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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 11th, 2016
By Claire Robinson, GMWatch:Are the Zika virus – and GM mosquitoes – being wrongly blamed? Report by Claire RobinsonA report from the Argentine doctors’ organisation, Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns,[1] challenges the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among newborns.  The increase in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 10th, 2016
Critics call it “frankenfish,” a genetically engineered salmon the Food and Drug Administration says is safe to eat, but some Hawaii lawmakers don’t want it here in the islands.Rep. Kaniela Ing introduced a bill that would ban the marketing and farming of genetically engineered salmon in Hawaii.The fish is genetically modified with traces of the ocean pout, a type of eel which... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 10th, 2016
By: Lynna KaucheckMichigan’s history is rooted in agriculture. We proudly stamp the foods grown here with the “Made in Michigan” label. Each day Michiganders make more informed choices about the food we eat. We crave information: We want to know if the apple we’re eating was grown in Michigan, and when GMO apples enter the market soon, we’ll want that information,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 10th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowMonsanto Co. is facing another lawsuit alleging that exposure to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the company’s flagship product Roundup, causes cancer.Christine and Kenneth Sheppard, the former owners of Dragon’s Lair Kona Coffee Farm in Honaunau, Hawaii, have accused the multinational agribusiness of falsely masking the carcinogenic risks of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 09th, 2016
By: Lisa Rapaport(Reuters Health) - Obese people have an increased risk of kidney disease even when they don’t have health problems like high blood pressure or elevated blood sugar that can impair renal function, a large Korean study suggests. In otherwise healthy individuals, obesity was linked to 6.7 more cases of kidney disease for every 1,000 people over five years than occurred... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 09th, 2016
By: Martinne Geller2016 could be the year of the sugar tax, as several large nations consider levies on sweetened food and drinks to battle obesity and fatten government coffers.For years, public health advocates have called for such measures as one prong of an attack against a growing obesity epidemic that has fueled rates of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, in both the developed and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 08th, 2016
By: Reynard LokiGrammy Award-winning artist Neil Young has been a powerful presence in music for the past 50 years. In addition to his artistic career, Young has become a vocal advocate for social justice, working specifically to highlight issues that impact farmers and the food system. In 1985, Young joined Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp to launch Farm Aid to raise... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 08th, 2016
By: Chad BlairWell, here’s a new development in the genetically modified organisms battle in the islands.House Bill 686 would prohibit “propagating, cultivating, or farming genetically engineered fish” in state marine waters.The bill, sponsored by Democrat Reps. Kaniela Ing and John Mizuno, has a hearing Wednesday at the Capitol.Should it survive, it would also have to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 08th, 2016
By: Lindy LairdA large public gallery is expected to hear Federated Farmers New Zealand's appeal against an Environment Court decision concerning genetically moderated organisms.The appeal will be heard in Whangarei High Court on Tuesday.GE Free Northland and other environmental and iwi groups in the anti-GMO coalition are calling for the public to turn up to show solidarity in opposition to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 08th, 2016
By: Archana NarayananDUBAI Feb 7 (Reuters) - Kuwait's EQUATE Petrochemical Co is in talks with banks to refinance a $6 billion bridge loan that it secured last year and was partly used to fund the acquisition of petrochemical company MEGlobal, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.The venture between Dow Chemical and Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) of Kuwait is seeking... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 08th, 2016
By: Andrew SparrowJeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has described the rise in childhood obesity as a “national emergency” and promised a “gamechanging” response from the government.In an interview on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, he said the government would introduce either a sugar tax or something “equally robust” when it publishes its... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 08th, 2016
By: Zandi Shabalala and David BroughJOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan African sugar producers will shift sales to growing regional and domestic markets when exports to the European Union become less attractive after production quotas are dismantled in 2017, industry sources and analysts said on Friday.EU sugar production is forecast to expand when quotas are lifted after Sept. 30,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 07th, 2016
By: Anita HofschneiderThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear arguments on a Maui County moratorium on farming genetically modified crops, which was struck down by a federal judge in Hawaii last year.The Maui News reported that the appeals court rejected Monsanto’s motion to dismiss the appeal.More than 23,000 Maui residents voted to approve the... more

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