Collection of the ‘events’ Category
From the Food Nation Radio News Desk:
Recently on the Food Nation Radio Network, we shared a story about Moms for Labeling; a group of concerned Seattle mothers who want to see genetically modified foods labeled properly. After their small non-profit organization filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association claiming that the GMA is acting as a Political Action Committee in its support of the “I 522″ ballot initiative, the GMA sued them.
Moms for Labeling alleged that the GMA was acting improperly by not identifying member companies who have donated money for political initiatives as required by Washington state law.
The GMA fought back against Moms for Labeling, using the financial might of some of the biggest companies in the world to file a countersuit against this small group of moms.
Elizabeth Dougherty spoke about the case with Karen Andonian of Moms for Labeling and her attorney Knoll Lowney.
CLICK HERE to listen to our original interview and our comments.
UPDATE ON THIS CASE:
Last Friday, Thurston County Judge handed down his decision and ruled in favor of the GMA. Almost immediately, the GMA claimed victory over Moms, but in reading Judge Chris Wickham’s decision, the judge made it clear that his decision was based on a technicality and the calendar.
Judge Wickham ruled that Moms for Labeling, a newly formed organization, had violated state filing procedures by not waiting the required 55 days after giving notice of an action to sue.
Judge Wickham also wrote: “So I will find that plaintiff is unable to show by clear and convincing evidence that they have a probability of prevailing on the claim — not that there isn’t merit in the underlying claim — but that they can’t get by the time limit and notice provision of the statute.”
In addition to having their lawsuit dismissed, Wickham issued Moms for Labeling a fine of $10,000 plus attorneys’ fees.
The case of Moms for Labeling in Washington State has taken several big steps forward over the past two weeks.
Moms saw their original complaint against the Grocery Manufacturers thrown out on a technicality. The Attorney General of Washington took up the cause and brought his own action against the GMA. In a surprising move, the GMA released the names and contributions as Moms had originally asked for. Now, with days before the election, Moms have filed suit once again, this time against No on 522, the organization working to prevent labeling of GMOs.
This week on Food Nation Radio we spoke to Knoll Lowney, attorney for Moms for Labeling about this case.
CLICK HERE to listen.
Just as happened in California, political advertisements from those opposed to labeling efforts are swaying undecided voters in Washington, and polls show a very close race. Food Nation Radio Network urges a YES vote on “I 522″ and we will provide updates.
In an unprecedented move, a grocery chain has decided to label genetically modified foods in their stores and do what the FDA has been unwilling to do, give consumers the right to know what is in their food.
We asked the questions consumers are asking about this significant change by Whole Foods.
Here’s our interview with Russ Benblatt of Whole Foods with the announcement and reasoning behind the timetable:
About Whole Foods from their site: Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when four local businesspeople decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. The original Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. (Read more on the Whole Foods site.)
Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.
Chef Elizabeth Dougherty from Food Nation Radio Network™, will perform a free cooking demonstration and tasting themed for the upcoming 4th of July holiday at the Grand Kitchen & Bath Culinary Showroom on Thursday, June 23rd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Guests will sample Fall off the Bone Ribs, Florida Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Sour Orange BBQ Sauce, Julie Child’s Potato Salad and Pineapple Cole Slaw.
Drive along Beach Drive in St. Petersburg and two locations stand out; Parkshore Grill and the more recently launched 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House. The man behind the menus (and the stove), is part-owner and executive chef, Tyson Grant.
I have to tell you up front, I am biased when it comes to Lidia. Our family has watched her for years on PBS, anxiously awaiting each new episode highlighting a different region in Italy. Her new book, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, comes full circle with ten more regions in Italy, and new, unique recipes from every region. (New to us, I should say, as these recipes have been around in some form for generations.) If you have all her cookbooks, you’ve got a veritable culinary encyclopedia of the best Italy has to offer in food.
WASHINGTON – Residents of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana converged on Capitol Hill today to convey to senators what they are going through in the gulf states, discussing loss of jobs and tourism dollars as well as concerns over health due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico .