Given that many Americans are becoming more aware of what we put into our bodies suspicions about the health and environmental effects of biotechnology are on the rise, fueling a movement to require food from genetically modified crops to be labeled or otherwise taken off the shelves. 

Alternet reports that, “In November, California voters will vote on a law (California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act) to require mandatory labeling of all GMO ingredients in processed foods and ban the industry practice of mislabeling foods containing GMO ingredients as natural.” 

The labeling effort, supported by consumer groups and the organic food industry is pitted against the agricultural biotechnology companies like Monsanto, and argue that we have the right to know when food has been modified with genes from another species. 

“Will democracy win out and will Americans have the right to know what’s in our food? Or we will continue to let our food policy be ruled by political decisions engineered last century in a Monsanto boardroom by corporate lobbyists?”

In case you’re also skeptical about GMOs, you may want to check out this iPhone app: ShopNoGMO

Busboys and Poets Book Review: Young, Gifted, and Black

Busboys and Poets Book Review: Young, Gifted, and Black

Bearing the same name as Nina Simone’s iconic song, “Young, Gifted, and Black” explores the lives of 52 black people, both past and present, who have helped shaped different aspects of black culture. As author Jamia Wilson explains in the foreword, “this book is a love letter to our ancestors and the next generation of … Continued

#BusboysGood: Pages Matam

#BusboysGood: Pages Matam

#BusboysGood is a blog/Instagram series that profiles all the good folks who frequent Busboys and Poets. They are what make our tribe one.

Remembering Go-Go’s Godfather

Remembering Go-Go’s Godfather

The Busboys and Poets tribe send our thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends of the man who built Go-Go from the ground up.

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Split This Rock Poem of the Week: Karenne Wood

The Poet I Wish I Was    1. A white poet whose work I admire said she feels most inspired on her daily four-mile walk through a forest. 2. I wish I had time to walk four miles daily. I can usually manage one mile with dogs. My dogs are distractible, and they distract me. … Continued