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Blog Archive (May 2014)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 29th, 2014
Tell California to Label GMOs! Join us - Make GMO labeling the law in California!RED ALERT - Tell California - I want GMO labeling now!Urgent help needed to pass GMO labeling in California!  Yesterday we saw intense, behind-the-scenes, shady lobbying tactics from Monsanto and the biotech industry in Sacramento as they fought to kill GMO labeling in California. Yesterday there was a floor... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 28th, 2014
Tell California to Label GMOs! Join us - Make GMO labeling the law in California!Tell California - I want GMO labeling now!Urgent vote on California Senate floor now! PHONE CALLS NEEDEDA few moments ago, after intense behind the scenes lobbying from Monsanto and the biotech industry, Senator Noreen Evans called for a vote on SB 1381, a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 28th, 2014
The advocacy group Animal Welfare Institute spent three years requesting documentation from the USDA about companies that boast their animals are well cared for or raised in accordance with high environmental standards. The USDA failed to supply documentation supporting these sorts of claims—which range from “Humanely Raised and Handled” to “Sustainably Farmed”—for 20 of the 25 products AWI... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 28th, 2014
The court in its judgment stated the decision by NASAA (National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia) to decertify Steve was erroneous. Given the extent of the contamination of Steve’s farm we fail to see how NASAA could have taken any other decision. Certainly 100% of organic consumers would support the NASAA decision. Because the court did not recognise the NASAA... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 23rd, 2014
It's Time: Find a March Against Monsanto Near You! Find out Why You should March Against Monsanto! This May 24, 2014 - Join farmers and free citizens around the world in the March to Stop Monsanto! What an incredible difference a year makes. Last year at this time, Congress had just passed the Monsanto Protection Act and it was signed into law by President Obama on March 26, 2013. Six months... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 22nd, 2014
“As an independent, family-run company, we have the freedom to put our money where our heart is, in support of sustainable agriculture—beyond just making organic products,” said Arran Stephens, Founder and CEO of Nature’s Path. “By purchasing fertile land and working with organic family farmers, we ensure the purity of our foods, increase organic acreage to sustain... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 22nd, 2014
“Tonight, family farmers stood up for our basic right to farm without having our crops contaminated by Monsanto and the other chemical giants that own the patents on genetically engineered crops,” Elise Higley, campaign director for Our Family Farms Coalition and owner of a 100-acre farm in Jackson County, said after results came in. “The federal government and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 21st, 2014
Jackson county residents are voting today on whether to ban genetically modified crops, in an area peppered with GMO farms operated by the Swiss Agribusiness giant Syngenta. In contrast to much of the discussion to date in the US, the conversation in Jackson County has been less about the potential health impacts of GMO’s, and more about the right of farmers to determine the origin of the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 20th, 2014
The scientific community was abuzz. The burgeoning organic foods industry was aghast. And the public at large? They didn’t really know what to think about this newfangled food, although tomatoes grown with Flavr Savr seeds were approved by the Food & Drug Administration and voluntarily labeled as the product of biotechnology, complete with point-of-sale brochures, a toll-free number on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 20th, 2014
By Jane Ayers, Will there peace in the Valley? According to local Rogue Valley farmers in Southern Oregon: only if Monsanto and Syngenta farmers stop planting GMO crops that threaten their livelihoods. A county ballot Measure 15-119 is set to vote on Tuesday, May 20th in Southern Oregon that will protect some of the nation’s most pure non-GMO seed supply from ruin. Southern Oregon is... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 17th, 2014
That’s 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for an agency, created in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, that is supposed to “respond to domestic emergencies.” But what would such a “domestic emergency” look like that requires the firepower to fight the equivalent of about a dozen Iraqi wars, with ammunition that is banned by the Geneva Convention? Even Forbes magazine... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 15th, 2014
“The cultivation of industrial hemp… is lawful,” a motion filed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture reads. “The public interest is served by allowing the KDA and Kentucky research universities to investigate the use of industrial hemp as a cash crop in Kentucky. The public interest is not served by allowing unaccountable federal agencies to exercise... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 14th, 2014
By Sustainable Pulse, The Chinese army has ordered all military supply stations to only allow the purchase of non-GMO grain and food oil due to health safety concerns over GMOs. This move by the Chinese army is being seen as yet another step towards the Chinese government’s expected ban on the import of all GMO grains and oilseeds within the next 2 years, due to growing public concern... more

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