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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 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 officially... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2016
By: Martin MacmahonVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Our province’s top doctor is keeping a close eye after a new gene has been discovered out east that makes bacteria resistant to even last-ditch antibiotics.Three cases of MCR-1 have been found in Ontario, dating back to 2010, re-igniting concerns about the consequences of overusing antibiotics.“We have believed for a couple of hundred... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowVenezuela approved a new law on Dec. 23, 2015, that imposes one of the world’s toughest regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).The anti-GMO and anti-patenting seed law was approved by the National Assembly of Venezuela in its final session. Today, the new opposition coalition—the Roundtable of Democratic Unity—will take over.The Seed... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2016
Kenya may soon allow the use of genetically-modified cotton and maize seeds following pressure from agribusiness giant Monsanto, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The growing African nation banned imports of GMO products in 2012, but a recent application by Monsanto’s Kenyan subsidiary could open the door to the controversial "seeds".Last year, Kenyans took to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2016
By: Dominique PattonFarmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China's northeast, said environmental non-profit Greenpeace on Wednesday, in a report that may generate further distrust of the government's ability to ensure a safe food supply.Beijing has spent billions of dollars to develop GMO crops that it hopes will ensure food supplies for its 1.4 billion people but has... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 05th, 2016
By: Jed SchlackmanSpeaking at a private event on December 27, 2015, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stated "The debate should be - how do we make sure that the food our kids are eating is healthy food? And having the courage to take on these huge food and biotech companies who are transforming our agricultural system in a bad way." Sanders, while speaking at... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 05th, 2016
By: Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated PressWASHINGTON — It's now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.After more than a decade of wrangling, Congress repealed a labeling law last month that required retailers to include the animal's country of origin on packages of red meat. It's a major victory for the meat industry, which had fought the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 05th, 2016
NEW DELHI: Seeking full regulation of cotton seed price, the seed industry body NSAI plans to move the Delhi High Court to oppose a Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech Ltd plea that the government should not regulate trait fee or royalty charged by technology providers.Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech (India) Pvt Ltd (MMBL) is a joint venture company of US biotech major Monsanto.The Agriculture... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 05th, 2016
Kenyans will know whether genetically modified maize will be grown in the country at the end of this month.This follows an application by a group of scientists at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation who are pushing for GM maize seeds to be released to farmers ahead of the March planting season.The National Biosafety... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 05th, 2016
By: Yelena SukhoterinaUnlike most of the top candidates, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has a long history of speaking out against big corporations, factory farming, and the Biotech giants. As early as 1994 he was fighting against companies such as Monsanto using chemicals that impact human and animal health. He was also one of the few senators that introduced the Farm... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 02nd, 2016
By: William Camcaro, Frederick B. Mills, and Christina M. SchiavoniThe National Assembly of Venezuela, in its final session before a neoliberal dominated opposition takes the helm of legislative power on January 5, passed one of the most progressive seed laws in the world on December 23, 2015; it was promptly signed into law by President Nicolas Maduro. On December 29, during his television show... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 02nd, 2016
Food products with GM ingredients should be labeled as GM products, if the modified ingredients account for at least three percent of the product in New Taipei City, according to local media.MOSCOW (Sputnik) — New Taipei City government stepped up rules of genetically modified (GM) food labeling, local media reported Friday.According to Focus Taiwan news channel, food... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 02nd, 2016
(Reuters Health) - Doctors are more likely to give smokers antibiotics for an infection, a bad habit that may endanger public health by promoting antibiotic resistance, according to a U.S. study. Smokers were 20 percent to 30 percent more likely than non-smokers to get an antibiotic prescription when they were diagnosed with infections, researchers report in the American Journal of... more

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