We're going to attract the ire of pretty much all of you crunchy liberals out there, but we'll say it anyway: This campaign against GMO foods has gone too far. Sure, we don't want bizarre, unhealthy frankensnacks any more than you do. But consider the bigger picture: Genetically modified foods help ... More >>
By Sarah Fenske and Ben Westhoff Picking on St. Louis is like picking on the fat kid at school -- the city is already so beleaguered, so desperate for approval, that giving it a hard time feels like nothing short of sadistic. And yet as the Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National L ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
It seems as though more and more states are becoming willing to demand labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The most recent state to move in that direction is Connecticut: The state's State Senate this week voted 35-to-1 in favor of a GMO labeling bill. This doesn' ... More >>
When you Google Monsanto, the website link has both the company's name and its slogan -- A Sustainable Agriculture Company. It's a website that works very hard from the first click to reframe the conversation around the most controversial issue in worldwide agriculture. Perhaps with good reason. ... More >>
Grist: It turns out that Subway is not necessarily any more healthful than McDonald's. Huffington Post Politics: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto in a soybean seed patent violation case that pitted Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman against the biotech giant. Mental Floss: From bacon t ... More >>
It's 3 p.m. on a Sunday, and on the back patio at Axe in Venice, wooden folding chairs and communal benches have been arranged in a semicircle opposite one cushioned chair, positioned front and center, where (the restaurant's chalkboard promises) Dr. Vandana Shiva, environmental activist, seed saver ... More >>
On Friday, Whole Foods Markets announced that all products in their stores with genetically modified ingredients will be clearly labeled within five years. They say they're making the move to meet consumer demand for GMO labeling, and that the five-year time frame is to give their suppliers time to ... More >>
California voters rejected Proposition 37 last night by a margin of 47% to 53% with 98.5% precincts reporting.
Just a few weeks back, it looked as though Proposition 37, the law that would require the labeling of most foods that include genetically modified ingredients, would pass with ease. Polls showed that CA voters approved of the measure by a wide margin.
It's been a bad week for the Yes on 37 campaign, the group fighting to pass a ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in California. On Monday, another California political pundit urged voters to be wary of the measure, and on Tuesday, a pair of new polls pa ... More >>
If you're looking for the disparity in power between the two factions clashing over Proposition 37, the upcoming ballot initiative regarding the labeling of GMO products, consider this: The No-On-37 folks have spent tens of millions on ads, including a barrage of television commercials, opposing the ... More >>
Could spawn endless lawsuits against small shops
So hey, did you hear? There's an election coming up! And while we all know it's important to vote in the presidential election, in California there's another reason to vote: Proposition 37. A few weeks back at a panel on food policy in Washington D.C., which was part of the Association of Food Jour ... More >>
Reuters: Organic farmers vow to continue challenging Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seeds, defying a court that ruled no controversy exists. Food Arts: Julian Cox, and others, are using sous-vide for cocktails. Call it "flash brew." Grand Forks Herald: A book deal with Anthony Bourdain ... More >>
When we hear the name "Monsanto," we often imagine a mustache-twirling villain with a velvet tongue and a heart as black as oven-burnt molasses. Â Perhaps it's fitting then that, in January, Natural News readers voted Monsanto -- not a man but an agribusiness giant -- the world's most evil corporati ... More >>
Occupy cornfields! Support is growing for a petition calling for the ouster of Michael Taylor, a senior adviser for the FDA who formerly served as vice president of Monsanto, the controversial agricultural multinational at the forefront of genetically modified foods, the Washington Post reports. Pre ... More >>
Judging by artworks on view around town, you'd think L.A. invented Thanksgiving. Or, maybe I'm reading too much into it. In any case, here are five Thanksgiving-related L.A. artworks (that are probably not inspired by Thanksgiving).
Flickr/stevendepolo Hungary has destroyed almost 1,000 acres of corn found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, which are illegal in the country, International Business Times reports. The corn was plowed under so that pollen would not contaminate other crops. The action came ... More >>
The evils of Monsanto and its big produce brethren are well documented (just type "the evils of" into a google search bar), but the good things that small, organic farms are doing often fly under the radar. In the spirit of righting that wrong, the art gallery Chalk Los Angeles will host Ar ... More >>
From left to right, Evan Kleiman moderated a discussion between Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.The lights in USC's Bovard Auditorium dimmed and the crowd erupted into whoops and applause. It was as if Bon Jovi was about to take the stage. But in a way, Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser ar ... More >>
J. Ritz Close your eyes and breathe. Deeply. Smell those bulk whole grains commingling with the aromas of spirulina, alternative pastas, sprouts of all types, and freshly juiced wheatgrass? Now take a look around. See the earnest hand-painted signs promoting health tips? Notice the knotty pin ... More >>
Flickr/VirtualErnSome Roundup with your mayo? Whole Foods Market conditionally threw its support behind the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recent decision to deregulate genetically engineered Roundup Ready Alfalfa. In an email sent to customers last week, Whole Foods professed their support ... More >>
MonsantoHelpful diagram illustrating crop hybridization Missouri-based agribusiness multinational Monsanto's latest attempt to cultivate good press is being met with widespread reproach in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, where the GMO giant is donating 130 tons of pesticide-coated hybrid and conven ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
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The sounds of a new Brazil arrive from the slipstream, bringing beauty and rhythm
Christine Nguyen, Daniel Richter, Mel Bochner, Victor Man
The bridge at Lower Topangas Rodeo Grounds
For the week of August 9 16
Repetition in politics, news, big business and human suffering
John Powers in the land of no culture, surreal Cancún
Can the Exorcist save us from genetically modified foods, or is it another freak in disguise?
Silencing debate on biotech foods
Should genetically modified produce frighten you?
The UFW loses strawberry vote — to a group that walks and talks like a company union
Grower ploys dash UFW dreams in strawberry fields