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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 24th, 2017
Originally published: GM Watch The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been accused of excluding from its glyphosate assessment a key study only because of a negative comment by a former US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) official. The former US EPA official, Jess Rowland, is under investigation in a US court case brought by cancer sufferers, who believe that exposure to Roundup... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 24th, 2017
Originally published: The Guardian  The European Food Safety Authority dismissed a study linking a Monsanto weedkiller to cancer after counsel from a US Environmental Protection Agency officer allegedly linked to the company. Jess Rowlands, the former head of the EPA’s cancer assessment review committee (CARC), who figures in more than 20 lawsuits and had previously told... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 23rd, 2017
Originally published: Capitol Weekly  California is deciding whether to add a popular herbicide’s ingredient to the list of officially recognized cancer-causing compounds — a move that has run into a legal road block. At issue is glyphosate, which for decades has been a prime compound in the Monsanto Company’s herbicide Roundup. In March, the state Office of... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 23rd, 2017
Originally published: CBC News The University of Saskatchewan and one of its well-known professors are acting like "sock puppets" for agri-business giant Monsanto, says a U.S. researcher. Gary Ruskin of U.S. Right to Know has obtained thousands of pages documenting North American university ties to corporations involved in genetic engineering. Ruskin recently shared with... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017
Originally published: Sustainable Pulse  The first chamber of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) has refused to review or analyze an appeal by Monsanto regarding the issuance of commercial permits for the sowing of GMO maize in the country. Source: www.jornada.com.mx/2017/05/12/sociedad/038n1soc In this way, the decision to resolve the GMO trials... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017
Originally published: Yale Environment 360  The soil health movement has been in the news lately, and among its leading proponents is U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher Rick Haney. In a world where government agencies and agribusiness have long pursued the holy grail of maximum crop yield, Haney preaches a different message: The quest for ever-greater productivity —... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017
Originally published: CNN Christine Sheppard fantasizes about her life before cancer. Before she had to take painkillers "all the time." Before she had to seriously worry about when she might die. "I found out something was wrong because my right leg swelled up enormously," Sheppard said. "They did an ultrasound and found I was completely full of these lymph... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 17th, 2017
Originally published: Mother Jones On May 5, more than 50 farmworkers outside of Bakersfield, California, were exposed to a highly toxic pesticide that apparently drifted from a nearby field—at a high enough level that "twelve people reported symptoms of vomiting [and] nausea and one person fainted," reports the television news station Kern Golden Empire. "An additional... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 16th, 2017
Originally published: BBC News  The team, who looked at wild bumblebees caught in the English countryside, say the insecticide, thiamethoxam, reduces egg development in queen bees. They say this is likely to reduce bee populations later in the year. Thiamethoxam is one of three neonicotinoid insecticides currently restricted for use by the EU. They have been restricted... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 16th, 2017
Originally published: Governing  A water pollution lawsuit that pit Iowa’s capital city against the state’s iconic farmers made the thorny issue one for lawmakers to address. But the legislature wrapped up its session last week without taking action. That leaves Des Moines Water Works, the utility that filed the lawsuit, and farmers in almost exactly the same place they... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 16th, 2017
Originally published: Friends of the Earth  WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Friends of the Earth and its allies are announcing a major advancement in their fight to protect essential pollinator populations. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and True Value have decided to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading driver of global bee declines, from company garden retail supply chains. This follows... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 16th, 2017
Originally published: The Salt Lake Tribune Des Moines, Iowa - Raw milk advocates' efforts to expand availability across the U.S. have not slowed despite health officials' assertions that it's dangerous to drink milk that hasn't been heated to kill bacteria. Efforts to legalize raw milk sales in some form have succeeded in 42 states, and expansion pushes are ongoing this... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 15th, 2017
Originally published: Fern’s Ag Insider  Seven of the largest school districts in the nation, spanning the country from New York City to Los Angeles, say they won’t relax school lunch standards despite Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s offer of flexibility in school meals. At the start of the week, Perdue said the USDA will delay the requirements for less salt and... more

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