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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 11th, 2017
Originally published: Daily Kos  “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”— Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac If you have ever taken a serious interest in sustainable agriculture practices, then you have encountered the work of... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 10th, 2017
Originally published: The Western Producer FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will account for the bulk of asset sales, worth... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 09th, 2017
Originally published: The New York Times  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research. A spokesman for the E.P.A. administrator, Scott... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 09th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected a petition Thursday to ban perchlorate from our food, a chemical known to impair brain development in infants. While best known as a rocket fuel component, perchlorate is approved for use in packaging for dry food such as baby rice cereal, flour and spices. Unfortunately, it also winds up in the... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 09th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch  The pesticide industry and Dow Chemical have a new reason to cheer. The rest of us appear to be stuck with chlorpyrifos on our food, at least for the time being. On March 29, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the EPA would reverse a proposed ban on this extremely harmful pesticide and allow it to remain... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 08th, 2017
Originally published: NPR  Organic milk is widely available these days, but what does that label really mean? A new investigation from The Washington Post found that there are considerable differences between the organic milk you can buy in a grocery store and the kind you can buy straight from farmers. Peter Whoriskey investigated the Aurora Organic Dairy, which supplies house-brand... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 08th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch  Scientists from the University of California at San Diego and Sapphire Energy released results Thursday from the first open-pond trials of genetically engineered microalgae. The study, along with research and development of genetically modified (GMO) algae for biofuels, is occurring ahead of adequate regulatory oversight, including the U.S.... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 08th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch You've probably heard of plastic bag ban bans, but now state lawmakers want to legislate pesticide bans. Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage is backing a bill that would strip the pesticide regulations of dozens of cities and towns and prevent them from enacting new rules. In summary, LD 1505 would prohibit a municipality from "adopting... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 08th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch The recently passed Congressional budget that averted government shutdown will allocate $3 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote "the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic and humanitarian impacts" of biotech crops and genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in food to... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 04th, 2017
Originally published: Salon  Corporate lobbyists wanted to ensure that President Trump’s nominees would make it through their Senate confirmation hearings despite public outcries. So naturally, they spent quite a bit of money to help their political wishes come true. Koch Industries has a long history of lobbying to the oil and gas industry, and they spent $3.1... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 04th, 2017
Originally published: GlobalResearch  1.  A toxic mix  Although widely used across the world, many Bayer and Monsanto products are highly toxic for people and planet – an ironic illustration of our broken global food system. One kind of problematic Bayer insecticides are the so-called ‘neonicotinoids’, whose active ingredients are a main driver of... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 04th, 2017
Originally published: Leak of Nations  In a San Francisco federal court case, the plaintiff accused GMO giants Monsanto of hiring third-parties who hide their association with the company to respond to negative online comments, also known as ‘shills’. The case challenges Monsanto’s corrupt relationship with members of the Environmental Protection Agency and their... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 04th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch  Despite the Chinese government's assurances that genetically modified (GMO) foods are safe, Chinese consumers are growing increasingly wary of the products, fueling a looming crisis for the country's lucrative soybean crushing industry as non-GMO alternatives become more popular, Reuters reported. Sales of the nation's primary cooking oil... more

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