Kosher Foods Go Missing in Vermont

Demand off for Kosher foods in Vermont. Supermarket (illustration)Hadas Parush/Flash 90)
Supermarket (illustration)Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

The Burlington Free Press reports that some Kosher foods have been pulled from shelves in Vermont supermarkets. Evidently, there is not enough demand in Vermont (there are less than 20,000 Jews in Vermont) to prompt producers to comply with the labeling law. Recently, the House passed a GMO labeling law that is expected to be signed into law by the President. Read the whole story here.

The Future of Food

© Kirsty Pargeter | Dreamstime Stock Photos
© Kirsty Pargeter | Dreamstime Stock Photos

The fight over the future of food is here, according to Lauren Hepler in this article for GreenBiz. We are at a precarious crux in history. Given the increasing population, difficulty finding farm labor, and climate change, we seem to be on a collision course with hunger. However, there are tools that can make a difference, from GMOs to robot harvesters. The public, government, and agribusiness are facing off in this struggle over labeling and GMOs.

House Signs Labeling Bill

The GMO labeling bill has been passed onto the President’s office, who is expected to sign it into law. It has been a long discussion, the battle lasting the last seven years. Most believe that this is a good thing, despite the fact that it is seen by some as a blocker of sorts to state regulations that might have been more restrictive and not rely on the potential use of QR codes.

“What today really means is that we’ve left the legislative period of this battle after seven years and moved into the regulatory and marketplace phase of it, which was where it was always headed anyway,” said Gary Hirshberg, a founder of Just Label It, a coalition that advocates labeling.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Hirshberg, right, at the Capitol in 2015, with Senator Richard Blumenthal, left, and Senator Pat Leahy. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Hirshberg, right, at the Capitol in 2015, with Senator Richard Blumenthal, left, and Senator Pat Leahy.
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Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Read the entire story here.

Senators reach deal on labeling

AP writer Mary Clare Jalonick outlines the Senate bipartisan deal to require labeling of GMOs nationally. This action is prompted by several states threatening to enact labeling laws, Vermont being the latest. The law is not as targeted as the Vermont law, however, allowing a ‘text’, ‘symbol’, or electronic label accessed by smartphone.

Read the entire story at the Press Herald

NY Times op ed. piece by Jason Kelly

A good read from a scientist/founder of a biotech company that believes GMO foods are safe AND thinks they should be identified on food packaging: Jason Kelly is a founder of a biotechnology company that makes products with genetically modified organisms for the food industry and he believes that food labeling is a good idea. He sides with 88% of his colleagues in thinking that modified foods are safe (see graphic below), although that number is much lower in the general public.

“Foods with bioengineered ingredients are safe, but shrouding them in secrecy breeds doubt and fear. Clear, informative labeling is a first step toward transparency that can build trust and educate consumers.”

Read the entire article here.
Opinion Differences Between Public and Scientists