Catching up on news this week after a relaxing Spring Break!
  • A recent survey by the Just Label It! campaign shows 91% of Americans support the labeling of genetically modified foods. Although consumers support a labeling effort, the food industry believes labeling will hurt sales by claiming labels imply GMOs are bad. Public pressure to label GMOs is mounting, but will the FDA respond? [NPR The Salt]
  • The FDA is taking steps to remove several common antibiotics from use in factory farms after a court order. Antibiotic use in livestock is rampant, but rarely used to treat active disease – the overuse of antibiotics as a preventive measure is likely to increase bacteria strains that are antibiotic-resistant in both animals and humans. [The Atlantic]
  • After the controversy over the use of so-called “pink slime” in school lunches last week, New York City public schools has banned the meat product from school cafeterias. Citing health and safety concerns, NYC is choosing to find an alternative to the cheap beef. [NY Daily News]
  • Organic purveyor Whole Foods Market announced that they will stop selling fish that are not caught in sustainable ways beginning on April 15. Whole Foods currently employs a rating system for seafood that tells customers how sustainable their purchases are, but this effort furthers the company’s goal to have “fully sustainable seafood departments” by preventing overfishing and ecological damage. [USA Today]
  • You probably saw a number of news reports this week making the claim that “eating chocolate makes you thinner” based on recent research in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Although the study linked frequent chocolate consumption to lower BMI, the implications are not as simple as “eat more chocolate, stay thin.” According to an obesity specialist from Canada,the study lacked scientific rigor, was not a randomized trial (meaning causation cannot be attributed), and there were a lot of unknowns. [Commonhealth]

*image via Just Label It!

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