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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 01st, 2017

While public debate rages about the safety of genetically modified food, Melania Trump says that as far as she is concerned, GM products are best avoided.

 

Barron’s health has improved out of sight since we started eating organic, non genetically modified food,” the First Lady said.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 01st, 2017

In a letter to the European Commission dated this Saturday and published by the campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory, US cancer and public health specialist Dr Christopher Portier claimed that recent assessments by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) did not take into account all occurrences of cancer observed while testing glyphosate on animals.

 

 

A former director of the US National Center for Environmental Health and of the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Portier claims to have found eight new instances of significant tumour increases in rodents in the studies reviewed by EFSA and ECHA

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 01st, 2017

A new report, Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods are better for Farmers and the Environment, released today from Center for Food Safety, shows that environmentally harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticide seed coatings are largely unnecessary and ineffective. The landmark report is the first of its kind to compile and analyze the peer-reviewed science on the efficacy of neonic corn seed coatings and to offer recommendations for viable alternatives for protecting both farmers and the environment.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 01st, 2017

 

When her eldest son was in elementary school in the Oakland Unified School District, Ruth Woodruff became alarmed by the meals he was being served at school. A lot of it was frozen, processed foods, packed with preservatives. At home, she was feeding her children locally sourced, organic foods.

 

Woodruff believes that feeding children well is a foundation of good education. "If kids come to school hungry, if they don't have access to adequate nutrition ... their brains aren't going to be performing as well," she said.

 

 
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.

 

 

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