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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2016
By: Nadia PrupisOrganic farmers are racking up new victories in the fight against “franken-food,” as a growing number of counties line up to bar genetically engineered(GE) crop cultivation throughout the country.A federal judge in Jackson County, Oregon, recently upheld a consent decree that designates the region a “GE-free zone,” a ruling which... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2016
By: Caroline ValetkevitchU.S. stocks sold off further on Thursday, giving the Dow and S&P 500 their worst four-day starts to a year ever, dragged down by another drop in Chinese equities and oil prices at 12-year lows.China allowed the biggest fall in its yuan currency CNY=CFXS CNY= in five months, adding to investor fears about the health of its economy, while Shanghai stocks... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2016
By: Haroon SiddiqueDavid Cameron has refused to rule out the possibility of a sugary drinks tax in England, comparing the impact of sugar on people’s health to that of smoking.The prime minister had previously ruled out any form of sugar tax but has come under increasing pressure from campaigners, experts and MPs to reverse his stance and introduce a levy as part of the government... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2016
By: Joanna FantozziCampbell's Soup Co has announced that the company will now disclose all GMO ingredients on their product labels, becoming the first major food company in the United States to commit to labeling genetically modified ingredients. In addition, Campbell’s has come out in favor of legislation that would create a single mandatory labeling system for food products... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 08th, 2016
By: Stephanie StromBreaking from its industry rivals, Campbell Soup will become the first major food company to begin disclosing the presence of genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and sugar beets in its products.The company, the maker of brands like Pepperidge Farm, Prego, Plum Organics and V8 in addition to its namesake soups, is taking the unusual step — and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 07th, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that a preliminary risk assessment of the pesticide imidacloprid shows that the chemical poses a threat to some pollinators, specifically honeybees.Imidacloprid is one of four neonicotinoid pesticides that honey producers and environmentalists have long suspected to be linked to rapidly declining bee populations in North America and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 07th, 2016
By: Matthew Perrone | The Associated PressWASHINGTON — Monsanto on Wednesday said it will eliminate another 1,000 jobs as it expands a cost-cutting plan designed to deal with falling sales of biotech-corn seeds and other financial headwinds.The additional layoffs will bring the agriculture giant's total planned cuts to 3,600 jobs over the next two years, or about 16 percent of its... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 07th, 2016
Monsanto announced Wednesday that sales in the company’s agricultural productivity segment, which includes its probable carcinogen Roundup herbicide, fell 34 % to $820 million. Monsanto’s shares fell over 2% as a result.The Biotech giant also said Wednesday that it now plans to cut a total of 3600 jobs, or about 16 % of its global work force, through fiscal 2018, and expects to record... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 07th, 2016
By: Jack JaskeyMonsanto Co. and Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. are asking the U.S. to approve a type of golf-course grass that they’ve genetically engineered to tolerate a popular weedkiller. But don’t expect to ever see it growing on your favorite links.The companies are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove restrictions on creeping bentgrass that contains a gene allowing it to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 07th, 2016
By: Paul AusickIt has been nearly 15 years since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the insecticide chlorpyrifos for residential use. On Wednesday, the comment period ended for a total ban on the use of chlorpyrifos.Since the ban on residential use, chlorpyrifos has been used on a variety of agricultural crops, and in 2007 an administrative petition was filed by the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 07th, 2016
By: P.J. Huffstutter and Tom PolansekMonsanto Co said a souring farm economy and currency woes will push its 2016 earnings to the lower end of expectations, while a cost-cutting drive will lead the world's largest seed company to slash more jobs.Low commodity prices also should lead to more consolidation in the agricultural sector, Chief Executive Hugh Grant said, about a month after rivals... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 07th, 2016
By: Jack Kaskey and Alice BaghdjianMonsanto Co. Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant said the seed company’s engagement with Syngenta AG about a possible merger has been “difficult.”There hasn’t been much progress, he said Wednesday on Monsanto’s first-quarter earnings call with analysts. The St. Louis-based company still sees a “significant” opportunity to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2016
By: Chrissie WilliamsIt’s going to be near impossible to find out where your beef and pork were born, raised, and slaughtered due to a new law passed in the United States, reported MSN on Monday. After debating for over a decade, Congress finally repealed a labeling law that required manufacturers to list the country of origin on all food packaging.Consumers worry the... more

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