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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 05th, 2017
Researchers have found a rare and frightening superbug gene on a U.S. pig farm and say their discovery suggests raw meat could carry the dangerous germs into the human population. No pigs scheduled for slaughter carried the mutant gene, the researchers stressed, and they haven't found any threat to people yet. And none of the pigs were sick. But the mutant should not have been on the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 05th, 2017
Although agrochemical products, pesticides and genetically modified crops are today part of everyday life for those who live in the countryside, they are relatively new in Argentina. Very few people, apart from enviromental activists, question their use. Yet the consequences — in both the short and the long term — of their impact on the health of those living near lands fumigated... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 03rd, 2017
A federal jury in Columbus, Ohio, has ordered DuPont to pay $2 million to Kenneth Vigneron, concluding exposure to a toxic chemical from the company's Parkersburg, West Virginia, plant caused his testicular cancer.The jury awarded damages for negligence and found the company's conduct was malicious. A second phase of the trial will begin on Jan. 4 to determine punitive damages.Dan... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 03rd, 2017
Looks like bees are finally getting the respect they deserve. Seven species of yellow-faced bees native to Hawaii have been given endangered status by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.These are the first bees in the country to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, notes the Xerces Society, a wildlife conservation nonprofit.A United Nations-sponsored report released in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 03rd, 2017
Organic corn seed varieties produced strong yields in field trials held in two Minnesota locations in 2016. The trials showed that organic corn grown using organic farming methods produced higher yields than the same corn grown using conventional methods.The trials, which were held at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris and Southwest Research... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 02nd, 2017
"Science" is derived from the scire – "to know".Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced, what impact it has on our health.The knowledge we need for growing food is knowledge of biodiversity and living seed, of living soil and the soil food web, of interaction between different species in the agroecosystem and of different seasons. Farmers... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 02nd, 2017
The corn earworm pest is showing increasing resistance to the insecticidal toxins engineered into GM Bt corn, according to a new study published in PLOS One.The authors state that “Many sweet corn farmers in Maryland either have stopped growing” GM Bt corn or “are applying more insecticide sprays to compensate for the reduced control efficacy”.They also note that the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 02nd, 2017
PARIS (AP) — French children will soon be able to frolic in the grass without risk of intoxication.Pesticides will be banned in all public green spaces from Sunday while non-professional gardeners will no longer be able to buy pesticides over the counter.The new measure is part of a larger green program adopted by French lawmakers that also includes a ban on plastic bags for vegetables.The... more

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