Consumer advocates and others have complained bitterly in recent years that the Food and Drug Administration has veered from its scientific roots, making decisions on controversial matters such as the emergency contraceptive "Plan B" on political rather than scientific grounds.
A new report warns the popularity of ethanol could have a greater impact on the food supply than previously predicted. The environmental group Earth Policy Institute said 79 new biorefineries are being built, but a key industry count lists only 62, causing experts to underestimate the amount of grain that would be needed for ethanol. The report also says ethanol production could push corn prices so high that some ethanol producers would merely break even, if they do not lose money.
Italy-based pasta maker Barilla Holding was No. 1, Kraft was the only U.S. firm to make the top 10 and a handful of international food firms were among the top scorers in the Reputation Institutes annual ranking of corporate reputations.
Its been 10 years since genetically engineered crops were planted commercially in the U.S., and still the majority of consumers claim to not know much about biotech food. Maybe thats OK, as their opposition to biofoods is at an all-time low, according to the fifth annual survey on the topic.