Viewpoint: Why farm to table organic food campaigns are ‘bunk’

farm table

[T]here is big money in making consumers feel ecologically pure and big money to be lost if a certain brand of customers don’t. Especially with food, consumers equate small farms with a lower carbon footprint, purer genetics and fewer pesticides. As a result, businesses flock to label their products “organic,” “farm to table,” or “locally sourced,” even if that means the food was purchased “locally” at Costco.

(I still believe “farm to table” has too many steps, so come visit my new “stream to mouth” restaurants, where people have to pluck their food out of a running brook like a bear.)

Don’t buy the non-GMO scare campaign

Perhaps the most misunderstood — and most profitable — attempt to convince people their food is “healthy” is the anti-genetically modified organisms (GMO) campaign. Food companies are rushing to have their products listed as GMO-free, even though there is little evidence that genetically modified foods are any less healthy or safe.

Related article:  Video: What are GMO crops—and are they natural? Pioneering plant scientist Mary-Dell Chilton explains

Yet the effort to vilify GMOs has largely been successful. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center poll, 57% of Americans think genetically modified foods are unsafe to eat. Yet 88% of scientists with the American Association for the Advancement of Science said GMOs are generally safe to eat.

Read full, original article: ‘Going green’ means big bucks for corporations, but a lot of these campaigns are bunk

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
can you boost your immune system to prevent coronavirus spread x

Video: How to boost your immune system to guard against COVID and other illnesses

Scientists have recently developed ways to measure your immune age. Fortunately, it turns out your immune age can go down ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...
gmo corn field x

Do GMO Bt (insect-resistant) crops pose a threat to human health or the environment?

Bt is a bacterium found organically in the soil. It is extremely effective in repelling or killing target insects but ...

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend