Sushi lovers, assemble!!!!! An acquaintance of mine who runs a very tony NYC sushi spot assures me that the market flooding of Franken-salmon is at hand, and cautioned me to be careful about my salmon purchases. The FDA is one step from approval of GMO salmon — the first genetically modified animal in our food system.
Please read the email below and take action.
Late last year the FDA quietly took a major step toward approving the “frankenfish,” AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon.
Its approval would be a radical move by the FDA — the first genetically modified animal ever to enter our food supply. It’s no wonder the FDA posted its final review, clearing the way for approval, on the Friday before the Christmas holiday, when few people would notice.
The FDA is now taking public comments on its study, which is expected to lead to approval of the frankenfish. Continue reading →
This email was sent to me on November 3, 2012, I am home alone while my partner is checking on good friends out in Broad Channel, Queens, which was severely damaged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. Americans are incredibly kind, and looking for real ways to help, so I decided to post this email.
Dear MoveOn member,
Storm recovery is moving ahead, but millions of people, including many of our loved ones and neighbors, are still suffering from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation—and some are in desperate need of basics like diapers, food, and batteries. Continue reading →
Could you take recycling to it’s extreme, and eat the food others have designated as trash? Freegans do it all the time. Why is it such a crazy idea, especially when so very many people in the world are hungry? What really seems crazy that so much waste could exist in a country seemingly obsessed with fiscal responsibility….to the point where legislators want to balance the budget by cutting the SNAP program that feeds so many hungry American kids. Continue reading →
Last Saturday, some friends and I went to Union Square to sample the farmer’s market there. I came home with greens, tasty heirloom tomatoes and carrots and some sweet maple syrup! If you live in the area, go get yourself some good local food, they have veggies, dairy, grass fed meats, wine and cider. Trust me, you will be glad you did.
Then, we treated ourselves to a light lunch at McSorley’s Ale House, about a twenty minute walk from Union Square into the Village. Continue reading →
The World Health Organization defines food security as having three facets: food availability, food access, and food use. Food availability is having available sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis. Food access is having sufficient resources, both economic and physical, to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet. More United States citizens need food assistance to feed themselves and their children than ever before. Continue reading →
Amidst all the discussion surrounding Occupy Wall Street, the 1% and the 99%, and accusations of class warfare, there is another group of folks that do not seem to get any airtime: The Begrudgers. I am referring to the ordinary, hard working folks frustrated and enraged by all the petty fraud they see on a day to day basis, especially in the area of entitlement programs like Medicaid, Public Assistance and the food stamp program, SNAP. Ever drive by a Welfare office on a sunny afternoon, seen lots of people outside smoking, snacking and socializing ? Continue reading →
Yes, even before the story broke this week, I knew about the pink slime, heard about it the first time while screening ‘Food, Inc’, an Oscar nominated documentary that takes you to look inside America’s huge corporate food industry and its practices. The pink slime phenomenon was addressed while the filmmakers toured an enormous meat packing plant, explaining how it is actually made from what’s left of a cow carcass after all the muscular cuts of meat have been removed (gristle and sinew), cooked and pulverized into slurry, then sprayed with ammonia to kill pathogens, so it is ‘safe’ for human consumption. Continue reading →