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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2015
By: Nathaniel ComfortFor centuries, human hereditary improvement was a problem in social, not biological, engineering: how to persuade or coerce people into marrying to benefit the population as a whole. The obvious analogy was to agriculture and animal husbandry. In Plato’s Republic, Socrates says that only the best citizens would be allowed to mate, so that the population could be... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2015
By: Zoe Loftus-FarrenMore than 20 years after the first genetically engineered plant hit American grocery stores, the FDA has approved the first transgenic animal for human consumption: a salmon.The AquaBounty Salmon, as it is known, is an Atlantic salmon genetically engineered to grow more rapidly than its non-GE counterpart, allowing it to reach market size in just 18 to 20 months, compared to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2015
Monsanto and the pesticide industry breathed a collective sigh of relief on 12 November 2015. The findings of an investigation into the toxicity of glyphosate by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and EU Member States were in stark contradiction to the March 2015 conclusion by the International Agency for Research against Cancer (IARC), a body of the World Health Organization (WHO), that... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2015
By: Chris FuhrmeisterAmerica is often a nation divided on any number of wedge issues, but GMO labeling apparently isn't one of them. A poll conducted by research firm The Mellman Group finds 89 percent of likely 2016 presidential election voters favor mandatory labels on "foods which have been genetically engineered or containing genetically engineered ingredients.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2015
By: Tom PolansekSyngenta AG on Wednesday cleared one U.S. regulatory hurdle toward domestic marketing of corn seeds containing a trait that is genetically engineered to resist weed killers including glyphosate.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said it will no longer regulate the Syngenta Seeds corn trait known as MZHG0JG.The USDA has... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2015
In approving genetically engineered salmon as safe to eat and safe for the environment, the Food and Drug Administration rejected petitions from environmental and food safety groups asking that companies selling this salmon be required to label it as genetically engineered. Congress should overturn that decision. Consumers deserve to know what they are eating.The salmon, made by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2015
By: Michael K. HansenThe F.D.A.'s decision to allow the sale of genetically modified salmon — the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption — discounted the needs of American consumers. When it comes to food, consumers deserve rigorous safety testing for human and environmental risks and meaningful labels they can use to decide what to eat. They got... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerThe Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) launched a new initiative Wednesday aimed at satisfying both consumers and food producers in the fight over whether to label foods with genetically modified ingredients.GMA said more than 30 companies have already agreed to participate in the SmartLabel initiative, which will allow consumers to find detailed product information by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2015
By: Lydia WheelerDespite efforts in Congress to keep the labeling of genetically modified foods voluntary, a new poll released Wednesday found the majority of Americans support mandatory labeling laws.The poll commissioned by a number consumer and environmental groups including Just Label It, Food & Water Watch and Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety found that 89 percent of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2015
US scientists and activists have called for global prohibition on "germline editing," or the genetic modification of human embryos, saying "there is no justification for, and many arguments against" the looming technology.Ahead of the International Summit on Human Gene Editing in Washington, DC, around 150 scientists, health practitioners, scholars, and others led by the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 01st, 2015
By: Sybille De La HamaideDifferences between the United States and the European Union over issues such as genetically modified crops and hormone-treated beef could scupper a free trade deal, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.The European Union and the United States hope to seal a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that would encompass a third of world trade... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2015
By: Tom PolansekDow Chemical Co (  DOW.N) has struck a deal to sell a part of its global herbicide business, as low crop prices continue to drive talk of consolidation in the agriculture industry.Dow on Monday said it agreed to sell a portfolio of weed killers known as dinitroanilines to privately held Gowan Company. The deal comes a month after Dow said it was reviewing all options for... more

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