Food Issues by the Numbers

Eggs have gone up 25 percent in cost this year. 13. Maybe Thirteen Will Be the Lucky Number This Time
Thirteen states have introduced new bills that would require labeling of cloned meat, reports Natural Food Merchandiser. Bills, such as the one introduced in Kentucky use very clear language, β€œ”No person shall sell, offer or expose for sale, have in his possession for sale, or give away, for human consumption, any fresh or frozen meat, meat preparation, meat by-product, dairy food or dairy food product, or poultry or poultry product derived from a cloned animal or its offspring unless the product is clearly and conspicuously labeled as such.”

Obviously the biotech companies are going to fight the labeling requirement out of concern that if people knew it was cloned meat, they would not eat it.

Yes, exactly, that’s the point.

The down side is sixteen states called for labels on all food products that had been genetically modified when those foods were first introduced. The effort failed. Watch for this bill in your state legislature, or just go ahead and write your reps now. You can find your state reps easily by typing your state name followed by .gov in the address bar of your web browser.

10. Top Ten Barriers to Local Food for Low-Income Families and Individuals
The Sustainable Table provides a list of the barriers to better food for individuals who are in need. The list offers great insight into one of the major drawbacks of the local food movement β€” that it is elitist. By understanding the issue and supporting the programs that can resolve these barriers, we can make local food a reality for all. Another good read on the topic, is Jen Maiser’s article in Edible San Francisco, β€œReal Food for All.”

1,000. Over 1,000 Killed, A Record Since 1800s
The largest slaughter of buffalos since the 1800s has been going on since November of 2007. Some 1,000 animals and the number may likely exceed 2,000. The fear is that the wild animals leaving the sanctuary of Yellowstone National Park will spread brucellosis to neighboring cattle herds, even though only 200 head of cattle are in the immediate path of the bison migration. The Yellowstone population numbered around 3,500 and is thought to be the last of the pure breed of American bison, a group that represents less than 1.5% of all bison in the United States and is the last remaining link to the original native breed.

500. Five Hundred Percent Increase in Profits for Oil Companies Since 2001
Organic Consumers Association re-published an article showing the relationship between food, fuel and debt in our country. A couple of the jolting statistics from the opening of the article:

  • Food price increases for staples like
    • eggs: 25 percent
    • milk: 17 percent
    • cheese: 15 percent
    • bread: 12 percent)
    • rice: 13 percent
      “This is partially due to increased costs of transportation and partially due to massive amounts of cropland being converted to biofuel production. As a result, consumers are paying more for their food and paying $15 billion in increased taxes per year for biofuel subsidies,” author Tom Philpott writes.
  • Since 2001, the top five oil companies have increased their annual profits by an average of 500%.

The article, by Tom Philpott and originally published at Grist, is an amazing read about the relationship between these basics. It’s an important warning for us all.

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