GMO salmon means there are now bigger fish to fry

The case for GMO salmon is compelling: twice as fast growth, 25% less food to produce, high protein conversion rate

GMO salmon means there are now bigger fish to fryDownload this column on GMO salmon Terms and Conditions of use INNSBRUCK, Austria Nov. 26, 2015/ Troy Media/ — AquaBounty has apparently become aquaculture’s Monsanto. The company’s genetically-engineered Atlantic salmon has just made history by achieving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for human consumption. But some major American supermarkets, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Aldi, Target…

Food fraud days are numbered

With better technology in the hands of the consumer, food fraud will begin to disappear

Food fraud days are numberedDate tampering in food stores is in the news again, and horrified consumers want to know how it can be stopped. Over the last 12 months, reports from B.C., Ontario, Alberta and Quebec suggest store employees have been asked to repurpose food products and change expiry dates. Products include dairy, meats, and even fish and seafood.…

Food fraud leaves a bad taste

Food fraudsters' days numbered because of technological advances

Food fraud leaves a bad tasteIf you think Canada is immune to fraudulent food labels, think again. Chances are, you have unknowingly purchased a food product with an inaccurate food label. Regulators and the food industry are beginning to realize that the problem is far more widespread than first supposed. For example, a recent study in the U.S. revealed a…

Realism and transparency taking over food industry

Twitter’s haiku-like restrictions, where brevity is key, are starting to dominate ingredient labels

Realism and transparency taking over food industryRecently, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut announced that they are phasing out the use of artificial colours and flavours in their ingredients, and a number of other companies seem eager to jump on the increasingly crowded bandwagon. Food naturalization is a very cheap, quick, and convenient way to change consumer perception while maintaining the nutritional…

Frankenfood follies put world at peril

GMOs may be the only way to avoid catastrophic global water and food shortages

Frankenfood follies put world at perilThe UN’s annual World Water Development Report, published in March, warned that unless the balance between demand and supplies is restored the world will face a “global water deficit” of 40 per cent by 2030. Two weeks ago, protestors in hundreds of cities in 38 countries rallied against agricultural research giant Monsanto’s genetically modified plant…

The revenge of the food consumer

The USDA has decided to act on growing pressure and establish a voluntary program to label food products with non-GMO content

The revenge of the food consumerWhat was unthinkable a few years ago is now happening. In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Agriculture has established a voluntary program to label food products with non-GMO content. Non-GMOs already exist in the marketplace, but none of them are sanctioned by the government. At the request of a global food company,…

Major corporations bending to the food ingredients revolution

Social media is leading to a more democratic food system

Major corporations bending to the food ingredients revolutionInnovation is a staple of the food industry – food businesses have always changed recipes and formulas. But recent decisions by major players show the industry is being shaken by external powers, resulting in an ingredient revolution of sorts. PepsiCo is removing aspartame from Diet Pepsi (in the U.S., not Canada), and Kraft is revising…

Non-browning Arctic apple breaching GMO defences

Providing obvious evidence of GMO consumer benefits

Non-browning Arctic apple breaching GMO defencesIt seems rotten apples may be on their way out. A genetically engineered non-browning apple, developed in Canada, called Arctic, has recently been approved for sale in Canada and the United States. The regulatory bodies in both countries feel that the product is safe for human consumption. With these apples projected to hit store shelves…

Get ready for higher priced Chicken McNuggets

Chicken meat with fewer antibiotics will cost more for everyone

Get ready for higher priced Chicken McNuggetsWhen McDonalds' makes a statement, the fast food world listens. Recently, the corporation announced that all chicken served at its restaurants would be free of antibiotics used on humans within two years. Not necessarily earth-shattering news, since restaurants such as Chipotle, Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A and the Canadian-based A&W have made similar statements. However, this is…
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