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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 21st, 2016
The UCCSN-AL reaffirms the principles under which it was formed:[transgenesis] cannot be considered an advanced science anymore because it is based on fallacious and anachronistic assumptions. Its defenders have oversimplified the scientific rationale behind GMOs to the point that the technology cannot be considered valid anymore: they have discarded rigorous science. The lack of scientific... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 21st, 2016
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe has won a legal case at the European Court of Justice against the EU Commission (DG Trade) over its refusal to provide access to documents with information on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). PAN Europe welcomed the ruling as “a breath of fresh air for European democracy”.In the case, which was filed by PAN Europe and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 21st, 2016
It’s getting hot out there. Every one of the past 14 months has broken the global temperature record. Ice cover in the Arctic sea just hit a new low, at 525,000 square miles less than normal. And apparently we’re not doing much to stop it: according to Professor Kevin Anderson, one of Britain’s leading climate scientists, we’ve already blown our chances of keeping global... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 20th, 2016
Sugar shocked.That describes the reaction of many Americans this week following revelations that, 50 years ago, the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists for research that downplayed sugar's role in heart disease — and put the spotlight squarely on dietary fat.By: Maria GodoyWhat might surprise consumers is just how many present-day nutrition studies are still funded by the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 20th, 2016
German chemical giant Bayer’s $66bn (£50bn) deal to buy controversial US agrochemical giant Monsanto and create the world’s largest seeds and pesticides company is “a threat to all Americans” and should be blocked, Bernie Sanders said on Wednesday.Speaking shortly after the deal was announced, the Vermont senator, who ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 19th, 2016
By Steve Holt on  May 5, 2016Over the last few years, the agriculture industry has gotten pretty tech savvy. Farmers use mobile technology to manage inventory and billing, check the weather, see exactly where their livestock is grazing, and even predict crop yields—not to mention staying connected to customers through social media.On the sales front,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 19th, 2016
By Lisa Munniksma on  September 19, 2016Puerto Rico native Raul Rosado, a chef by training, would escape to the forest when he needed a break from his cut-throat kitchen career in the crowded capital city of San Juan. By chance, he met a farmer while hiking in Utuado—the lush, west-central mountains of Puerto Rico—and Rosado came to enjoy this simpler life that the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 19th, 2016
According to new research from University of Virginia in the U.S., widespread adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides as weeds become more resistant, leading to serious environmental damage.Economist Federico Ciliberto led the largest study of genetically modified crops and pesticide... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 16th, 2016
By Dr. MercolaYour cardiac muscles are rather specialized. While similar to your skeletal muscles in that they're striated, their functionality more closely resembles your smooth muscles, as the continuous contraction of your heart is involuntary.Every minute, your heart pumps about 5 liters (1.3 gallons) of blood throughout your body, and for optimal health, it's imperative your heart... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 16th, 2016
We've all heard the saying "You are what you eat." If you eat unhealthy foods, you'll inevitably be unhealthy. I'd like to take it one step further. It's not just what food you eat, but how it ended up on your plate.Is the apple you're eating sprayed with pesticides? An apple is a great choice for a nutritious snack, but grown with the help of a chemical... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 16th, 2016
France is taking another big step towards being more environmentally conscious by implementing a controversial new law that will ban plastic cutlery, plates and cups.The measure was part of the Energy Transition For Green Growth bill that was passed in 2015 and went into effect last month. But producers of disposal plates, cups and cutlery will have until 2020to make sure... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 15th, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found residues of the weed killer glyphosate in samples of U.S. honey, according to documents obtained by the consumer advocacy group U.S. Right to Know through a Freedom of Information Act request. Some samples showed residue levels double the legally allowed limit in the European Union.There is no legal... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 15th, 2016
War on Want stated Wednesday that “Monsanto as a corporation has deservedly gained huge public contempt over the past few decades. The model of industrial agriculture and food production it promotes – through its seeds and agrochemical business – leads to poverty and injustice worldwide.”They added; “Mergers aside, Monsanto will face tough legal scrutiny in an... more

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