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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2016
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that he has filed an environmental lawsuit against Monsanto in King County Superior Court. The lawsuit seeks damages and cleanup costs associated with the polychlorinated produced for decades while hiding what they knew about the toxic chemicals’ harm to human health and the environment.Monsanto was the only U.S. company to produce PCBs... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2016
Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that NASA astronauts grew and ate in space. For nearly 20 years, Morton’s work was limited only by his imagination and by how many different kinds of lettuce he could get his hands on. But in the early 2000s, he started noticing... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2016
Out of 579 published studies on GM crops that were analysed by researchers affiliated to France's National Institute for Agricultural Research, about 40% showed conflict of interest.There’s more coverage of this study here:http://gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/173751. GM studies “biased” by company links2. Conflicts of interest in GM Bt crop efficacy and durability studies... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 29th, 2016
Obesity and top killers such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer have something significant in common — they’re all rooted in insulin and leptin resistance.In other words, the underlying problem is metabolic dysfunction that develops as a result of consuming too many net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber) and/or protein. Sugars found in processed... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 29th, 2016
By David WallingaScientists and regulators have sounded the alarm linking the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production with helping to increase the creation and spread of antibiotic resistant infections. Three years ago, as a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a voluntary program seeking to curb some livestock drug uses. But the widespread... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 29th, 2016
A new analysis using cutting-edge molecular profiling methods shows the genetic engineering process caused large increases in two potentially toxic compounds in a Monsanto Roundup-tolerant maize. Report: Claire RobinsonA GMO maize variety that has been in the food and feed supply for years is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart, the results of a new peer-reviewed study[1] show... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 28th, 2016
In Europe the GMO label has become the equivalent of a skull-and-crossbones for many retail sectors and shoppers, resulting in a situation where GM ingredients are rarely used in food meant for human consumption. Pro-GMO lobbyists hope that a new wave of “gene-edited” plants and animals will escape GMO labelling and enter the food supply unnoticed and unopposed. They have... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 28th, 2016
Argentinian Federal Prosecutor Fabián Canda has officially filed a request to the Federal Administrative Court of Buenos Aires to prohibit the sale of GMO seeds that are designed to be grown with glyphosate herbicides (Roundup Ready), due to the probable harm to human and environmental health being caused by the weedkiller.Canda’s request, which is based on the precautionary... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 27th, 2016
Starting in March of 2017, farmers will be able to apply for financial assistance from the USDA for organic certification. Both farmers transitioning to organic farms and maintaining organic certification will qualify to apply.There will be 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) locations that farmers can apply at for reimbursement.According to FSA Administrator Val Dolcini, the current USDA... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 27th, 2016
Russia has officially proposed clear GMO labeling on all food products that contain genetically modified ingredients in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC), starting in 2017.Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) announced last week that it is inviting all EAEC countries to apply an additional “GMO” icon on the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 27th, 2016
Recently we’ve reported on the crony ties between top US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials and beverage giant Coca-Cola. New evidence suggests that the cronyism at the CDC goes far deeper.A group calling itself CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence, and Ethics in Research (CDC SPIDER) recently submitted a letter to the CDC chief of staff expressing grave... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 27th, 2016
Carolanne Wright – Classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization, glyphosate — the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and the world’s most widely used herbicide — has been found in a variety of best-selling American foods at disturbing levels, says a new report by Food Democracy Now! and The... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 27th, 2016
Glyphosate is by far the most heavily used chemical weed killer in human history. It’s so pervasive, it’s difficult to avoid ingesting it on a daily basis. Researchers have found glyphosate residue in food, tap water, rainwater, and rivers, and in urine and breast milk.The herbicide is best known as the main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, but other chemical companies now... more

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