Spurred from the thread in the JCC which was started to make fun on obese people (what else? ), the issues of GM foods and agricultural policy were brought up and I felt it would be more appropriate to take the more serious discussion here. anakin_girl shared an interesting link which I think brings up a lot of salient points that can be used to spark discussion [link=http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/a-food-manifesto-for-the-future/]Here[/link]. Most interesting to me is: * Breaking up the USDA and empowering the FDA * Outlawing feedlots to support more sustainable animal husbandry I would love to see this happen, however how could this be accomplished, if at all? Wouldn't that also imply the wholesale replacement of Congress, or at least outlawing lobbying? Do you really think such policies are likely to be passed? Regarding Genetically Modified Foods, some arguments I heard in the other thread that I thought were valid and might help frame our argument better: "We give people injections to make them better at fighting off disease, why not do the same to foods? We plan to create cells immune to cancers by altering genes and whatnot, yet we can't alter genes in food to make the good bits better and make it hardier because it might be bad? People generally have a fear of things they don't really understand and so rebel against them, like climate change & evolution." "Producing a larger, safer, and more stable food supply is never a bad thing." Do you think GM foods need to be regulated more heavily?