OMG! ... I mean GM-Oh!
If you possess the discipline to trudge through 25 pages of science- and legal-speak, head to fda.gov/cvm/guidance/guide187.pdf to check out the Guidance for Industry: Regulation of Genetically Engineered Animals Containing Heritable rDNA Constructs.
Well, it's a document released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 18 inviting public comment (for another month or so) on new guidelines that would allow genetically modified animals to be classified as drugs into our nation's food supply.
I won't lie: I only skimmed it after learning about it from syndicated food writer Ari LeVaux. If you read it and become impassioned enough to comment, visit regulations.gov.
Raising the barramundi
In tandem with a return to its winter menu two weeks ago, Adam's Mountain Caf; (934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) has announced a move to sustainable seafood.
"We switched everything but one fish to the 'best choices' on the Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood watch list," says owner Farley McDonough. Only her New Zealand smoked salmon is still too expensive to switch. (It would literally double the cost of certain bestselling dishes.) One option she's considering, but not without customer support, is subbing in smoked trout instead.
Among menu newcomers are U.S. farm-raised shrimp and a fish gaining popularity nationwide: barramundi, which is sustainably farmed in California, similar to sea bass and "selling like crazy." Visit adamsmountain.com and montereybayaquarium.org for more.
According to an Oct. 1 release by the Denver-based Kenney Group, which claims to represent more than 1,000 retail establishments statewide, grocery and convenience stores' Sunday beer sales have declined by more than two-thirds since July. That's when liquor stores were freed to open Sundays and sell full-strength beer, while other retailers continued to be limited to 3.2 beer.
This coalition is crying foul, claiming to be at a clear disadvantage and promising to continue monitoring monthly sales to ultimately affect a change in state law.
Small Vineyards wine dinner, Monday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m., Pizzeria Rustica, 2527 W. Colorado Ave., $49 plus tax/tip buys five organic and sustainable wine-paired courses; call 475-9700 (Coaltrain Wine and Liquor) for reservations.
12th annual New Lawyers Section and El Paso County Bar Association Wine & Beer Tasting, Oct. 17, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Julie Penrose Room, 9 El Pomar Road. The $35-$50 "Casino Night" benefits pro bono legal services for those in need; call 637-4558.