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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2016
Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decisions on whether federal and Hawaiʻi state laws preempt Hawaiʻi counties’ authority to regulate genetically engineered (GE) crops and pesticide use. Of significance to state and local communities throughout the United States, the Ninth Circuit ruled that federal law—specifically, the Plant Protection Act... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2016
As Americans gather with their families for Thanksgiving this week, new government data offers a potentially unappetizing assessment of the U.S. food supply—Residues of many types of bug-killing pesticides, fungicides and weed killing chemicals have been found in roughly 85 percent of thousands of foods tested.Data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO— Yesterday a judge in the Northern District of California delivered a crushing blow to the nation’s beekeepers and imperiled honey bees. The judge ruled against the beekeepers and public interest advocates in a lawsuit seeking to protect honey bees and the broader environment from unregulated harms caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lax... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 29th, 2016
The yield of crops in the US is no better than in Europe and the drop in grain prices makes expensive GM seeds less attractiveBelow is an analysis of US farmers’ disillusionment with GM crops, from the French daily business paper, Les Echos.—US farmers in retreat from “all-GMO”Lucie RobequainLes Echos (France), 22 November 2016http://www.lesechos.fr/idees-debats/sciences-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 29th, 2016
For the first time in history, essential fatty acids used to feed salmon could be sourced from crops harvested on the Great Plains instead of from fish caught in the ocean.Cargill, the world’s largest private company, says it can transform technology developed by German chemical company BASF using algae genes to produce omega-3 bearing canola oil into a commercially viable product in less... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 29th, 2016
In fight against Zika, British company Oxitec must seek approval from FDA for insects’ release into the wild following Monroe County referendumGenetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys as early as this spring, an official said, after voters in Monroe County, Florida, approved the experiment in a referendum on election day. The British company Oxitec... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 28th, 2016
Rats fed GM Bt corn MON810 for only 90 days suffered serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum (part of the small intestine), according to a new study.[1] The type of corn fed to the rats was MON810: Ajeeb YG, a GM version of Ajeeb, a locally adapted variety of corn grown in Egypt. MON810: Ajeeb YG was developed by Monsanto for the Egyptian market. The GM-fed rats ate a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 28th, 2016
A new study finds that transgenic cotton genetically modified to express a Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) insect toxin inhibits the development of the beneficial soil organism Rhizophagus irregularis, a common arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus.The study, which examined three separate genetically modified (GM) cotton lines and three non-GM lines, also found that the GM varieties... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 28th, 2016
Following the release of the report Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate on November 14, which revealed alarming levels of the weedkiller glyphosate in popular American foods, Monsanto supporters went in to full attack mode to protect their number one product, however this time they fell on their own swords within a matter of days.Last year, 17 leading global cancer experts from the World... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 22nd, 2016
By Dr. MercolaWhen you go to the restaurant or grocery store, food fraud is probably the last thing on your mind. In his fantastic book, "Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It," Larry Olmsted, an investigative journalist and food critic, sheds much needed light on this important topic.It's loaded with solid information... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 22nd, 2016
Sophia Wilansky, a water protector from New York, was seriously injured and could lose her left arm following Sunday evening's standoff with police over the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline(DAPL).According to a GoFundMe page launched on her behalf, the 21-year-old was handing out bottles of water to fellow protestors when she was allegedly "shot with a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 22nd, 2016
In 2015 the German toxicologist Helmut Greim was invited before a German Parliamentary committee in the role of an independent expert to advise the committee members on the safety or otherwise of the herbicide glyphosate. Greim gave the herbicide the all-clear. But an investigation by the German political TV programme Monitor (see transcript below), which is broadcast monthly on the German... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 21st, 2016
WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the National Organic Standards Board—the 15-member stakeholder body that advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture on issues related to organic food production—voted 10 to 3* to remove the controversial food additive carrageenan from the list of allowed non-organic substances.“Consumers often look to organic products because they firmly believe that... more

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