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Blog Archive (February 2015)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 26th, 2015
By: Allison Rose LevyThe Eu prohibits many harmful ingredients America allows. But multnational corporations are looking to change that and the TPP would allow them to.A speaker at an event I recently attended asked why U.S. food companies put butylated hydroxyltoluene, a food preservative and endocrine disruptor, in cereal sold stateside, while in Europe the same companies formulate the same... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 25th, 2015
 Bees are dying in alarming numbers - Tell the White House to ban bee-killing pesticides before it's too late!Tell President Obama it's time to ban toxic bee-killing pesticides!Right now bees and crucial pollinators are being needlessly exposed to toxic pesticides - We need your help today to make sure that America's endangered pollinators survive!Dear Food Democracy Now!... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 25th, 2015
 The USDA just approved GMO apples, now GMO peaches, pears, cherries, bananas and oranges could be on the way soon!Tell Congress it's time to end Monsanto's unlabeled GMO science experiment and pass mandatory GMO labeling!Unlabeled GMO fruits are about to invade America’s fields and grocery stores – GMO apples have been approved – Now GMO peaches, pears, cherries,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 24th, 2015
By: Elizabeth GrossmanThe numbers are startling. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.8 million more children in the U.S. were diagnosed with developmental disabilities between 2006 and 2008 than a decade earlier. During this time, the prevalence of autism climbed nearly 300 percent, while that of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increased 33... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 24th, 2015
By: Staff, US Right to KnowIn the wake of prominent media reports about supposed scientific agreement on the safety of genetically engineered food, including a cover story in National Geographic that equates concerns about GMOs with climate change denial, U.S. Right to Know is calling on media to accurately report that the science on GMOs is contradictory, unsettled, and has been largely... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 24th, 2015
By: Alexis Baden-MayerThe International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is one of the corporate front group ssuing Vermont in an attempt to block the state's GMO labeling law. The trade group is also lobbying for H.R. 4432, an anti-consumer, anti-states' rights bill, introduced in April (2014) in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). The bill, dubbed by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 24th, 2015
By: Jeff Ritterman, M.D.In July of 2012, the city of Richmond, California, adopted an Integrated Pest Management Ordinance to guide the work of city departments tasked with weed and pest control. The ordinance championed Integrated Pest Management (IMP) as the solution of choice. Pesticide use is to be considered only after all other means of control have failed. Theordinance states:"... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 24th, 2015
By: Amy K. LiebmanIn the spring of 2014, pesticide drift from a pear orchard in Washington State sickened 20 farmworkers in a neighboring cherry orchard. At the end of January 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report about the poisoning, shedding light on the incident. Some of the affected farmworkers were as close as 30 feet from the spraying;... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 24th, 2015
By Jo Winterbottom and P.J. Huffstutter, Reuters:Aross the U.S. Midwest, the plunge in grain prices to near four-year lows is pitting landowners determined to sustain rental incomes against farmer tenants worried about making rent payments because their revenues are squeezed.Some grain farmers already see the burden as too big. They are taking an extreme step, one not widely seen since the 1980s... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2015
By: Tony BarbozaExposure to the pesticide DDT could be playing a role in high rates of obesity three generations later, a new study says.Scientists injected pregnant rats with DDT and found no change in their levels of obesity or their offspring. But by the third generation, more than half of the rats (think of them as the great-grandchildren) showed dramatically higher levels of fat and weight... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2015
By: Ken RoseboroA growing number of farmers are considering planting non-GMO corn and soybeans as well as organic grains. A combination of factors including low prices for corn and soybeans, higher GMO seed costs, premium prices for non-GMO and organic grains, and failing GMO traits may push more farmers to go non-GMO or even organic. Non-GMO sales higher this year“Our non-GMO seed... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2015
By: Fabiola OrtizPisac, Peru - In this town in Peru's highlands over 3,000 metres above sea level, in the mountains surrounding the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Quechua Indians who have lived here since time immemorial are worried about threats to their potato crops from alterations in rainfall patterns and temperatures."The families' food security is definitely at risk,"... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2015
By: Christina SarichThe World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. Make no mistake that what is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the poison food game.Monsanto has an office in Ukraine. While this does not shout ‘culpability’ from every... more

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