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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 08th, 2015
By: Rebecca SpectorThe food industry is pushing for QR codes instead of clear package labels, leaving consumers without smartphones in the dark.The new poll also shows that labeling is supported by large majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents, as well as people who hold both favorable and unfavorable views of GMOs.In line with previous polls, this latest survey found that overall,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 08th, 2015
By: Tom KarstAnother version of J.R. Simplot’s Innate biotech potato has been given preliminary approval by federal officials.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said the agency will deregulate a line of genetically engineered potatoes. The biotech Innate snowden variety, developed by the J.R. Simplot Company, features low... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 08th, 2015
By: Damian MannA proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Jackson County’s ban on genetically engineered crops would allow continued growing of Roundup-ready alfalfa if it has already been planted.Farmers with the genetically modified or GMO alfalfa would have an eight-year period where they could grow their crops under the terms of the settlement.“I think that we will be really... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 07th, 2015
By: Steven Dubios | Associated PressPORTLAND, ORE. - A settlement was reached Monday in a federal lawsuit challenging an Oregon county's ban on genetically engineered crops.Two alfalfa farms in Jackson County have agreed not to appeal an earlier court ruling that upheld the voter-approved ban. In exchange, the county won't force growers who already planted genetically engineered alfalfa... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 07th, 2015
By: Russell BlackstockSuperbugs resistant to all antibiotics have spread to Europe for the first time - and they could already be in New Zealand, a senior Kiwi scientist warns.The news comes the day after it was revealed a patient in Denmark has become infected with an untreatable form of salmonella.Danish scientists also discovered untreatable bacteria in five samples of chicken imported from... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 07th, 2015
By: Dominique PattonA Chinese biotech seed firm is aiming to launch the country's first genetically modified corn products overseas on the home turf of the world's top agricultural companies, as Beijing's reticence over GMO food keeps the domestic market off limits. The plan by Beijing-based Origin Agritech to test its technology in the United States, which has dominated the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 05th, 2015
A dangerous, hard-to-detect superbug is on the rise, according to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacterium, which scientists dubbed the “phantom menace,” is antibiotic-resistant.The superbug belongs to the family of bacteria known as Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which are dangerous because of their high mortality rates –... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 04th, 2015
 Don't let Monsanto Kill GMO labeling - Every voice counts!Don't let Monsanto corrupt our democracy and our food supply - Take Action Today!ALL HANDS ON DECK! This morning the USDA just approved a new GMO corn from Monsanto, while the U.S. Senate is working overtime to kill states' rights to label GMO - Take action now!Dear Food Democracy Now! Supporters,It's hard to believe... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 04th, 2015
By: Nicholas WadeAn international group of scientists meeting in Washington called on Thursday for what would, in effect, be a moratorium on making inheritable changes to the human genome.The group said it would be “irresponsible to proceed” until the risks could be better assessed and until there was “broad societal consensus about the appropriateness” of any proposed... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 04th, 2015
By: Jason BestA staggering majority of Americans think genetically engineered foods should be clearly labeled. Why isn’t D.C. listening?Even if you’ve grown cynical about the outsize influence of special interests in politics, the fight in Washington, D.C., over whether or not to require foods made with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such is enough to get your blood... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2015
Soybean trading firms in Brazil will have to renegotiate agreements to collect royalties for seed giant Monsanto Co on genetically modified soybeans bought from farmers, the president of industry association Abiove said on Wednesday.Monsanto's demands that soy buyers police farmers' royalties payments on its Intacta RR2 Pro technology, and trading houses' belief they should be... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2015
Brazilian research exposes more broken promises of the GMO industry. Claire Robinson reportsMonsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans are outperformed by non-GM soybeans in the major soy-producing regions of Brazil, according to new scientific study reported in Valor Econômico. Intacta soybeans contain genes for tolerance to glyphosate herbicide and a Bt insecticidal toxin. ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2015
By: Mark DearnThe prospects for a meaningful agreement at the UN climate change talksbeginning on Monday are bleak. As a result, so too are the prospects for the 100 million more people predicted to be living in poverty by 2030 as a result of global warming.Though framed by record high temperatures and an increasing number of extreme weather events, the Paris talks are already... more

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