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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 15th, 2015
By: Ed Hammond, Jeffrey McCracken, and Aaron Kirchfeld Paulson & Co., the hedge fund of billionaire investor John Paulson, has taken a stake in Syngenta AG in a sign the firm backs a takeover attempt by Monsanto Co., people with knowledge of the matter said.Paulson & Co. has amassed a large number of shares in the Swiss pesticide company that’s trying to fend off a $... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 14th, 2015
By: Mark Spitznagel and Nassim Nicholas TalebBefore the crisis that started in 2007, both of us believed that the financial system was fragile and unsustainable, contrary to the near ubiquitous analyses at the time.Now, there is something vastly riskier facing us, with risks that entail the survival of the global ecosystem — not the financial system. This time, the fight is against the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 14th, 2015
By: Mark Spitznagel and Nicholas TalebBefore the crisis that started in 2007, both of us believed that the financial system was fragile and unsustainable, contrary to the near ubiquitous analyses at the time.Now, there is something vastly riskier facing us, with risks that entail the survival of the global ecosystem — not the financial system. This time, the fight is against the current... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 14th, 2015
GMO SOY ACCUMULATES FORMALDEHYDE & DISRUPTS PLANT METABOLISM, SUGGESTS PEER-REVIEWED STUDY, DEMANDING 21st CENTURY SAFETY STANDARDSStudy Concludes FDA GMO Approval Process is Flawed, Outdated, and UnscientificJuly 14, 2015 -- A new study published today in the peer-reviewed journal AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES reveals genetic engineering of soy disrupts the plant’s natural ability to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 14th, 2015
By: Nafeez AhmedIt is “premature” to declare GM safe due to “incomplete” scientific knowledge, finds report commissioned by Norwegian Environment AgencyA new study commissioned by the Norwegian government, and conducted by a nationally recognised scientific authority on the safety of biotechnologies, concludes that available scientific data on GM crops is inadequate to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 13th, 2015
By: Jim SpencerWASHINGTON – By almost any measure, the U.S. system that judges the safety and effectiveness of genetically modified ­organisms is out of date.Despite the fact that the organisms — known as GMOs — now pervade most of the food chain, the last time the federal government offered a formal interagency plan for evaluating them was 1992.So experts like... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 10th, 2015
By: Natasha BarrettFREEPORT, TX (KTRK) -- Lots of people are upset at not being notified about a problem at a Dow Chemical plant in Freeport.The company's plant in Freeport released Thursday morning trace amounts of hydrocarbons as a result of "a process upset." Nearby residents and employees were asked to stay indoors as a precaution, and Highway 332 between Highway 288 and Highway... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 10th, 2015
By: Kaven Baker-VoakesAfter three years of discussions, Canada is close to finalizing its new policy on genetically modified (GM) foods that would allow very low levels of contaminated crops into the country—without a risk assessment by Health Canada.Under existing rules, Canada has a zero tolerance for GM foods that are unapproved by Health Canada. The exception was created to facilitate... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 10th, 2015
By: Jim HightowerThe Canadian rocker and master storyteller, Neil Young, says: “Music is a universal language.” Yes, and when created by a people’s champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty, just as Joshua’s trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho.Or, in Neil’s case, the walls of Monsanto. He has issued a powerful new album titled The... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 10th, 2015
By: Gail SullivanOn a damp afternoon in 1984, Steve Elmendorf was ecstatic. The field organizer for Walter Mondale had managed to pull together a respectable crowd of several thousand for a mid-day rally in an out-of-the way park the day after an important debate. "The elected officials, the union leaders suddenly have gotten a lot more willing to put out the bodies and the buses," the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 10th, 2015
By: Mateusz PerkowskiGMO battles in Hawaii will shape the authority of state and local governments to regulate biotech crops in the seven states under the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction.Legal battles over genetically modified organisms in Hawaii are expected to shape government authority over biotech crops across the West.Three attempts to regulate GMOs by counties in that state — Kauai,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 09th, 2015
By: Dr. Mark HymanIf you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure or even just plain feeling crummy as a result of the Standard American Diet (SAD), you’ll want to seriously consider detoxifying.Unfortunately, feeling lousy has become the “new normal” for many people. We dismiss things like carrying around extra weight... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 09th, 2015
By: Ricardo SalvadorNowhere is the power and prowess of agricultural science so evident as in the Midwestern Corn Belt. More of this nation’s economic success and global dominance is due to the corn plant than most Americans realize. In fact, the reason most of us can be oblivious to that very fact—as we busily flit about our non-agricultural lives—owes to the crop’s... more

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