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Blog Archive (December 2015)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 31st, 2015
An application by two environmental groups to the Federal Court of Canada to stop production of genetically-modified salmon on Prince Edward Island has failed.'This should allay any remaining fears consumers may have about our fish.'- AquaBounty CEO Ron StotishThe Ecology Action Centre of Halifax and the Living Oceans Society in B.C. filed the appeal against AquaBounty... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 31st, 2015
Dec 29 Chemical maker DuPont Co said it would cut 1,700 jobs in Delaware, as part of a previously announced plan to reduce its workforce before combining with Dow Chemical Co in a $130 billion megamerger.The job cuts in the state, which has been its home for more than 213 years, will take place in the beginning of 2016, DuPont Chief Executive Ed Breen said in a letter to the company's... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2015
By: Jim HetzerThere have been major concerns about the overuse and overexposure to antibiotics that are leading to “super bugs” that cannot be killed by any existing antibiotic. Joseph Mercola, MD has described a new channel for the development of antibiotic resistant microbes from a relatively unlikely source. Dr. Mercola released an article on Dec. 29, 2015 titled “Factory... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2015
By: Karen Ann CullottaWhen I heard that a Chinese biotech firm had recently invented a genetically modified miniature pig petite enough to make the perfect pet, I knew my friend Lulu the guinea pig would be woefully unamused.As Lulu pensively nibbled on a carrot before scurrying into her igloo for an afternoon nap, I lamented the fate of some of her kind. Despite possessing gentle and friendly... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2015
By: Patricia LopezDoes your New Year's plan include eating a healthy clean diet, like antibiotic free food?McDonald's, Subway and other major chains have recently announced plans to reduce or eliminate antibiotic use in the meat they serve.While those changes are a ways off, you can buy meat in the supermarket from animals raised without antibiotics.The numbers are alarming: 23,000... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2015
By: Karen GrahamAiken - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming more common, prompting medical and health care officials, as well as the media to better educate the public in the misuse and abuse of antibiotics. However, based on a new study, it may be worse than thought.The University of Georgia's J. Vaun McArthur, a senior research ecologist with the Savannah River Ecology... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 28th, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to give food industry groups more time to weigh in on what "natural" should denote on product labels.The agency asked the public to comment in November on whether it should define the term and set guidelines for its use on food products, including those that are genetically engineered or made with genetically engineered... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 27th, 2015
By: Lorraine ChowThe Yurok Tribe—California’s largest tribe with roughly 5,000 enrolled members—passed a historic ban ongenetically modified (GMOs) crops and salmon.The Yurok Tribal Council unanimously voted on Dec. 10 to enact the Yurok Tribe Genetically Engineered Organism (GEO) Ordinance:The Tribal GEO Ordinance prohibits the propagation, raising, growing... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 27th, 2015
Environmental contaminants may be partly to blame for the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new US study suggests. J Vaun McArthur from the University of Georgia tested his hypothesis in streams on the US department of energy's Savannah River Site (SRS). The 802-sqkm site near Aiken, South Carolina, east of the Savannah River, was closed to the public in the early 1950s to produce... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 23rd, 2015
Swiss agrichemicals group Syngenta is in talks with Monsanto, ChemChina and other rivals but has not received a concrete takeover offer and is keeping all options open, Chairman Michel Demare told a Swiss newspaper."Given what shareholders expect for the next 12 months, going it alone is hardly possible," he told Finanz und Wirtschaft in an interview published on its website, noting... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 23rd, 2015
It is “almost too late” to stop a global superbug crisis caused by the misuse of antibiotics, a leading expert has warned.Scientists have a “50-50” chance of salvaging existing antibiotics from bacteria which has become resistant to its effects, according to Dr David Brown.The director at Antibiotic Research UK, whose discoveries helped make more than £20bn ($30bn)... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 22nd, 2015
By: Sarah KnaptonCóilín Nunan, Scientific Adviser to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, said “Despite scientists saying that resistance to this last-resort antibiotic is likely to be spreading from farm animals to humans, it still remains completely legal in the UK and in most EU countries to routinely feed colistin to large groups of intensively farmed animals, even when no disease... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 22nd, 2015
YUROK COUNTRY –  On December 10, 2015, after several months of committee drafting and opportunity for public comment, the Yurok Tribal Council unanimously voted to enact the Yurok Tribe Genetically Engineered Organism (“GEO”) Ordinance. The Tribal GEO Ordinance prohibits the propagation, raising, growing, spawning, incubating, or releasing genetically engineered... more

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