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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 21st, 2016
In October, Dr Damián Verzeñassi, from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the National University of Rosario (UNR) in Argentina, was among 30 experts who testified about the health impacts of GMOs and their associated pesticides at the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague. During the Tribunal, a case was made against Monsanto for violations of human rights and “ecocide”, a term to denote... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 21st, 2016
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that three Hawaii counties cannot regulate genetically modified crops or pesticides.Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan upheld a lower court’s decision that state laws regulating potentially harmful plants pre-empt county ordinances governing agriculture.As a result, such ordinances that a federal judge had overturned won't... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2016
By Dr. MercolaAfter waking up from a night of poor sleep, have you ever felt like you wanted to eat everything in sight? It’s not your imagination; sleep quality has been shown time and again to play a major role in what you eat the next day.The link is so strong that if you’re trying to lose a few pounds you should absolutely be paying attention to your sleep or lack thereof. Even if... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2016
The case of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India has reached the Supreme Court. The government has said it will bow to the court's eventual ruling. That ruling could green-light GM mustard as first commercial GM food crop. If this goes ahead, there will be wide-ranging, devastating implications for Indian food and agriculture. Environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues has ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2016
With funding from the Gates Foundation, University of Melbourne plant biologist Dr Alex Johnson and colleagues have developed a GM rice[1] that contains increased iron and zinc. The rice is reported to yield as well as non-GM rice.Just as with GM golden rice, the biofortified GM rice is being touted as a marvel that will help solve hunger in the developing world.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 17th, 2016
This might have been a tough week for Monsanto Co. The Environmental Protection Agency was slated to hold four days of public meetings focused on essentially one question: Is glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide and the lynchpin to Monsanto’s fortunes, as safe as Monsanto has spent 40 years telling us it is?But oddly, the EPA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meetings,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 17th, 2016
The UK should tread carefully on introducing commercial GM crops, at the risk of alienating important markets, growers were told this week.Speaking at co-operative United Oilseeds’ annual harvest review and outlook as Farmers Weekly went to press on Wednesday (16 November), NFU vice-president Guy Smith said the Brexit vote brought the GM issue back into the spotlight.“It should be... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 17th, 2016
Over the last four months, 121 Nobel laureates have signed a letter extolling the safety and benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops and alleging that organizations and individuals that don’t support their unfettered introduction are committing a “crime against humanity”. The campaign to obtain the signatures was organized by Richard Roberts, chief scientific officer of New... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2016
A new report has found that U.S. land for organic farming reached 4.1 million acres in 2016, a new record and an 11 percent increase compared to 2014.As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms in the U.S. reached 14,979, a 6.2 percent increase of 1,000 farms compared to 2014 survey data.A recent report on organic acreage from Mercaris found that the top five states in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2016
In a major blow to the beverage industry, all four cities that voted on soda taxes yesterday passed them in landslide victories.San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, voted in ballot measures that would levy a penny-per-ounce tax on distributors of sugary drinks. The people of Boulder, Colorado, also said yes to a 2-cent-per-ounce excise tax on distributors."This is an... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2016
AT A TIME when public mistrust of science runs high, and non-experts are hard-pressed to separate fact from industry-sponsored spin, Sense About Science, a charity based in London with an affiliate in New York, presents itself as a trustworthy arbiter. The organization purports to help the misinformed public sift through alarmist claims about public health and the environment by directing... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 15th, 2016
Independent testing on an array of popular American food products found many samples contained residue levels of the weed killer called glyphosate, leading the nonprofit organization behind the testing to call for corporate and regulatory action to address consumer safety concerns.The herbicide residues were found in cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals and chips commonly consumed by children... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 15th, 2016
 Glyphosate is a weedkiller used heavily on commercially grown GM crops. Traces of the pesticide were found on products such as Cheerios in the US. The findings were uncovered by GM critics at two campaigning groups. Products such as Cheerios, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Doritos crisps and Ritz crackers were found to have traces of glyphosate – identified by the World Health... more

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