The “But Johnny does it” argument of GMO labeling

I've written about this before, but since it has been brought up by my candidate Bernie Sanders, I think it is time to revisit it. Because other countries do something means we should do it is a stupid argument, plain and simple. The response to this is the age-old mother's retort, If Johnny jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it too? …

Neil Young picks wrong poster child for corporate villainy

Last night I spent a little over an hour experiencing severe cognitive dissonance. I attended a screening of Neil Young's The Monsanto Years: A Work in Progress. It was a documentary of the making of his new album which is due to be released in June. I was filled with dread as I waited in line to go in the IFC Center theater. What could I expect…

Guest Post: GMO labels. The purpose is…?

Today's guest "post" comes from friend of the Contrarian, mem-somerville. She's created a great Storify. As the campaign for labeling heats up,  the true goal of the Right-to-Know labeling crowd is becoming more readily transparent. Through the use of screenshots, she shows the antis in their own words, how their goal is elimination of GMOS and …

How’s the safety of organic food working out for ya?

The anti-GMO crowd constantly points to the lack of long-term safety studies of foods containing GMOs. They continue with this meme even though there have been hundreds of studies over the last 16 years attesting to their safety and major scientific and health organizations have signed off on them. The Big Ignore is the fact that in that time there…

GMO labeling advocate doesn’t label own organic products containing arsenic

This isn't a new story. Last year researchers at Dartmouth discovered that brown rice, fruit juices and a widely used sweetener, organic brown rice syrup, contained high levels of arsenic. I wrote about it here  and here. What brings me back to this subject is a blog from the NY Times I stumbled across from last November. Lundberg Family Farms of…

The right-to-know doesn’t help if you don’t understand what you know.

There isn't a day that goes by without some anti-gmo nonsense hitting my mailbox. Here's the latest. This one is by Wendy Vincent, a writer for the Guilford Patch website:  Walmart and Monsanto: Joining Forces: The retail giant, Walmart, will soon start stocking their shelves with un-labeled, pesticide-laced GMO corn made by Monsanto.  Huh? W…