through an entirely chemical and un-natural process to produce High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).
The new federal nutritional rules for government-subsidized school-based meals that were announced this week are being hailed by public health advocates as a strong obesity prevention measure. But federal efforts to address the connection between obesity and food marketing to children recently stalled, when funding for a set of proposed national marketing standards became contingent on a cost-benefit analysis mandated through an appropriations bill passed in mid-December.
There is a call for a near-future investigation of illegal synthetics being used in organic food which have been corruptively approved by corporations gaming the system. The United States National Organic Standards Board, a panel that advises the USDA Secretary on all things organic related, was the one to approve Martek Biosciences Coproration’s petition allowing for the use of the synthetic chemical – a genetically modified soil fungus and algae – in organic food.
Just like ‘Big Tobacco’ executives were finally hauled into court to testify on the health risks of smoking, executives of ‘Big Aquaculture’ were grilled this week at the ‘Salmon Farming Kills’ lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on the health risks of salmon farming.
And they don’t come bigger than Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) and Leanne Brunt, Vice President of Positive Aquaculture Awareness.
Sprouts have caused a spate of outbreaks in the past few years, and public health officials are scrambling to find a way to prevent them. But there's no foolproof solution at hand. So some restaurants are saying no to fresh sprouts.
In summer 2011, "ALEC Exposed," a project of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)**, taught those alarmed about the power that corporations wield in the American political sphere an important lesson: when bills with a similar DNA pop up in various statehouses nationwide, it's no coincidence.
Explaining the nature and origins of the project, CMD wrote, "[CMD] unveiled a trove of over 800 'model' bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These bills reveal the corporate collaboration reshaping our democracy, state by state."
Indeed, the very complexity of the current food situation underlines the importance of bringing agriculture into schools outside the land grant system. Combating world hunger isn’t merely about increasing yields, a myth I dispel in my recent PolicyMic column. Rather, it’s about recognizing the social transformations associated with particular types of agricultural systems, especially how certain systems increase the vulnerability of the world’s poorest people. There is hardly a better way to address these social factors than by integrating agriculture programs into anthropology, geography, and sociology departments.
An ammonia-treated beef filler ingredient that disgusted celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is being dropped by a number of fast food outlets in the U.S. But Canada's largest fast food retailer, McDonald's Canada, says the ingredient was never used here.
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