“Spinning Food” Out of Control

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Friends of the Earth (FOE) this week unveiled “Spinning Food,” a 62-page issue manifesto/pity party, and the most naïve publication I’ve ever seen created by an activist group.  Sent to the media and subtitled “how food industry front groups and covert communications are shaping the story of food,” this overwritten whine is supposed to be… Read more »

TPA is not TPP

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In Washington, DC, with just the addition of a verb and an object, you can easily construct a sentence that is 90% acronyms.  One of the great unsung talents on Capitol Hill is the ability give title to a new piece of legislation so that its name easily converts to an acronym that trips off… Read more »

White House Mashes Antibiotics Forum

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The White House held a “Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship” June 2, and, well, once again went a step too far.  The event was billed as “bringing together key human and animal health constituencies involved in antibiotic stewardship,” those with a stake in responsible – insiders call it “judicious” – use of antibiotics to better control… Read more »

WOTUS, RFS — Acronyms of chaos, noise this week

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Leave it to the Obama White House to shove not one, but two of its most controversial regulatory efforts of the last six-plus years out the door in a holiday-shortened week when Congress and a good chunk of the civilians who care are out of town. To be fair, this is a time-honored strategy for Administrations… Read more »

Walmart, welcome to our world

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Walmart announced May 22 a “new” position on animal welfare.  Perhaps the position is new to Walmart; it reflects business as usual for U.S. animal agriculture. In any case, I commend the company.  In addition, Walmart publicly stated this week its policy on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.  Again, nothing game-changing in the… Read more »

MARC potentially endangered by rash Hill actions

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A single New York Times article alleging animal mishandling at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska, continues to threaten the future of invaluable U.S. meat research.   Inspired by the allegations of a disgruntled former researcher, and despite a USDA third-party independent committee finding of no animal mistreatment, there are those… Read more »

Give the customer what you think they want

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First, the terminally cynical Chipotle says “no GMOs on our menu” – not exactly accurate, but that’s how the media reported it – then this week, Panera Bread announces it’s taking artificial colors, flavorings, etc., out of its products.  Science says both of these moves are unwarranted from a health or safety standpoint, but these… Read more »

I’ll have the GM burrito, please

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It’s rare I agree with just about anything on the Washington Post’s editorial page.  However, this week I found myself in total sync with an editorial headlined: “Chipotle’s GMO Gimmick is Hard to Swallow.”  The Post’s editorial board took on the fast food chain’s latest feel-good marketing ploy this week as Chipotle announced its menu… Read more »

Activists deny reality, attack the messengers

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Why are some “consumer protection” groups deaf, dumb and blind to the opinions of the folks they purport to protect?  In the case of those seeking labeling of foods containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients, this triple affliction seems particularly severe and chronic, complicated by paranoia, petulance and an apparent compulsion to speak out of both… Read more »

Food labeling needs to be “natural”

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The issue of whether a consumer has the “right” to know if a food product contains a genetically modified (GM) ingredient by mandating GM labeling of foods is consuming a lot of newsprint and electrodes these days.  Opponents contend such a label “demonizes” a food by implying there’s something unsafe about biotech; proponents contend the… Read more »