FDA Confused About What is Natural
It is articles like these that sometimes really scare you!
This week the FDA decided that what they really needed to do was to open up a discussion on the definition they should use for the word “Natural” as it relates to food products.
On the surface I guess this seems OK but when you look at it you have to wonder what was the definition they were working on in the past.
Given the vast number of legal actions, laws suits and heaven knows what else that have been launched on this basis, for them to suddenly announce they are a bit uncertain on it all makes you worry!
On top of that their procedure for nailing down a definition by opening up the floor to discussion is also very worrying.
In cases like these the average person has such a small and singular voice when confronted with the combined marketing and PR departments of all the bog food producers and processors.
You can help but take a step back from it all and think this isn’t going to end well.
I can just see the GMO lobbyists smacking their lips at the prospect of finally getting GMO food labelled as “Natural” because they have added nothing to it and it’s not only how nature intended it… it’s better!
- FDA seeks comments on use of the term ‘natural’ on food labels
12 Food Facts You Won’t Believe Are True
It really does get hard not to form a completely cynical view of the world when you see stuff like this.
Two ingredients that are suspected of causing cancer are still being added to the product.
Just the mere suggestion of those ingredients causing cancer should cause any decent person or company to just immediately find an alternative.
But in this case no.
In other countries where the regulations are tighter the company has immediately removed the offending substances.
In America, because we don’t have to, we are just not going to do it because our bottom line is far more important than your kid’s future.
- How Johnson & Johnson May Be Poisoning Your Child
Blind Them With Science
Annoying Report from Europe on Glyphosate.
OK, this stuff really get under my skin.
On one hand we have the WHO clearly stating that Glyphosate, better known as Roundup made by Monsanto causes cancer.
Now we have some other group, the European Food Safety Agency suddenly coming out and saying it does not.
What sticks in my craw in this is that the EFSA did not come out with this or any other pronouncement on it until AFTER Monsanto threw a hissyfit of monumental proportions at the suggestion that their product was in any way suspect.
So now we have a he said she said scenario that is most likely so full of obfuscation, lies and false statistical analysis the general public will have no idea what is going on.
And you know what?
That’s the point.
That’s what they want because now they can haul out that hoary old chestnut that “the jury is still out.”
It has become the absolute “go to” strategy over the past few years by just about every big corporation or private interest group in action.
As soon as conclusive evidence is produced, they go into action and by hook or by crook just create some kind of counter position whether true or not and say, “Well the jury is still out on that one.”
Don’t be fooled.
A lot of people might argue that the introduction of the internet was basically the beginning of the end for the world.
Barely a day goes by without the internet and its associated social media services and all the rest being blamed for the fall of current civilization.
Now I don’t think for a second that it’s all that bad but when you are standing in a space with a bunch of people mindlessly staring at their mobile devices you have to take pause.
So let me take a minute here to point out something good that has happened because of our new “connected” world.
Up until a few years ago it was almost impossible for a lone voice of reason or even a small group of voices of reason to gain any traction with the public at large on just about any issue.
With the media being totally controlled by vested interests there was only so far a dissenting voice or alternative viewpoint could go in getting a message across.
You quite literally had to be some kind of superstar to get the kind of exposure needed to convey any message and probably one of the best examples of this would be Jamie Oliver.
He spent years building his name and brand into an internationally recognized thing and only then did he use that power to launch into a worldwide call for healthier eating especially for kids.
The results he achieved show that things can change but to some degree one gets the idea from it that you have to be a Jamie Oliver to do it.
Not so anymore.
The great power of social media is the connectedness of it (even though we are all staring at phones) and the ability for an idea or an alternative viewpoint to take hold of the mainstream conversation.
Just take a look at the past few years, at what has happened to the conversation regarding what we eat and how that food is produced and processed.
We have had huge, previously unmoveable companies having to bow before the public and change their ways.
And what we have also had has been a slow but steady raising of awareness as to what we should and should not be eating.
Incredibly for the first time in many years there are now sections of the American public where the rate of increase in obesity has halted and flattened out.
In fact in some demographics, especially kids there has been a drop in the numbers and I firmly believe that this has been due to information being effectively delivered to people free from mainstream media “filtering.
New Food Safety Rules… coming soonish… maybe
This one has been in the making for quite some time now and even with the release of the final draft it still has a ways to go.
First of all the guidelines and rules set out in the new Food Safety and Modernization Act won’t actually go into effect for another two years yet.
In the meantime you can be sure that all sorts of interest groups will be jumping up and down all in the interests of watering down the bits they don’t like and beefing up the ones they do.
Even then once all the dust (or fertilizer or chemical sprays) has settled it will all come down to whether or not the FDA ultimately gets the budget boosts it will need to enforce the act itself.
One can’t help but feel that if there are too many requirements that Big Food don’t like the lobbying and pressure will only result in the Act being weakened or the needed funding to never come through… sigh.