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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 26th, 2014
By: Douglas MainIn the last 20 years, the population of monarch butterflies in the eastern U.S. has declined by 90 percent, greatly worrying environmentalists and researchers.Today, three major conservation groups and a scientist have called on the Fish and Wildlife Service to designate the brilliant orange and black insects as threatened, a move that would provide federal officials with... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 24th, 2014
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -GMO labeling in Oregon has been defeated by just 800 votes.FOX 12 political analyst Tim Hibbitts said when the final votes were counted Monday, Measure 92 went down by 809 votes. The margin is close enough for a recount.The final results-Yes votes: 752,664/49.97 percent.No votes: 753,473/50.03 percent.Monday was the deadline for counties to submit final vote totals.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 20th, 2014
By: Helena Bottemiller EvichThe number of youth-targeted television ads for sugar-sweetened beverages dropped sharply from 2010 to 2013, but preschoolers and children under 11 saw significantly more TV ads by PepsiCo over the same period, according to a new report by Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.The report, set to be presented at the American Public... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 19th, 2014
By persuading Indian farmers to buy genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds Monsanto spreads its genetically engineered crops around the world so that no one can compete with pure non-GMO products after that, anti-GMO activist Jeffrey Smith, told RT.It is estimated a farmer commits suicide in India every thirty minutes. Over 16 years more than a quarter of a million farmers have taken their own... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 19th, 2014
By: Faizah ShareefGregor Mendel, the father of genetics, was the first to knowingly manipulate nature’s genomic fabrics by integrating a new author into the mix. He gave man’s hand a role in the workings of natural selection, a process not so natural anymore, in the century of booming genetically modified organisms (GMO).These factory creations have snuck into nearly 70% of our food... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 19th, 2014
By: Milind GhatwaiBJP-RULED Madhya Pradesh has denied permission for field trials in genetically modified chickpea and transgenic mustard hybrid, arguing that there is no credible and irrefutable evidence about GM crops not having adverse impact on humans/animals, biodiversity and environment.Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP), University of Delhi South Campus, had sought no-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2014
(AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners—McDonald's—hasn't.The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported."McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2014
By: Associated PressMONTPELIER, Vt. —The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect.Attorney General Bill Sorrell said on Monday that his office on Friday had filed legal papers at the U.S. District Court in Burlington opposing the industry's request for a preliminary... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2014
APAgrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in 11 major corn-growing states, including Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska with hundreds more being prepared. Some suits are... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 17th, 2014
By: John Vidal Thousands of rats will be fed Monsanto maize diets in a $23m, three-year ‘Factor GMO’ study into long-term health effects of GM food and associated pesticidesA Russian group working with scientists is set to launch what they call the world’s largest and most comprehensive long-term health study on a GM food.The $25m three-year experiment will... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2014
By: Audrey McAvoyHONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge says Maui County may not implement a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he can consider arguments in a lawsuit against the measure.Judge Barry Kurren said Friday that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect.Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. sued the county earlier this... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 12th, 2014
BREAKING: We are closing within 6,634 votes in Oregon and the Oregon Secretary of State's office just announced there are more than 13,000 contested ballots we need to chase down. Help us Make Sure - Every Vote Counts!>> Dear Food Democracy Now! Supporters, All hands on deck - Oregon is still in play!Right now we have a team working to track down more than 13,000... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 08th, 2014
By: Andrew PollackA potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the... more

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