Fox on GM crops

Fox 5 did yet another special report of interest this evening about genetically modified foods. It didn’t provide any new information, but gave a relatively balanced report on the issue.

In case I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now: I’m not a scientist and I certainly can’t say whether or not GE foods are healthy or unhealthy. However, I will say that the fact that these “foods of the future” (???) are being tested only by the people that are doing the engineering bothers me. Let’s get some third parties in there doing the testing and keep a close eye on these foods’ long term effects. And until some sort of conclusion can be reached, let’s label the foods. Considering that the government actually outlawed labeling of foods that weren’t GE, I think someone needs to shake things up at the FDA.

Two links from the broadcast: GE Food Alert and Thyme Square Cafe (an almost all-organic restaurant in Bethesda).

Placki and veggie rounds

Two products I’ve really been loving recently:

  • Dr. Praeger’s Potato Pancakes. Being that I’m half-Polish, I grew up with Polish potato pancakces (Placki). Put a little low-fat sour cream on them and you have an awesome meal. These are quite good considering that they’re frozen. I also love Dr. Praeger’s motto: “You’ll recognize all the ingredients.”
  • Veggie Patch‘s Veggie Rounds. These make great sandwiches, especially with soy cheese or soy pepperoni. They’re pretty darn good for you, too.

My take on Fox 5’s vegan report

The aforementioned report on Fox 5 news was actually not too bad. It was a generally positive spot about vegetarianism and veganism in teens, and any negative commentary made on the subjects was countered with facts from dieticians and such.

One site they mentioned in the report was The site’s run by a local teenager and is really quite a good look at vegetarian life in the DC area.

The broadcast had one especially disturbing image of cows and pigs in a slaughterhouse that really bothered me… and it was a pretty tame shot.