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Food with GMOs banned in UK Parliament, but it’s OK for you to eat

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Genetically modified foods are banned from all restaurants in the U.K.’s Houses of Parliament, which is probably making things a bit awkward for the country’s food and farming secretary, Owen Paterson. Last week, the senior British official made a public declaration that genetically modified foods are perfectly safe, and he encouraged families and the food industry to embrace them. But his appeals have lost some steam since it was revealed that the House of Commons Catering service, which feeds all Parliamentary officials, banned genetically modified ingredients back in 1998. “The decision to avoid GMs is seen as largely a matter of customer choice,” a spokesperson said. [Source]

Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that, early in life, I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals, and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in the cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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