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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 30th, 2015
By: Andrew AmelinckxSurveillance. Threats of violence. A one-sided legal battle. It’s not the latest John Grisham novel; it’s what a fourth-generation farmer from Alabama says he went through at the hands of the giant agribusiness Monsanto. The farmer, Michael White, tells his story in the short documentary “Seeding Fear,” which was co-executive produced by singer-... more

Posted By: Ethan on Sep 30th, 2015
The Slovenian Government Committee for Economic Affairs has allowed the country to send an official request to the European Commission for the banning of GM crops.The Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food will now send an official request to ban the cultivation of eight GM varieties to the European Commission before the deadline of 3 October 2015.Slovenian Agriculture Minister... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 30th, 2015
By: Kali HollowayIn a country where it is a national pastime to find new ways to blame poor people for the crime of being poor, even food choice becomes a site of class warfare. Consider the popularized image of the low-income family who subsists on a steady diet of fast food; each burger, fry and milkshake they consume regarded as yet more evidence of bad decision-making. It’s one of those... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 30th, 2015
By: Richard Gale and Gary NullThe year 2015 hasn’t been kind to Monsanto. In March, the World Health Organization declared that the company’s flagship product, its herbicide glyphosate or Roundup, is a probable human carcinogen. Increasingly, national health ministries are taking a hard second look at glyphosate’s health and environmental dangers and efforts are underway to ban... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 30th, 2015
The pro-GMO scientist Kevin Folta claims that people attack his integrity because they can't attack his science. But in reality, he makes many bogus – and extremely dangerous – statements in the name of science. Chief among these is his pronouncement on Twitter that his drinking the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup demonstrates "harmlessness”, when the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 28th, 2015
Malta should utilise EU opt-out and join Austria and Italy in declaring Malta a GMO-free zone, the Green Party said.Simon Galea, the Alternattiva Demokratika’s spokesperson for animal welfare and agriculture, held that apart from the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, GMO crop cultivation pose other major threats including cross pollination, something... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 27th, 2015
By: Papiya Bhattacharya BENGALURU: A group from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has tested the effects of a commonly used herbicide named Roundup on hormonal balance in rats.In a recently published paper in the journal Toxicology Reports, Prof Medhamurthy Rudraiah at MRDG, IISC, and his student Aparamita Pandey say that Roundup can cause imbalances in the synthesis of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2015
By: Steve McDonnellAmerican consumers today are more interested in, and more knowledgeable about, the products they find on their store shelves. Consumers want and have a right to know what is in the food they eat. The growing use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food is making Americans increasingly concerned about the products they buy.  Nine out of 10 Americans in a recent... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2015
By: Liz DwyerWill organic burgers get consumers to head back under the Golden Arches—and will a trial offering of beef patties from cows raised without antibiotics or GMO feed mean big changes for McDonald’s restaurants worldwide?Thanks to a couple of new menu items that will soon be offered at 1,500 of the fast-food giant’s restaurants in Germany, it seems we’re... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2015
By: KJ McElrathCiting a “big gap between the facts and what the impressions are,” Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave a ringing endorsement to genetically-modified seeds at a conference of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) last week. She said, “’genetically modified’ sounds Frankensteinish,” which in her perception is the only... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2015
By: Jonahtan ZhouDARPA, the research branch of the Department of Defense, awarded a $32 million contract to the Broad Institute at MIT this week to research genetic engineering with “medical, industrial, and agricultural applications” that are too expensive for private industries.At the Institute, researchers attempt to decode the genomes of a broad range of organisms so that the DNA... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 25th, 2015
Dear BRS Stakeholder, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making available for a 30-day public comment period its proposed plan to strengthen oversight of genetically engineered (GE) wheat field trials.   The proposed plan calls for all future field trials of GE wheat to be done under APHIS permit, to include... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 24th, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday released hundreds of pages of documents related to Dow Chemical and a whistleblower complaint that was filed last year by Kimberly Wood, a former fraud investigator at the company.The documents are being released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by Reuters and others. They can be viewed on an OSHA web page: (1.usa.gov/... more

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