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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 23rd, 2016
The biotech industry, as well as the US and Canadian governments, are lobbying hard to have a whole new generation of genetic engineering techniques excluded from the European regulations on GMOs. As the European Commission just confirmed they would not issue their long awaited interpretation on the matter pending a decision by the EU Court of Justice in 2018, danger rises that these ‘new... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 16th, 2016
A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The pink pineapple, made by Del Monte Fresh Produce, simply has some genes toned down to keep the flesh of the fruit pinker and sweeter, the FDA said. "(Del Monte) submitted information to the agency to demonstrate that the pink flesh... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 16th, 2016
Missouri’s largest peach producer has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Co., alleging that the biotech company bears responsibility for illegal herbicide use suspected of causing widespread crop damage in southeast Missouri and neighboring states.The suit filed Nov. 23 on behalf of Bill Bader, who operates Bader Farms near Campbell, Mo., seeks compensation for extensive damage to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 16th, 2016
Transgenic seeds are increasingly being marketed in Pakistan without any assessment of their impact on environment, human health and animals required under the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity as regulations remain weak and infrastructure does not exist in the country.Most of the genetically modified (GM) seed varieties are available in the domestic market beyond the knowledge of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 15th, 2016
The world’s most widely used insecticides harm the ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out the pollen to fertilise crops, according to preliminary results from a new study.Some flowers, such as those of crops like tomatoes and potatoes, must be shaken to release pollen and bumblebees are particularly good at creating the buzz needed to do this. But the research shows that... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 15th, 2016
The federal government is in the process of revamping Canada’s food labelling system, but the new labels won’t state whether a particular product contains genetically modified ingredients. On Dec. 1, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) kicked off its third phase of public consultations to gather the thoughts and concerns of Canadians in an effort to improve food labelling. In... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 15th, 2016
In a November exposé for The Intercept, “How Self-Appointed Guardians of ‘Sound Science’ Tip the Scales Toward Industry,” Liza Gross details the tobacco ties and industry connections of Sense About Science, a group trying to shape science media coverage that opened a US office in 2014.“Sense About Science claims to champion transparency” but “does... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 13th, 2016
EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission told the US and Canada that draft EU pesticides laws would “address the concerns” they had over possible trade restrictions on goods exposed to endocrine disruptors.Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis met with ambassadors from the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay on 13 July this year, a month after the executive published new criteria... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 13th, 2016
The glyphosate geeks are gathering in Washington this week. After a two-month delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding four days of meetings aimed at examining the evidence that does or does not tie the world’s most widely used herbicide — glyphosate — to cancer.Scientists, activists and agricultural industry leaders are all expected to show up to either... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 13th, 2016
Photographs taken in the Indian and Bangladeshi countryside tell a story of corporate power and its impact on ordinary people – and show how farmers and seed savers are fighting backA collection of photographs taken in the Indian and Bangladeshi countryside for a photo essay published by Global Justice Now tells a story of corporate power and its impact on ordinary people.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 13th, 2016
EFSA has shared the raw data that was used in the EU safety evaluation of the pesticide glyphosate. The information has been sent to a group of MEPs who submitted an official request to see the information.Guilhem de Seze, Head of EFSA’s Regulated Products Department, said: “EFSA is fully committed to openness in its risk assessments and welcomes this opportunity to increase the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2016
The European Commission has made one more attempt to convince member states that they should accept its proposal to give national governments the power to ban the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food.But according to an EU source close to the Slovak presidency of the Council, where national governments meet, the file will not be discussed before the end of the year.Last week, the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 09th, 2016
Following the groundbreaking ruling from the European Court of Justice in favour of a group of NGOs who want greater access to confidential industry studies on pesticides, concerns have arisen among NGOs regarding a possible loophole for industry written into the ruling.The court’s press release (item 2 below) about the ruling says that the requirement to release data relating to... more

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