Tangy, with earthy hints of sweet almost caramel notes; balsamic vinegar is the perfect accompaniment to my baked fig and goat cheese tartine.

Genuine balsamic vinegar is made from a reduction of white trebbiano grapes. There are several grades of balsamic vinegar, with the real deal stuff being produced in the Modena and Reggio Emilia regions of Italy. Traditional balsamic vinegar is protected origin (PDO) and has a long and esteemed history as a restorative tonic/digestive.

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Here’s the latest piece of trickery by Big Food. To get around consumer demands for labelling of GMO’s QR Secretary Vilsack, the Grocery Manuacturers Association and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have come up with a neat fudge by proposing labelling of GMO’s is tucked away in a QR barcode. Why not go the whole hog and label our food in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics you guys?

The Organic Consumer's Association States: "We first wrote about U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s Big Idea for GMO labeling nearly a year ago. Then, the subject surfaced again, as Hershey's announced plans to use QR codes, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association launched its Big QR Code Plan.

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It seems like every day there are more and more reasons to be confused by labels. Chances are, if you’re a label reader, you’ve noticed the words “grass-fed” on your meat labels.

The first time I came across these words, they conjured up images of happy animals, calmly cropping green pasture grasses, living a life of comfort and ease until the end. What a nice thought and definitely worth the investment if it begins to put an end to the concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) that are basically hell for animals, the environment, and any surrounding beings (you can read more about CAFO’s in tomorrow’s post).

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You can’t eat a label but sure as eggs you can read one and it might help you decide whether you want to eat the food behind it. At Bohemian Mojo's FoodFight we’ve been talking recently about the contrast between GM or ‘transgenic’ food and heritage strains.

It’s our intention to discuss these differences more fully in the days and weeks to come. But the point where these quite radical differences meet are in the world of labeling and its in crisis.

Last July the United States flew in the face of world practice and the wishes of their home consumers when the House passed a Bill preventing individual states from requiring GM food to be so labeled.
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