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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2016
A group of researchers from Australia and India released a study suggesting that sugar consumption may cause not only diabetes and obesity, but also brain defects comparable to those caused by stress or abuse.The study published in the Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience journal focused on whether and how the diet may influence the brain compared to to stress and other psychological... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowSégolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy, has called for a ban on glyphosate mixed with certain adjuvants (additives) due to its perceived risks to human health.On Feb. 12, Royal called for ANSES—France’s food, environment and health agency—to withdraw authorizations on ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2016
By: Mayank Bhardwaj and Naveen ThukralAs India prepares to import corn for the first time in 16 years, at least one stipulation in its international tender has become much tougher to meet - that shipments of the crop are completely free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Asian country of 1.2 billion people does not allow cultivation of any genetically modified food, and has rules... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 16th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowRio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, has suspended the use of the pyriproxyfen—a pesticide that stops the development of mosquito larvae in drinking tanks—to combat the spread of the Zika virus, according to a report from Fox News Latino.The state government’s move came after separate reports from the Argentine... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2016
Australian Assoicated PressAn organic farmer who failed in a bid to sue his neighbour after genetically modified canola blew on to his West Australian property has been denied leave to appeal by the high court.Steve Marsh claimed he lost organic certification for 70% of his Kojonup farm after contamination from his neighbour’s herbicide-resistant crop in 2010.Marsh had sought $85,000 in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2016
Feb 12 ChemChina's $43 billion acquisition of Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta AG could help dissipate fears of genetically modified crops in China and lead to their greater acceptance, a senior Syngenta executive said on Friday.Davor Pisk, chief operating officer overseeing Asia Pacific and North America, said that Chinese ownership of genetically modified technology would make... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2016
By: Sheenagh MatthewsBASF SE is opting to sell businesses at a time when rivals push ahead with mega-deals.The world’s biggest chemicals company said Thursday it’s in talks with Akzo Nobel NV on the sale of a metals-coatings business. Chief Executive Officer Kurt Bock also has plans this year to carve out its pigment business, which has about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion)... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2016
By: Rujun Shen and Gavin MaguireChemChina's purchase of Syngenta (SYNN.VX) could remove some of the suspicion around genetically modified crops and ultimately lead to more rapid user acceptance of biotechnology in food production in China, Syngenta's Chief Operating Officer Davor Pisk told Reuters.The $43 billion all-cash deal unveiled last week is the largest foreign acquisition ever by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2016
By: Sophie PriceA group of local farming stalwarts is throwing its weight behind Hastings District Council as it prepares to fight for the district to stay GMO free.Later this year the council will head to the Environment Court to defend its genetically modified organism free policy - a policy currently being appealed by Federated Farmers.To help with the legal battle, GMO Free group Pure Hawke... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 12th, 2016
By: Tracy LoewA bill to restore local control over genetically engineered crops was gutted and replaced Thursday with language that will require labels on genetically engineered fish sold in Oregon.The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote.Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, sponsored both the original bill and the amendment.Holvey said he remains hopeful that either the state Department of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 11th, 2016
NEW YORK - A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection approved the measure Tuesday. Alex Beauchamp, northeast region director at Food & Water Watch, believes the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 11th, 2016
By: Katherine Doyle(Reuters Health) - Young women who were diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in childhood are more likely to be obese than peers without an ADHD diagnosis, according to a U.S. study. The results don't prove cause and effect, but some of the symptoms of ADHD, like impulsiveness and difficulty focusing might contribute to an inability to stick... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 11th, 2016
By: Tracy LoewOregon farmers are suffering real financial losses because of contamination from nearby genetically engineered crops, a Legislative committee heard Thursday.“We lose money when we have a GMO contamination event, which I’ve had happen twice,” said Don Tipping, an organic seed grower from Williams. “We lost money directly, as have other growers.”More than... more

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