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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 20th, 2017
Originally published: Green Left Weekly  Monsanto, one of the world’s biggest pesticide and seed corporations and leading developer of genetically modified crop varieties, had a stock market value of US$66 billion in 2014. It has gained this position by a combination of deceit, threat, litigation, destruction of evidence, falsified data, bribery, takeovers and cultivation of... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 16th, 2017
Originally published: StarTribune  Organic cotton textiles register no more than a footnote in the world’s cotton production, but Vishal Naithani wants to change that. His company, Sustained Organic Living in Edina, selects certified organic cotton grown in India with non-GMO seeds. The products are made using only fair trade labor on the farms and in the factories. The... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 16th, 2017
Originally published: The Columbus Dispatch  Last year, Congress passed a law requiring that foods containing genetically modified ingredients reveal that on their labels. By the summer of 2018, the marketing division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is charged with defining what that label will say. Will it actually list the ingredients (as in: "This product... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 16th, 2017
Originally published: Global Research  Professor Shanthu Shantharam recently wrote a response to Viva Kermani’s well thought out article about injecting some honesty into the debate about genetically modified (GM) food and crops. Both pieces appeared the Indian publication Swarajya. Shantharam’s response is typical of what we have come to... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 16th, 2017
Originally published: The Guardian  This is a story that is almost as rare as a free-range cow: a good news story about the British dairy industry. This month, Jenni and Jerry Hobbs will swing open the gates to the yard of their modest farmhouse in Gloucestershire, shout a few words of encouragement and watch as their herd of brown Swiss, Friesians, Fleckviehs and the rest, big... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 16th, 2017
Originally published: Sign Of The Times  Forty-five years ago President Richard Nixon declared that "the time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering cancer."  Some four decades and more than $120 billion later Republicans have added more money to the National Cancer... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 14th, 2017
Originally published: Bloomberg News The Environmental Protection Agency official who was in charge of evaluating the cancer risk of Monsanto Co.’s Roundup allegedly bragged to a company executive that he deserved a medal if he could kill another agency’s investigation into the herbicide’s key chemical. The boast was made during an April 2015 phone conversation,... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 11th, 2017
Originally published: Baum Hedlund Aristei Goldman  Fresno, California, March 10, 2017 – – California is the first U.S. state to require Monsanto to label its blockbuster weed killer, Roundup, as a possible carcinogen, according to a ruling issued today by a California judge. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan previously issued a tentative ruling on... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 10th, 2017
Originally published: Organic Lifestyle Magazine  What’s the next phase in omega-3 fatty acid supplementation? If biotechnology and agricultural trading giants like Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and Cargill have anything to say about it, the future is soy and canola. There is no way to meet the demand we currently have for fish oil. Peru, the world’s leader in fish oil and... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 10th, 2017
Originally published: CBS Local  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced. The approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration late last week gives Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 09th, 2017
Originally published: Organic Consumers Association  “How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” – Dr. Jane Goodall Two new reports published in recent weeks add to the already large and convincing body of evidence, accumulated over more than half a century, that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 09th, 2017
Originally published: The Guardian  When John Chester, a filmmaker from California, quit his job to become a farmer, he didn’t do it out of a desire to “feed the world”. Instead, he says: “I’m trying to feed my neighbors – and if everyone did that, we would be able to replicate this.” He is referring to Apricot Lane Farms, a 213-acre... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 09th, 2017
Originally published: The Guardian  Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’ and ‘unethical marketing tactics’ The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts. A new report, being presented to the UN human... more

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