Food Integrity Now – E14 – SF Supervisor Eric Mar squares off with fast food companies over toy incentives
Supervisor Eric Mar of San Francisco joined us on the show Wednesday to discuss the bill he authored that would prohibit restaurants from including toys with meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines. This recently introduced bill is similar to that which went into effect in Santa Clara County in August. Mar’s reasoning for this bill is to promote healthy eating habits and to address the growing issue of childhood obesity in this country.
The debate over genetically-engineered salmon sizzles, FDA to decide on Monday
The internet was on fire these past two days after the FDA deemed AquaBounty’s genetically-engineered salmon safe for human consumption this past Tuesday. Bloggers and opinion columnist on both sides of the issue gave their best shots at influencing their readers and arguments raged in the comments. A call-in campaign started by The Center for Food Safety resulted in a flooding of the White House’s phone comment lines as people voiced their concerns over this genetically-engineered organism making it their plates. The FDA will hold a public hearing on this issue in Maryland on September 19 and 20th, after which it will decide the fate of this laboratory-born fish.
A blow to GMO: Federal judge bans genetically-engineered sugar beets
In a blow to the biotech industry and a victory for food integrity advocates, a U.S. District Judge banned sugar beet farmers from planting genetically-engineered sugar beet seeds next year. Genetically-engineered sugar beets currently make up 95 percent of the crop in the U.S. The judge ruled that due to cross-contamination, the genetically-engineered crops were infringing on farmers’ fundamental right to choose the crop of their choice.
Changing the names: Group lobbies FDA to allow high-fructose corn syrup to now be called ‘corn sugar’
Most people now know about the negative effects of high-fructose corn syrup on health and sales are at a 20-year low. So the Corn Refiners Association applied Tuesday to the FDA to allow use of the name ‘corn sugar’ instead of the tarnished ‘high-fructose corn syrup’.