Your personal food choices as a ‘Mindful Consumer’ (or not), make dollar votes that affect the food industry. The latest statistics show that what we, the consumers, want is organic, natural, unprocessed foods with no artificial ingredients and we now make consumption decisions on food purchases based on the effect on our health, it’s sustainability impact on the world and environment and the people the food company employs. These concerns have increased from 29% in 2009 to 43% in 2015, according to food retailers and manufacturers study groups.The Food Revolution Has Come
Major changes in the food industry this month (May 2016) to report: Environmental Groups are suing the FDA for approving GMO Salmon; and for failing to act on a petition to reduce salt in the food supply. And Vermont’s new clean label law will benefit all of us.
The FDA is being legally challenged to it’s right to approve genetically modified animals for consumption. This includes the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, the Center for Biological Diversity as well as other groups that claim that the approval is outside of the scope of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which regulates genetic modification under provisions involving animal drugs, the FDA does have jurisdiction over genetically-modified animals used for other purposes. The claim is that if GMO salmon escaped the farms they could taint wild salmon, seafood processors would sell GMO salmon unknowingly without proper testing leading to costly lawsuits and re-labeling. Sounds like work for testers, screeners, inspectors and more lawyers…can the government pass this golden opportunity for lobbyist’s money and payola? We shall sea, I mean see.
The Center of Science in the Public Interest sued the FDA for failing to act on a petition to reduce salt in the food supply. Salt has been linked to heart disease, stroke and pressure is being put on manufacturers to reduce salt in a push to get Americans to eat better-for-you foods. The Salt Institute and others food manufacturers have expressed concern about how these targets could impact food companies if scientific consensus were to change again, as it has with trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils, where were recommended in place of saturated fats and are being phased out, per FDA mandate.
Vermont has pulled the trigger by passing a law that requires GMO’s be noted on food products and you may be seeing the commercials running now from General Mills and Kraft proudly announcing that their products have been altered using natural flavors in place of chemicals but this is a ripple effect from them not being able to cost effectively label food for one state. Thank YOU VERMONT (literal translation: Green Mountain) The threat of the cost of re-labeling being passed on to consumers was a major point in the propaganda ads that Monsanto ran non-stop when the initiative was on the ballot in California and that was the buzz when I heard it discussed. As one of my organic vendors pointed out to me: “They have to put a label and sticker on everything anyway, it’s not going to cost more to add GMO on the label.”
The number of organic farms went up 12% from 2014-2015. This $39 Billion industry is being created by consumer demands and part of that demand is that consumers want to buy locally. Which is a point I noted as I saw ‘locally grown butter lettuce’ in my Los Angeles Costco. I met the guys that are running a locally farmed warehouse in downtown LA, running recycled nutritionally enhanced water through their ‘farm’ in artificial light. This is the future, built on good intentions. If there is no dirt in the roots, if there is no different in the color anywhere on tree grown fruit or ground grown produce (where the sun is brighter between leaves), generally speaking it’s been grown in water. If every single tomato on the vine is ripe at the same time, no evidence of critter feeding on large leaves, it’s been GMO altered or grown in a hydroponic warehouse. Hydroponic can be called organic, by the way, because there is no soil containing pesticides.
If you have been depending on food manufacturers or restaurants for your health, which is really what you eat amounts to, remember that their only responsibility is to profit. Take the necessary steps to keep your body fueled for maximum health by making wise choices in what you eat. Deciding what you eat is the most important decision you will make today for your future.