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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 24th, 2015
By: Scott FaberToday, the House Agriculture Committee will hold ahearing on the impact of GMO labeling on food prices.Several witnesses will raise their hands and give sworn testimony that a simple disclosure on the back of a package that food made with genetically modified ingredients will raise food prices.All of them will be wrong.Here’s the truth: changing labels has no impact on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 24th, 2015
The recently released report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) highlights, contentiously and for the first time, the benefits of sustainable dietary patternsThe recently released report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) highlights, contentiously and for the first time, the benefits of sustainable dietary patterns. Recommending more vegetables, fruits, whole... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 24th, 2015
By: Anna LappeFederal nutrition advisory committee says eating more plant-based foods is good for you and the Earth.Forty-four years ago my mother, Frances Moore Lappé, published “Diet for a Small Planet,” a book that dared to suggest human beings could survive, even thrive, on a plant-centered diet and that doing so would be good for our bodies and the planet. Part meatless cookbook... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 24th, 2015
By: Elizabeth GrossmanThis has not been a good week for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it had classified glyphosate, the United States’ most widely-used pesticide, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”Now, the chemical has another strike... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 24th, 2015
Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand has found that commonly used herbicides, including the world’s most used herbicide Roundup, can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.Herbicides are used to kill plants. They can be tested for killing bacteria, too, as part of the process of reviewing their approval for use. However, they have never been... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2015
By Steve MacNaullThe B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association still doesn’t like genetically-engineered apples. On Friday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada approved the genetically-modified non-browning Arctic Apple, developed by Summerland-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits, for commercial sale in Canada, giving the association yet another opportunity to voice its opposition... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved apples and potatoes which are resistant to bruises and don’t go brown as safe to eat. Consumer and environmental groups are concerned that such products could have unknown risks to human health.In a rare press announcement on GMO crops, the FDA said the gene-altered apples and potatoes are good for commercial plating since they... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2015
By: Jonathan MatthewsIn the wake of the World Health Organization's designation of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, as a "probable carcinogen", the French investigative journalist and film maker Paul Moreira has released a sensational video of an interview with the high-profile GMO advocate Patrick Moore. In the film,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2015
By: Tom PolansekThe world's most widely-used weed killer can "probably" cause cancer, the World Health Organization said on Friday.The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans".It also said there was "... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2015
By: Oliver TickellThe International Agency for Research on Cancer has labelled the world's biggest herbicide, glyphosate, as 'probably carcinogenic'. Another four widely used organophosphate insecticides may also pose a cancer risk.A monograph published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - of which a summary ispublished in the scientific journal The Lancet... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerConsumer advocacy groups are asking Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway and Dunkin' Donuts for commitments not to sell the genetically engineered apples and potatoes the Department of Agriculture approved for consumption last week.The groups — Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union, Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group, Food Democracy Now, Food & Water... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 21st, 2015
By: Maria Cheng, AP Medical WriterLONDON (AP) — One of the world's most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 20th, 2015
By: Mike HammMike Hamm is the C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University (MSU).  With a B.A. in Biology and a Ph.D. in human nutrition his expertise straddles both environmental and nutritional domains.  His particular interests lie in regionalized food systems and their role in improving the sustainability and resilience of our global food supply... more

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