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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2015
EU proposal fails to require countries to ensure that any GM crops grown will not contaminate GM free farms, and fails to ensure that the cost of any contamination will fall on the shoulders of the GM companiesEXCERPT: The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted last November to impose strong safeguards on GM crop cultivation… However the draft law then went to the "... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2015
By: Jonathan LathamBy 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 one... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2015
(Beyond Pesticides, January 22, 2015) The Iowa Farmers Union filed a petition yesterday with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for rulemaking to improve pesticide drift incident responses, penalties, and support to farmers harmed by pesticide drift.Pesticide drift from nearby fields is a very real problem for farmers in Iowa,” says Jordan... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 18th, 2015
By: Lauren CarrollMonarch butterflies are an unexpected victim of the widespread adoption of genetically modified crops, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said last week.A genetically modified organism has had its DNA altered in a way that does not occur in nature. One purpose is to increase the plants’ tolerance to pesticides and herbicides. Opponents of GMOs, as they are called,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 18th, 2015
GMO apples which “don’t brown” were just approved by the USDA despite stiff objections from organic growers and food safety activists. The genetically modified apple is the first apple which will allegedly not brown after being sliced or bruised.The GMO apple was developed by the company Okanagan Specialty Fruits. The biotech company reportedly uses a fairly new... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 18th, 2015
By: Chad Blair"It’s time for the Legislature to do the right thing and listen to the will of the people on this issue," says a key senator.The state Senate committees on Health and Agriculture will take testimony Thursday on a bill calling for the labeling of food with genetically modified organisms.“The people of Hawaii have a right to know what’s in the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 18th, 2015
By: Robert HollyTo counter a “super weed” epidemic plaguing farmers, agribusiness giant Monsanto is steadily moving forward on the introduction of its next major wave of genetically engineered crops.But – citing environmental and sustainability concerns – critics argue that step forward is actually a substantial leap back.Similar to bacteria that have adapted to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 14th, 2015
 Tell Congress it's time to end Monsanto's unlabeled GMO science experiment and pass mandatory GMO labeling!President Obama approves new GMO apple - Kills American as Apple Pie - Tell Congress to Label GMOs!Dear Food Democracy Now! Supporters,Yesterday morning, at 10:34 AM Eastern Standard Time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, headed by Secretary Tom Vilsack, announced the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2015
By: Dina Cappiello The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014.About $2 million will... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2015
By: Cao SiqiA Beijing court has recently accepted a lawsuit application filed by three residents against China's Ministry of Agriculture for refusing to publish the test report of an herbicide used to treat genetically-modified (GM) soy beans."We have accepted the case and the specific date of the hearing has yet to be determined," an employee at the Beijing No.3... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2015
By: Darren KramerConnecticut U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are among a bi-partisan group of lawmakers who have sponsored a bill to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.  The “Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act” would require the Food and Drug Administration to clearly label genetically engineered foods.“As a consumer and dad,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerDemocratic lawmakers want Americans to know what they are eating.With Chef Tom Colicchio, head judge of Bravo’s popular TV show ‘Top Chef,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act on Thursday.  Colicchio is a five-times James Beard Award... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2015
A new genetically modified apple that doesn’t brown when cut open or bruised finally has been cleared to be grown in the U.S.An arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday — after a three-year wait — that the Okanagan Specialty Fruit’s Arctic Apple in Golden and Granny varieties doesn’t pose any harm to other plants or pests. The apple won’t be at... more

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