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COVID concerns have led governments worldwide to pass mandates that some assert have put people at more risk than actually contracting the virus. It’s hard thinking about millions of people not being able to get groceries.

From Newser:

In Locked-Down City of 13M, People Running Out of Food
Lockdown rules bar people from leaving the home to grocery shop

(Newser) – The Chinese city of Xi’an has been locked down since Dec. 22, and this lockdown is more extreme than most. In a quest to maintain China’s “zero COVID policy,” the New York Times reports workers have been tasked with spraying disinfectant throughout the city, and Xi’an’s 13 million residents aren’t permitted to leave even for essential reasons, like getting groceries. That’s a tightening of the original rule, which allowed a food-related excursion once every two days in the city, home to China’s famous Terracotta Warriors. But as of Monday, the only accepted reason to leave the home is for COVID testing, and the BBC reports that some residents say they are running out of food.

The report comes via Weibo, where locals are posting about their lack of supplies. The government has taken on the job of delivering them to households, but many are writing that their delivery has yet to take place, that they’re running into trouble placing an order, or that they’re running up against price gouging. The Times reports the hashtag “Grocery shopping in Xi’an is hard” has racked up 300 million views on Weibo. State media has aired footage of hazmat-suit-clad workers portioning eggs, meat, and vegetables into plastic bags that are then taken to residents’ doorsteps. But others say they’ve been waiting for days and have gotten nothing.

“The allocation is so uneven,” wrote one person on Weibo. “The district I’m based in hasn’t got anything. We are told to group up and order together. The price is very high as well.” The AP reports Xi’an recorded 155 new cases on Wednesday. For perspective, the Washington Post points out that New York City, which has fewer residents than Xi’an, saw a record 39,591 new cases Wednesday.


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    The deceivers: Consumers concerned about what they eat and/or feed their loved ones may need to start doing more research on their food choices to determine whether or not they are genetically modified.

    From Newser:

    GMO Foods Won’t Be Marked That Way Under New Rules
    Government replaces ‘GMO’ and ‘GE’ on labels with ‘bioengineered’—or a QR code

    (Newser) – Genetically modified foods are still available in grocery stores, but the process of identifying them has changed. Shoppers will no longer see labels marked “genetically engineered” or “genetically modified organisms.” Instead of “GMO” or “GE,” products will be marked “bioengineered” or include a QR code, website, or phone number for shoppers looking for more information, the Washington Post reports. The Department of Agriculture said the change is in the name of consistency, to eliminate “a patchwork of state labeling regulations.” Food safety advocates and others see confusion ahead.

    “The worst part of this law is the use of the term ‘bioengineered’ because that’s not a term most consumers are familiar with,” said Gregory Jaffe, director of the biotechnology project for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He suspects a main driver of the change is the fact that “GMO” has become pejorative to many people. Even supporters are baffled by the timing. Consumer Brands Association asked the agency to delay the new rules until the pandemic and supply chain crises are over. “We believe the government must take a ‘do no harm’ position right now that allows companies to focus on delivering essential products to consumers,” an official said.

    The rules burden consumers further at a difficult time, too. The Center for Food Safety points out that more than 100 million Americans don’t have the smartphones or cell service needed to scan QR codes. Bioengineered foods aren’t a health risk, but advocates say that people who want to avoid eating them will have a tougher time deciphering labels and that the rules have loopholes. Markings such as “USDA Organic” and “NON-GMO Project Verified” still will be allowed. The USDA said it won’t conduct spot checks on the labels in stores but will act on written consumer complaints, per WLS. The Post has a primer on the changes here.
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