All Posts by Jane Summerfield

You Say Potato, I Say GMO

Earlier last month, the USDA approved a GMO potato, the first of its kind in over 20 years.

This techy-tuber, called Innate and developed by the J.R. Simplot Co., has been designed to develop less acrylamide (a suspected carcinogen) when deep-fried and to resist bruising and browning.

It debuts a new era of GMOs that “aim to provide benefits to consumers, not just to farmers as the widely grown biotech crops like herbicide-tolerant soybeans and corn do…” according to Andrew Pollack of the New York Times.

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Prominent Purveyors Purge Preventative Antibiotics for Poultry

The fight to rid our food system of unnecessary antibiotics took a step forward last week with McDonald’s and Costco announcing they would both rid their chicken supplies of antibiotics commonly used for humans.

For years now, groups like the Pew Charitable Trust, the Union of Concerned Scientists as well as concerned congressmen and women have been working to limit the use of antibiotics in livestock due to antibiotic resistance.

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Are Antibiotics in Meat on the Decline?

It has been a mixed week of gains and setbacks in the meat industry for getting a handle on the issue of antibiotics in livestock.

It seems that public awareness of the dangers of pre-emptive antibiotics in livestock is growing, and it may just be a matter of time before policies change for the better.

In an attempt at a policy change for the better, the California Assembly approved SB 835, a bill that would limit the use of antibiotics.

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Are Antibiotics Being Used Less In Agriculture? Shockingly…NO

“Antibiotic-free” trumpet a good number of labels in our market’s dairy aisles, egg section, and meat department.

Yes, we’ve heard a lot of good news about the reduction of antibiotic use lately.

Consumer awareness of the dangers of pre-emptive “medically important antibiotics” (those used in humans)  being used on livestock has prompted a number of major livestock players and retailers to issue statements on how they’ve reduced antibiotics throughout their supply chains.

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Two Big Sweetener Industries Duke It Out In Court

When we heard that producers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are being sued over their claim that sugar is…well, basically no different than common white cane sugar…those of us who feel passionate about limiting sugar in our diets may have gotten a rush of excitement. Yay!

Then we heard that the plaintiff was the cane sugar industry.


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In Depth: All You Need To Know As The FDA Struggles To Define the Word “Natural”

Many consumers feel like they have an intrinsic understanding of the word “natural.”

Usually, it’s the ameliorative sentiment: natural is something safe, something non-threatening, something that is just, sort of “right.

This is the feeling that food manufacturers hope to evoke by using the word “natural” to label their products.

Sometimes the use of the word is accurate, but other times, it can be very misleading.

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