This past weekend I gave a talk (with Q & A’s from the audience–love those! :)) about how to read food labels. (BTW if your group would like me to speak about this issue, food politics, etc. just send me an email to email@example.com and we’ll discuss it.)
Unfortunately still too many people do not understand the issues about genetically modified (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) foods, MSG, “hidden MSG”, aspartame or rbgh and rbst.
Just as important as those issues is the origin of the country where the foods are grown. Let’s face it, some countries have better agricultural practices than others. I know that I want to avoid as much as possible all imported foods from China or Southeast Asia. Beyond their questionable agricultural practices, government corruption and history of contaminated food, I try my best to avoid buying products from China. Our nation owes them too much money and some day we are going to get a much nastier boomerang than we are currently experiencing from this foreign trade imbalance.
I came across this article that has a basic explanation of the “organic” labeling program with some links for research. I hope it conveys one reason why reading your food labels are important for your health and your purse! –No Name Attorney
Organic Labels Come in Different Shapes and Sizes
Organic labels and their cousins abound. Here’s a look at some of the most important labels consumers will see in grocery stores.
By Brian Clark Howard
Labeling may not seem like a particularly exciting topic, but it is extremely important to those with nut allergies, diabetics and those busy people everywhere who rely on labels to know what’s inside the foods they eat. Consider the heated controversy over whether genetically engineered foods should be explicitly labeled, or the ongoing fight over country-of-origin seals and how that relates to recent scares over food imported from China. When it comes to the much-touted word “organic,” there is much at stake. Not only is the sector the fastest growing in the food industry, but also advocates are positioning organics as a great hope in the battle to protect the environment from the ravages of industrial agriculture and even oil-fueled climate change. There are perhaps as many detailed definitions of “organic” as there are farmers, chefs and consumers. But here are some of the most important labels:
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