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A News21 food and health reporting project by UC Berkeley School of Journalism

Felix Irmer, reporter

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Felix Irmer is a German graduate student currently pursuing an Erasmus Mundus Master's in "Journalism and Media within Globalization". He is a former Fulbright fellow and holds a joint bachelor's degree in media studies, literary and cultural studies. As a reporter, he has a background in print, radio and photo journalism. Felix has worked and studied in Germany, the U.S., Denmark, the Netherlands and is headed next to Wales to specialize in war and conflict reporting.

Stories by Felix Irmer

A dummy mock oup of what a new food label might look like

Food Labels: EU Sets New Mark, Help Rethink Ours

In the U.S., a comparable debate is about to take place. The Department of Agriculture recently released the “MyPlate” image as a replacement of the decades old food pyramid and the Food and Drug Administration is currently considering a redesign of the Nutritional Facts label, which lists values for calories, fats, sugars and other nutrients. While Americans negotiate which label might most effectively communicate nutritional values to consumers, it is worth looking to the experience of the EU. Continue reading

Those Seeking Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods Look to Milk

In July, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the international body that sets food safety standards, ruled that governments are free to label foods derived from modern biotechnology. The decision means that any country can now require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, without facing the threat of legal challenges by other nations. Continue reading