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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2015
By: Julie SteenhuysenA group of U.S. scientists and activists on Monday called for a global ban on the use of new tools to edit the genes of human embryos, in a report issued a day before a major international meeting in Washington to discuss the ethical and policy issues surrounding the technology.A technological innovation that can strategically edit out specific stretches of DNA could... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2015
By: Mathew Grimson and Elisha FieldstadtFrench riot police fired tear gas at activists protesting as part of global climate demonstrations Sunday, on the eve of the COP21 climate summit in Paris. About 200 protesters, some wearing masks, fought with police on a street leading to the Place de la Republique, which has become a gathering place for Parisians since the terror attacks on Nov. 13.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2015
Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding has dropped out of a high-profile project to develop an antibiotic for treating "superbug" infections, the company said on Sunday.Roche had agreed in 2013 to pay privately held partner Polyphor up to 500 million Swiss francs ($485.3 million) for rights to the product, marking a rare foray by a major pharmaceuticals company into the battle against superbug... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2015
By: Peter MarcusDENVER – Colorado activists are mounting a campaign to oppose federal legislation that would prohibit states from requiring labeling of genetically modified foods, despite Colorado voters already rejecting mandatory labeling. The coalition – including Food and Water Watch – points to a Republican-led effort in Congress that aims at “safe and accurate... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 29th, 2015
By: Shannyn MooreFor close to two decades, AquaBounty, a company from Massachusetts, has been genetically modifying salmon. Apparently the whole years in the ocean, swimming back to the home creek, spawning upriver natural progression, is just too much of a pain. It takes too long.Instead AquaBounty has created a hybrid Atlantic salmon-Chinook salmon with just a sprinkle of a gene from an eel-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 28th, 2015
By: Roli SrivastavaA bug that doctors until about three years ago treated with moderate-class antibiotics is now causing worry in intensive care units of hospitals across the country. Doctors report that third-generation antibiotics — carbapanems — are failing to treat the Klebsiella pathogen, leading to higher mortality in patients and peg the resistance at up to 50 per cent. In... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 27th, 2015
Nearly 3,000 Indiana corn farmers claim in a lawsuit that the Swiss company Syngenta prematurely released a genetically modified seed to market, costing them millions in losses from plummeting corn prices and a Chinese import ban.According to Keith Orebaugh, lead plaintiff who is seeking class-action status in the lawsuit, the price of corn has plummeted over the last two years since Syngenta... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 27th, 2015
HYDERABAD: The Telangana government on Wednesday complained to the Hyderabad High Court that companies like Monsanto and their Indian associates like Mahico Monsanto, are exploiting farmers in Telangana. The state said its effort to rein in such unscrupulous market players was thwarted by a single judge who stayed its intervention. "Hence, we filed this appeal to get the stay vacated... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 27th, 2015
By: Pratch RujivanaromACTIVIST AGRICULTURAL groups and organic farmers have expressed concern over a proposed Biological Safety Bill they say will lead to contamination of their crops by genetically modified organisms (GMO).Biothai Foundation director Witoon Lianchamroon warned against the Biological Safety Bill yesterday. He said if this bill passes Parliament and becomes effective, it will open... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 26th, 2015
By: Taylor HillOne year after approving a powerful and highly toxic weed killer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed course, announcing on Wednesday it will revoke its approval of the product called Enlist Duo.Enlist Duo’s chemical combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D—intended for use as a weed killer on genetically modified corn and soybean crops—is ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 26th, 2015
By: Dan CharlesEver been caught telling different stories to different people? It's awkward.Dow AgroSciences, which sells seeds and pesticides to farmers, made contradictory claims to different parts of the U.S. government about its latest herbicide. The Environmental Protection Agency just found out, and now wants to cancel Dow's legal right to sell the product.The herbicide, which... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 25th, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerWholesale retailer Costco and seafood chain Red Lobster publicly committed not to sell genetically engineered salmon, environmental groups announced Tuesday.Friends of the Earth, a coalition of more than 30 consumer, health, food safety and fishing groups released the retailer’s statement, which said, “Although the FDA has approved the sale of GMO salmon, Costco... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 25th, 2015
The senior senator for Connecticut — a state with the nation's first labeling law for genetically modified foods — decried a recent decision by federal regulators deeming GMO salmon as safe for human consumption.The U.S. Food & Drug Administration this month ruled that the salmon, which was created by a Massachusetts company, can be sold in the U.S.Sen. Richard Blumenthal said... more

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