Farm Bill, GMOS, big corporations, cooking magazine for children and more from the week-end readings

The Farm Bill is back on the agenda and it will be voted by the Senate. However, as Food and Water Watch describes in the article, Farm Bill 2013: The Bill Goes to the Senate Floor… Again, there are significant and some very worrisome differences between the Senate and the House versions. Dr. Marion Nettle finds the bill sarcastic, sober, troubling.

Food for thought on a New Study Links GMO Food To Leukemia.

More on GMOs and the price we are beginning to pay for using them can be found in the article by Tom Laskawy in Grist. In Frankenfoods: Good for Big Business, bad for the rest of us he concludes that “Corporations made billions on GMOs and all we got was ethanol and an unsustainable diet.”

In Kitchen Little, Mark Bittman talks about how “cooking went out of style for most Americans, and that a positive approach to it could help to change matters” and assist in developing healthier eating habits especially among children. He promotes ChopChop, a Boston-based cooking magazine for the whole family.

Bruce Friedrich from Huffington Post in Eating As Though the Environment Mattered presents how immense inefficiencies in the production of animal meat for human consumption cause environmental degradation of cathostrophic proportions. According to the article, Eating Meat Causes More Global Warming Than Everything Else Combined.”

On the topic of the natural environment, here are Five Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste from Civil Eats.

In a recent report, World Health Organization (WHO) warns that common, everyday chemicals may be causing cancer, asthma, birth defects and reduced fertility.

Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner report on how Your Body Is a Corporate Test Tube or “How Americans Became Exposed to Biohazards in the Greatest Uncontrolled Experiment Ever Launched.”

Did you know that U.S. Taxpayers (your tax money) are footing bill that promotes (or rather forces on) controversial biotech crops (GMOs) developed by Monsanto and other seed makers abroad?

Although there has been much progress, the use tobacco continues to be a significant health hazard. According to CDC, “Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 46.6 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes.” Hence the question from Michele Simon, a feverish public health lawyer and advocate, as to When Will FDA Stand Up to Big Tobacco?

According to AlterNet, “Reliable sources in Washington D.C. have informed the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach one or more Monsanto Riders or amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on genetically engineered (GE) foods(GMOs). To read more about it, view How Monsanto Is Using Cronies in Congress to Take Away States’ Rights to Label Genetically Modified Foods?

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