As the debate on wholesomeness and healthfulness continues, dedicated advocates from every perspective are digging in their heels. The definition of what is good is evolving, with its story punctuated by attempts to officially label what constitutes healthy. In the past couple of weeks, the status of trans fats and their Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status continued to elicit heated debate. Walmart and Target made waves when they announced new lines of organic and better-for-you brands. Regarding health, foodborne disease rates proved stubbornly immoveable between 2006 and 2013, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Finally, nothing has garnered more attention recently than the battle over genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling at the state and federal government levels; specifically, Vermont appears likely to pass a GMO label mandate, and Congress is mulling the role of the federal government in the debate. President Obama weighed in via an April 11 letter to Dr. Norman Borlaug’s granddaughter, “I share his belief that investment in enhanced biotechnology is an essential component of the solution to some of our planet’s most pressing agricultural problems.”