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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 30th, 2015
By: Timothy Cams The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Wednesday to delay the Obama administration’s landmark climate rule for power plants and let states opt out of complying with it. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), represents House Republicans’ first attempt to directly target and change the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) climate... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 30th, 2015
By: Molly HarbargerThe battle over genetically-modified food has returned to Oregon, despite attempts by politicians to stop county-by-county bans. And the debate in Benton County is pulling in academics at Oregon State University, who worry any ban there could limit their biomedical research."I am by no means pro-GMO, but I think, as a scientist, a research university needs to be able to... more

Posted By: Ethan on Apr 30th, 2015
By:Georgina DownsThe risk of cancer from the world's top herbicide, glyphosate, is just the tip of the iceberg of health damage caused by exposure to pesticides and other toxic agrochemicals, writes Georgina Downs. It's time for governments to correct their scandalous failure to protect rural residents from the cocktails of poisons sprayed on crops.Furious debate has been raging over the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 29th, 2015
Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law still stands after U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss ruled against the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association (GMA) and other interested food groups’ request for a preliminary injunction that would stop the GMO labeling law from going into effect in Vermont next summer. The ruling brings Vermont one huge step closer to being the first state in the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 29th, 2015
By: Mary Ellen KustinMore than 90 percent of Americans want GMOs to be labeled because they want the right to know what’s in their food. One important reason to be informed is that growing GMOs has led to a massive increase in the use of weed killers that can harm people’s health.Farmworkers and their families, of course, bear the brunt of exposures to the herbicides that are sprayed... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 29th, 2015
By: Rick NorthLast week, the Fast Track bill, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, was passed in the Senate Finance Committee. It would facilitate passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other nations.Leading the charge are President Obama, Republican Congressional leadership, and, from Oregon, Ron Wyden and Earl Blumenauer.dLeading the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 28th, 2015
By: TPN/LUSAThe authorities are to investigate the consequences of usage of the herbicide glyphosate following the World Health Organisation warning as to its potentially carcinogenic properties, Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho told parliament.Speaking during the fortnightly debate, Passos Coelho gave the commitment in response to a question from the Green MP Heloísa Apolónia and said that the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 28th, 2015
By; Shelley Pineo-JensenSen. Ron Wyden should be recalled because of his decision to join congressional Republicans and ensure fast tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The TPP serves the interests of multinational corporations, including Monsanto, in a war for control of the world’s resources. When the transnational corporations win, humanity loses. Wyden has proven that he is a tool... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 28th, 2015
By: John KellChipotle co-CEO Steve Ells has argued Millennials are willing to pay “a little more for something they recognize as better.”That might be true. But what about the rest of Americans? Research indicates not all groups are willing to open their wallets wider for healthier foods.Chipotle  CMG -0.82%  this week made good on a 2013... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 27th, 2015
By: Tom PhilpottPresident Obama and his Senate GOP critics are locked in a long-simmering feud, but there's one topic that has them clasping hands and singing kumbaya: global free-trade deals. The erstwhile foes are joining forces to push two massive ones: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would knock down trade barriers for a group of nations including the United States, Canada... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 27th, 2015
By: Staff, Corporate Europe ObservatoryThe World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classified glyphosate, the active substance of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, as “probably causing cancer in human beings.” Germany is charged by the EU with the safety review of glyphosate: yet three scientists sitting on its scientific panel on pesticides are employees of BASF and Bayer, two major... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 27th, 2015
By: Kerry BringhurstOrganisms that have been genetically modified—commonly known as GMOs—are illegally being sold to consumers, that's according to Steven M. Druker, author of the book “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.”“I refute the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 24th, 2015
By: Sarah KnaptonChina has been ordered to ‘rein in’ scientists who have edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, a practice banned in Europe.In a world’s first, researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou confirmed they had engineered embryos to modify the gene responsible for the fatal blood disorder thalassaemia.The team, led by Junjiu Huang attempted to... more

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