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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 08th, 2015
By: Pamela Barbaglia and Alexander HubnerSyngenta rebuffed the cash-and-shares offer, saying it undervalued its prospects and did not fully take into account regulatory risks.But the Swiss firm does not consider the deal dead, according to another source, who is familiar with Syngenta.Monsanto, which earlier confirmed it had made an offer, declined to comment on whether it would improve the bid.A... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 08th, 2015
By: Michel ArseneaultUganda's ruling party has approved a bill that will give the green light to superbananas and other genetically modified foods. The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus has agreed on the controversial National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, signaling that Uganda will soon adopt a "GMO bill", despite farmers' and activists'... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 08th, 2015
By: Andrew MorseSyngenta AG rejected an unsolicited takeover offer valued at roughly $45 billion from U.S. rival Monsanto Co., saying the proposed deal undervalued the Swiss agrochemical giant.Monsanto had proposed to buy Basel-based Syngenta for 449 Swiss francs ($486.20) per share, with roughly 45% of the payment in cash. The proposed price implies a deal value of roughly 41.7 billion francs... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 08th, 2015
By: Michael PollanIt isn’t every day that the definition of a common English word that is ubiquitous in common parlance is challenged in federal court, but that is precisely what has happened with the word “natural.” During the past few years, some 200 class-action suits have been filed against food manufacturers, charging them with misuse of the adjective in marketing such... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 07th, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerThe Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is appealing a federal court ruling last week that allows Vermont to move forward with new rules requiring labels for genetically modified foods.In a joint lawsuit, GMA, the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers sought a preliminary injunction from the federal... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 06th, 2015
Right now health officials in Washington DC are considering an important public policy matter that could create a seismic shift in our food policy here in the United States and beyond!  And they need to hear from you before Midnight Tonight, Friday, May 8th.Earlier this year, an advisory panel of public health experts recommended a groundbreaking shift in federal dietary guidelines, advising... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 06th, 2015
By: Michele SimonPushback on federal recommendation to eat less red and processed meat ignores science.The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years, never fails to cause a stir. For the current revision, released in February, a federally appointed scientific committee — after a two-year review of the latest research and numerous public hearings — has ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 06th, 2015
By: Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific AmericanA new op-ed in the New York Times blames high-protein and high-fat diets. Here's what it conveniently leaves out.Last month, an op–ed in The New York Times argued that high-protein and high-fat diets are to blame for America’s ever-growing waistline and incidence of chronic disease. The author, Dean Ornish, founder... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 05th, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a final rule recognizing that a soybean developed by Monsanto genetically engineered to produce an insecticidal protein is safe to humans in any expected exposure.Agri-Pulse reports that Monsanto's product is a soybean genetically engineered to express the protein naturally produced by the bacteria species known as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 05th, 2015
By: Mary Ellen KustinChipotle gets it.The popular quick-service restaurant understands that genetically engineered foods, called GMOs, are often grown in a way that is harmful to the environment.In particular, Chipotle has highlighted the fact that the use of herbicide-tolerant GMOs is leading to a huge increase toxic weed killers.No wonder executives at Chipotle have come to the ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 05th, 2015
By: University of Nebraska CropWatchPalmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.) is a dioecious broadleaf annual weed species that has created significant problems for growers in the Mid-South over the past 10 years due to its resistance to glyphosate and its prolific seed production. A single female plant can produce one million seeds, depending on growing condition and competition (Figure 1).... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 05th, 2015
By: Dr. Mercola   In late March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO), determined that glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup—is a Class 2 A "probable carcinogen."1,2,3 This determination is nothing short of devastating to Monsanto and other chemical technology companies that rule our food supply, and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 05th, 2015
By: Michele SimonEvery sector of the food industry–most of them unhealthy–has something to say about how Americans should eat. But we rarely hear the voices of healthier food companies in shaping the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. I organized this new coalition of plant food companies to help fill that void.Research shows that more consumers are decreasing their meat... more

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