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Canadian news outlet KelowanaNow contributor Liz Hostland reports on Del Monte’s ‘Rose’ pineapple. The company’s pineapple has recently garnered positive social media attention on Instagram for its color, which has been genetically engineered to appear pink. Hostland notes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Del Monte’s pineapple as safe to consume and commends the company on successful marketing.
Forbes contributor Kavin Senapathy criticizes Non-GMO Project’s tactics, especially its iconic orange butterfly logo that appears as verification on non-GMO products. Senapathy notes genetic engineering is thought to be the best hope in the fight against citrus greening, a fatal bacterial disease, but technology hasn’t reached the farmers in need primarily due to anti-GMO sentiment. Arguing that the label provides no scientific-based information and simply misleads the consumer, she urges producers not to use the verification symbol.
Paul Driessen for Townhall reports on the federal court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved 59 products containing neonic pesticides. Because the EPA must consult with agencies to determine the effect of pesticides on species, Driessen urges EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to involve experts representing all parties in assessing pros and cons of neonic use so policies and regulation can be based on science.
In an article for Quartz, writer Marc Bain discusses how the word ‘organic’ is a powerful marketing tool rather than an indicator of a better product. He argues that an organic cotton t-shirt may have actually used more resources than a conventional cotton alternative, because it is not genetically modified, so it needs more land and irrigation. He recommends the environmentally-conscious shopper do research to purchase fewer and higher quality clothing items rather than being swayed by labels.
I’m Erin Byrne, with v-Fluence, a global provider of food and ag intelligence.