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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 28th, 2016
In July 2016 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a law to ban the cultivation and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals (GMO), except in cases where they will be used in testing and scientific research. In fact, this law makes Russia the world’s largest GMO-free territory and offers a great platform for the development of organic agriculture... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 28th, 2016
Two EU-funded animal feeding projects with GM foods, GRACE and G-TwYST, are intended to inform the further development of Europe’s GMO regulations. They will help lawmakers decide which type of animal feeding trials are required, or indeed whether they should be required at all.The first of these two projects, GRACE, has already become mired in controversy over its... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 28th, 2016
By Dr. MercolaAs you may recall, the Zika virus made big headlines back in January and February when the Brazilian government blamed Zika-carrying mosquitoes for an uptick in reports of microcephaly,1,2 a condition in which babies are born with unusually small heads.Like many other nations, the U.S. overreacted to the news by increasing states' mosquito eradication efforts. 3 ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 27th, 2016
Taking a break from the busy harvest season, 67 New York State organic farmers sent a letter Thursday to Dean Boor of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and to the Trustees of  Cornell University, asking them to evict the Alliance for Science over their biased and unscientific attitude towards GMOs. The letter respectfully requests that Cornell University... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 27th, 2016
For most of us, the issue of genetically modified food isn’t important enough to write our grocery lists around. While the idea of ingredients that have been scientifically engineered in order to survive diseases and be pest-resistant is hardly appetizing, proponents say they are a way to end world hunger, and there is no solid proof that they can harm us. At the food co-op where I shop, a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 27th, 2016
Big farms are about to get a lot bigger.With six agricultural giants on the verge of merging into three separate companies, consumers and farmers are feeling uneasy about the global implications and how it might impact the food system.WRITTEN BY Chase PurdyTop executives from Bayer, Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical, and Syngenta today (Sept. 20) testified before the US... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2016
Monsanto Chief Executive Hugh Grant sees “minimal” antitrust issues with Bayer’s purchase of his company, but he insisted on a $2 billion insurance policy against those very issues.The $2 billion is a breakup fee that Bayer must pay if regulators reject the $66 billion deal, and it was a priority for Monsanto during negotiations. Monsanto rejected Bayer’s first offer in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2016
When Jason Smith was a boy in the 1980s, a farmer could drive into town, stop at a dealership and buy a seemingly endless variety of Bush Hog blades. Everyone he knew mowed field edges and had a ditch bank mower. Broad-spectrum herbicides were available at a high dollar, but when a technological messiah arrived in the form of Roundup Ready, the turnrow game was flipped on its head. Areas once... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 26th, 2016
Prominent civil society members Aruna Roy, Medha Patkar and Prashant Bhushan today urged the government not to approve the release of GM mustard citing “non-scientific, opaque and deceptive” processes adopted by country’s biotech regulator in studying it.In a letter to Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, they said, “We write to you to communicate our... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 23rd, 2016
Environmental destruction and landgrabs could lead to governments and individuals being prosecuted for crimes against humanity by the international criminal court following a decision to expand its remit.By: John Vidal and Owen BowcottThe UN-backed court, which sits in The Hague, has mostly ruled on cases of genocide and war crimes since it was set up in 2002. It has been... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2016
Wednesday’s confirmation that Monsanto and Bayer have agreed to a $66 billion merger is just the latest of four M&A announcements, but at least three more game-changing mergers are in play (and flying under the radar).  The acquisition activity is no longer just about seeds and pesticides but about global control of agricultural inputs and world food security.  Anti-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2016
For grocery shoppers who want to avoid genetically engineered ingredients, the only milk they can buy is organic — usually the most expensive option. A gallon of organic milk from Petaluma’s Clover Stornetta Farms, which comes from cows given non-GMO feed, costs upwards of $8. But with its newest product, Clover is betting that there is also a market for conventional milk produced... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 22nd, 2016
The Atlantic runs puff piece on gene-edited foods, fails to grasp risksA puff piece on the gene editing technique CRISPR in The Atlantic online magazine is titled, “CRISPR could usher in a new era of delicious GMO foods”, and asks, “Can the gene editing technique redeem the reputation of engineered crops?”These “new GMO foods” presumably are... more

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