I’m keynoting the workship on Food, Ethics, Politics at 4:00 with a reception to follow. My talk, “”Food, Ethics, Politics: The View from 2022,” will be in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, Room 002. This event is part of the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Conferences, Workshops & Special Events. To register to attend, click here.
McDonald’s goes non-GM (in the U.K., at least)
A colleague brought back a couple of brochures she picked up at a McDonald’s in London. They make interesting reading, especially the parts about genetically modified (GM) ingredients.
“The Simple Facts About Our Food” (printed April 2007) says:
The feed used for rearing our chickens is not genetically modified and is free from antibiotic growth promoters…We know consumers in the UK often express concern about GM products or ingredients and therefore we can reassure you that we do not use any GM products or ingredients containing GM material in our food.
“That’s What Makes McDonald’s” (2008) says:
Our free range eggs…come from hens fed on a non-GM diet and are free from artificial colorants…We’d like to reassure you that we don’t use any GM products or ingredients containing GM material in our food.
Have questions? McDonald’s U.K. answers them (sort of) at www.makeupyourownmind.co.uk.
GM labeling (or non-GM) is a no brainer. If McDonald’s can do it in the U.K., it can do it here. And so can all other food makers. You don’t have to decide whether GM is good, bad, or indifferent to want it labeled. Labeling would reduce suspicion, if nothing else.
And I wonder how those GM Nutrageous candy bars (see previous post) are doing in the U.K.