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The Rising Food Movement Continues GMO Labeling Fight

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 The video above features Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and other books relating to the growing movement toward real food. In this talk, given at UC Berkeley, he discusses the rise of the food movement in the aftermath of California Proposition 37's failure to pass.

 Prop. 37 would have required genetically engineered (GE) foods to be labeled, and would have prevented GE foods from being labeled as "natural" or "all-natural." As Pollan says, had Prop. 37 passed, it would have been a major step forward for the food movement.

 Unfortunately, the initiative failed to pass by about five percentage points. Had the organic companies with billions in revenues (Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Stonyfield for example) coughed up another mere two million dollars to support the campaign, we probably would have won-it really was that close.

 Not two million dollars each, but two million total among them. Shocking, when you consider that between them they have over $30 billion in gross revenues. As it were, the No to 37 side blanketed the state with 46 million dollars worth of misleading propaganda, which gave them this narrow win.

 Still, the initiative served as a great tool to raise awareness about genetically engineered foods, and next year, we'll do it all over again in Washington State, where they're now working on GE labeling initiative I-522, and Vermont, where a Right to Know campaign has also been created.

Rise of the Food Movement

 What you and I have to specify as "organic" today, most of our grandparents knew simply as "food." Modern food production has so radically altered our food supply that today, many of the products sold in grocery stores barely even qualify as food. They're more like chemical-based "food-like" products.

 The highest ideal of the food movement is basically about bringing back real food-at best what we now refer to as organic food. At minimum, food that has been minimally altered and contaminated with agricultural chemicals.

 As discussed by Pollan, food has not featured heavily in politics unless or until there was a major food safety issue. That is now changing, with the political fight for GE labeling leading the way as people are becoming aware that there's something wholly unnatural in our food that we're not being told about, and our regulatory agencies are not doing anything about it. 

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