Digest – Commentary: Leafy greens agreement not good for small farmers
Regulate producers, not produce: The CEO of Bon Appetit Managment Company, a leader in institutional farm-to-fork sourcing, has an op-ed arguing why the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement, which is supposed to protect against future E. coli outbreaks in produce, should apply only to large industrial producers, not small farmers. (San Jose Mercury News)
Something smells a wee bit fishy about this: "Genetically modified crops will be the only sustainable way of solving Britain’s dietary shortcomings," reports the Times' science editor. Here's the tortured logic, which we can guarantee you is being funded by industry, NOT nutritionists: Brits aren't getting enough omega-3 fatty acids because they don't eat oily fish like tuna and salmon. They can't eat more oily fish because doing so is not sustainable. Genetic engineering is the only way to get more Omega-3s into the food chain without damaging fragile fish stocks. Yeah. That's the ticket! Much more eco-freindly than eating say, oh, sardines and walnuts. (Times Online)
Balm for our Farm Bill headache: Tom Philpott clarifies his column last week about how ending subsidies won't stop commodity overproduction, and answers critics one by one on things like the New Zealand free-market "miracle" and the FRESH Act. He writes: "I wish I could, like Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group, thunder from the rooftops, 'End the subsidies!' That would be a simple message that people could embrace — and indeed have. But it's more complicated than that." (Gristmill)
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