Last week, I started the Food For Thought discussion series on my Facebook page. I thought this would be fun exercise leading up to the release of my 17th medical and political thriller Oath of Office (2/14/2012). My inspiration for OoO first came after I watched Food, Inc, a documentary that highlights many of the unpleasant realities behind what we eat. In an effort to keep the conversation going about important issues facing our food—I posed the first question:
Do consumers have the right to know if a food product has been genetically modified? Would you support GMO food labeling if it meant that the food prices increased 2%?
Lots of great thoughts came out of this exercise. Overall, most of you would like to know where your food is coming from and any details about how it was processed. You do value this information, and many of you (although not all) would be willing to pay a bit more for it. To learn more about this debate, I recommend that you listen to this interview on The Diane Rehm Show featuring Gardiner Harris of the New York Times, Thomas Rednick of the Global Environmental Ethics Counsel and Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
Again- I was taken away by your commitment to providing natural and healthy foods to your families.
I chose two notable contributors to send an advanced review copy of OoO to. This was an incredibly hard decision as you all had very thoughtful things to say. The winners this week are: Tim Burns and Vivian Lee Mahoney.
Help me to keep the conversation going by suggesting a discussion question on my Facebook page or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Stay tuned for the second Food for Thought question soon.