California’s Prop. 37

Hello Everyone!

It’s been quite awhile since we have been here! Michele and I have made a pact to post regularly, now that we’re both done with the internship and passed the RD exam, so please keep us accountable.

There is really so much that can be written about right now — new Consumer Reports/FDA publications about arsenic in rice, the Stanford organic foods study, a new idea in San Francisco regarding food trucks and serving those who are homeless/without kitchen access, the large soda ban in NYC, McDonalds’ big announcement that they’re adding calorie amounts to their menus (though let’s be real: they’re going to have to do it anyway with the Affordable Care Act), and the list goes on. What are some topics you would like Michele and me to discuss in the coming weeks?

 

 

Today, I wanted to briefly share about California’s Proposition #37, the GMO Food Labeling Act / “Right to Know” Act. I know many of the readers are not in California, but the results from this November’s election will likely impact the whole country.

There’s so many ads and campaigns, so I went to the official CA voter’s guide and copied the description here:

“Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as “natural.” Provides exemptions. Fiscal Impact: Increased annual state costs from a few hundred thousand dollars to over $1 million to regulate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Additional, but likely not significant, governmental costs to address violations under the measure.”

A Yes vote: “Genetically engineered foods sold in California would have to be specifically labeled as being genetically engineered.”

A No vote: “Genetically engineered foods sold in California would continue not to have specific labeling requirements.”

– from the California Voter’s Guide

 

Companies who genetically modify their products have said that they don’t believe there are any additional health risks – but then why are they the ones opposing this bill? Also notably are the many, many Big Food companies that are opposing this bill – companies that have organic food lines. KCET has a full list of funders, but this graphic below depicts some of the big ones in an easier-to-read format:

Source: Cornucopia.org

 

There have been dozens of articles/op-ed pieces on this topic, including Mark Bittman and Michele Simon, so I don’t really want to just repeat what has already been said, but please take a moment to read their thoughts on this subject!

If you’re not in California, what can you do to support GMO labeling?

1. Write a note (i.e. via Facebook) to express your feelings about the company’s support/opposition to Prop 37. I wrote a sad message to Silk the other day.

2. Avoid purchasing foods made by companies who were in opposition to Prop. 37. It can be a challenge if finances/availability of other foods are an inhibitor, but it’s definitely an idea, if possible!

3. Support local farmers, as well as the organic businesses that are in favor of GMO labeling.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone!

Many apologies for the lack of updates lately — Michele and I have been swamped with internship responsibilities.

It’s so hard to believe that it’s 2012 already!  A lot has happened this past year, and I’m excited to see what’s in store this upcoming year (specifically RD credential and hopefully first “real” RD job!).

Many people often make new year’s resolutions, but I’ve never really been that into making them. But, this year, I hope things will be a little different!  I have a few food-related new year’s resolutions that I’ll share here, and please feel free to keep me accountable.

1. Visit the farmer’s market more often.
I love the farmer’s market – there’s one a short MUNI ride away from my house that I occasionally visit on Sunday. It’s so fun to see the beautiful produce, families with strollers and dogs, and people excited about supporting local farms and businesses. It takes some careful budgeting and sacrifices, of course, for an intern getting a stipend that barely covers rent. But, it’s always fun to see what’s there, get to know some of the vendors, and enjoy the fun cooking projects that follow.

2. Cook more.
I’ve been trying to experiment in the kitchen more these past few months. I got a food processor, and have loved making hummus, shredding zucchini and carrots for bread, and making black bean burgers, among other things!  It’s been a good way for me to de-stress after a busy internship day. Of course, I really believe that dietitians should be able to find their way around a kitchen, too!

3. Post more frequently on the blog
No need for further explanation.  🙂

Finally, there aren’t any citations in this article (sorry), but I thought it was interesting nonetheless. It’s about the reasons to not diet, and instead the importance of adapting a healthy lifestyle in general. My preceptor and I were talking about how many people think that something like a gastric bypass surgery is a “quick fix” to their obesity issue, but fail to realize that whether they’re getting a surgery, or following a healthy eating pattern, it’s a lifelong commitment.

What are your 2012 (or lifetime!) resolutions?

Summer Reading List + Interesting Links

Here are some interesting videos/links/articles that I have stumbled upon this week:
1. Chipotle ad, courtesy of Dr. Parke Wilde’s blog:

2. Minnesota State Fair ad, courtesy of Dr. David Kessler on twitter:

3. NPR article about SNAP (food stamps), courtesy of Bread for the World twitter.

4. Michele Simon’s post about one company’s lack of desire to limit advertising to kids.

5.  And from the CDC: 25% of US population gets 200 calories/day from soda. Courtesy of Marion Nestle’s twitter.

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This summer, I had lofty plans of reading about 10 books.  I haven’t even finished one (still looking at the Four Fish book cover…halfway done!).  Michele and I wanted to include occasional book reviews on here, but that means we need to read the book first!  Do you have any book recommendations for us?  What have you been reading this summer?  Would you be interested in writing a book review for this blog?

Let us know!  Leave a comment or email us at twofoodnerds(at)gmail.com