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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 16th, 2015
By: Tiffany EckertThe battle to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, continues in Oregon. In the upcoming special election, Benton County voters will decide if a measure to ban GMO's is right for them. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert spoke with people on both sides of the issue and filed this report.On the face of it, Measure 2-89 seeks to protect local food... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 15th, 2015
By: Matt TaibbiThe latest squabble over the Trans-Pacific Partnership shows just how low America's "Progressive" Party has sunk.Barack Obama made headlines this week by taking on Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a dispute over our latest labor-crushing free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The president's anger over Warren's decision to lead the Senate in blocking his... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 14th, 2015
By: Mary Clare JalonickThe Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.Certification would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods would... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 14th, 2015
Associated Press:Washington, DC -- Today, 328 farm, food, health, public interest and environmental organizations and businesses wrote to members of Congress to urge them to protect consumers’ right to know what they are eating and require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods.The letter urged members of Congress not to support H.R. 1599, a bill introduced by Rep. Pompeo... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 14th, 2015
By: Patrick van ZwanenbergControversy over a new evaluation of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, lifts the lid on aspects of chemical safety regulation that often remain hidden from public view.Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, hit the headlines in March after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it is a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 13th, 2015
By: Matthew Campbell and Sheenagh MatthewsThe board of Syngenta AG is reluctant to embrace Monsanto Co.’s $45 billion takeover bid. Environmentalists and regulators may be even harder to convince.Food-policy activists on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up to oppose a deal that would strengthen Monsanto in Europe and cement its dominance in the U.S. They argue a bigger Monsanto could... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 13th, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Today 328 farm, food, health, public interest and environmental organizations and businesses urged Congress to protect consumers’ right to know what they are eating by requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods.The letter urged members of Congress not to support H.R. 1599, a bill introduced by Rep. Pompeo (R-KS) that would block states from... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 12th, 2015
By: Michael McAuliff, Zach Carter, Dana Liebelson, and Laura Barron-LopezWASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by stalling legislation that would grant him authority to fast-track international trade deals.Democrats, including several who favor Obama's trade agenda, banded together to prevent the Senate from considering legislation that grants... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 12th, 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 Today!URGENT Senate Votes on Fast Track TODAY - Tell Congress it's time to Stop the TPP Fast Track! - Every voice counts!Dear FDN! Supporters,This is not a drill. This is as serious as it gets.Today, the bipartisan selling out of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 11th, 2015
By: Robyn O'BrienA quest for answers about her child’s food allergy turned this mom into a food labeling advocate.Jessica Seinfeld recently said: “Motherhood changes your constitution.” I’d never thought to put it so succinctly, but it does.Fifteen years ago, I had a job in the finance world. I was an analyst on a team that managed $20 billion in assets, and I covered... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 10th, 2015
By: Cole MellinoAny fan of The Daily Show knows Jon Stewart is not New Jersey Gov. Christie’s biggest fan. Last December, Stewart skewered Christie for vetoing a measure that would have banned the use of hog gestation crates, despite overwhelming support from the state assembly and the citizens of New Jersey.Last night on the show, Stewart revisited that issue... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 09th, 2015
By: Fabiana FrayssinetBuenos Aires - After the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen, the campaign has intensified in Latin America to ban the herbicide, which is employed on a massive scale on transgenic crops.In a Mar. 20 publication, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported that the world’s most widely... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 08th, 2015
By: Friends of the Earth and Center for Biological DiversityMore than 150,000 Americans signed a petition that was delivered today in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, urging Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to adopt the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommendations for... more

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