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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 31st, 2016
The latest contagious virus freaking out the globe, particularly women worried about birth defects, may have been caused by the presence of genetically-modified mosquitoes (GMMs) in Brazil. With international health experts convening in Geneva to discuss possible cures for the Zika virus, questions are being raised as to whether they are actually to blame.In mid-2012, British biotech company... more

Posted By: Dave Murphy on Jan 30th, 2016
Tell Hillary - NO more Monsanto Money or Lobbyists in the White HouseTell Hillary to Dump Monsanto’$ Money and Stand up for Mandatory GMO Labeling! It’s time to end Monsanto’s hold on the White House and American policy once and for all. Every voice counts.In just two days, Iowa begins the process of selecting the next President of the United States. And it’s clear, we... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 30th, 2016
By: Anna EdneyGenetically engineered salmon, called “Frankenfish” by critics, have been banned from sale in the U.S. just months after being initially approved by regulators as the first such modified animals for human consumption.The Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert on Friday, saying the salmon won’t be allowed to be sold until the agency publishes final... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 30th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowAs the food fight over the labeling of genetically modified organisms(GMOs) stalls in Congress, state-level GMO mandates are gaining steam. At least 30 states have introduced some type of legislation in recent years, including three states—Connecticut, Maine and Vermont—that have actually passed GMO labeling... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 28th, 2016
By: David BrooksNew Hampshire consumers deserve to know what’s in their food, but there is considerable disagreement over how well this would be accomplished by a proposed GMO labeling bill.The bill says that food sold for retail use “that is genetically engineered shall be accompanied by a conspicuous disclosure that states Produced with Genetic Engineering or Partially Produced with... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 28th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowSeattle joins the growing list of cities in the American West that has slapped Monsanto with a PCB lawsuit. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, is a highly toxic chemical that the company manufactured decades ago.The complaint, filed on Monday with the U.S. District Court in Seattle, alleges that Monsanto knew that the chemicals were polluting the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 28th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowThe European Patent Office has revoked a false patent on genetically modified (GMO) melons held by Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, after a Jan. 20 public hearing in Munich, Germany.The Europe-based coalition No Patents on Seeds spearheaded the opposition. According to a press release from the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 28th, 2016
Ancient mineral clay used by aboriginal people in Canada for centuries could be the key to fighting against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a new study.The study, conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and published in the American Society for Microbiology's mBio journal on Tuesday, found that the clay killed 16 strains of ESKAPE bacteria samples from... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 28th, 2016
Ancient mineral clay used by aboriginal people in Canada for centuries could be the key to fighting against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a new study.The study, conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and published in the American Society for Microbiology's mBio journal on Tuesday, found that the clay killed 16 strains of ESKAPE bacteria samples from... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 27th, 2016
By: Alexander C. KaufmanIt's a formula that seems to be working to chip away at the coal industry: What you can't beat, financially isolate.But for Jeffrey M. Smith, executive director at the anti-GMO nonprofit Institute for Responsible Technology, the target isn't an ailing, polluting industry. It's Monsanto, the pesticide and bioengineering firm once dubbed ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 27th, 2016
By: Mark TranThe use of antibiotics in young children may alter the natural populations of gut microbes in a way that leaves them predisposed to weight gain and asthma in later childhood, according to new research.The study of 236 children aged between two and seven, with a median age of five, backs earlier research on mice and children indicating the negative consequences of early antibiotic use... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 26th, 2016
By: Laura Lorenzetti“Alarming” rates found in a new study. Child obesity around the world has reached alarming levels. An estimated 41 million children under 5 years old are either obese or overweight as of 2014, and the epidemic is hitting developing nations especially hard. The total number of obese young children in countries in Asia and Africa now outnumber those in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 26th, 2016
By: Willy BlackmoreThe GMO labeling law passed by the Vermont state legislature in 2014 will go into effect on July 1, beginning what could become a new era of mandatory labeling for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Other states that have passed similar laws, such as Connecticut, are waiting for neighboring states to do so as well before they enact labeling requirements. But... more

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