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.
A post-Xmas roundup of items on GMOs
The holidays are a quiet time for food politics so I thought I catch up on some pending items, starting with GMOs.
- The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) wants the FDA to approve a “natural’ label for GMOs. No, the GMA is not kidding.
- Senator Dianne Feinstein (Dem-CA) wants President Obama to mandate GMO labeling. She says he can use his administrative authority to do this.
- A bunch of Senators signed on to a bill to label GMOs.
- The Center for Food Safety says half of all states are working on GMO labeling initiatives.
- The GMA must be worried. It is leading a coalition to do voluntary GMO labeling.
- More than a decade ago, the FDA issued draft guidance for voluntary GMO labeling, but never did anything with it. Rumors are that the agency will be issuing (reissuing?) such guidance soon.
- In the meantime, the Union of Concerned Scientists just released a report on the alarming rise of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” used to douse GMO crops. Oops.
No, tired as you may be of them, GMO issues are not going to disappear in 2014.
My prediction: labeling will come, maybe sooner rather than later, although it’s hard to say in what form.