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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2016
MUMBA: Agri-biotechnology major Monsanto India on Tuesday announced resignations of its Chief Financial Officer, Abdul Alim Sayed and Director C Ravishankar.A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the company held on Tuesday."The Board of Directors of the company at its meeting has taken the following decisions: Resignation of Abdul Alim Sayed,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 22nd, 2016
By: Willy BlackmoreNot only will Mars label products made with genetically engineered ingredients, but it said it could support a federal mandatory labeling law.Spring may have only just begun, but the food industry has summer on the mind. In July, Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law will go into effect, and with a federal legislative solution looking less likely, companies are trying to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 22nd, 2016
Press Trust of IndiaReduced microbiotic richness in the human gut due to decreased dietary diversity is associated with common diseases, including type 2 diabetes, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease, scientists say. Changes in farming practices over the last 50 years have resulted in decreased agro-diversity which, in turn, has resulted in decreased dietary diversity, researchers said.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 21st, 2016
By: Philip BrasherA Mars policy statement that a company spokesman said was posted on Friday, the same day as a similar announcement from General Mills Inc., said the candy maker planned to start labeling for GMOs because of the Vermont law but provided no details. The Senate broke for a two-week recess last Thursday unable to resolve a dispute over legislation that would block... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 19th, 2016
In the backdrop of liquor baron Vijay Mallya leaving India without paying debts, an RSS affiliate today asked the government to ensure seeds company Monsanto does not quit the country without compensating farmers who “suffered” due to the firm’s “wrong acts“.Swadeshi Jagran Manch claimed Monsanto was “trying to blackmail the Indian government by threatening to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 19th, 2016
By: Neil AtkinsonHuddersfield firm Syngenta has vowed to “move on” after a court case over a chemical leak.The Deighton-based company was fined £200,000 by a judge at Leeds Crown Court.In response to the judge’s ruling, a spokesman said: “Syngenta has manufactured Paraquat safely in Huddersfield for more than 20 years and greatly regrets this incident.“There... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 19th, 2016
By: Jill RichardsonI'm sick of writing about labeling genetically engineered foods.I'm sick of it because there's really one thing to say, and I've said it before: Americans have a right to know how their food is produced. Period.The fact is that most processed food in the supermarket is genetically engineered. That means it includes ingredients that have genes from other species... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 18th, 2016
A Vermont law requiring most genetically modified food to be labeled as such remains on schedule to take effect July 1. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted not to advance a bill that would have blocked such state laws.Meanwhile, a Massachusetts bill to require clear labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients has won backing of the Legislature’s Committee on Environment,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 18th, 2016
By: John FryarBoulder County commissioners on Thursday directed county staff to draft a plan for phasing out the growing of genetically engineered crops on county-owned farmland.The county's current cropland policy, which allows its tenant farmers to grow certain varieties of genetically modified corn and sugar beets on land they're leasing from Boulder County, remains in effect... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 18th, 2016
By: Randall Chase | Associated PressDOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill offering millions of dollars in tax incentives to DuPont after its planned merger with Dow Chemical.The Democratic governor signed the bill Thursday evening just minutes after lawmakers suspended House rules and passed the measure, just one day after it was released from committee.The measure cleared the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 18th, 2016
By: Steve LawThe city of Portland is teaming up with six other West Coast cities to separately sue Monsanto Co. for health and environmental damages caused by products containing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to authorize the city to sue Monsanto, the exclusive manufacturer of PCBs in the United States from 1935 until the U.S. Environmental... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
By: Lisa Baertlein and Karl PlumeThe U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked a bill that would nullify state and local efforts to require food makers to label products made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as the industry races to stop Vermont's law from taking effect on July 1.The proposed legislation from Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas comes amid growing calls for... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
Children with urinary infections have very high antibiotic resistance, a new study shows. It is thought the overuse of antibiotics has made treatment ineffective.Researchers from the University of Bristol and Imperial College London examined antibiotic resistance in urinary tract infections in children. E. coli causes more than 80 percent of urinary tract infections in kids.Over 77,000 E. coli... more

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