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Blog Archive (October 2015)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 30th, 2015
By: Ben SchillerLittle known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there's potential to soak up much more.Scientists have proposed all kinds of complicated—and probably dangerous—ways to take carbon pollution out of the atmosphere or mitigate its effect. But there's actually a far simpler geo-engineering... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 29th, 2015
Two Russian lawmakers propose to amend the Law on Consumers’ Rights. It would demand food producers attach large and readable warnings on all GMO-containing products as well as detailed explanations of artificial additives in foodstuffs.According to the draft, information about genetically-modified organisms in food products must be printed in a large black font on a white background and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 29th, 2015
By: Ronnie CumminsHealth and food safety are hot button issues for millions of Americans—and rightly so.Polls indicate alarm over the contamination of everyday foods by pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, synthetic additives and, especially, genetically modified organisms (GMOs).A recent New York Times poll found that 93 percent of Americans want GMOs labeled, an action already required by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 29th, 2015
Agricultural giant Monsanto hopes to double its sales in Mexico over the next five years, depending in part on whether permits for the cultivation of commercial-scale genetically modified corn are approved in the country, a company official said on Tuesday.Mexico, one of the biggest corn producers in the world, is in the midst of a fierce, longstanding debate about whether to allow the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 29th, 2015
A Monsanto research centre in western France suffered heavy fire damage in a suspected arson attack early Wednesday morning, the official in charge of the site said.The official, Jakob Witten, said police investigators "strongly suspect it was a crime as no electrical or other sources were found."The fire was ignited from two different places at the site, where about 10 people work and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 29th, 2015
By: Clare Leschin-HoarWould you be able to tell if the wild Alaskan sockeye salmon you ordered for dinner was swapped out for a less expensive piece of farm-raised salmon?For the observant, the color difference between the two would likely be the first giveaway. (Sockeye has a deeper red-orange hue.) Or maybe you'd notice the disparity in the thickness of fillet. (Sockeye is flatter and less... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 28th, 2015
By: Rafeal SanchezIndiana farmers are facing a deadline that will determine how they will recoup their losses involving seeds.Farmers like Jim Schrier aren't pleased with Syngenta, the Swiss company they say sold them a corn seed that cost them millions of dollars."Especially this year many farmers will be losing money, and I think this lawsuit is about what Syngenta has done, driving... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 28th, 2015
Oct 28 Japan's Mitsui & Co says:- reached agreement to sell its entire stake in Santa Vitoria Acucar e Alcool Ltda (SVAA) to Dow Chemical Co for about $200 millionSource text for Eikon: Further company coverage:Originally Published: Reuters

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 27th, 2015
By: Lorraine ChowGlyphosate, a widely popular herbicide that has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, was detected in 85 percent of cotton hygiene products tested in a preliminary study from researchers at the University of La Plata in Argentina.Sixty-two percent of the samples also tested positive for AMPA (or... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 25th, 2015
Syngenta's(SYNN.VX) new chief executive does not necessarily need to come from outside the company and big strategy changes would be "inopportune", the chairman of the Swiss agrochemicals group told a local newspaper on Saturday.Chief Executive Mike Mack stepped down as Syngenta's CEO earlier this week just two months after the company spurned a $47 billion (31 billion pound)... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 24th, 2015
By: Brittany RobinsAmericans love their food.But some sustenance enjoyed across the country contain controversial ingredients that are prohibited elsewhere.Here are five foods that other countries have kicked to the curb.1. Farm Raised SalmonUnlike their wild counterparts, farm raised salmon are bred on a diet of grains, as well as an amalgam of antibiotics, which may cause antibiotic resistence... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 24th, 2015
By: Jim McKeeverHARTFORD – The City of Hartford and  Hartford Board of Education announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Monsanto Company for the costs of removing PCBs found at JC Clark Elementary School.The lawsuit seeks to shift the full costs of removal and remediation of the PCBs to the Monsanto Company, the sole manufacturer of the man-made compounds.The PCBs were... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 24th, 2015
By: Karl Plume and P.J. HuffstutterThe U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday signed off on a new genetically modified type of corn developed by Monsanto Co after a review concluded it posed no significant threat to agricultural crops, other plants or the environment.The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it would deregulate Monsanto's MON 87411 maize,... more

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