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 »

Tell Governor Brown to Sign the California Homemade Food Act Today!

Tell Governor Brown to Sign the California Homemade Food Act Today!

The hard-working people at the Sustainable Economies Law Center have been leading efforts to get a “cottage food law” on the books in California, and the campaign is very close to a successful finish. Over thirty states have similar laws, which creates a category of food production called a cottage food operation. Unlike other types… Read more »