The Monsanto-supported Section 733 (or as Monsanto lobbyists so Orwellianly put it – the “farmer assurance provision”) was first written as a rider for the Farm Bill, which is currently stalled in Congress. But while the country’s spending bills are taking precedence because of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are part of the so called fiscal cliff, lobbyists for Monsanto and other GMO firms saw an opportunity to …Read more
Political ad season is in full swing and if you live in one of the swing states like Ohio or Florida, you are no doubt inundated with political ads for the race for the White House. Luckily, I live in California where, thanks to being a solid blues state, I am spared the endless bickering between Obama and Romney. But recently we’ve been hit with a wave of ads dealing with our local statewide propositions, one of which will determine an outcome that is probably even more important than whether an elephant or donkey take residence…Read more
The Truth September 11, 2012
In what can only be seen as public relations move similar to the old tactics used by the tobacco industry, a study by Stanford University released last week made headlines for its misleading assertion that organic foods were no more nutritious than conventional crops.
The extremely flawed “study” contained no new testing of foods and was actually only a review of several other studies that focused on differences in nutritional value of organic vs. conventional crops. The report made …Read more
There was much back-slapping and self-congratulating among the Senate yesterday as Republicans and Democrats celebrated a rare instance of bipartisanship when the chamber passed the Farm Bill – a much anticipated overhaul of our agriculture system that cut useless subsidies and expanded even more useless insurance programs among other things. However, proponents of natural, organic foods didn’t find much cause to celebrate …Read more
This week saw a lot of action in the usually mundane world of FDA policy wonking on Capitol Hill as the Senate debated and voted on the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. The Act itself was the usually rather boring stuff – creating checks on medical device manufacturers, plans to update this and that in the code, helping doctors reduce prescription drug abuse…Read more