|Posted on July 24, 2016 at 1:50 PM||comments (4)|
Thursday it was reported that the Senate’s Agriculture Committee leadership has reached a deal on labeling GMO foods, specifically to block states from requiring clear, on-package labels of GMO foods.
This agreement fails to provide any meaningful federal labeling requirement. This is not a food-labeling bill. This is a rollback of democracy at the behest of the world’s largest agribusiness and biotech corporations.
This deal can still be described as the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act because it will ensure that most consumers won’t know how their food is produced. Vermont’s law, which is about to go into effect, and with which many companies are already complying, would give consumers clear, on-package labels.
|Posted on November 26, 2015 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
ECO Watch - Lorraine Chow, November 20, 2015
Opposition against the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the first genetically engineered food animal, AquaBounty’s GMO salmon, is fiercely mounting.
The Center for Food Safety, an nonprofit organization, announced plans to sue the federal agency. Grocery store chains around the country have also made commitments to not sell the controversial fish.
“The fallout from this decision will have enormous impact on the environment. Center for Food Safety has no choice but to file suit to stop the introduction of this dangerous contaminant,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “FDA has neglected its responsibility to protect the public.”
|Posted on November 26, 2015 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
The Atlanic - Nov 3, 2015 by Brandon Keim
Late last year, Jonathan Lundgren, a South Dakota-based entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, submitted an article to the scientific journal Naturwissenschaften. It described how clothianidin—one of a controversial class of pesticides called neonicotinoids—harmed monarch butterflies. The paper was accepted. Then, in February, a supervisor confronted Lundgren. She informed him that the paper shouldn't have been submitted without official approval. It was sensitive.
|Posted on November 26, 2015 at 6:50 AM||comments (0)|
By ANDREW POLLACKNOV. 25, 2015 New York Times
The Environmental Protection Agency, in a surprising move, has decided to revoke the approval of a herbicide that was made to be used on a new generation of genetically modified crops.
The agency’s decision could delay the introduction of corn, soybeans and cotton developed by Dow Chemical to be resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D. But Dow said it did not anticipate a significant delay.
In a court filing on Tuesday, the E.P.A. said it had discovered new information suggesting that the herbicide, which Dow calls Enlist Duo, could be more toxic than previously believed.
“This is a roadblock to the entire next generation of corn and soy in this country,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety.
|Posted on September 19, 2015 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Eight States Back Vermont in GMO Labeling Lawsuit: Attorneys general in Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Washington filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in NYC in support of VT’s GMO labeling law. In June, the Grocery Manufacturers Association wrote to Gov. Shumlin to say that its members could end up paying $10 million per day in fines. The GMA said that was too much money considering that VT is the second smallest state in the country. Shumlin issued a snarky response to the GMA: “Here’s an idea for the industry: Just label your products. All of them, nationwide. Sixty-four countries already do it. I’m sure the food industry in America could summon the moral imagination to be the 65th.”
Last year, Vermont was the first in the nation to pass a no-strings-attached mandatory GMO labeling bill. The GMA (whose membership include the likes of Monsanto, Kellogg's and Nestle) immediately sued Vermont to overturn the law and the will of the People. You can help VT win the legal battle.
Learn more & donate: http://www.foodfightfundvt.org/
|Posted on September 19, 2015 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
The key ingredient in Monsanto's best-selling Roundup weed killer has reportedly been deemed safe – despite the World Health Organization's claim that it likely causes cancer. The finding could mean the herbicide will be relicensed in Europe.
|Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Roundup is dumped on crops right before harvest to save a buck. Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (technically known as “glyphosate”) has been linked to many diseases. However, farmers appear to be dumping it on crops right before harvest. Specifically, Monsanto International published a paper in 2010 touting the application of Roundup to kill crops right before harvest, in order to dry out the crops in advance and produce a more uniform and earlier harvest.
|Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has declared the world’s most widely used weedkiller – glyphosate – a “probable human carcinogen” in a move that will alarm the agrochemical industry and amateur gardeners.
|Posted on February 28, 2015 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden Apples Approved by the USDA
U.S. regulators on Friday approved two genetically engineered apple varieties designed to resist browning, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved the new apples, developed by the Canadian biotech company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., as "unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture."
|Posted on February 28, 2015 at 2:35 AM||comments (0)|
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth by Steven Druker
How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.
"Druker's brilliant exposÃ© catches the promoters of GE food red-handed: falsifying data, corrupting regulators, lying to Congress. He thoroughly demonstrates how distortions and deceptions have been piled one on top of another, year after year, producing a global industry that teeters on a foundation of fraud and denial. This book is sure to send shockwaves around the world."
—Jeffrey M. Smith, international bestselling author of Seeds of Deception & Genetic Roulette
This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age. It tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to restructure the genetic core of the world’s food supply came into being, how it advanced by consistently violating the protocols of science, and how for more than three decades, hundreds of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal the unique risks of its products—and get them onto our dinner plates. - See more at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/altered_genes_twisted_truth:hardcover#sthash.VeCX2Krr.dpuf