|Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail|
National Geographic - 11/21/2015. By Maryn McKenna - On Thursday, researchers from several Chinese, British and US universities announced in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases that they have identified a new form of resistance, to the very last-ditch drug colistin – and that it is present in both meat animals and people, probably comes from agricultural use of that drug, can move easily among bacteria, and may already be spreading across borders. This is very bad news.
|Trade laws undo local progress on food systems|
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 11/20/2015. By Sharon Treat - So much of trade policy involves searching through legal texts and leaked documents for clues about what’s coming next. Careful examination of the recently released text for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is already revealing new risks for our food system.
|F.D.A. Takes Issue With the Term ‘Non-G.M.O.’|
The New York Times - 11/20/2015. By Stephanie Strom - Lost in the news about the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically engineered salmon on Thursday was its long-awaited guidelines on labeling food with or without genetically altered plant ingredients. While the F.D.A.’s stance on labeling – it is not mandating disclosure of genetically modified ingredients – has not changed despite intense pressure from both sides of the issue, it has added a bit of confusion to the mix for consumers and for those companies that are voluntarily including more information on their packaging.