Mark Bittman gets right to the point of what’s wrong with our food system in this column.
Things are so bad that it seems change is impossible, but that doesn’t mean we should stop pushing for it.
changing the food system is a big battle, a war even, and winning it will take campaign finance reform and a more representative House and perhaps even the abolition of the Senate as well as a whole lot of restructuring and re-regulating.
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Farm to table is all lies. Almost no one can actually sell Fatman fresh local food in a restaurant. The economics just don’t work out.
IF YOU EAT FOOD, you are being lied to every day.
G.M.O.-Free Food is about consumer choice not about the science of safety.
It’s generally safe to eat dirt, but the staff here usually refuses when I offer it. Thats consumer choice.
Consumers reject Franken food because there is just too much unnatural stuff going into it, whether its the chemicals used in production, the antibiotics left over, or actual genetic modification.
Just because we can make corn more drought resistant doesnt mean we should. Just because you can make a tomato thats ships across the country doesnt mean we shoild have to eat it.
GMO free food is about rejection of Big Ag and the corporatization of our food supply. Big Ag has been poisoning us with corn syrup, sugar, fat and tons of other chemicals for too long. We need to get back to healthier, more natural, mostly plant based diets. Lower calorie options or gluten free bullshit are not going to help America get healthy again. Food with fewer ingredients and less production necessary are whats good for society.
As for the rest of the world, food science improvements and increased production don’t end hunger. The insane advances in our food production capacity in the last 30 years have done nothing to end hunger. We can’t even end it in our own country. More food made by tweaking nature rapidly is not the answer.
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If we can’t beat Big Ag and the Triumverate of Evil then we need to at least force them to label food made with GMO crops. Clearly there is still a lot of scientific study to be done to determine the ramifications of fucking with nature. In the meantime let the marketplace decide if it wants to eat food made with Franken seeds.
Apocalyptic predictions aside, we need to look at what the known and quantifiable harms of GMO dominated agriculture in the US are. Regardless of the pros and cons of the modified seeds themselves, their widespread use has changed how we farm and what chemicals we use in the process. These things have known and quantifiable harms to both the environment and human health.
Unfortunately the GMO debate is framed by the side with the most money: Big Ag. Just as with health care we are arguing about the wrong things.
- We argue about the evidence or lack thereof that GMO seeds are harmful to humans.
- We don’t argue about the right of the people to know what they are eating and make choices based upon that.
- We argue about what constitutes a genetically modified organism.
- We don’t argue about the changes in farming GMO’s have brought about such as increased pesticide use and what other chemicals make there way into the crops.
- We argue that humans have been genetically modifying food crops since we began cultivating them.
- We don’t argue whether this proves that continued industrial scale modification is safe. (The answer is the same as it is in the stock market: past performance doesn’t predict future returns.)
- We argue about whether or not recent modifications are necessary to preserve the food supply (or more correctly profits) in the US.
- We don’t argue about whether or not labeling in Europe has caused a crisis in their food supply.
We have a classic case of an industry crying foul when the public wants more regulation. We can’t let industry dictate terms to the people.
If there is nothing harmful about GMO food crops then where is the harm in labeling them as such?
The business of food is not moving in a direction favorable to health and nutrition. The problem seems to be the size and power of the industry itself. Driven purely by profit motive, the end result will be everyone eating a cheap high fructose corn syrup-soy protein gruel provided by the triumvirate of evil in industrial agriculture. It will be grown from genetically perfected Monsanto seeds, processed by Archer Daniels Midland, and packaged and sold by ConAgra. Of course there will be no need to actually eat this slop. We’ll all be wearing something like an insulin pump which will periodically doses us with the nutrient sludge.
It goes without saying that information is power. If there is nothing wrong with genetically modified food, then the industry should have no problem labeling the packages. The industry balked at labeling trans fat. It hasn’t hurt their sales. Chain restaurants balked at putting calories on menus in NYC. They didn’t lose sales and some are now rolling out calorie info nationwide. The informed consumer is a good consumer and a necessary component of a healthy economy.
the campaign has highlighted Americans’ increasing distrust of the food industry and the lack of transparency surrounding what goes into the food they eat. Given that 50 countries already label GM foods in Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia and China, he hopes American skepticism will continue to hold food manufacturers accountable.