The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.
A bill will go before the House of Representatives Thursday that will prevent states from requiring food companies to make labels that indicate if the products are made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
A few hours before Neil Young sang a note Sunday night in Essex Junction, he put his money where his mouth was about to go. The rock legend pledged $100,000 toward Vermont’s legal bills to defend the state’s GMO labeling law.
ESSEX JUNCTION – Neil Young’s new album, “The Monsanto Years,” is all about agriculture and degradation of the environment. He didn’t have to start with any of those new songs at Sunday’s concert at the Champlain Valley Exposition, however, to demonstrate his long-standing interest in the health of the planet.
Morton Biskind, a physician from Westport, Connecticut, was a courageous man. At the peak of the cold war, in 1953, he complained of maladies afflicting both domestic animals and people for the first time.
Being a family farmer has never been easy, but farms like mine in Jackson County, Oregon have been overcoming challenges such as new weeds, drought and pests for centuries. But one threat that family farmers are not equipped to handle is the threat that our crops will be contaminated with pollen from a genetically engineered (GE) crop being grown nearby.
Just a few generations ago, in the 1930’s, approximately 45% of Americans lived on farms. This demographic gradually but steadily declined as people migrated to urban centers, and over time, to suburbs. Today, only about 960,000 people claim farming as their principal occupation, which represents less than 1% of the US population.
AT LONG LAST, the serious breaches of medical and scientific ethics of the GM golden rice trials on Chinese children appear to have been recognised – in this case, by the journal that published the research paper reporting the experiments.
When Barack Obama was running for the presidency in 2008—and later for reelection in 2012—he promised he wouldn't take money from registered lobbyists, not even as bundlers. In the race to succeed him, Hillary Clinton is not following in his footsteps.
The notion of the substantial equivalence of GM glyphosate-tolerant soy plants with their non-GM parents has come under renewed challenge in a peer-reviewed paper. In this case, the difference is not the glyphosate residues in the GM soy but the disruptions to biochemical pathways caused by the genetic engineering process.
Earlier this week, the House Agriculture Committee passed a bill – H.R. 1159 – that would not only deny states the right to pass common sense GMO labeling laws, but also make it illegal for local citizens to ban or even regulate GMOs in their states or counties.