Articles from April 2010



Alice Finds Herself in Troubled Waters

I never thought I’d see the day when the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) would be singing the praises of Alice Waters. Since its inception a little over three decades ago, the conservative pseudoscience group has been on the wrong side of virtually every imaginable environmental and health issue. It is all in [...]

Obama Newspeak: Labeling Food as GM-Free is False, Misleading and Deceptive, even When it is True

If you were hoping that there might be some change in the United States government’s official position on genetically modified and genetically engineered (GM/GE) foods under an Obama administration, tough luck. Last month there was the appointment of big-time GM/GE advocate (and former Monsanto lobbyist) Islam Siddiqui as the country’s chief agricultural negotiator. Now comes [...]

White Lightning: Why Does Raw Milk Spark Such Heated Debate?

A week or so ago I drank a cold, refreshing glassful of a liquid that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says is “inherently dangerous” and “should not be consumed by anyone at any time for any purpose.” We’re not talking about kerosene, or even the hard cider I brew in the basement, but milk, [...]

Farmworkers Score Major Victory in the Fight for Fair Treatment

Chalk up another one for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), the Florida-based community organization that has been trying for decades to improve the grim lot of migrant tomato pickers, most of whom toil for less than minimum wage. This week, ARAMARK, the giant corporation that supplies food to universities, hospitals, stadiums, and other institutions [...]