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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2017
The rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.One of several species facing sharp declines, the bumblebee known to scientists as Bombus affinis has plunged nearly 90% in abundance and distribution... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2017
Colombia started fumigating crops with glyphosate again, the government announced Wednesday, after the technique was suspended in 2015 over health and environmental concerns.The fumigations began on Jan. 2, said Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas at a press conference, adding the fumigation of the controversial Monsanto-produced herbicide was focused in the northern province of Catatumbo and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 12th, 2017
Shopping for milk and other dairy products from grassfed cows is a little like the Wild West. There are a wide variety of products with a range of labels, and little oversight from the government. It’s possible that the cows that produced your milk may have roamed on grass and eaten silage, hay, and other forms of dried grass in the wintertime. Or their feed may be supplemented with grain... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 12th, 2017
The four Green MEPs who requested access to unpublished industry studies on glyphosate have put in a second request to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) asking for more information.In their letter to Dirk Detken, the head of legal and regulatory affairs at EFSA, MEPs Heidi Hautala, Benedek Jávor, Michèle Rivasi and Bart Staes say that they welcome the fact that EFSA sent them... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 12th, 2017
Weedkillers containing both the controversial glyphosate and POE-tallowamine can no longer be sold in Malta, and their use will be completely banned come April.The ban comes days after the release of a study showing the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup caused liver disease in rats. The findings are the first to show a causal link between its consumption at a real-world environmental dose and a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 11th, 2017
ZIMBABWE has the capacity to produce up to 10 times surplus maize for the export market without using genetically modified technology, a Cabinet Minister has said.The country has maintained its stance against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), a modern technique involving artificial alteration of crop, plant or animal genetic nature, despite suggestions by some sections of society to embrace... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 11th, 2017
The First Amendment of the US constitution guarantees the right to free speech. In an astonishing and outrageous move, the State of Iowa wants to remove this fundamental right in its trial against two protesters against Monsanto, the activist known as Reverend Billy, and his co-defendant, Father Frank Cordaro, a peace activist and co-founder of the Des Moines, Iowa Catholic Worker Group.The State... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 11th, 2017
The European Commission decided Tuesday to register a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) inviting the Commission “to propose to Member States a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use”.The initiative will be formally registered on 25 January, This registration will start a one-year process of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 10th, 2017
The weedkiller Roundup causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at very low doses permitted by regulators worldwide, a new peer-reviewed study shows. The study is the first ever to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmentally relevant dose and a serious disease.The new peer-reviewed study, led by Dr Michael Antoniou at King's College London,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 10th, 2017
Pima County has scheduled five community meetings to provide information and receive comments on the proposed Monsanto greenhouse facility. The Pima County Board of Supervisors has tasked County administration with holding public meetings in each supervisors’ district in order to provide the public more information about the Monsanto proposal and the county's role in the proposal,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 10th, 2017
"The next generation of Europe's children are safe from toxic dental mercury," proclaims Charlie Brown, president of Consumers for Dental Choice and the umbrella World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry.  Starting July 1, 2018, amalgam use is banned for children under the age of 15 and for pregnant or nursing women — anywhere in the vast European Union (EU)1,2 ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 10th, 2017
A new study published Monday in Scientific Reports, an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature, has shown that the glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats at very low doses.The new peer-reviewed study led by Dr Michael Antoniou at King’s College London using cutting edge profiling methods describes the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 05th, 2017
A unique new study published Monday in the scientific journal Nature has used molecular profiles to reveal major differences in composition between a GMO corn and its non-GMO parent. These findings question industry and regulatory position of “substantial equivalence” and have serious safety implications.The new peer-reviewed study led by Dr Michael Antoniou at King... more

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