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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowMexico’s unique and treasured native corn varieties could be under threat as Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer, vies to plant genetically modified (GMO) corn in the country.In August 2015, a Mexican judged overturned a September 2013 ban on GMO corn, thus opening more business opportunities for Monsanto and other agribusinesses pending... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2016
By: Ken RoseboroThe Non-GMO Project label is increasingly appearing on food products in the U.S. and now seed companies are starting to display the butterfly label. A few seed companies, seeing the growing demand for non-GMO products, are getting seed varieties Non-GMO Project verified though the numbers remain small compared with the number of non-GMO verified food companies.“As... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 16th, 2016
By: Elizabeth WhitmanThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared a species of genetically engineered potato to be just as safe and nutritious as other, unaltered spuds, amid growing public outcry against genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and calls for more research into the health effects of consuming them. In a letter to Idaho-based food and agribusiness company... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 16th, 2016
By: Krishna N. DasIndia's chief scientific adviser has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to decide the fate of the country's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, and a recent meeting suggests authorities may support commercialisation.While the path to a commercial launch is fraught with political opposition, allowing GM crops is critical to Modi's goal of attaining... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 16th, 2016
By: Jonathan BrowningChina National Chemical Corp. moved one step closer to the biggest-ever purchase by a Chinese company after the board of Swiss pesticide and seeds maker Syngenta AG threw its support behind a potential sale, according to people familiar with the matter.Syngenta’s board met this week and voted in favor of pursuing advanced takeover talks, said the people, who asked... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 15th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowDr. Robert Califf, the Obama administration’s choice for the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was easily approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Tuesday, but the candidate’s approval by the full Senate faces an unlikely hurdle: fish.Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is threatening to block Califf... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 15th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowAnother country is taking action on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Taiwan has banned schools across the nation from serving GMOs to students, citing health and safety concerns.On Dec. 14, 2015, Taiwanese legislature passed amendments to the School Health Act to stamp out raw genetically modified ingredients as well as processed food containing... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 15th, 2016
By: Chris PrenticeThe head of the main U.S. sugar marketing lobby has stepped down after nearly 13 years, leaving the powerful industry group at a time of growing public concern about the health effects of excessive consumption of sweeteners.Andrew Briscoe III resigned on Friday from his post as president and chief executive officer of the Sugar Association, the chief Washington group that... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 14th, 2016
Syngenta (SYNN.VX) is in talks about a possible merger and is weighing a number of options, the Swiss agrichemicals group's chairman said on Wednesday. Michel Demare said last month that the crop chemicals and seeds company was in talks with China's state-owned ChemChina, U.S. seeds giant Monsanto (MON.N) and others.When asked about the prospect of Syngenta possibly becoming a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 14th, 2016
By: Janet Cotter and Ricarda SteinbrecherThe EU is considering the exclusion of gene-edited plants and animals from GM regulations, write Janet Cotter & Ricarda Steinbrecher. However gene-edited organisms clearly fall within the definition of GMOs in both European and international law. They also present real risks to the environment and human health - and must be regulated like any other... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 14th, 2016
By: Barbara LewisThe head of Europe's food safety watchdog has written to a group of nearly 100 senior scientists strongly rejecting their criticisms in a row about the safety of weed-killer ingredient glyphosate.The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which advises European Union policymakers, issued an opinion in November that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer.That was at odds with... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2016
By: Jason BestA resistant bacterial strain has emerged in Chinese livestock and is spreading quickly.Could this be the beginning of the end of the antibiotic era?Widespread use of antibiotics in industrial agriculture to promote the growth of livestock and prevent disease in overcrowded factory farms has been fingered as the key culprit in the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2016
By: Brady DennisA Senate health committee on Tuesday easily advanced the nomination of former Duke University researcher and cardiologist Robert Califf as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. But Califf, while widely expected to win confirmation from the full Senate, faces at least one surprise hurdle on the way to his new job: genetically engineered salmon.... more

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