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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 05th, 2016
By: Mike PolhamusSen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation Wednesday in the U.S. Senate that would require food manufacturers across the country to label products containing genetically engineered ingredients.The bill was written in response to legislation introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, that would prohibit states, including Vermont, from implementing laws that mandate... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 04th, 2016
By: Willy BlackmoreLawmakers are pushing for a federal solution before Vermont’s law goes into effect this summer.When Jenny Bradford goes shopping, she does what she can to not buy foods made with genetically modified ingredients. The stay-at-home mom, yoga instructor, and “Instagram yogi,” as she jokingly refers to herself, said she has roughly an 80–20 rule:... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 04th, 2016
By: DJ SummersSen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill on March 3 that would require all genetically engineered salmon to carry the words “genetically engineered” or “GE.” The bill’s language resulted from discussions between Murkowski and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, strengthening earlier FDA language that made the labeling voluntary rather than mandatory.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 03rd, 2016
By: Karl PlumeMonsanto Co expects to face headwinds from weak commodity prices and currency fluctuations through 2016, its executives said on Wednesday, as the seed and agrochemical company slashed earnings guidance amid a slumping farm economy.Monsanto shares fell more than 7 percent and are now down almost 30 percent over the past year, which has been marked by a steep decline in grain prices... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 03rd, 2016
By: Barbara LewisThe European Union is expected to extend approval next week for weed-killer ingredient glyphosate, used in many herbicides including Monsanto's Roundup, despite a dispute between EU and U.N. agencies over whether it causes cancer.Experts from all 28 member states will hold a closed-door meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels and appear set to endorse a European Commission... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 03rd, 2016
By: James RiddleShe voted in contrary to evidence, and in contrary to her constituents. On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar voted with the Republican majority on the Senate Agriculture Committee to prohibit the mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients by states or by the federal government (“Senate panel OKs ban on GMO labeling laws,” March 2... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 03rd, 2016
US Senate Democrats have offered an alternative GMO labeling bill that would require manufacturers to disclose the presence of GMOs to consumers, while still allowing them to choose how to comply with the law.“Rather than blocking consumers’ access to information they want, the US Senate should move forward with a solution that works for business and consumers alike,” said... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 03rd, 2016
By: Jason BestD.C. dysfunction at its finest: Committee passes law that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose.Considering the ridiculous number of things that appear to be going nowhere in Washington—like, say, President Obama’s next Supreme Court nomination—it seems a particularly troubling sign of the times that a bill designed to effectively outlaw the kind of food... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 03rd, 2016
DuPont said on Wednesday that U.S. regulators need more time to review materials related to its merger with Dow Chemical, according to a filing. DuPont said that the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified both companies last week that it needs additional information and materials to assess the merger, a move that extends the review period.The filing with the U.S.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 03rd, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowThe GMO label law fight took an turn Tuesday after the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFE) in a 14-6 vote.Dubbed by opponents as the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, if voted into law, the bill would block states from requiring labeling on genetically modified (GMO) foods... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 02nd, 2016
By: Tim DevaneyA Senate panel voted Tuesday to advance legislation that would block states from imposing labeling requirements for genetically modified foods.The Senate Agriculture Committee approved the bill in a 14-6 vote vote, sending it to the upper chamber's floor. The House passed similar legislation last year."Now is not the time for Congress to make food more... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 01st, 2016
By: Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — States could no longer require labeling of genetically modified foods under legislation approved by a Senate panel.The Senate Agriculture Committee voted 14-6 Tuesday to prevent the labeling on packages of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Vermont is set to require such labels this summer, and other states... more

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