European nanny groups are attempting to build on fears of mad cow disease by implying that replacing the use of carcasses in animal feed (which many blame for the disease) with genetically improved soymeal is somehow just as dangerous to the public.
USA Today's Craig Wilson says you ought to tell the food police with their "don't eat this, don't eat that" message to take a hike this holiday season. "Is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas a carrot stick? I didn't think so. Isn't mine, either. A carrot was something you left for Rudolph," Wilson exclaims. As for pie, "Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?"
The next time you see an article by Olivia Wu in the Chicago Tribune, it's very likely it will feature a member of Chefs Collaborative spewing the group's anti-choice rhetoric. Why? Because Wu is also the editor of the Chefs Collaborative newsletter.
One of the most cited arguments against genetically improved crops designed to ward off pests is that the bugs will quickly develop resistance to the toxin genetically engineered into the crop. Much to anti-choice nannies' dismay, a new study by researchers at the University of Arizona and the Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council shows no such increase in resistance.
Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman says "the trend is unstoppable toward more and more labeling" for genetically improved foods. Glickman says the only reason he isn't calling for mandatory labeling is "because we don't have any of the testing and threshold mechanisms, or would really know how to do it." Glickman seems not to realize that activists (and the organic food industry that backs them) declared that labeling has "nearly the same effect as a ban."
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding an all-day meeting today to discus Aventis' request to approve StrarLink corn for human consumption. Of course, anti-choice activists, led by Greenpeace, will be there to protest.