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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 05th, 2017
Originally published: The New York TimesThis week, the World Health Organization — which works globally to improve human health — will meet in Geneva to select a new director general. We have a mission for that leader: take on factory farms, a major threat to health and the environment. Starting just after World War II, animal production in the United States became increasingly... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 01st, 2017
Originally published: Your News Wire  While public debate rages about the safety of genetically modified food, Melania Trump says that as far as she is concerned, GM products are best avoided. “Barron’s health has improved out of sight since we started eating organic, non genetically modified food,” the First Lady said. After researching exactly where... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 01st, 2017
Originally published: Irish Farmers Journal  In a letter to the European Commission dated this Saturday and published by the campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory, US cancer and public health specialist Dr Christopher Portier claimed that recent assessments by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) did not take into account all occurrences... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 01st, 2017
Originally published: Center For Food Safety  WASHINGTON—A new report, Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods are better for Farmers and the Environment, released today from Center for Food Safety, shows that environmentally harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticide seed coatings are largely unnecessary and ineffective. The landmark... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 01st, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch  When her eldest son was in elementary school in the Oakland Unified School District, Ruth Woodruff became alarmed by the meals he was being served at school. A lot of it was frozen, processed foods, packed with preservatives. At home, she was feeding her children locally sourced, organic foods. Woodruff believes that feeding children well is a... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 24th, 2017
Originally published: GM Watch The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been accused of excluding from its glyphosate assessment a key study only because of a negative comment by a former US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) official. The former US EPA official, Jess Rowland, is under investigation in a US court case brought by cancer sufferers, who believe that exposure to Roundup... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 24th, 2017
Originally published: The Guardian  The European Food Safety Authority dismissed a study linking a Monsanto weedkiller to cancer after counsel from a US Environmental Protection Agency officer allegedly linked to the company. Jess Rowlands, the former head of the EPA’s cancer assessment review committee (CARC), who figures in more than 20 lawsuits and had previously told... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 23rd, 2017
Originally published: Capitol Weekly  California is deciding whether to add a popular herbicide’s ingredient to the list of officially recognized cancer-causing compounds — a move that has run into a legal road block. At issue is glyphosate, which for decades has been a prime compound in the Monsanto Company’s herbicide Roundup. In March, the state Office of... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 23rd, 2017
Originally published: CBC News The University of Saskatchewan and one of its well-known professors are acting like "sock puppets" for agri-business giant Monsanto, says a U.S. researcher. Gary Ruskin of U.S. Right to Know has obtained thousands of pages documenting North American university ties to corporations involved in genetic engineering. Ruskin recently shared with... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017
Originally published: Sustainable Pulse  The first chamber of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) has refused to review or analyze an appeal by Monsanto regarding the issuance of commercial permits for the sowing of GMO maize in the country. Source: www.jornada.com.mx/2017/05/12/sociedad/038n1soc In this way, the decision to resolve the GMO trials... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017
Originally published: Yale Environment 360  The soil health movement has been in the news lately, and among its leading proponents is U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher Rick Haney. In a world where government agencies and agribusiness have long pursued the holy grail of maximum crop yield, Haney preaches a different message: The quest for ever-greater productivity —... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017
Originally published: CNN Christine Sheppard fantasizes about her life before cancer. Before she had to take painkillers "all the time." Before she had to seriously worry about when she might die. "I found out something was wrong because my right leg swelled up enormously," Sheppard said. "They did an ultrasound and found I was completely full of these lymph... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 17th, 2017
Originally published: Mother Jones On May 5, more than 50 farmworkers outside of Bakersfield, California, were exposed to a highly toxic pesticide that apparently drifted from a nearby field—at a high enough level that "twelve people reported symptoms of vomiting [and] nausea and one person fainted," reports the television news station Kern Golden Empire. "An additional... more

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