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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 24th, 2015
The vast majority ‒ 85 percent ‒ of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization.Meanwhile, 62 percent of the samples tested positive for AMPA, glyphosate's metabolite, according to the study, which was conducted by researchers at... more

Posted By: Dave Murphy on Oct 23rd, 2015
Even the notoriously brash billionaire backs down from fight with GMO seed giant.Clear Lake, Iowa — What comes up, must go down. As the race for the presidential campaign field of 2016 heats up, Donald Trump's poll numbers have started to slip. The first place this has been noticed is in Iowa, where the latest Des Moines Register Poll has Trump trailing Ben Carson by 9 points.In a quick... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 22nd, 2015
By: Alice BaghjianSyngenta AG has named Chief Financial Officer John Ramsay as provisional CEO to replace Mike Mack, who unexpectedly quit amid mounting shareholder criticism at the world’s largest agrochemical maker for his refusal to engage with Monsanto Co. over its $47 billion takeover approach.Ramsay will replace Mack on an interim basis, the Basel-based company said in a statement on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 21st, 2015
By: Casey GillamA plan by California environmental officials to list a commonly used herbicide as cancer-causing should be withdrawn, Monsanto Co told state regulators on Tuesday, saying California's actions could be considered illegal because they are not considering valid scientific evidence.The formal comments were filed by Monsanto with the state's Office of Environmental Health... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 17th, 2015
As freedom of information requests reveal ostensibly independent GMO proponents to be working hand-in-hand with the GMO industry, Claire Robinson asks if the misinformation game is finally overBelow is a selection of some of the GMO industry’s bad press following the emails released as a result of freedom of information requests by the NGO, US Right to Know and various journalists.The... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 16th, 2015
French seed group Vilmorin and German peer KWS SAAT signed long-term licensing agreements with Syngenta to use the Swiss chemical group's genetically modified (GMO) corn traits, they said on Thursday.They will be allowed to market Syngenta's current and future corn (maize) traits on a separate basis or through their joint ventures AgReliant, which sells seeds in North America, and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 16th, 2015
By: Carey GillamPersonal injury law firms around the United States are lining up plaintiffs for what they say could be "mass tort" actions against agrichemical giant Monsanto Co that claim the company's Roundup herbicide has caused cancer in farm workers and others exposed to the chemical.The latest lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Delaware Superior Court by three law firms... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 14th, 2015
Syngenta has withdrawn two applications for genetically modified products in the European Union following a re-evaluation of their commercial potential, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.The company applied for approval to cultivate maize in the EU with the MIR604 trait for rootworm control in 2010.Syngenta said there was a linked application for approval to cultivate maize stacked with three traits... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 13th, 2015
By: Ben UnglesbeeA St. Louis County circuit court judge has declared a mistrial in a lawsuit against Monsanto Co. and related companies that alleged Monsanto was negligent in the production and marketing of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, during its time as a chemical company.Steve Jensen, an attorney with Dallas, Texas-based law firm Allen Stewart PC representing the plaintiffs in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 10th, 2015
By: Lorraine Chow[Update: EcoWatch was provided documentation today, Oct. 9, regarding the Judi Fitzgerald vs. Monsanto Company lawsuit. The documentation dated Oct. 6, says, “Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4l(a)(l)(A)(i), Plaintiff Judi Fitzgerald, by and through her undersigned counsel, hereby gives notice that the above-action against Defendant Monsanto... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 09th, 2015
By: Dawn PappleMonsanto’s profits are slipping and the agriculture giant best known for its GMO Roundup Ready seeds announced Thursday that restructuring will occur, including layoffs. Monsanto missed its fourth quarter earnings and is offering share buybacks, according to Seeking Alpha. The revisions come after the company lost 19 cents per share when they were expected to break... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 09th, 2015
By: Tracy LoewThree Oregon legislators are among 95 lawmakers across the nation urging Congress to reject a proposed law that would prevent states from requiring labels on food made with GMOs.The U.S. House easily passed H.R. 1599, which is backed by the food industry, in July. It faces a tougher battle in the Senate.The legislation would repeal mandatory GMO labeling laws in several states and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 08th, 2015
By: Ken RoseboroAs an Episcopal pastor, Dan Hinkle is a man of peace and faith, but the issue of genetically modified foods (GMOs) makes him angry.“We don’t know the long-term effects of genetic engineering; this is a questionable process,” said Hinkle, who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “We have been force fed something we should not have been. People are being hurt by... more

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