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Blog Archive (February 2017)

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 28th, 2017
Originally published: Reuters  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, whom U.S. President Donald Trump has tipped to become ambassador to China, said on Thursday that he would work to open that market to U.S. beef exports when he begins his term. "Mad cow disease is long since gone in this country, and there is no reason why the Chinese should continue to restrict American beef,"... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 28th, 2017
Originally published: BBC  The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ - which helps control blood sugar levels - reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts said the findings were "... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 28th, 2017
The Brazilian Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) has just published an important new online book in English: “Transgenic crops hazards and uncertainties: More than 750 studies disregarded by the GMOs regulatory bodies”. It examines research showing hazards to human and animal health, as well as risks to the environment, and agronomic or socioeconomic problems.To take an example of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 28th, 2017
Enogen, a genetically modified corn for ethanol production, has contaminated non-GMO white corn grown in Nebraska that is used to make flour for tortillas and other products.Contaminated farmers’ cornAccording to Derek Rovey, owner of Rovey Specialty Grains, Inland, Nebraska, a few of his contract farmers who grow non-GMO white corn had their crops contaminated by Enogen corn.“We... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 28th, 2017
Increasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016—prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production, according to a new report from CoBank. While U.S. production of non-GMO crops has risen, domestic production of organic corn and soybeans remains well short of demand.“... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 28th, 2017
Originally published: Nation of Change Brazil has officially joined the growing list of countries that are refusing GMO imports from the United States. Along with over 30 other countries, Brazil has declared a ban on GM crops amid health concerns. This could be a major game changer, as Brazil leads the world production of sugar cane and is the second largest producer of soybeans. 93... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 27th, 2017
Originally published: Medium 5 Animals Threatened by the Border Wall #EcoList of Things We Love The U.S.–Mexico border traverses deserts and forests, mountains and canyons, rivers and floodplains, and coastal beaches and waters. This terrain is the home of thousands of species; as a matter of fact, the border region is one of the most biodiverse places in North... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 27th, 2017
Originally published: WHO Radio Bayer AG CEO Werner Baumann says he expects the Bayer-Monsanto deal will close by the end of this year. Bauman says he is confident the planned $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto would overcome any regulatory obstacles and close by the end of the year, despite delays with U.S. and European antitrust authorities, according to a report by Dow Jones. Bauman... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 27th, 2017
This month's vegetable shortages and price increases in the UK were attributed to bad weather in Spain, outlining how important sustainable agricultural policy is to health with the changing availability of food sources. Organic food is embraced by many as part of a healthy lifestyle. Currently, the European Union accounts for 24% of the world's organic land, with the global organic... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 27th, 2017
In February last year a group of international scientists published a consensus statement drawing attention to the risks posed by rising levels of exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs), especially in the light of glyphosate’s classification by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC as a probable carcinogen. The scientists noted endocrine (hormone)... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 27th, 2017
The 2016 University of Illinois Plant Clinic herbicide resistance report has shown that glyphosate herbicide resistance and PPO Inhibitor herbicide resistance have both reached epic proportions across the Midwest of the United States.2,000 waterhemp or palmer amaranth weed samples were received by the University of Illinois Plant Clinic from 10 states across the Midwest, amazingly 456... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 24th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch  Monsanto may be looking forward to turning a new leaf with its potential $66 billion mega-merger with Bayer AG, but the agrochemical giant just can't shake its notorious past as the primary manufacturer of highly toxic and banned substances called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that were once used for paints, electrical equipment and other... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 24th, 2017
Originally Published: Nature’s Path We have all inadvertently saved a few seeds, probably through neglect of the garden. Maintenance gets ahead of us, we don’t deadhead flowers, or we miss a few vegetables in harvest. The result is seeds! If you want to intentionally save seeds, tweak the plans you are working on this month. You might want to start with the 5 easiest plants... more

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