Dr. Mark Post, the head of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, is planning to unveil a whole burger made from lab-grown meat this October. Dr. Post says that lab-grown meat will provide a necessary alternative to meat from livestock, as demand for meat is expected to double in the next 40 years. If this happens, any meat product will become an expensive luxury. Continue reading
Lately, I’ve been giving some thought to doubt. Doubt has been used a powerful tool too prevent people in the U.S. to disagree with climate change, to ignore all the warning signs of our mangled, destructive food system, and yes, to get people to still think our president is actually a Muslim.
In this video climaterealityproject.org shows the other times when doubt was used to sell folks on harmful products and even attack those who disagreed. The perfect correlation here is the cigarette companies claiming their products were safe when they knew better. Also, the example of DDT was used here. People were so convinced the insecticide was safe they sent threatening letters to scientist and writer Rachel Carson who wrote the powerful book, Silent Spring, and about the scourge they were to this planet. Due to the efforts of environmentalists the use of DDT was outlawed by Congress.
So what happened to the manufacturers of DDT? Did they go out of business? Nope, they reinvented themselves as biotech corporation Monsanto and now they engineer your food and they can vote since they are a person!
McDonald’s announced they would be adding a quarter cup or half serving of apple slices to all happy meals, as well as reducing the portion of fries to 1.1 ounces in an effort to “help kids make healthier choices.” They will also be introducing fat free chocolate milk as opposed to the low fat milk they currently have. The fast food chain’s senior director of nutrition said the changes were a response to customer demand.
McDonald’s claims to “help kids make healthier choices”, but most of these changes will be “automatic”. Where’s the choice in that? Research shows most people stick with the default and the logic is supposed to be that now the default is “healthier”.
Everything else is your choice:
* Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Chicken McNuggets.
* “Beverage, including new fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low fat white milk”
The change in the meal still leaves many feeling not so happy. For starters, smaller portions of fries and a few apple slices does not make a “healthy” meal when some, if not all, of McDonald’s food is genetically modified, factory-farmed and laced with sugar and sodium. The 1% low fat white milk is still a choice and maybe that’s just as well since anything other than of a cup of ice will be an unhealthy choice anyway as a beverage at McDonald’s…and even then you still have to be concerned about this.
Changes to the adult McDonald’s menu to sugar, sodium, and saturated fats won’t go into full effect for another five to ten years. You’ll have to make healthier choices without help from McDonald’s till then.
Monsanto, the US agricultural biotechnology titan, is cooperating with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe into some of its questionable business practices.
The probe covers documents pertaining to the sale of its glyphosate products in fiscal year 2009 and 2010. Monsanto recently reported a 77% leap in net income which, can be attributed to its strong arming of core seeds and genetic traits business.
Monsanto has been offering $20 per acre to utilize Roundup and Round Up Ready seeds, a GMO (genetically modified organism) strain that is resistant to the herbicide.
Monsanto saw their new income grow in the third quarter rise to $680 million, shares leaped from 70 cents to $1.26.
President of Monsanto, Hugh Grant, said he is taking the investigation seriously. Grant also notes that the investigation is “focused on our customer incentives and it’s focused on the 2009-2010 time frame… we’re just starting document production and we are cooperating to our full ability.”
In addition to being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe, Monsanto is also under investigation by the US Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is reviewing the possibility of Monsanto violating anti-trust laws in regards to its monopoly over the genetically-engineered seed industry.
We’ve covered Monsanto before in these posts:
5 Things You Need To Know About Genetically Modified Foods Or You’ll Die Twice
VIDEO: The Genetically Modified Food On Your Plate And The Millions Against Monsanto Campaign
Haitian Farmers Vow To Burn Monsanto Hybrid Seeds Pt 1
Take Action in Solidarity With Haitian Farmers Who Vow to Burn Monsanto’s Seeds