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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 27th, 2017
The American Chemistry Council industry body called on Wednesday for World Health Organization's cancer agency to reform, accusing it of "dubious and misleading" work in classifying potential carcinogens.Launching what it called a campaign for accuracy in public health research, the ACC, which represents U.S. chemical companies, said the International Agency for Research on Cancer... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 27th, 2017
A hard-hitting critique of the European Food Safety Authority’s risk assessment of Monsanto’s stacked trait GM soybeans, which are marketed under the brand name Intacta, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe (see abstract below).The paper draws attention to a major problem with the EU assessment of this and other stacked trait GM plants: the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 27th, 2017
A key vote on Friday saw European nations oppose the European Commission’s proposal to authorize the first new GM crops for cultivation since 1998, but failed to achieve the necessary majority for the proposal to be formally shelved.The decision concerns GM maize types from Syngenta and Dow-Pioneer (technical names BT11 and 1507) and the renewal of the only GM maize currently allowed to be... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 25th, 2017
An oil pipeline has leaked about 200,000 liters, or 52,834 gallons, of crude onto an aboriginal community in the oil-rich province of Saskatchewan, Canada. This is the province's largest pipeline breach since July's disastrous 225,000 liter (59,438 gallon) Husky Energy Inc spill, in which some oil entered the North Saskatchewan River and cut off drinking water supply for... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 25th, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has moved since he took office last week to curb the flow of information from several government agencies involved in environmental issues, in actions that may have been designed to discourage dissenting views.Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 25th, 2017
WASHINGTON—Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s new “XtendiMax” pesticide. The approval of the pesticide company’s latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba permits it to be sprayed directly on Monsanto’s genetically engineered (... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 24th, 2017
The genetically modified non-browning apples a B.C. man has been developing for more than two decades will finally show up on some U.S. produce shelves next month. But Canada will have to wait to take its bite.The Arctic apple, developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), will start being sold in February at 10 different stores in the U.S Midwest —... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 24th, 2017
Controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues to sow doubt about them among consumers, despite being deemed safe to eat by the FDA and the National Academy of Sciences. Restaurants are finding that more diners are seeking out and willing to pay more for non-GMO options.As of 2015, more than half of Americans (57 percent) deemed GMOs generally unsafe, per the Pew Research... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 24th, 2017
Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s new “XtendiMax” pesticide. The approval, of the pesticide company’s latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba, permits it to be sprayed directly on Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 23rd, 2017
Raw Cacao NibsAre we really telling you that chocolate is a superfood? You bet. To be specific, we’re talking about raw cacao nibs, which are essentially pieces of raw chocolate without anything extra added to it. What’s so super about them? The little nibs are packed with flavonoids, antioxidants and magnesium. What do they taste like? They’re crunchy,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 23rd, 2017
Two years into an investigation of the health problems affecting minority communities near large-scale hog operations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s civil rights office has written a stern “letter of concern” to state regulators.The EPA says the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has not done enough to reduce asthma, stench, flies, truck traffic and other... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 23rd, 2017
British scientists say they have conducted an unprecedented, long-term study showing a link between Roundup - one of the most widely used herbicides in the world - and severe liver damage in test rats.The research sparked further debate in the international scientific community over the potential health hazards to people caused by exposure to the well-known weed killer.Scientists from King's... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 23rd, 2017
The first genetically modified (GMO) apples, which are engineered to resist browning when sliced, will arrive in select midwestern U.S. stores next month. The fruit, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and sold under the brand name Arctic Apples, will be packaged as "grab-and-go" slices, according to Capital Press.A customer will only know that the fruit is... more

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