San Francisco Proposes Soda Tax for 2014 Ballot, to Fund Nutrition Education and Public Health

San Francisco Proposes Soda Tax for 2014 Ballot, to Fund Nutrition Education and Public Health
Two San Francisco Supervisors are moving forward a 2014 ballot measure to put a 2 cents per ounce tax on sodas. The soda and beverage industry is paying attention and has started to respond, setting up for a David-and-Goliath battle in the 2014 election. The tax, which would add up to 24 cents per can… Read more »

What’s on Our Menu: Policies to Lead By

What's on Our Menu: Policies to Lead By
The Ecology Center is perhaps best known for our local, service-oriented work. But as we’ve created infrastructure and piloted projects, we have frequently found ourselves at government’s door, advocating for policy changes that would stop harmful practices and allow our positive, local solutions to scale up. Even in this jaded age of low government expectations,… Read more »

Ask Food Retailers to Reject GMO Fish

Ask Food Retailers to Reject GMO Fish
The FDA has set in motion the approval of the first food from a genetically engineered animal when it released its environmental assessment (EA) of AquaBounty’s “AquAdvantage” transgenic salmon. During its required 60-day public comment period, the FDA has already received an earful from consumers who don’t want genetically engineered (GE) salmon – dubbed “frankenfish”… Read more »

Kaiser Permanente Advises Members to Avoid GMOs

Kaiser Permanente Advises Members to Avoid GMOs
Healthcare giant Kaiser has recommended their members avoid GMOs. In a recent newsletter, a Kaiser nutritionist wrote a piece discussing both why people should avoid GMOs for health reasons, common GMO foods and how to avoid them. Some policyholders have been responding to this news by asking their local Kaiser clinics about it – and… Read more »

Success for the California Homemade Food Act

Success for the California Homemade Food Act
Great news! An effort led by the Sustainable Economies Law Center has culminated with the signing of the California Homemade Food Act, or AB 1616, by Gov. Brown last Friday. This success for small scale food producers was aided by the Berkeley Food Policy Council, whose member organizations wrote in letters of support, along with… Read more »