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Blog Archive (January 2013)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 23rd, 2013
by Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson, How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years? In the course of analysis to identify potential allergens in GMO crops, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 23rd, 2013
Ever have that creeping feeling that those in charge of watching over our food supply or making recomendations about what constitutes a healthy diet have lost their way? Sadly, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ looks like it has fallen sway to big money corporate contributions and sponsorships from Big Food like junk food giants Coke, Pepsi and Nestle. Public health attorney and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 22nd, 2013
The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states. "The Commission, if it wants, could launch a procedure to authorise the farming of one GM soya and six corn strains... but it won't do so," said Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for Health... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 19th, 2013
Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) said a new genetically modified corn seed won't be available for U.S. farmers until at least the 2014 growing season, as the company is still awaiting regulatory approval. The company's agriculture subsidiary, Dow AgroSciences, had said late last year that it hoped to sell the seed for 2013 planting, once it was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2013
Join America's farmers in saying NO to GMO salmon. It's time to make a stand!" Stand with America's Farmers to Tell President Obama and the FDA to stop GMO salmon! Last week, Food Democracy Now! was honored to join family farmers and fellow plaintiffs in travelling to Washington, D.C. to take part in our court appeal, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) vs Monsanto, to defend... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 16th, 2013
Campaigners say the conclusion by the European Food Safety Authority is a 'death knell' for neonicotinoid pesticides By Damian Carrington, The world's most widely used insecticide has for the first time been officially labelled an "unacceptable" danger to bees feeding on flowering crops. Environmental campaigners say the conclusion, by Europe's leading food safety authority, sounds the "death... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 11th, 2013
The United States Court of Appeals has published the official recording of the oral argument heard on January 10, 2013 in the case OSGATA et al vs. Monsanto.  Over 30 plaintiffs in the case,  including Food Democracy Now!, organic and non-GMO farmers, traveled from across the US and Canada to hear the case argued before three appelant judges in the Washington DC courtroom.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 10th, 2013
Protesters Near White House Call on President Obama to Halt Approval of Genetically Modified Crops and GMO Salmon Until Long Term Safety Tests Are Completed WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 300 family farmers, activists, and members of Food Democracy Now! gathered in front of the White House today, directly after a hearing on the landmark OSGATA v. Monsanto case, to demand both that Monsanto end their... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 10th, 2013
Farmers say: "Call the White House to stop new GMO crops and GMO salmon. It's time to make a stand!" Stand with Family Farmers Today! Stand with America's Farmers to Tell President Obama to halt new GMO crops and stop GMO salmon! Today we're only yards from the White House and it's a big day for America's farmers. In fact, it's a big day for farmers and eaters everywhere and we realize that... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 09th, 2013
By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI - Capital Press A rancher vows to continue his legal challenge against the national Beef Checkoff even though his original attorneys have decided to exit the court battle. "We fully intend to pursue the case," said Michael Callicrate, a Colorado rancher and plaintiff in the litigation. A federal judge recently allowed attorneys to withdraw from Callicrate's lawsuit,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 09th, 2013
By Dr. Mercola Junk food and sugary beverages contribute to skyrocketing rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and even strokes — and not just among adults1. Food and beverage companies spend around $2 billion a year promoting unhealthy foods to kids2, and while ultimately it's the parents' responsibility to provide their children healthy foods and drinks, celebrity endorsements... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2013
  Join us for a twitter party on Tuesday, January 8th from 9-10pm EST (6-7pm PST) tonight to tweet and discuss our upcoming lawsuit appeal hearing, OSGATA et al vs. Monsanto taking place in DC on Thursday, Jan. 10th.  Join our host Leah Segedie at Mamavation and guests to learn about why this case is so important for farmers and how it affects our food system. See you... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 07th, 2013
Lend your voice! Make a stand with farmers and citizens everywhere! Stand with Family Farmers Today! Yes! I Stand with Family Farmers vs. Monsanto! On January 10, family farmers will enter a courtroom in Washington DC to take part in the appeal of OSGATA vs Monsanto et al, a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and... more

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