THIS BLOG WILL SERVE AS A RUNNING CRITIQUE OF INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE, A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR INFO ON SUSTAINABLE FARMING, AND A WORKING MANIFESTO FOR A LIBERATION POLITICS BASED ON FOOD.
Activists have won key victories in the battle against genetically modified food. Several industrial food purveyors--from baby-food giant Gerber to pet-food maker Iams to cereal producer General Mills--have renounced under pressure the use of GMO ingredients. McDonalds and Burger King promised in 2000 not to use GMO potatoes for their French fries (although the beef they use is raised on GMO corn). These and other blows to the growth of GMO have inspired a somewhat celebratory mood in some quarters of the foodie left. Writing in his much-celebrated Coming Home to Eat (2002), local-food guru Gary Paul Nabhan declared 2000 to have been a "watershed in the history of global food politics," marked by broad global protest against GMO and other schemes of industrial agriculture.