On this strong’s (week’s) podcast we discuss “Fake Foods” and the increasingly pervasive availability of “food” products not made from natural plants or animals. Yes, fake food (also known as food fraud) is an actual phenomenon on its own, however we are also including synthetic/synthesized foods as part of our discussion. Fake food is the intentional misrepresentation of food products for economic gain. Synthetic food, is food that is grown or produced using biotechnology and tissue engineering techniques in a laboratory setting. These practices may seem harmless, however they can have serious implications for public health.
Knowing agricultural jargon is necessary for several reasons, particularly in the context of synthetic foods. Here are some ways to address this:
- Understanding product labels: terms like “cell-cultured” or “fermentation-derived” may be used to describe the process used to produce the food.
- Look for labels and certifications: such as the USDA organic or Non-GMO Project Verified labels, which can help consumers identify products.
- Check the ingredients list: Look at the ingredients list to understand what they are made of and how they were produced.
By becoming more informed about current language in agriculture, consumers can make more informed choices about the food they eat. They can also help ensure that the products they purchase are safe, sustainable, and aligned with their values.
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