Food fraud—tampering, diluting, mislabeling, substituting, or misrepresenting food, ingredients, or packaging for the sole intent of financial gain—is pervasive and widespread. Remember when horse meat was detected a few years ago in what was thought to be hamburger in the UK and Ireland? This was not the first—nor the last—incident of food fraud. Fooling the consumer with a little bait and switch has been going on for thousands of years.
Consumers increasingly want to know where their food comes from, how it’s grown, and what’s in it. Some prefer organic. For others, it’s about sustainability and responsible farming. And, some only care if it’s local. Unfortunately, obtaining product information isn’t always straightforward. Let’s begin by navigating a path to quality meat.
You’ve no doubt heard that the CT General Assembly passed a GMO labeling bill on Monday- the first of its kind in our country. Governor Malloy has publicly said that he will sign the bill into law. Many thanks to those of you who have advocated in any form for its passage. It would not have happened without our voices and the support our state received from national organizations like Food & Water Watch.
What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Why are they considered risky and unsustainable? Since GM foods aren’t labeled, how are consumers supposed to avoid them when shopping and eating out? Analiese Paik, founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide, will lead a lively, informative, and interactive 45 minute-hour session that answers all these questions and empowers guests to make Non-GMO food choices at home, at the grocery store, in restaurants, and at the farmers’ market.
Soybean oil and now canola oil (granted generally recognized as safe “GRAS” status for use in infant formula by the FDA in January, 2013) are used by infant formula manufacturers as sources of good fat. We know that about 90 percent of US soybean and canola crop are genetically modified and processed into a variety of industrial and consumer products, including oils. How much of the soybean and canola oils used in infant formulas, including Similac by Abbott, Enfamil by MeadJohnson, and Good Start by Gerber (a Nestle brand), are genetically modified?
If anyone thinks the Bowman vs. Monsanto case heard by the US Supreme Court on Feb. 19 is a simple case of farmer vs. biotech giant, they’re wrong. At the heart of the question is not whether farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman benefited from buying grain elevator seed for his late season soybean crop, thereby avoiding buying seed from Monsanto while still enjoying its benefits (herbicide resistance). Bowman as much as admitted that he knew the seeds would be mostly GM and he’d be able to spray RoundUp to control weeds without any harm coming to his crop.
What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Why are they considered risky and unsustainable? Since GM foods aren’t labeled, how are consumers supposed to avoid them when shopping and eating out?
Join Fairfield Green Food Guide founder Analiese Paik for a lively, informative, and interactive 1-hour session that answers all these questions and empowers guests to make Non-GMO food choices at home, at the grocery store, in restaurants, and at the farmers’ market.