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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 30th, 2015
By: Jordan FabianPresident Obama on Monday will sign trade legislation that paves the way for him to complete a sweeping trans-Pacific pact with 11 other nations.The signing ceremony gives Obama the chance to take a victory lap on arguably the biggest legislative win of his second term.  Obama will sign a bill giving him fast-track power to negotiate the 12-nation Trans-Pacific... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 30th, 2015
By: Heather JordanMIDLAND, MI — An arm of the World Health Organization has listed a widely-used herbicide made by The Dow Chemical Co. and other companies among "possible" human carcinogens.Officials at Midland-based Dow say the classification is "inconsistent with government findings" in the United States and many other countries. Officials with the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 27th, 2015
By: Casey GillamMonsanto Co's efforts to expand its agrichemical interests beyond what has long been its bread-and-butter glyphosate herbicide business were underscored on Wednesday by news the company plans to invest potentially more than $1 billion in a production facility for an alternative herbicide.Monsanto officials expect to spend the money over the next three to five years expanding a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 27th, 2015
By: Marta TelladoRecently, at my neighborhood supermarket, I spotted a young mom pushing a cart with two children and a week's worth of groceries. I watched as she checked each item's label carefully before putting it into her cart. Was she looking for peanuts that could send her kids to the emergency room, checking the nutritional content to make sure they get enough vitamin D, or seeing... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 27th, 2015
By: Natasha Chen  ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A dozen protesters met with a Costco executive Thursday to deliver a petition, urging the wholesale company not to sell geneliver a petition, urging the wholesale company not to sell genetically modified fish.The protesters told KIRO 7 they are particularly concerned about fish produced by a company called Aqua Bounty, who crosses the DNA... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 27th, 2015
By: Karen GrahamThe EPA will begin analysing the impacts of Atrazine and Glyphosate, the two most-commonly used pesticides in the U.S., on 1,500 plant and animal species in the U.S. under the terms of a settlement reached today with the Center for Biological Diversity.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will also analyse the impacts of propazine and simazine, two pesticides very similar to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 26th, 2015
By: Jessie RackWhile the debate over whether to label foods containing GMO ingredients plays out across the country, another engineered food has long been waiting to hit grocery stores: genetically modified salmon.Produced by Massachusetts-based biotech firm AquaBounty Technologies, the fish is an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow twice as fast as its conventional, farm-raised counterpart.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 26th, 2015
By: Alisa OparFrom increased fracking to tainted fish, the TPP could severely threaten environmental and climate policy.Here’s something for conspiracy theorists: In order to gain access to a certain document, members of Congress must descend to the basement of the Capitol, hand over their cell phones and other electronic devices, and enter a secured, soundproof room. Then they can... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 26th, 2015
By: David MorrisThe far-reaching effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect country-of-origin labels.On May 8th at Nike’s headquarters, President Obama denounced opponents of the hotly contested Trans-Pacific Partnership as ill informed. “(C)ritics warn that parts of this deal would undermine American regulation….They’re making this stuff up.  ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 26th, 2015
On 23 June 2015, the Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht received sufficient support at the environmental and agricultural committee for the government to adopt a new GMO position.The Swedish government’s new GMO position highlights that the government could possibly reach a different conclusion from the expert authorities in EU concerning a genetically modified crop to be... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 25th, 2015
GM wheat trial failure highlights poor GM success rate, need to invest in other R&D.GeneWatch UK today responded to Rothamsted Research's admission that its field trial of GM wheat failed to repel aphids (1) by highlighting the shocking waste of taxpayers' money used to promote GM."With GM crops it's always jam tomorrow and never jam today" said Dr Helen Wallace,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 25th, 2015
Rothamsted Research in the UK wasted £1 million of taxpayers’ money on a failed GMO wheat trial. The researchers described the results of the trial as “disappointing”.The GMO wheat was engineered with synthetic genes to mimic an aphid distress signal that was supposed to repel aphid pests. Rothamsted presented the project as a way to reduce insecticides in wheat... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 24th, 2015
By: Fred ImbertNew York City's Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) said Wednesday that an ongoing investigation of Whole Foods Market stores has found systemic overcharging of its customers for prepackaged food."The overcharges ranged from [80 cents] for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp," the agency said in a statement."Our... more

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