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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 03rd, 2015
By: Doug Gurian-Sherman and Margaret MellonEarlier this year, Bill Nye, renowned as the “science guy,” made news for changing his mind about genetic engineering (or GMOs) after a visit to Monsanto, the pesticide and seed giant at the forefront of the biotechnology industry.Nye is an emblematic science educator, who has done a lot to kindle the interest of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 02nd, 2015
By: Mina Nasseri and Michelle GilletteOn Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke partially dismissed a lawsuit brought by commercial alfalfa farmers seeking to overturn a Jackson County ordinance that banned the use of GMO seed stock (“It is a county violation for any person or entity to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically engineered plants within Jackson... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 02nd, 2015
By: Dan D'AmbrosioThe battle over GMO labeling has gone national, and different regions of the country disagree dramatically on what should be done.A bill from Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, proposes voluntary labeling, along with ending the rights of states to pass their own legislation requiring labeling. That could make moot the law Vermont passed last year requiring mandatory GMO labeling.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 01st, 2015
By: Michael Hansen. Ph.DLast weekend demonstrators joined a March Against Monsanto in some 428 cities in 38 countries, including more than 240 cities in the U.S. alone. What exactly has so many people riled up? Monsanto, of course, is an agrichemical and biotech giant, responsible for more than 90 percent of the traits in genetically engineered corn, soy and cotton sold worldwide. The... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 01st, 2015
By: Steve CohenAfter 30 years of dubious results and loud protests, the flagship of the supply-side drug war in North America has finally been brought to ground.Last month, acting on the recommendations of President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia's National Council on Dangerous Drugs (CNE) voted 7-1 to indefinitely suspend the aerial fumigation of coca, the plant precursor to crystal... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 01st, 2015
By: Steven RosenfeldA coalition of Oregon organic farmers has beaten Monsanto—the corporate agriculture giant—in a landmark federal lawsuit that will make national waves by the way that their rural county banned the use of genetically modified seeds.On Friday, Mark D. Clarke, a federal magistrate judge, dismissed a legal challenge brought by commercial farmers who use... more

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