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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 30th, 2014
Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global center in Mexico for developing new hybrid and genetically modified strains of corn, part of the company's push to boost output of the planet's most widely produced grain.The center, based in Tlajomulco de Zuniga on the southern fringe of the western city of Guadalajara, will be used to centralize development of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 30th, 2014
By: Laura Mordas-SchenkeinMonsanto is conquering one of the world’s most stunning utopias – and it’s happening right under our noses. The company is turning the picturesque island of Molokai into a GMO laboratory, and it’s treating the island’s inhabitants as lab rats. The biotech behemoth arrived on Molokai with big promises of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2014
By: Tom WebbThe GMO issue came to a vote at the General Mills annual meeting Tuesday, and it wasn't close: Only 2 percent of its shareholders favored a companywide ban.Yet, the cross-currents of history and shifting consumer views toward genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food production led to a layered discussion and prompted General Mills CEO Ken Powell to explain the foodmaker's... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2014
By: Colby Itkowitz and Al KamenWith Eric Holder’s announcement Thursday that he’s stepping down as attorney general, only two original Cabinet members remain for President Obama’s final White House years.Just Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have been with Obama since the very beginning in their original roles. Shaun Donovan has... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2014
ALBANY, GA. — A federal jury found two former executives of the Peanut Corporation of America (P.C.A.) and a broker the company worked with guilty on Sept. 19 of actions that led to a massive Salmonella outbreak in 2009 that resulted in nine deaths, sickened more than 700, led to one of the largest recalls ever and involved dozens of food manufacturers that were customers of the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2014
PESTICIDE USE ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPSRamon J. Seidler, Ph.D.Former Senior Scientist at the Environmental Protection AgencyOffice of Research and Development, Western Ecology Division in Corvallis ORSeptember 2014Pesticide Use On Genetically Engineered Crops Much has been written by scientific and mainstream media about the advantages of using genetically engineered (GE) crops because,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2014
Former EPA Senior Scientist's New Article Sets Record StraightMichael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods (Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels, 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2014
Opens New Investigation Into Separate Detection of GE Wheat in Montana in 2014 WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014— After conducting a thorough and scientifically detailed investigation into the detection last year of genetically engineered (GE) wheat growing in a single field on a single farm in Oregon, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2014
By: Clarissa A. LeonBerkeley’s soda tax wants to send a strong message to the rest of the nation that diabetes is not welcome there.Big Soda is getting nervous. The city of Berkeley, Calif. has a proposed measure charging a big tax on soda distributors. Big Soda has poured $800,000 so far into defeating the measure, which has been receiving wide support from community members... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 24th, 2014
By: Carol PolsgroveAs monarch butterflies make their long journey from the U.S. to Mexico this fall, let's pause to consider the 90 percent drop in their numbers over the past twenty years. So steep has been their decline that a petition has been filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting protection for the monarch under the Endangered Species Act.This... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 13th, 2014
By: Pete Farrer & Marianne FalckThe widely used herbicide glyphosate has been judged 'safe', write Pete Farrer & Marianne Falck. But by the time it's used, it's in a 'formulation' with toxic surfactants, which escape EU regulation despite their known dangers. Germany alone has forbidden the use of the most dangerous surfactant - but is keeping its evidence secret.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 08th, 2014
The genetic diversity of maize, or corn, is declining in Mexico, where the world’s largest food crop originated, report researchers in Mexico and at the University of California, Davis.The findings are particularly sobering at a time when agriculturists around the world are looking to the gene pools of staple foods like corn to dramatically increase food production for a global population... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 08th, 2014
Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute claimed on Sunday that  genetically modified BT brinjal has no detrimental effects on human health, bio-diversity and environment though it said it carried out no research on the controversial food crop. BT brinjal, or bacillus thuringiensis brinjal, is a transgenic brinjal by injecting the soil bacterium bacillus thuringinsis into the genome of... more

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