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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 24th, 2015
By: Joanna FantozziRussia and France have both announced bans on GMOs, becoming the latest nations to join a growing list of countries worldwide that have outlawed genetically modified foods.“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then,” said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, according to Russia Today. “We don’t need to do that; we have... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 24th, 2015
The Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum has moved to court in a bid to stop the Kenyan government from lifting the  ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).In a petition filed Thursday against the Kenyan government, the group that represents small scale farmers, argues that the impending lifting of the ban without public participation will undermine indigenous crops.The Kenya Small Scale... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 24th, 2015
Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser and a number of Italian Ministries have confirmed that both countries are officially requesting an opt-out from growing the eight varieties of  GM maize permitted or set to be permitted at the EU level, thus there will now be a full ban on GM crops in both countries under new EU regulations."Austria has made use of the newly created EU opt... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2015
By: Willy BlackmoreThe politics of genetically engineered foods are being redrawn in Europe, where a near complete disapproval persisted until earlier this year. Now, it’s up to individual nations to say whether or not they want GMO crops grown on their soil.So far, it hasn’t been the leading farming countries that are saying no to the controversial technology. On Monday, Northern... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2015
By: Ronnie Cummins and Alexis Baden-Mayer“Something is going to happen. If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”So we were told recently by a Senate staffer, during one of the many meetings we’ve held with Senators to urge them to reject H.R. 1599 or what we refer to as the DARK—Deny Americans the Right to Know—Act.Could that... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerA House-backed bill to keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is headed for the Senate, but opponents say they aren’t too concerned. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) is planning to introduce the bill if he can get a Democratic co-sponsor and enough support in the Senate to move it through the upper chamber... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2015
By: Carey GillamConcerns about the world's most popular herbicide continue to mount, as U.S. agricultural experts note spreading weed resistance to glyphosate.As the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide products as well as about 700 other products, glyphosate is widely used on farms as well as residential lawns.But the chemical has come under increasing scrutiny in recent... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2015
Genetically modified crops have been prohibited in Northern Ireland.Stormont Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said he was unconvinced of the advantages of the technology. SHARE    GO TO The European Union said earlier this year that its 28 member states could adopt their own positions on the issue.Mr Durkan said: "I remain unconvinced of the advantages of GM... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2015
It was a sad day for U.S. citizens when 275 members of Congress voted to approve H.R. 1599, dubbed the Dark Act, designed to make any state effort to require the labeling genetically modified organisms illegal.Congress, in effect, has thumbed its nose at the states’ constitutional rights and the 90 percent who say that we want GMOs labeled and want the same basic rights that consumers in 60... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 21st, 2015
Associated PressBOSTON (AP) - State lawmakers are planning to hear from the public this week on a bill that would require that all foods sold in Massachusetts containing genetically engineered ingredients be clearly labeled.Supporters say they’ve already won the backing of more than 150 of the state’s 200 lawmakers.A coalition supporting the measure, including MASSPIRG, is planning to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 21st, 2015
By: Dr. MercolaWorldwide, more than 5 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed onto crops each year,1 and more than 75 percent of the US population has detectable levels of organophosphates (OPs), which are among the most commonly used insecticides on American farms.Your diet is one of the most likely routes of exposure – unless you're a farmer or live near an... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 19th, 2015
A senior Russian government member told reporters the cabinet decided that any food production in the country will completely exclude any genetically-modified organisms or parts thereof.“As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions,” Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich said at an international conference on biotechnology... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 18th, 2015
France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country remains in place, it said on Thursday.The European Union's largest grain grower and exporter has asked the European Commission for France to be excluded from some GM maize crop cultivation under the new scheme, the farm and environment ministries said... more

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