The L.A. Times has one of the better stories I’ve seen lately about genetically modified (GM) foods. I don’t usually write much about this topic because there is so little new to say about it.
I’ve been writing about GM foods for 20 years now and I’d call it a stalemate. The industry says:
- GM foods are absolutely necessary to feed the world.
- Farmers love them.
- They are harmless.
Farmers do like using them because they do not have to do as many pesticide applications or worry as much about weeds.
But the first and third points are highly debatable, as the article discusses.
I worry most about two aspects of GM foods:
- They encourage corporate control of the food supply and monoculture (never good ideas)
- They do not give consumers choices because they aren’t labeled.
The LA Times illustrates both points in one terrific graphic:
The states are starting to act, but this is really the FDA’s issue. It’s time to get the FDA to reverse its 1994 decision not to label GM foods.
Next public appearance
I’m going to do a talk (with slides) and sign copies of Eat Drink Vote, 6 to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by CQ Roll Call and Hooks Books. It’s at Roll Call headquarters- 77 K Street NE, 8th floor. Public event. Register here.