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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 24th, 2015
By: Angie LeeCBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - More than 2,000 people protested Saturday in Balboa Park in the third annual March Against Monsanto.The protesters are concerned about genetically modified foods, also known as GMO. They marched in unity with thousands across the country in an attempt to make the public aware about genetically modified foods... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 24th, 2015
 PITTSBURGH -- Hundreds of people marched from the Strip District into downtown Pittsburgh Saturday as part of a protest.Marchers were protesting the agro-chemical company Monsanto and their use of the chemical glyphosate.Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the company’s Round Up Weed Killer.The World Health Organization has determined that glyphosate is a “probable carcinogen... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 23rd, 2015
This weekend, Monsanto will be in the limelight as hundreds of thousands of people in over 400 cities protest against them in the annual March Against Monsanto. Similar to the event back in 2014 and the year before that, people are concerned that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are corporately forced upon the population despite the lack of long-term testing for safety.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 22nd, 2015
WWASHINGTON — After a flurry of last-minute legislative wrangling, the Senate on Thursday advanced a measure that would give President Obama so-called fast-track authority to complete a pending trade pact with leading Pacific nations.Senators voted 62 to 38 to push forward the measure, which is supported by the White House and most Republicans but opposed by many Democrats worried that the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 21st, 2015
By: Mary Clare JalonickWASHINGTON — A House committee has voted to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a “country-of-origin” labeling law for beef, pork and poultry Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of the law.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 21st, 2015
By: Maximillano RizziArgentina's Agriculture Ministry is creating a registry that will track the amount of genetically modified soybean seeds reaped from farmers' crops in order to crack down on the illegal resale of seeds developed by Monsanto Co.The ministry on Tuesday maintained its stance that farmers should only have to pay Monsanto once, at the time of purchase, for the seeds, but... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 21st, 2015
By: Jan Schwalbe and Catherine BosleySwiss environmental activists plan to demonstrate against Monsanto Co.’s bid for Syngenta AG this Saturday, highlighting how resistance from non-governmental groups could create political obstacles to a combination of the seeds and pesticides makers.About 30 groups opposed to genetically-modified organisms, including Greenpeace, will assemble at 2 p.m.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 21st, 2015
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge who listened Wednesday to two hours of arguments in a lawsuit that challenges a southern Oregon county's ban on genetically modified crops said he might rule as early as next week.U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke is being asked to decide whether Jackson County's ordinance can take effect June 6. County voters approved it overwhelmingly last May.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 20th, 2015
By: Kal KuperschmidtBERLIN—When it comes to labeling genetically modified (GM) food, the battle lines are usually clear: Those who oppose genetic engineering want it labeled, and those who support it see no need. But today, a group of German scientists and other proponents of GM organisms launched a campaign to require labeling of anything that contains or has been produced with the help of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 20th, 2015
By: Nathan BakerA little more than an acre on Wayne Smith’s Eastern Star area farm is plowed and fertilized, but the highly regulated hemp seeds he requested from the state Department of Agriculture months ago still haven’t arrived.“I put my order in and I’m waiting patiently for my seeds to arrive,” Smith said Monday. “It’s going to be late in the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 19th, 2015
By: S.A. Miller Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 19th, 2015
By: Jeffrey Sachs | Director, Earth Institute at Columbia UniversityThis post was co-authored with Lise Johnson, head of investment law and policy at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and Lisa Sachs, director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.The Obama Administration is now on track to get "fast track" legislation through the Senate, heading... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 19th, 2015
Organic Farmers and Seed Companies Make Clear They Reject Proposed Mandatory Tax on Organic Producers Washington, ME, May 19, 2015 - A just-concluded major referendum by the membership of the organic seed industry leader, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), was unanimously opposed to the "Organic Check-off" proposed by the Organic Trade... more

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