I’ve been trying to catch up on all the interesting food news this week—there’s certainly been a lot this week on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Here are some interesting stories for your Friday’s Food News:
- Monsanto, producers of the patent-protected genetically modified soybean seed (yes, I said patent-protected), is being allowed by the USDA to conduct its own safety research on the genetically-engineered seeds they make. Conflict of interest, anyone?
- Although there is no federal regulation that requires GMOs to be labeled, there is a way to know which produce items are genetically-engineered.
- Speaking of genetically-engineered ingredients, do your Boca Burgers contain GMOs?
- Bon Jovi is taking on the restaurant business, except at his restaurant, you don’t have to pay full price if you can’t afford it.
- If you haven’t already heard, the Corn Refiners Association is being sued by a group of sugar farmers and refiners over the potential name change from high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar.
- Consider yourself a foodie? Eric Schlosser explains why foodies don’t deserve to be called “elitist”.
- TakePart has some easy ways to get more whole grains on your plate.
- Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical found in plastics, has been linked to neurological defects, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. A review of the studies done on BPA that showed the chemical was safe has now discovered that those studies were actually funded by the chemical and plastics industries, or conducted by those who benefited from these companies.
- Think you know everything there is to know about oats? Think again.
- Pesto may just be the greatest sauce ever.
What food/nutrition stories have you been reading this week?