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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 24th, 2015
By: P.J. HuffstutterMinnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country. It followed Wisconsin's action on Monday.The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of bird flu has been identified on 46 Minnesota farms in 16 counties and affected more than 2.6 million birds in the state.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 24th, 2015
By: Philip BlenkinsopThe European Union cleared the import of 10 new types of genetically modified crops and two more kinds of cut flowers on Friday, its first authorisations in more than a year after a review of its blocked approval process.The European Commission said it had authorised 10 new types of maize, soybeans, cotton and oilseed rape as either human food or animal feed for 10 years.In... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 24th, 2015
Critics linked to pro-corporate front group the American Council on Science and HealthTV personality Dr Oz has hit back against critics who demanded that Columbia University fire him from his position on the grounds of his questioning of GMOs and what the critics term “evidence-based medicine”. A headline for Examiner.com sums up the affair: “Dr Oz fires back: My... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 23rd, 2015
By: Claire RobinsonAcademic physician-educator was banned from pointing out errors in pro-GMO article.Scientific American recently published a pro-GMO article by Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine.The article contains outright false claims, such as the old GMO industry line, “Humans have been genetically modifying foods through selective breeding for more than... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 23rd, 2015
By: Peter BlackJennifer Garner has become an anti-GMO advocate."My friend Gisele [Bundchen] and I are fed up with being kept in the dark about GMO and non-GMO labeling," the 43-year-old actress said Monday at Bundchen's Just Label It Anti-GMO Event, according to E! News. "I got involved because she said, 'Do you know what's happening?' She's a firecracker.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 23rd, 2015
By: Daniel KrepsThe rocker takes on GMO-producing chemical company Monsanto on latest LP and Rebel Content tour.Neil Young and Promise of the Real, a band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, will hit the road this summer in support of their upcoming album together, The Monsanto Years. Young's new LP will reportedly arrive on June 16th according to a press release... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 23rd, 2015
By: Jana KasperkevicDr Oz is aiming to give his critics a dose of their own medicine on Thursday. On his controversial daytime show the TV doctor will call out the 10 physicians who recently lobbied Columbia University to sever its ties with him.In the latest of a series of attacks on “America’s doctor”, a group of medics contacted Columbia last week and said that Mehmet Oz,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 22nd, 2015
By: Philip BlenkinsopThe European Commission proposed on Wednesday a new law allowing individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole.The proposal covering GM crops in human food and animal feed upset trading partners, notably the United States, which wants Europe to open its doors fully to U.S. GM crops as... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 22nd, 2015
By: WIlliam AxfordThe Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board has declined to give British firm Oxitec a contract to produce genetically modified mosquitoes for the Keys unless federal approval is given for their release.That was a relief for opponents of the plan who worry about the potential dangers to public health, tourism and other unintended consequences."I don't feel there's a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 22nd, 2015
There’s a nationwide push to require labels for foods that contain genetically modified organisms, and Maine is at the forefront.Early last year, Maine became the second state to adopt a law requiring that packages of food with genetically modified organisms carry labels indicating the product was “produced with genetic engineering.” Maine joined... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 22nd, 2015
By: Ed O'KeefePresumed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is sharply criticizing former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton for wavering in her support of President Obama's major trade deal that is gaining bipartisan support in Congress.Bush has repeatedly expressed support for the trade pact with Asian-Pacific countries that the Obama administration is negotiating and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 22nd, 2015
By: Bary EastabrookPRESIDENT OBAMA didn’t need to issue a $1.2 billion National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which he did last week, to figure out how the United States could reduce the antibiotic-resistant bacteria created by the country’s agriculture industry. He could have simply spent a day with Kaj Munck, a Danish hog farmer.Mr. Munck is... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 22nd, 2015
By: Susan WyattKIND, the snack bar company, got a not-so-kind warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that several of the company's products aren't as healthy as advertised.In a letter to CEO Daniel Lubetzky dated March 17, 2015, the FDA cited several "significant violations."The letter cited labels on Kind Fruit & Nut Almond & Apricot, Kind... more

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