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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 24th, 2016
By: Mike IrwinSUMMERLAND, B.C. — A Fuji apple that resists turning brown could be on U.S. tables sometime this year, despite concerns over the genetically-engineered fruit by consumer and trade groups.Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of Summerland, B.C., has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate sales of its Arctic Fuji, which is genetically modified to reduce browning... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 24th, 2016
By: Karen GrahamMonsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup-Ready alfalfa has already cost farmers millions of dollars, and now, a new study by the USDA, the same agency that re-approved it, has found that GE alfalfa has really gone wild, literally.In a study published in December 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) verified that genetically engineered alfalfa had gone wild in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 24th, 2016
By: Enrico Dela Cruz and Monolo Seraprio JrThe Philippines is set to issue new rules next month on GMO imports, seeking to avert food supply disruptions when a court-ordered stoppage kicks in as import permits for animal feed expire this year, government officials said. In a landmark ruling in December, the country's Supreme Court struck down a 2002 government regulation that allowed the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 22nd, 2016
By: Lydia WheelerSenate Democrats are casting doubt on the feasibility of a new initiative from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) aimed at labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.In a letter to the GMA Thursday, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jon Tester (D-Mt.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said the group... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 22nd, 2016
By: Karl PlumeMonsanto Co stepped up its defense of a widely used weed killer on Thursday by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, from being added to the state's list of known carcinogens.The seed and agrochemicals company said it filed the suit against the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 22nd, 2016
By: Nathan DonleyHigh on a wind-swept, mountain-ringed plateau in Central Oregon, an ocean of natural grasses, sagebrush and juniper sweeps across the Crooked River National Grassland for thousands of acres. In this pristine, high desert landscape roamed by antelope and mountain lions and patrolled by falcons, eagles and hawks, the last thing you'd want to see is an invasion of a highly... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 22nd, 2016
By: Associated PressAUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine leaders will debate the possibility of changing the state’s law regarding food grown with the use of genetically modified organisms.The Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will hold a meeting about potential changes on Thursday. The state crafted a law in January 2014 that will require the labels if five... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 22nd, 2016
By: Paul KobersteinNumerous studies have shown that Chlorpyrifos causes serious harm to children and farmworkersScott Krogstad grows soybeans and sugar beets in the heart of the Red River Valley near Grand Forks, North Dakota. Like most sugar beet farmers in the Midwest, he wages a difficult war with the unpredictable infestations of the sugar beet root maggot. The maggot, the larva of a small... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 20th, 2016
By: Natalie Grover and Amrutha PenumudiZafgen Inc said positive data on its experimental obesity drug could convince the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lift a clinical hold placed on its trials in December after two patients died.Zafgen's shares more than doubled on Wednesday after the company said its lead drug, beloranib, significantly reduced body weight and an excessive urge to eat... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 19th, 2016
By: Rema NagarajanKerala is all set to become the first state to adopt a comprehensive policy to fight growing antibiotic resistance, identified as one of the biggest medical crises in the country. It is launching the first antibiotic stewardship programme, which will cover public and private health services. On January 23, the state will be hosting an international symposium on antibiotic... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2016
By: Patrick Whittle | The Associated PressAUGUSTA — Supporters of a Maine law that would require labels on foods grown with the use of genetically modified organisms are getting ready for a new fight in the State House.The state crafted a law in January 2014 that will require the labels if five contiguous states, including Maine, pass labeling laws. But some lawmakers then began a drive to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2016
By: Denis Campbell and Paul JohnsonNHS chief to introduce sugar tax in hospitals to tackle UK obesity crisisHospitals across England will start charging more for high-sugar drinks and snacks sold in their cafes and vending machines in an effort to discourage staff, patients and visitors from buying them, the NHS England chief executive said. In an interview to mark the Guardian’s major... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2016
By: Daniel BasesLayoffs at chemical maker DuPont Co announced in late December, in preparation for its merger with Dow Chemical Co, create negative credit conditions for communities in Delaware and the state overall, a report said on Friday.Moody's Investors Service said the 1,700 jobs being cut in Delaware by DuPont represents a "significant" 24 percent of all company employees in... more

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