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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 30th, 2015
Dow Chemical Co's quarterly profit fell 24 percent, hurt by a $500 million loss related to abandonment of a plant in Tennessee by a joint venture and other charges.Net income available for the company's shareholders fell to $734 million, or 63 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $963 million, or 79 cents per share, a year earlier.Net sales were almost unchanged at $... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 30th, 2015
GMO Free USA today published the results of independent lab testing which documented that Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal contains high levels of insecticide-producing genetically engineered corn that is regulated by the EPA. Tests also documented the presence of glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient of Roundup® weedkiller. The public interest nonprofit recently launched “... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 30th, 2015
By: Philippe Wojazer (REUTERS)A new genetically modified potato is closer than ever to arriving in American grocery stores, but while advocates claim it can actually reduce the risk of cancer, opponents say not nearly enough is known to ensure public safety.Created by the J. R. Simplot Company, ‘Innate’ potatoes were created by inserting extra genes into them – genes that are... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 30th, 2015
By: Greg AllenThe FDA is considering whether to approve the experimental use of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to help stop the spread of dengue fever and other diseases. Mosquito control officials in the region say they hope to get approval to begin releasing the insects in the Keys as soon as this spring.There are few places in the United States where mosquito control is as... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 30th, 2015
By: O. Kay HendersonFormer State Ag Secretary Patty Judge, who also served one term as the state’s lieutenant governor, has been hired to travel the state this week with a lawyer and they are talking to farmers who planted a particular kind of corn.“I’m not trying to give anybody legal advice. I’m a farmer,” Judge told Radio Iowa. “What I think they should do... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 30th, 2015
By: Stephanie StromThere are few industry debates as heated these days as the one about labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.And while interest groups and advocates wage war in state legislatures, on ballots and in Congress over what should be disclosed on product labels, products certified as not containing genetically modified organisms are proliferating on grocery... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 20th, 2015
By: Jonathan Latham By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion. Indeed, both findings met with a very enthusiastic reception. The enthusiasm is appropriate, but only if... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 20th, 2015
By Mateusz PerkowskiA bill related to genetic engineering in Oregon will be introduced by Gov. John Kitzhaber in the upcoming legislative session now that a key task force report is done.Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will propose a legislative fix in this month aimed at fostering coexistence among biotech, conventional and organic crops.Details of the proposal haven’t yet been disclosed and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 20th, 2015
By: Anna AlmendralaTo research his 2010 book The 5 Factor World Diet, celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak traveled to the healthiest countries around the world to learn more about what made their meals extra nourishing. He noted that the Japanese eat a wonderful variety of seaweeds, and that the Chinese tried to incorporate at least five different colors in every meal.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 14th, 2015
By: Sarah KnaptonGenetically modified crops could be planted in England this year despite widespread opposition, following a landmark ruling in Europe.The European Parliament approved a deal on Tuesday which will let countries decide for themselves whether they want to plant GM crops.British scientists are firmly behind genetic modification believing that it could help farmers produce plants... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 14th, 2015
By: Mateusz PerkowskiA petition to list the monarch butterfly as a threatened species has set the stage for another battle over biotech crops.Federal regulators think monarch butterflies may be a threatened species, which could eventually provide biotechnology critics with a new justification for restricting genetically engineered crops.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently said the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 14th, 2015
By: Helen ThompsonModified insects designed to stop dengue fever could make it easier for another disease-carrying species to take rootControlling diseases carried by mosquitoes is a bit like playing whack-a-mole: As soon as you stamp out a disease carrier in one area, they’ll pop up in another. Taking into account the larger ecological picture could save you the trouble.That... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2015
Hawai’i County plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling invalidating a 2013 county law restricting genetically engineered (GE) crops on the island. The County Council voted 5-4 in December to appeal the ruling after the judge ruled last November that Hawai’i County cannot enforce a law restricting genetically engineered crops because it is preempted by state law. The ruling... more

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