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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 23rd, 2016
By: Elizabeth GrossmanGlyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is now the world's most widely used weed-killer. First sold to farmers in 1974, its use has increased approximately 100-fold since. Nearly all the corn and soy grown in the United States is now glyphosate-tolerant and treated with the herbicide. The weed-killer is also used on numerous other... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 23rd, 2016
By: Wenonah HauterSen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has released a draft bill that can best be described as the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. The bill would prevent states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods and stop pending state laws that require labeling from going into effect. We urge senators to oppose this bill that will... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 21st, 2016
By: Mary Clare Jalonick | ASSOCIATED PRESSA Senate committee is moving forward on legislation that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods.Vermont is set to require such labels this summer. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas released draft legislation late Friday that would block that law and create new voluntary labels for companies... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 21st, 2016
By: Armin Rosencranz, Ashrutha Rai and Gaurav BhawnaniFor several years now, a mysterious kidney disease epidemic has been underway in several parts of the global South. The victims are young, male outdoor workers - far from the usual demographic of older patients with sedentary lifestyles and a history of diabetes or high blood pressure. In Central America, thousands of young men who work in the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2016
By: Jim BrunnerA food-industry group tried to shield identities of major corporations that spent $11 million to defeat a 2013 food-labeling initiative in what Attorney General Bob Ferguson argues is among the worst cases of concealment in state history.Newly unsealed documents shed further light on a food-industry trade group’s efforts to shield the identity of corporate donors who poured $... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2016
By: Jason BestIt is, by far, the most heavily used herbicide in the country, and—guess what?—the Food and Drug Administration has absolutely no idea how much of it actually ends up on the food you eat.We’re talking about the weed-killer glyphosate, more widely known by Monsanto’s trade name for it, Roundup. Even as use of the herbicide has skyrocketed over the past 20... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2016
The US government’s food watchdog will soon begin testing certain products for the presence of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which the World Health Organization linked to cancer last year.Milk, corn, eggs and soybeans are on the list of foods the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to test for glyphosate residue. Soy and corn are widely used... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 19th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowIndia, which currently does not allow the growing of genetically modified (GMO) crops, is preparing to lift its import ban on corn for the first time in 16 years which could potentially open the doors to GMO contamination in its food supply.India will receive 250,000 tonnes of non-GMO corn from South Korea’s Daewoo International via... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2016
By: Clara HerzbergFrom Indiana to Louisiana, a movement among thousands of corn farmers in the United States is trying to hold a Swiss GMO agribusiness giant to account for willful deceit and is making steady progress in court. According to these lawsuits - which may soon become class action - Syngenta, one of the world's largest agrochemical companies, deliberately misled... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2016
(Repeats with no changes to text)* Philippine govt agencies scrambling to issue new GMO rules* Want to sign regulations by Feb. 23* Move comes after top court demands overhaul of previous laws* Philippines has been seen as regional trailblazer in GMOBy: Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela CruzMANILA, Feb 16 A legal challenge to the Philippines' rules on genetically modified organisms is... more

Posted By: Food Democracy ... on Feb 17th, 2016
(Adds details, quote)Feb 17 French oilseed producer Avril announced a partnership with Dow Chemical Co unit Dow AgroSciences on Wednesday to develop protein-rich rapeseed.The deal will be based on non-genetically modified (GMO) seed technology developed by Dow AgroSciences in Canada, which boosts protein content by 20 percent, Avril's Deputy Director General Michel Boucly told reporters.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2016
By: Tony LeysIowa State University researchers plan to move ahead this year with a long-delayed project in which a dozen students would be paid to eat genetically modified bananas.The trial is controversial, because natural-food proponents claim genetically modified foods can be dangerous. Many mainstream scientists, including those running the ISU project, disagree.The bananas, created by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2016
By: Tim RadfordNew and potentially controversial techniques including releasing genetically modified or irradiated mosquitos could be deployed to hamper the spread of the Zika virus, according to a statement from the World Health Organisation (WHO) today. Zika is a disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The disease originated in Africa, but in... more

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