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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 19th, 2016
Consumer group U.S. Right to Know filed a lawsuit late Wednesday to compel the University of California, Davis to comply with requests for public records related to the university’s work on genetically engineered food, pesticides and its relationship with the agrichemical industry.Since January 28, 2015, U.S. Right to Know has filed 17 public records requests with UC Davis as... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 19th, 2016
Trees created with new methods of genetic engineering to be released for the first time in SwedenBy: GMWatchIn China, the US, and Sweden, new methods of genetic engineering such as CRISPR are being used on forest trees. The first field trials are planned to take place in Sweden with genetically engineered poplars that show a range of genetic changes in their genome that affect flowering, growth,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 17th, 2016
By:GMWatchDespite a current ban on GM crops in agriculture in Switzerland, taxpayer money is being used to develop GM crops in IndiaEXCERPT: “If Switzerland is using public money to finance the development of GM-food, this is neither coherent with its national policy, nor is it backed by any proof, that GM seeds are a valid solution to fight hunger and malnutrition,” says Tina Goethe... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 17th, 2016
By: Civil EatsFor those who haven’t spent time in California’s Central Valley, it may come as a surprise to learn that the same landscape that produces nearly half of the United States’ fruit, vegetables, and nuts is also home to active oil fields. Drive through these farm fields, particularly in Kern Country, two hours north of Los Angeles, and you’ll see... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 17th, 2016
Monsanto just made a massive mistake: One of its weed killers seems to be wiping out valuable crops, too. Oops.Tom PhilpottMother Jones, Aug 17, 2016http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/08/monsanto-mistake-dicamba[links to sources are at the URL above]A couple of weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it had gotten an "unusually high number of reports of crop damage... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 16th, 2016
By: GMWatchThe case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the worldEXCERPT: Unfortunately for the biotech corporations, more people are listening to the words of scientists like Dr. Oscar Zamora, vice chancellor of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, who says, “For every application of genetic engineering in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 15th, 2016
By: GMWatchOrganic farming creates more profit and yields healthier produce. It’s time it played the role it deserves in feeding a rapidly growing world populationEXCERPT: Scaling up organic agriculture with appropriate public policies and private investment is an important step for global food and ecosystem security. The challenge facing policymakers is to develop government policies that... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 12th, 2016
By: GMWatchIn a pro-GMO article, Al Jazeera fails to notice Kevin Folta’s links to Monsanto and presents him as an independent scientist In the article below from the New York Times, Robert Faturechi of the public interest newsroom ProPublica makes the important point that journalists need to be more skeptical of experts and check out any conflicts of interest before accepting their... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 12th, 2016
By Dr. MercolaModern fitness research offers many potent reminders that physical activity is one of the best "preventive drugs" for many common ailments, from psychiatric disorders to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.1,2 Many studies have also confirmed that prolonged sitting is an independent risk factor for disease and early death. So it's no major surprise to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 12th, 2016
 By Dr. MercolaWe are just beginning to understand the biological intricacies of aging. A growing body of research is challenging the belief that aging is beyond your control, prompting scientists to begin thinking about ways we can slow our aging clocks to a slow crawl. Although this is a relatively new branch of science, there are some factors that appear to be key in controlling how... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 11th, 2016
By Americans Against FrackingThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB) today finalized its review of the EPA's June 2015 draft study of fracking's impacts to drinking water resources. For over a year, a panel of 30 scientists, engineers and industry consultants have reviewed the details of the 1,000-page draft report. The panel has taken... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 10th, 2016
By: Alex Presstpp.jpgIn March of 2009, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the biotech industry’s trade association and lobbying arm, submitted a letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), which was in the early stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The letter came in response to USTR’s invitation for public... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 08th, 2016
 By: Dr. Mark Hyman"I've hit a stubborn weight-loss plateau," writes this week's house call, "even though I seem to be doing everything right, like eating the right foods and exercising. How can I overcome that obstacle?"I've discussed different reasons for weight-loss resistance in past blogs. Many obstacles have nothing to do... more

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