Food, Issues

If You’re Not Depressed Enough…

This is food-related news, always a sore issue for me.

FDA Allows Irradiation of Produce

The U.S. government will allow food producers to irradiate fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce in order to kill organisms like E. coli and salmonella. It is the first time that the FDA has allowed any produce to be irradiated at these levels.

Advocates for food safety condemned the agency’s decision, and asserted that irradiation lowers nutritional value, creates unsafe chemicals and ruins flavor.

Source: NYT

New Generation of Drug-Producing GM Crops Could Threaten Food Supply and Devastate US Farmers

A new generation of genetically modified (GM) crops, engineered to produce pharmaceutical or industrial products and ingredients, poses an even more serious threat to health and the environment than older GM crops, the Union of Concerned Scientists has warned…

Most commercial genetic engineering to date has focused on making food crops more resistant to herbicides or pests. Even this degree of modification has raised concerns about cross-pollination and contamination of non-modified varieties, and the health impacts this could have on humans and wildlife.


FDA Admits Cloned Meat, Milk May Have Already Entered Food Supply

Food and milk from the offspring of cloned animals may have entered the U.S. food supply, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, but it would be impossible to know because there is no difference between cloned and conventional products.

I’ve read similar news in regards to the U.K. (Great Britain). Outrageous!! I’d like to see the FDA people eat this cloned meat exclusively for a year. After all, it’s “safe”.

Source: Reuters

The Doomsday Seed Vault

This is actually old news, I just wanted to bring it to the attention of people who might have not heard about this.

After several years of planning and digging, the world has its first secure, deep-frozen repository for backup supplies of seeds from hundreds of thousands of plant varieties that underpin agriculture.

  • Norway paid for construction of the vault, while Microsoft founder Bill Gates paid to ship the seeds.
  • Each country owns and has access to the seeds they have deposited.
  • Its official name is “The Svalbard Global Seed Vault” and it has a maximum capacity of 2,250,000,000 seeds.
  • The seeds are stored at a temperature of zero degrees Fahrenheit.

There’s more to it… Along with Bill Gates, the Rockefeller Foundation, Syngenta and Monsanto are involved as well. These are the most evil organizations in my book. Are they worried they will contaminate all food with their GMO’s? Maybe not exactly worried; I think that’s their plan – to contaminate everything – and they’re just collecting these natural non-GMO bio-diverse seeds for their own use. Not a shadow of doubt in my mind.

In the last couple of years, seed producers across the U.S. have been bought out by Monsanto. There’s this consolidation going on… Soon enough you won’t be able to buy non-GMO seeds.

60 Minutes and NYT

PETA Offers $1 Million Prize to Producer of Artificial Meat


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has announced plans to offer $1 million to the “first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of in vitro meat at competitive prices by 2012.”

Source: NYT