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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 19th, 2015
By: Sharon BrennanThe first ever antibiotic awareness week comes at a time when we seem to be finally beginning to recognise the disaster that antibiotic resistance is threatening.As someone who was born with cystic fibrosis and was lucky enough to receive a double lung transplant in 2013, I know the fear of antibiotic resistance only too well. I have been hospitalised many times... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 19th, 2015
By: P.J. HuffstutterMonsanto Co. executives are discussing whether they should acquire rivals, including top pesticide maker Syngenta AG, company executives said on Tuesday, as talk of consolidation continues in the global agrochemical industry."We've had conversations inside" about Syngenta and other agricultural companies, Monsanto President Brett Begemann said at an investor... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2015
Alleging that the Centre is going to approve the commercial cultivation of a “genetically modified (GM) mustard seed” under the guise of “hybrid mustard”, Coalition for a GM-Free India urged the State Government to continue ban on use of GM crops in Bengal. GM-Free India is a platform of NGOs working for prevention of GM Crop cultivation in the country. The “hybrid... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2015
By: Oliver MilmanEnvironmental groups are taking the Canadian government to court in an attempt to halt the production of genetically modified salmon eggs, claiming that the process risks a “huge live experiment” with the genetic makeup of all wild Atlantic salmon.A US firm has been granted permission to produce fertile salmon eggs in Canada and ship them to Panama, where they... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 17th, 2015
By: Karen GrahamEnvironmental groups are challenging Environment Canada's decision to approve the production of genetically modified salmon eggs, citing the ecological dangers of such a risky action.The Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society have partnered together in challenging Environment Canada's decision to approve genetically modified Atlantic salmon eggs. The case will be... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 17th, 2015
By: Jessica MazzolaCAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In the ongoing debate over the regulation of genetically modified foods, a $10 million building is now on the line.In a recent press announcement, Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai – a Livingston High School graduate who controversially claims to have invented email – issued a challenge to Monsanto, the nation's leading producer of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late Friday, over 130,000 individuals, along with leading environmental, food safety, and farmer groups, submitted comments calling for an overhaul of the U.S. government system regulating genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals. Known as the Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology, the existing guidelines were put together in 1986, prior to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2015
The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer and is allowing it to stay on the market. Natural Resource Defense Council’s Senior Scientist Dr. Jennifer Sass says that conflicts with a report issued by the World Health Organization that links glyphosate to exposure to cancer.Sass says the International Agency for Research on Cancer did a more... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2015
A new survey reveals widespread misconceptions about antibiotic resistance, describing it as a "global health crisis."  The World Health Organization surveyed nearly 10,000 people across 12 countries as part of the CDC's "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,"-- an effort to stop the threat posed by resistance to antibiotics.Sixty-four percent of respondents believed that... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerEnvironment and food safety groups are pushing the Obama administration to overhaul the nation’s regulations for genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals.The Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, Pesticide Action Network and Water Watch said Monday it had sent comments to President Obama and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking for mandatory, GE-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 12th, 2015
By: Nick TateJust one course of antibiotics is strong enough to disrupt the normal makeup of bacteria in your gut for up to a year — potentially leading to antibiotic resistance and causing other potential health problems.  That’s the upshot of new research published in the journal mBio spotlighting yet another way antibiotic-resistant bacteria arise to pose a threat to public... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 09th, 2015
By: Jonathan EvansTen million pounds. It’s hard to wrap your head around that number, but that was the amount of glyphosate, commonly known by its brand name Roundup, used in California in 2013.As a result, when state officials add glyphosate to the list of known cancer-causing chemicals, as they’re expected to do soon, they will be unmasking a 5 million-pound environmental... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 08th, 2015
 By: Nick MeyerWhile the Monsanto Company and the mainstream media continue to insist that GMOs have been “proven safe,” an ongoing series of independent studies and analyses have shown otherwise.That fact is quite troubling to the millions of people who’ve been ditching GMOs in record numbers, buying organic more than ever before in a bid to avoid genetically engineered... more

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