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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 11th, 2015
By: Chris MorranTwo years ago, the Food and Drug Administration — after decades of delay — paid lip service to the idea of reducing the use of medically important antibiotics for growth-promotion in farm animals, by asking the drug makers to voluntarily stop selling antibiotics specifically for that purpose. Critics called the FDA actions pointless while the drug and beef... more

Posted By: Dave Murphy on Dec 11th, 2015
RED ALERT: Right now a handful of members of Congress are trying to sneak a legislative rider into a must pass spending bill in a backroom deal - Stop Monsanto's GMO Trolls in Congress - Every voice counts! This is it. Literally. The next 48 hours could decide whether Americans will win GMO labeling OR have transparency and freedom in our food supply, permanently stolen by a legislative trick... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 10th, 2015
By: Lorraine ChowRussia—which largely opposes genetically modified food (GMOs) and is stamping out GMOs in its entire food production—wants to be world’s largest exporter of non-GMO food, according to RT.In a speech given to Russian Parliament last week, President Vladimir Putin announced his intention to be the world’s biggest supplier of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 10th, 2015
The US food regulator has approved GMO chicken to produce a breakthrough drug. Extracted from transgenic hens’ egg whites, the medicine is hoped to help patients with a rare, rapidly progressive disease affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans.The drug, named Kanuma, would help people whose bodies can’t break down fatty molecules in cells, causing fat to accumulate in the liver, spleen... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 10th, 2015
By: Daniel J. KevlesWe finally have the tools to achieve an old dream: better-quality humans. Will anyone stop us?The technology is called CRISPR/Cas9. It is a modest acronym for an enormously powerful new molecular tool that, depending how it is used, could change the future of the human race. Using this we can now edit—that is, alter—the genes in any organism, including human beings... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 10th, 2015
By: Colin TodhunterBased on the results on his farm in Gujarat, Indian farmer and campaigner Bhaskar Save demonstrated that by using traditional methods, his yields were superior to any farm using chemicals in terms of quantity, nutritional quality, biological diversity, ecological sustainability, water conservation, energy efficiency and economic profitability.Bhaskar Save died in October,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2015
Jackson County, Ore. — Jackson County Commissioners unanimously approve a settlement between GMO crop farmers and Jackson County after voters banned GMO crops in the county.The deal would allow certain farmers growing GMO alfalfa to continue to grow out that crop and switch out of GMO alfalfa at the end of their crops life, not exceeding 8 years.GMO farmers would in turn, agree to not... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2015
Member of the Council of Canadians worried about "corporate and political pressure"Recently we reported that Dr Eilish Cleary, chief medical officer of health for the Canadian province of New Brunswick, had been “put on leave” by her employer while studying glyphosate.Now it seems things have escalated and Dr Cleary has been fired, with no cause given.The Council... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2015
By: Jason BestFood makers want the Senate to pass a bill that would make labeling voluntary and supersede state-level laws.There’s no doubt about it: The food industry is counting on you to be distracted at this busy time of year, what with all those visions of sugarplums, etc., as it tries to make a stealth end run to quash any effort to require the labeling of foods that contain... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2015
By: Kathy McKeownWhat's the history behind the approval of genetically engineered salmon?The recent approval of genetically engineered salmon for human consumption by the FDA brought back my memories of the Golden Rice controversy. It also raises a question, amid the conflicts of our world: who gets fed?Golden Rice was initially developed by a research team led by two scientists, Ingo... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2015
By: James GallagherFarmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says.Some infections are becoming almost impossible to treat, because of the excessive use of antibiotics. And more than half of those used around the world are used in animals, often to make them grow more quickly.The Review on Antimicrobial... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2015
In an effort to reassure global consumers of Monsanto’s leading product, a team assembled by the agrochemical giant is challenging the World Health Organization (WHO)’s conclusion which deemed Roundup herbicide “probably carcinogenic” to humans.In order to review the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) verdict, which was announced back in March,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2015
By: Jerome AningTHE SUPREME Court has stopped the government and private agricultural companies from field testing “Bt talong,” a variety of genetically modified eggplant.According to spokesperson Theodore Te, the court en banc voted unanimously to stop the field testing of Bt talong, so-called because it contains a gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, which is supposed to... more

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