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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 24th, 2017

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 triggered their disease. Based on internal Monsanto documents disclosed in the lawsuit, Rowland is accused of colluding with Monsanto to defend glyphosate’s health record.



Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 24th, 2017

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 Monsanto he would try to block a US government inquiry into the issue, according to court documents.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 23rd, 2017

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.



Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 23rd, 2017

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.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017

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.



Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017

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 — using fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and whatever other chemicals are at hand — is killing our soil and threatening our farms.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 18th, 2017

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 nodes. It was stage IV large-cell lymphoma."



Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 17th, 2017

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 twelve workers did not show signs of any symptoms," the station reported. "However more than half of the farm workers left before medical aide arrived."



Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 16th, 2017

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.



Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 16th, 2017

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 were before they went to court: The utility faces bigger bills to remove farming-related chemicals from the Raccoon River, its source of drinking water, and the farmers still aren't required to reduce pollution from their farms.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 16th, 2017

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 an ongoing campaign by Friends of the Earth and allies urging garden retailers, including True Value and Walmart, to stop selling plants treated with neonicotinoids and remove products containing them from store shelves. 



Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 16th, 2017

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 year in states including Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, Rhode Island, North Dakota and Texas.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 15th, 2017

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 whole grains in the federally subsidized school lunch program.


“We, as large districts, have been able to meet and continue to support the nutrition standards set by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA),” said the Urban School Food Alliance, formed in 2012 to give schools greater bargaining leverage with suppliers. “We recognize that smaller school food programs with limited resources struggle to meet certain aspects of the act. The flexibility outlined by the secretary of agriculture will be a great benefit to most of the nation’s school food programs.”




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