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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 31st, 2013
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are urging their colleagues in neighboring New York to consider legislation that requires genetically modified food to be labeled for consumers, hoping passage there will ultimately lead to the final enactment of Connecticut's new labeling law.Connecticut's mandate can't take effect until other Northeast states... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 31st, 2013
Tell Monsanto - It's time to Label GMOs! For the next 72 hours your gift will be matched by $2!  For every dollar we raise, two more will go toward GMO labeling! Monsanto and the biotech industry just launched a new anti-GMO labeling website to defeat us - Help us fight back to defeat Monsanto's GMO lie machine! Last night I received a disturbing phone call. It was from a source in DC... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 30th, 2013
Initiative 522, the November ballot measure that requires labeling of genetically modified foods, has won important support from the Seattle attorney who handles more legal cases of injury from food safety violations than any other in the country. “After 20 years of doing food borne illness litigation, I believe it is unwise not to tell what is in food or how it is made:  The more... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 27th, 2013
By David Mercer, URBANA, Ill. -- Almost 80 teenagers were expected to be sent home from an eastern Illinois hospital Thursday after being accidentally sprayed with fungicide from a crop-dusting plane as they worked in corn field, officials said.The 79 teens were decontaminated by firefighters at the field just outside Pesotum and then taken to the Carle Foundation Hospital's emergency room in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 27th, 2013
By Maggie Sergio, On July 31, 2013, there will be a public hearing on the island of Kauai that has no precedent. This hearing comes a month after the first reading of Draft Bill 2491 on June 26th of this year. Since the introduction of this pesticide safety bill, the Garden Island of Kauai has found itself in the spotlight, bringing the issue of "the right to know" and chemical trespass to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 25th, 2013
Accurate labeling is a fundamental right for consumers! Tell the courts to protect consumers from deceptive labeling!   Did you know that Naked Juice has been putting synthetically produced ingredients, such as calcium pantothenate (synthetically produced from formaldehyde) and genetically engineered ingredients, into its “all natural” juices? Thanks to a landmark legal... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 22nd, 2013
By David Knowles, When it comes to requiring labels for GMO foods, New Yorkers will soon be given the opportunity to have their voices heard. The New York Assembly’s Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection has scheduled a public hearing to debate the merits of a bill currently before the legislature that would require that manufacturers to list whether their products contain... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 19th, 2013
By Sophie Cocke The debate about genetically altered seeds and biotech has moved from picket lines at the state Capitol to heated public hearings on the Big Island and Kauai. Both county councils are debating bills that could have far-reaching impacts on Hawaii’s agribusiness and farming industries after state legislation requiring labels on imported GMO foods failed to pass this... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 19th, 2013
By Samantha Bonar, A lawsuit has laid bare the real ingredients in Naked Juices. Naked Juice Co. has agreed to pay $9 million to settle a class-action suit alleging that it falsely advertised some of its juice and smoothie products as "all natural" and non-genetically modified, according to the website Law360.com. Under the deal, Glendora-based Naked Juice, owned by PepsiCo., continues to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 16th, 2013
By Dan Flynn | July 16, 2013 Nobody is calling it “Little GMO” after California’s “Big GMO” yet, but Initiative 522 in Washington State looks like it is on the same track as the Golden State’s ill-fated Proposition 37. Except it has a shot at winning. In 1990, when the two states ran similar environmental initiatives they became know as... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 15th, 2013
By Julian Hattem,  The nation’s largest trade group for natural products is getting behind a legislative effort to require that consumers know when their food has been genetically modified. The Natural Products Association, which represents more than 2,000 supplement, health food and beauty companies, is supporting a bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 15th, 2013
By Brad Shannon, A national fight over labeling of genetically engineered foods is touching down in Washington this fall, fueled by money from organic and food-safety advocates. On the other side, large agribusiness and food industry groups are giving mightily to efforts that oppose Initiative 522. Like Proposition 37 that failed narrowly in California a year ago after opponents spent $46... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 11th, 2013
By Michele Simon and Andrew Kimbrell, You may have noticed the impressive grassroots movement gathering steam lately over the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Recently, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to enact a law to require such labels, and 26 other states have introduced similar bills this year. Millions of Americans are demanding more transparency in the food... more

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