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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 23rd, 2015
By: Prashun Talukdar“Most the the EU sees its future free of GMO,” Slovenian Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Dejan Zidan told the press at the conference on Friday on the eve of Agra, the region’s biggest agriculture and food fair due to be held on Saturday, Xinhua reported.The conference, which was organised together with Hungary, also featured Luxembourg’s... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 22nd, 2015
By: Tim BarkerThe Pana-area farmer had been using corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to work with glyphosate – the generic name for Monsanto’s signature Roundup herbicide. But he reached a point at which he said it no longer made sense from a dollars standpoint.So he turned his back on GMO crops.“As they added more traits, we didn’t really see a yield advantage.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 22nd, 2015
A new study finds that the Roundup herbicide disrupts the hormonal system of rats at low levels at which it's meant to produce no adverse effects. By the same mechanism It may be causing the potentially fatal condition of 'adrenal insufficiency' in humans.Monsanto's glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor in adult male rats, a new study shows.The... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 21st, 2015
By: Anne-Gerard FlynnA Perspective article published today in the New England Journal of Medicine calls for the labeling of genetically modified foods."We believe the time has come to revisit the United States' reluctance to label GM foods," writes Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, co-author with Charles Benbrook, of the article entitled "GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 21st, 2015
By: Nathanael JohnsonGood God, what a mess: That’s what I kept thinking as, face in palm, I read the latest updates on an evolving controversy over Golden Rice. I was alerted to it by a recent piece in the Boston Globe, but Retraction Watch had the story first. Here’s their summary:The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is retracting a paper... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 20th, 2015
Swiss group Syngenta (SYNN.VX) plans to divest its premium flowers seeds business from its Lawn and Garden operating unit, it said on Wednesday.Syngenta, which has rebuffed takeover advances from Monsanto (MON.N), said the move would let the business "play a leading role in the consolidation of the home gardening market, which is taking place in response to changes in the distribution and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 20th, 2015
By: Tom PhilpottIn a fascinating long piece in MIT Technology Review, Antonio Regalado examines the genetically modified seed industry's latest blockbuster app in development—one that has nothing to do with seeds. Instead, it involves the industry's other bread-and-butter product: pesticide sprays. But we're not talking about the poisonous chemicals you... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 19th, 2015
Study shows shortcomings of regulatory systemThe glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor in adult male rats, a new study shows.The lowest dose tested of 10 mg/kg bw/d (bodyweight per day) was found to reduce levels of corticosterone, a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands. No other toxic effects were seen at that dose, so if endocrine disruption were not... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 18th, 2015
By: Vandana Shiva1. Myth of the Green RevolutionI wrote a book for the United Nations University, “The Violence of the Green Revolution,” which has been republished by many publishers globally, including the Kentucky University Press. Extracts from the book are available on Google.My study was reinforced by the study done by Dr. Jatindar Bajaj, with whom I did MSc Hons in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 14th, 2015
By: Anahad O'ConnorCoca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 14th, 2015
By Agatha NgothoThe government will lift the ban on genetically modified organisms in two months, Deputy President William Ruto has said.He said the government has put in place safety measures following a ban on GMOs in 2012.Ruto was speaking during the 4th National Biosafety Conference at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, yesterday.Originally Published: AllAfrica

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 13th, 2015
By: Sarah GonzalezUSDA is seeking public comment on a Monsanto petition to approve corn genetically engineered to resist the herbicides dicamba and glufosinate.The petition will be available for a 60-day comment period, with a deadline ending Oct. 13. Monsanto submitted its appeal to deregulate the product to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on April 23... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 13th, 2015
By: David Ewing DuncanCould bacteria hold the answer to an Alzheimer’s cure? Some researchers say yes.One great frustration of longer-living humans is that millions of us will one day lose our minds. Our essence will whither away, causing the rest of us to ponder just how substantial the trove of our memories and experiences really are.This existential threat is terrifying since,... more

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