Three Hot Topics and Two Bouncing Sheep

Meaty Issue

This Texas A&M expert believes alternative meat demand will ascend in tandem with real meat demand: “I see meat consumption going up and alternatives going up. Both industries can maintain and grow.” Others say the “fake meat” trend might build off of fears, and “truth in labeling laws” will be important.

Herbicide in the Courts

A jury awarded a former school groundskeeper and pesticide applicator who has cancer $289.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages after finding that Monsanto failed to warn him of the dangers posed by his use of the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup. However, a reply from the industry said, “The jury got it wrong. We will appeal the opinion and continue to vigorously defend such an essential tool for farmers and others.” 

Biotech on the Label

Gregory Jaffe—the Director of the Project on Biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest—thinks it will take a significant amount of time for the USDA to review the comments, address the issues, and finalize the regulations about a bioengineered disclosure rule. Jaffe looks at the importance of definition (should the term be bioengineered, genetically engineered, genetically modified, and/or GMO?), and he thinks it is essential to have a regulation that provides uniform information to consumers. 

 Note: Check out two important CAST peer-reviewed issue papers–Process Labeling of Food: Consumer Behavior, the Agricultural Sector, and Policy Recommendations and The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States.

Bouncing Sheep


The frustrated sheep on the left tries to bounce off a determined 5-year-old,  while an obviously happy sheep on the right releases its “inner lamb-like self” by bouncing on a trampoline

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