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Blog Archive (May 2012)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 29th, 2012
By Dave Murphy, Popular resistance is boiling over on the GMO labeling issue, as the New York Times reported last week in a front page story. More than a million people have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food on a legal petition in March and on May 2nd, nearly a million voter signatures were submitted in California to place a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 26th, 2012
Exactly 20 years ago today, Vice President Dan Quayle announced a new policy by the first Bush administration that declared genetically engineered foods to be “substantially equivalent” to foods that farmers had traditionally planted and bred for thousands of years. With this single policy, the U.S. government radically altered the food supply, introducing novel genes into our... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 25th, 2012
From the The New York Times: By Amy Harmon and Andrew Pollack, GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — On a recent sunny morning at the Big Y grocery here, Cynthia LaPier parked her cart in the cereal aisle. With a glance over her shoulder and a quick check of the ingredients, she plastered several boxes with hand-designed stickers from a roll in her purse. “Warning,” they read. “... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 24th, 2012
Today President Barack Obama will return to Iowa for an official “grassroots event” at the Iowa State Fair in an effort to fire up his base in the state where he unexpectedly won the first in the nation caucus in 2008, launching him on the road to the White House. Right now, Iowa is considered a crucial battleground state and one of the 12 that six months from the election is too... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 18th, 2012
Earlier this year more than 30,000 Food Democracy Now! members signed a letter calling for an Organic Farm Bill. The letter was an idealized version of what a growing number of Americans are beginning to realize: that U.S. food and agricultural policy must focus on adopting best agricultural practices that put the health of its citizens, the land and the livelihood of farmers and farm... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 17th, 2012
By Heather Pilatic, In the last few weeks beekeepers have reported staggering losses in Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio after their hives foraged on pesticide-treated corn fields. Indiana too, two years ago. What's going on in the Corn Belt? No farmer in their right mind wants to poison pollinators. When I spoke with one Iowa corn farmer in January and told him about the upcoming release of a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 06th, 2012
By Anne Sewell, The G.E. foods bill in Connecticut has been stripped of its labeling requirement due to industry pressure and threats of a law suit. Connecticut tried and failed to have GMOs labeled. Rep. Richard Roy of Milford, CT. is co-chair of the Environment Committee and the original sponsor of the bill HB 5117, An Act Concerning Genetically Engineered Foods, which was... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 02nd, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2012 -- In victory rallies across state today, supporters celebrated as the California Right to Know campaign filed 971,126 signatures for the state's first-ever ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. The huge signature haul, gathered in a 10-week period, is nearly double the 555,236 signatures the campaign needs to qualify... more

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