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Entries in GMO (3)

Wednesday
Apr192017

Why Cook Organic Food?

Why cook organic food? It's better for your health and the health of the planet. This makes it a better value than “conventional” or industrial food, even though it often costs a little more. Fortunately, cooking at home is much cheaper than eating out, even if you cook with organic ingredients.

Why cook organic food - butterflies, babies, healthy vegetables, safe farmer, children and planet

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Thursday
Jan142016

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on GMOs and GMO labeling

We need GMO labeling because the United States, unlike at least 26 other countries including France, Germany, Russia, and China, allows genetically modified food to be sold [1]. Bernie Sanders has a clear, long-time record on fighting for our right to know what's in the food we eat. Hillary Clinton now says she's for GMO labeling, but supports a voluntary version so weak that you'll literally need a smart phone to decode the label. Read on for details, including the risks of genetically engineered food and what you can do.

Bernie Sanders sponsored an amendment to the 2013 Food Bill that would allow states to require labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients [2]. When introducing the amendment, he cited growing demand for labeling genetically engineered food:

People want to know what is in their food and I think that is a very reasonable request.... The FDA already requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients and additives. If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, transfats, or MSG, you simply read the ingredient label.

Although his amendment was defeated, Bernie continues to fight for GMO labeling and against the "Monsanto Protection Act" [3].

Hillary Clinton has a confusing stand on labeling. In the video below,

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Thursday
Feb052015

Understanding new poll about safety of GMO food

Is GMO food (containing genetically modified organisms) generally unsafe to eat? Yes, say 57% of the general American public but only 11% of "scientists," according to a widely misquoted study from Pew Research. The polls addressed in Public and Scientists' Views on Science and Society asked both groups about thirteen core topics, from animal research to vaccines, with separate questions for each group. The gap between the two groups was largest for GMOs, but key questions were not asked and even the results have been twisted.

Here are some key points to help you think about and discuss this topic.

What was asked: are GMOs generally safe to eat?

After defining GMOs in terms of their benefits, the survey asked a limited question: can most people safely eat GMO food?

The public was given a glowing definition of GMOs, including popular benefits but no concerns, then asked the first question. Here's the wording from the survey with the results:

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