The Problem of Packaging - Try this simple packaging test. Go to your local farmers market, buy some vegetables then watch the trader pop them into a brown paper bag. There’s something reassuring about seeing it flipped over to seal the pack with a twist.

Next stroll into your nearest supermarket and try to buy anything, really anything, that isn’t pre-wrapped in plastic. Even the bags provided for the limited selection of un-pre-packed veg will be a form of plastic.

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Something is stirring in the sticky world of sugar as supermarket executives, of all people, have decided a lot of the food they sell is just far too sweet.


For years the big food processors and their colleagues in the supermarkets have been asking one lump or two because. They were certainly talking about the sugar load in the food they sell but they might well have been talking about the effect on your children.

Let’s face it, it’s become all too obvious that the contagion of morbid obesity and diabetes begins at school age. We see the victims of this sucrose overload in school bus queues up and down the land.

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Food fight turns its attention to the Agri-Chem and seed giant Monsanto once again. It’s not another passage in the continuing controversy over their top seller glyphosate this time; although California has ordered that to be labelled carcinogenic.

No, it’s another powerful herbicide produced by Monsanto and a couple of other companies like German leviathan BASF that’s been branded a villain this time. It’s called dicamba. This month two US states, Missouri and Arkansas, have banned dicamba after a mass of complaints about a problem called drift. Nice word drift, it conjures up visions of floating down a river on a dinghy or drifts of wild flowers in a mountain meadow.
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You can’t eat a label but sure as eggs you can read one and it might help you decide whether you want to eat the food behind it. At Bohemian Mojo's FoodFight we’ve been talking recently about the contrast between GM or ‘transgenic’ food and heritage strains.

It’s our intention to discuss these differences more fully in the days and weeks to come. But the point where these quite radical differences meet are in the world of labeling and its in crisis.

Last July the United States flew in the face of world practice and the wishes of their home consumers when the House passed a Bill preventing individual states from requiring GM food to be so labeled.
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It seems like every day there are more and more reasons to be confused by labels. Chances are, if you’re a label reader, you’ve noticed the words “grass-fed” on your meat labels.

The first time I came across these words, they conjured up images of happy animals, calmly cropping green pasture grasses, living a life of comfort and ease until the end. What a nice thought and definitely worth the investment if it begins to put an end to the concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) that are basically hell for animals, the environment, and any surrounding beings (you can read more about CAFO’s in tomorrow’s post).

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Here’s the latest piece of trickery by Big Food. To get around consumer demands for labelling of GMO’s QR Secretary Vilsack, the Grocery Manuacturers Association and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have come up with a neat fudge by proposing labelling of GMO’s is tucked away in a QR barcode. Why not go the whole hog and label our food in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics you guys?

The Organic Consumer's Association States: "We first wrote about U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s Big Idea for GMO labeling nearly a year ago. Then, the subject surfaced again, as Hershey's announced plans to use QR codes, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association launched its Big QR Code Plan.

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