Ken Roseboro and Kuei Mei Liang

Ken RoseboroFirst up-Ken Roseboro, editor/publisher of The Organic and Non-GMO Report, offers a look at the current political climate in the USA regarding labeling of GMO's, plus he provides a look at the global perspective on this issue.  Ken's publication is recognized as one of the leading sources of information to help consumers and food industry professionals understand the critical issues for creating a more sustainable and healthy food system.

Check out the following opinon piece from Mark Bittman (click on the link) published in the New York Times for another perspective on the GMO labeling controversy. Click "Read More" for information on the second half of the show.

Biodiversity is part of the complex issues we have to take into account when discussing sustainability, GMO's, and the future of our planet.  Our community has had the fortune of hosting two special guests from Taiwan who help provide a different look into these challenges than we may have entertained previously.

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Biodiversity/TaiwanI was joined in the studio by Kuei Mei Liang, a graduate student in Taiwan and an expert in biodiversity field studies, Kuan-Chu Wei, PhD., Dean of the College of Art and Professor of Architecture at Nan-Hua Universtiy in Taiwan, and Demerie Faitler, who coordinated their visit to Fairfield and has assisted in the cultural/academic exchange going on between Nan-Hua University and Maharishi University of Management.  It was inspiring speaking with these three individuals, learning about their unique efforts to improve the quality of life in their own country, Taiwan, and their contributions to educating young people for the difficult tasks they will face dealing with climate change, food and water supplies, etc. 

Demerie also sent me the following information which gives some insights into sustainability efforts ongoing in Taiwan:

Garbage:  The national policy is to have the wet garbage separated and put in large cans which are lifted down by machines each time the trucks stop. People themselves, or the garbage attendants, dump the garbage in.  It is used to make compost.  A French Canadian computer person started this process, and at first there was controversy because the garbage included meat.  There is a huge market for the  high-qualilty compost that is produced, and sick and toxic soil is evidentally healed and regenerate with his biological compost.

Organic Movement-The organic movement and soil development programs are amazing.  Many young people and intellectuals are learning to be organic farmers.  However, organic food is expensive there, and a lot of people believe it is not worth it, or truly (organic).  In Taipei, and other cities, there are weekly organic outdoor markets in many neighborhoods.