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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 12th, 2016
By: Jack KaskeyFor months now, Swiss seed maker Syngenta has been publicly courted by the likes of Monsanto Co. and China National Chemical Corp., part of a historic consolidation wave sweeping the agri-chemicals business.But lurking behind any deal are lawsuits against Syngenta in which U.S. farmers and grain handlers are claiming losses of up to $6 billion. The suits in federal and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 12th, 2016
By: Alice ParkNot all fat is created equal, and there’s fresh evidence that sugar-sweetened drinks make the body build up the worst kind of fat for your metabolismFrom a health perspective, sugar-sweetened beverages don’t help the body. The very thing that makes sugary sodas, sports drinks and lemonade taste so sweet can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other metabolic... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 12th, 2016
By: Elizabeth WhitmanBrazil's Ministry of Justice has fined six global food giants, including Nestlé and PepsiCo, for failing to disclose that their products contained genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, TeleSUR reported Thursday. The fines come during economically and politically turbulent times for Brazil, where embattled President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 11th, 2016
Organs which could be used for human transplants are being grown in farm animals for the first time in an attempt to solve the global shortage of donors and push the boundaries of medical science, it has been revealed.Some 50 sheep and pigs have been implanted with the embryos of human/animal ‘chimera’. Scientists hope the genetically-modified beasts will grow human organs suitable... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 11th, 2016
European drug regulators launched a review on Monday of the use in farming of a key last-line antibiotic called colistin after international research found alarming evidence of a gene that makes bacteria resistant to the drug.The London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was responding to a European Commission request to update its advice on the use in animals of colistin, which is one... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 10th, 2016
Crowds have taken to the streets of Buenos Aires, to rally against Monsanto and its activities in the rural town of Malvinas Argentinas, where the agro-industrial corporation has been planning to build the world’s biggest maize seed treatment plant.Demonstrators in the Argentinian capital held banners reading "Monsanto get out", chanted and beat on drums. They wore gas masks... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 09th, 2016
By: Dan CharlesThe fight over genetically modified food, or GMOs, has long resembled battles on the Western Front in World War I. Pro-GMO and anti-GMO forces have aimed plenty of heavy artillery at each other, but neither well-entrenched side has given much ground.This week, though, for perhaps the first time, a major combatant switched sides on one hotly contested question: whether the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 09th, 2016
APStates have tried addressing the issue and Vermont passed legislation requiring food makers to disclose when products contain genetically modified ingredients by July.Campbell says it opposes a patchwork of state-by-state laws that it believes "are are incomplete, impractical and create unnecessary confusion for consumers," the company said in a press release."With 92... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 09th, 2016
Jan 8 Syngenta AG* EU approval for Solatenol fungicide* expected first sales in France for 2016/2017 season* total peak sales potential in Europe of $200 million Further company coverage: (Reporting By Michael Shields)Originally Published: Retuers

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 09th, 2016
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- An explosion at Dow Chemical plant in northeastern Massachusetts injured four people and damaged part of the building Thursday afternoon. Firefighters, paramedics and police responded to the plant in North Andover at about 2:30 p.m.Several people were injured and rushed to the hospital. The State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said a chemical reacted with water in a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2016
By: Allison AubreyThere's new diet advice out Thursday from the federal government. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which are updated every five years, serve as the government's official advice on what we should be eating. New this year: a recommendation to limit sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories. The guidelines also call for a shift to alternative sources of protein such as... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2016
By: David NakamuraA coalition of more than 1,500 interest groups is sending a letter to Congress on Thursday demanding that lawmakers block the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact championed by the Obama administration."The questions policymakers should be asking about these rules is whether, on the whole, they would create American jobs, raise our... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2016
Three in four adults in the UK are projected to become overweight by 2035, according to a report by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum. The distressing obesity trend may result in almost 700,000 additional cancer cases.In fewer than 15 years, the number of obese people will exceed those considered simply overweight, and by 2035 some 72 percent of the UK adult population will be overweight... more

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