Every January Marion Nestle devotes her first Food Matters column of the year in the San Francisco Chronicle to predictions—specifically, what food policies and politics will define the upcoming year. Here's a quick look at her 10 predictions for 2013, from the future of genetically-modified foods to the farm bill:
1. The FDA will approve production of genetically modified salmon: "Because these salmon are raised in Canada and Panama with safeguards against escape, the FDA finds they have no environmental impact on the United States."
2. Pressures to label genetically modified foods will increase: "If approval of the genetically modified salmon does nothing else, it will intensify efforts to push states and the FDA to require GM labeling."
3. Whatever Congress does with the farm bill will reflect no fundamental change in policy: "Unwilling to stand up to Southern farm lobbies, Congress extended the worst parts of the 2008 farm bill until September."
4. The FDA will start the formal rule-making process for more effective food safety regulations: "President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act in January 2011. Two years later, despite the FDA's best efforts, its regulations - held up by the White House - have just been released for public comment."
5. The FDA will issue rules for menu labels: "The Affordable Care Act of 2010 required calorie information to be posted by fast-food and chain restaurants and vending machines. The FDA's draft applied to foods served by movie theaters, lunch wagons, bowling alleys, trains and airlines, but lobbying led the FDA to propose rules that no longer covered those venues."
Read more about each of these predictions, as well as the rest of Dr. Nestle's list, at the link below:
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