California had the chance to be the first state in the union to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. Dubbed the 'Right to Know Act,' Proposition 37 would have required producers to clearly label raw or processed foods that contained modified ingredients.
Many people have adopted a philosophy of buying local food because they are concerned about the carbon footprint of transporting food long distances. People are rebelling against tomatoes from South America and garlic from China, because they can reduce greenhouse emissions by buying locally. Some people even start their own gardens for this reason.
Award-winning writer Paul Greenberg discusses how large-scale commercial fishing, extensive fish farming, and questionable environmental standards have distressed aquatic ecosystems, pushing many wild fish populations to the brink of extinction.