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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 29th, 2016
By Sustainable Pulse,U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced Friday that twenty two unapproved genetically modified (GMO) wheat plants have been discovered in Washington State, sending export markets in to panic.The discovery of the unapproved illegal GMO wheat has led to a crack down on Friday in important US wheat export markets... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 20th, 2016
By: Sustainable PulseThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These “synergistic” combinations have been widely overlooked by the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 20th, 2016
Editor at the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology invited Monsanto scientists to review a study that found toxic effects from Monsanto products, reports French newspaper Le MondeIn September 2012 the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) published the research of a team led by the French biologist Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, which found liver and kidney toxicity and hormonal... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 14th, 2016
On June 14, North Dakotans voted to overrule their government’s decision to allow corporate ownership of farms. That they had the power to do so was a result of a political revolution that occurred almost exactly a century before, a revolution that may hold lessons for those like Bernie Sanders’ supporters who seek to establish a bottom-up political movement in the face of hostile... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 14th, 2016
The United Kingdom's decision to pull out of the European Union may have major impacts for both the U.K. and the remaining EU members but isn't likely to have significant effects on the United States or other countries, three experts said here today.Speaking at a forum convened at the National Press Club by the Farm Foundation, they agreed that farmers in the U.K. (England, Scotland... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 14th, 2016
Obfuscation is a great term. It literally sounds like its meaning– to render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible. Say it with me. OB-FUS-CA-TION. And this is what is happening today in DC regarding the GMO labeling debate. Vermont’s GMO labeling law went into effect on July 1, and now the industry and some of its allies on the hill are trying to push through alternative national... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 14th, 2016
Member states of the European Union voted in favor of a European Commission proposal that limits the use of glyphosate during the herbicide's 18-month extension granted by the commission last month. Member state experts agreed to the following conditions:A ban of a co-formulant POE-tallowamine from glyphosate-based productsObligations to reinforce scrutiny of pre-... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 14th, 2016
Citizens in both the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) are demanding a healthier, more just and more sustainable food system. As parties negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), proposed trade rules threaten to undermine the good food and farm movements on both sides of the Atlantic. The negotiations are taking place at a formative time: consumer... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 14th, 2016
The conditions include minimising the world's most widely used pesticide near public parks and playground. EU member states have voted in favour of a proposal by the European Commission to restrict the use of glyphosate in the EU.In the committee on plants, animals, food and feed, EU member states voted in favour of introducing restrictions on the use of glyphosate.These conditions... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 14th, 2016
Heralded on the cover of Time magazine in 2000 as a genetically modified (GMO) crop with the potential to save millions of lives in the Third World, Golden Rice is still years away from field introduction and even then, may fall short of lofty health benefits still cited regularly by GMO advocates, suggests a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.“Golden Rice is still not ready... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 14th, 2016
By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, the U.S. organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), OSGATA announced on Wednesday.OSGATA’s decision was prompted by OTA’s duplicity towards organic farmers and consumers when a small number of OTA board... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 13th, 2016
URGENT: Call Congress to Stop Monsanto's new Dark Act! Last Thursday evening, 63 U.S. Senators voted to kill Vermont's historic GMO labeling bill and replace it with a gutted version that potentially allows all current GMOs on the market to escape being labeled.We need your help to stop this! TAKE ACTION! http://bit.ly/2a6kGB6Even House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 08th, 2016
YESTERDAY: The Senate voted 65 to 32 against the American public's Right to Know what's in their food. This is a deep betrayal of America's mothers, our public trust and the growing food movement.Dear {{ user.first_name|default:"Friend" }},Democracy seems simple when they teach us about it in civics class in grade school or even high school. The people of America are... more

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