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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 09th, 2015
By: Ronnie Cummins“If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health and democracy crisis, then the people will … Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.” —Dr. Vandana Shiva, speaking at the founding meeting of Regeneration International... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 09th, 2015
By: Casey GillamCombatants in a national food fight over labeling genetically modified products are gearing up for a showdown in the U.S. Senate, campaign leaders said on Tuesday.The tactics range from old-fashioned lobbying to modern social media campaigns, and both sides say it is too early to tell who will prevail."I feel like we're in the final battle now," said David Bronner, a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 09th, 2015
By: Mark BushThe study, published in the journal Environmental Health, found that continuous exposure to very low doses of the herbicide Roundup might be linked to liver and kidney damage.The researchers looked at how genes changed in rats that were given a commercial Roundup formulation containing 0.1 parts per billion of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) over a two-year... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 09th, 2015
By: Timothy Wise | Tufts UniversityAs the vitriol intensifies in what passes for debate over the safety of genetically modified foods, scientific inquiry, thankfully, continues. A Tufts researcher, Sheldon Krimsky, recently published his assessment of the last seven years of peer-reviewed evidence, finding 26 studies that “reported adverse effects or uncertainties... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 09th, 2015
By: Lorraine ChowIn a first for the country, California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) has issued plans to list glyphosate—the toxic active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide—as known to cause cancer.According to a “notice of intent” issued last week by the Cal/EPA’s California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 08th, 2015
Enjoying your Outer Cape vacation? It’s hot, so remember to stay hydrated while visiting the National Seashore. Drink a couple glasses of water, drawn from the ground where lies one of the most pristine sole-source aquifers in the nation. You’d better come soon and drink fast, because this fall that water may be polluted.Eversource, formerly known as NStar, intends to spray five... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 08th, 2015
By: Mohi M. RaoEven short-term use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could lead to a range of health problems including steroidal hormonal imbalances, says a new study.Published in the journal Toxicology Reports, Medhamurthy Rudraiah and Aparamita Pandey — both from Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics, Indian Institute of Science (IISc... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 07th, 2015
The EPA’s office of environmental health hazard assessment in California wants to label four chemicals, including the most popular herbicide and key ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundrup, glyphosate, as “known to cause cancer,” following the most recent WHO cancer research division’s report.The “notice of intent” envisions placing Glyphosate within... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 07th, 2015
By: Samantha CowanScientists and industry professionals are often called in to offer their expertise on various causes and products. And while practically all specialists can agree on some topics—such as climate change or the efficacy of a brand of toothpaste—there’s no clear consensus about the safety of GMO foods, which have been genetically altered to contain more nutrients... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 05th, 2015
By: Eric LiptonWASHINGTON — At Monsanto, sales of genetically modified seeds were steadily rising. But executives at the company’s St. Louis headquarters were privately worried about attacks on the safety of their products.So Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, and its industry partners retooled their lobbying and public relations strategy to spotlight a rarefied group... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 05th, 2015
By: Vandana ShivaIn addition to illegal royalties, the firm owes the families of 'prime aged' working Indian farmers $1.764 trillion.Farmers, first of all, are breeders. They might not have the lab coats that have come to define modern plant breeding, but their wisdom, knowledge and contribution is unquestionable. To be able to continue breeding, using their own seed, is their first right... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 04th, 2015
Press ReleaseThe agriculture committee on Thursday rejected the Commission's draft law that would give member states the power to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GM food or feed on their territory. It fears that arbitrary national bans could distort competition on the EU's single market and jeopardise the Union's food production sectors which are heavily dependent on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 03rd, 2015
By: Ashwin RameshCould fruits have changed the entire direction of human evolution? What do religious beliefs have to say in this; does the Forbidden fruit ring any bells? Well, this may seem pretty random unless you have knowledge about the science of Epigenetics. This is the study of how environmental factors have an impact on the genetic make-up of man. In this case, environmental factors... more

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