Weekly Food Scoop – Sep 1st, 2011

Every week at Farmanac we aim to bring you the best of what people are talking about on the Internet regarding food. This week the debate on genetically modified foods heats up with an editorial in the New York Times calling for less government regulation of the industry and a thoughtful retort illustrating the reason GMO foods are not the answer to global food shortages or longer term sustainability. And Bill Clinton goes vegan.

Engineering Food for All

Myths about the dire effects of genetically modified foods on health and the environment abound, but they have not held up to scientific scrutiny. And, although many concerns have been expressed about the potential for unexpected consequences, the unexpected effects that have been observed so far have been benign.

Sorry, NY Times: GMOs still won’t save the world

With all due respect, Nina Federoff’s New York Times op-ed reads like it was written two decades ago, when the jury was still out about the potential of the biotech industry to reduce hunger, increase nutritional quality in foods, and decrease agriculture’s reliance on toxic chemicals and other expensive inputs that most of the world’s farmers can’t afford.

Bill Clinton declares vegan victory

The former president, known for his love of burgers, barbecue and junk food, has gone from a meat lover to a vegan, the strictest form of a vegetarian diet. He says he eats fruits, vegetables and beans, but no red meat, chicken or dairy.

New Guidelines Ensure Humane Treatment Of Livestock

The former president, known for his love of burgers, barbecue and junk food, has gone from a meat lover to a vegan, the strictest form of a vegetarian diet. He says he eats fruits, vegetables and beans, but no red meat, chicken or dairy.

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