One of the most compelling promises that the biotech industry makes to justify the need for their products (genetically engineered crops and portfolio of chemicals needed to grow them) are that these ingredients are needed to feed the world. Who can argue with that if it’s working? But it’s not.
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A new report out of the USDA says that Americans throw away 133 billion pounds of food every year, or 31 percent of the total amount of available food. That’s over 4,200 pounds of food a second. At the same time, the biotech industry says that we need genetically engineered crops to feed the world. Need? They must have not seen the most recent report out of the USDA that says that in the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels went uneaten.
Transparency is sexy. Misleading people, not so much. Americans are waking up to how our food is made and quickly realizing that are food supply has been polluted with ingredients we didn’t even know existed. Some companies like Chipotle are getting in front of this and telling consumers how their food is being made. Others are having an allergic reaction to labeling. If you had no idea that ingredients, labeled by the EPA as pesticides, are hiding in your food, you’re not alone.
Bloomberg News reported last year that 15,000 record temperature highs were reported in the United States during the month of March. Things haven’t really let up, impacting everyone from farmers to families. And while we still don’t have an official consensus here in the United States as to what is driving this change in the weather, one point is clear: it is impacting our food system. In the face of unprecedented drought, hurricanes, tsunamis and tornadoes, our nation’s farmers are doing everything they can to deal with this climate disruption.