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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 31st, 2014
By: Gabe Canales A year ago I watched the eye-opening documentary Unacceptable Levels by first-time filmmaker Ed Brown. After his wife had two miscarriages, Brown became very interested about the effects chemical exposures were having on his family — his kids — all of us.“Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 31st, 2014
By: Todd WoodyThe coffee giant will eliminate the use of eggs, poultry, and pork from livestock raised in gestation crates and subjected to inhumane practices.Your Starbucks bacon-and-Gouda sandwich and chicken-and-hummus bistro box are about to get kinder and gentler when it comes to the treatment of the animals that you’re eating.The $61 billion coffee giant said it will phase out the use... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2014
By: Kristina BravoA new study claims that prehistoric hunter-gatherers ate a much broader variety of foods than proponents of the fad believe.I’s a noble concept: Forgo the processed junk that modern Americans eat and opt for what our preagricultural forbears gobbled up instead. The diet has spawned myriad how-to books and websites denouncing a long and specific list of foods... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2014
In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today that Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for monarch butterflies. The agency will now conduct a one-year status review on monarchs, which have declined by 90 percent in the past 20... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 26th, 2014
By: Vandana ShivaSource [Italian]: http://www.huffingtonpost.it/vandana-shiva/eliminare-gli-oppositori-strategia-ogm_b_6301340.htmlIn 1962, Rachel Carson published a groundbreaking expose on the harmful effects of cancer-causing pesticides like DDT. Almost immediately, she found herself the target of a nasty smear campaign orchestrated by the poison’s manufacturer, a company... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 20th, 2014
By: Carey GillamMore than half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pesticides, though most were within levels the government considers to be safe, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The USDA looked at fresh and processed fruits and vegetables as well as infant formula, apple juice, and other... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 19th, 2014
By: Tracy LoewThe campaign against Measure 92, which would have required labels on genetically modified food, was the most expensive in Oregon history, with 99.9 percent of campaign contributions coming from out of state.As of Thursday, the No on 92 Coalition had reported raising $20.9 million, more than twice as much as supporters' $9.9 million.While they were pouring money into the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 19th, 2014
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unilever United States today announced that it has withdrawn its lawsuit against Hampton Creek over the labeling of its Just Mayo product.“We applaud Hampton Creek’s commitment to innovation and its inspired corporate purpose. We share a vision with Hampton Creek of a more sustainable world. It is for these reasons that we believe Hampton Creek... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 17th, 2014
By: Bennett Hall Backers of a measure to ban genetically engineered crops in Benton County delivered a stack of initiative petitions, tied up with red ribbon and topped with a festive bow, to Elections Supervisor Jeff Doty on Tuesday afternoon.“This is your Christmas present,” petitioner Dana Allen declared as she plopped the papers down on the counter of the county elections... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 17th, 2014
China bought as much as 900,000 metric tons of a corn-based grain from the U.S. after the government was said to have approved lifting a ban on a genetically-modified variety of the crop.China signed contracts for as many as 15 cargoes of dried distillers grain for shipment between December and March, according to a report today by the China National Grain and Oils Information Center. China is... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 17th, 2014
Here’s the latest on the GMO front, as reported by West Hawaii Today. Excerpt:With three new council members weighing in for the first time, the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to decide whether to appeal a federal court ruling overturning the county’s ban on growing genetically modified crops in open-air conditions.The council passed the anti-GMO bill in late 2013 by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 17th, 2014
By: Calla WahlquiestOne of the bodies that regulates Australian organic standards is pushing to allow crops that are accidentally contaminated with genetically modified material to retain their organic certification, in a move that would bring Australia in line with European regulators.Under current Australian organic standards, products lose organic certification if they contain any level of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 16th, 2014
By: Anita HofschneiderA federal judge will consider arguments March 10 regarding whether to throw out a lawsuit challenging Maui County’s newly approved moratorium on cultivating genetically engineered crops.The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was filed by the SHAKA Movement, a group of Maui County residents that worked to get the moratorium on the ballot this year. It was approved ... more

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