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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 21st, 2015
By: Rachel SmolkerOn March 5th, a thousand angry women descended on a facility in Brazil where the biotechnology company, FuturaGene, was growing genetically engineered eucalyptus trees.Later that day, a meeting of the Brazilian Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) was scheduled to announce their decision about whether or not to allow commercial release of the GE eucalyptus. The women, members... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 21st, 2015
By: Nancy SwansonToday a class action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County,California against the Monsanto corporation. Today a class action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County,California against the Monsanto corporation. The suit alleges that Monsanto is guilty of false advertising by claiming that glyphosate, the active... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 21st, 2015
By: Anita HofschneiderThere's little disparity across age, ethnicity and gender lines, although more Republicans are opposed.Most Hawaii voters support labeling food that contains genetically modified ingredients, according to a new Civil Beat poll.The survey revealed 65 percent of registered voters who took the survey think there should be a requirement for GMO labeling, compared with 24... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 21st, 2015
By: John HerrickThe Vermont Attorney General’s Office adopted new regulations last week for labeling food products containing genetically engineered ingredients sold in Vermont after July 1, 2016.The regulations require manufacturers to place a label anywhere on the package where it can be “easily found” with guidelines on font size and color. Vermont retailers will... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 21st, 2015
By: Mitch SmithMANSON, Iowa — The flat, endless acres of black dirt here in northern Iowa will soon be filled with corn and soybean seeds. But as farmers tuned up their tractors and waited for the perfect moment to plant, another topic weighed on their minds: a lawsuit filed in federal court by the state’s largest water utility.After years of mounting frustration, the utility, ... more

Posted By: Ethan on Apr 21st, 2015
Originally Aired: Dateline Pacific, Thursday 16 April 2015The Vanuatu government has placed a blanket ban on genetically modified seeds being brought into the country as part of the relief effort after cyclone Pam.TRANSCRIPTThe Vanuatu government has placed a blanket ban on genetically modified seeds being brought into the country as part of the relief effort after cyclone Pam.The Category 5... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 20th, 2015
By: Lindsey Moon, Joyce Russell, & Ben KiefferDuring the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers approved full funding for Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) for the first time in the program’s 25 year history, but Governor Branstad line item vetoed some of that funding when he went to sign the budget.Will lawmakers fully fund the program again this year, and what are other... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 17th, 2015
By: Maximillian HeathArgentine farm groups on Wednesday asked soy export companies to stop inspecting cargoes for bootlegged biotechnology at the behest of U.S. seed company Monsanto, the latest move in a long conflict between the country's farmers and Monsanto.Growers in Argentina, the world's top exporter of soymeal livestock feed, have signed agreements with Monsanto Co... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 17th, 2015
By: Auther NelsenSeventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade, the Guardian has learned.An announcement could be made as early as next week, sources said, when a meeting of EU commissioners has been pencilled in to review adoption of new rules for approving GM imports.Europe currently... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 17th, 2015
OK, let’s recap a little bit. First we told you about the World Health Organization declaring that glyphosate — the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide — is probably carcinogenic to humans. This was a really big deal because Monsanto has been claiming for years that this stuff is completely harmless and as result, the whole world has dumped tens of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 17th, 2015
By: Robert ColemanThe New Yorker’s Michael Specter brushed off the World Health Organization’s findings that powerful weed killer glyphosate “probably” causes cancer. The issue is, his sources to refute the WHO’s findings are not exactly unbiased.EWG’s Emily Cassidy:He (Specter) wrote that “the data are, again, clear: after nearly forty years of use, no... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 17th, 2015
 Tell Congress it's time to END the Secret trade deals - Vote NO on TPP!Don't let Congress corrupt our democracy and our food supply! - Take Action TodayTell Congress it's Time to Stop the TPP Fast Track! - Every Voice Counts!Dear FDN! Supporters,BREAKING: This morning a final deal has been cut in Washington DC between corporate lobbyists and the U.S. Senate to move... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 13th, 2015
By: Rosemary WestwoodI wouldn’t have gone if Jane Goodall hadn’t been there.In a small conference room in a Toronto hotel, Friday’s event might have been one of her least attended.It had little to do with chimps. Instead, Goodall came to lend her trusted status to a new book railing against genetically modified organisms in our food system.It’s a call that sounds as... more

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