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Blog Archive (June 2013)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 19th, 2013
Stand up! Tell Congress to write a Farm Bill for Farmers and the Environment! Tell Congress: "It's time to Vote for Peoples' Rights not Corporations!" Tell Congress to Stop the Corporate Farm Bill Boondoggle! Today, the House of Representatives is debating on the House floor and will vote on vital amendments to the 2013 Food and Farm Bill and we need YOUR help to put an end to DC’s love... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 18th, 2013
By Bill Chappell, President Obama will be advised to veto a multi-year farm bill slated to be discussed in the House this week, the White House says. The administration issued a statement on the legislation Monday afternoon, criticizing it for cutting food programs for the poor. At more than 575 pages, the bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Collin Peterson... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 11th, 2013
By Carey Gillam,   (Reuters) - Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation than pigs who dined on conventional feed, according to a new study by a team of Australian scientists and U.S. researchers. The study adds to an intensifying public debate over the impact of genetically modified crops, which are widely used by U.S. and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 11th, 2013
Boston, MA – On June 11th, elected officials will hear public input on proposed legislation requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods (also known as “GMO's”). Just days earlier, Connecticut passed first-in-the-nation GMO labeling legislation, which requires other states to adopt similar laws before it takes effect. A group called “Massachusetts Right to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 10th, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2013 A three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled today that a group of organic and otherwise non-GMO farmer and seed company plaintiffs are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto's transgenic seed patents "because Monsanto has made binding assurances that it will not 'take legal action against growers whose... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 05th, 2013
By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press WICHITA, Kan A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over last week's discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon, claiming the company's gross negligence hurt U.S. growers by driving down wheat prices and causing some international markets to suspend certain imports. The federal civil lawsuit, filed Monday by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 04th, 2013
By Michele Simon This week, Connecticut won the honor of becoming the first state to pass a law requiring genetically-engineered foods to be labeled. (The governor has indicated he will sign.) It was really only a matter of time. The disappointing defeat of Prop 37 last fall in California (thanks to a massive industry disinformation campaign) sparked a national... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 03rd, 2013
by Jacqueline Wattles | Jun 3, 2013 6:32pm Christine Stuart photo  Tara Cook-Littman, an advocate who pushed for the bill celebrates her victory A bill that would mandate labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients passed the House Monday, making Connecticut the first state in the nation to pass this type of legislation. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 03rd, 2013
By Governor Dannel P. Malloy's office HARTFORD, CT - Governor Dannel P. Malloy and leaders from each of the legislative caucuses announced Saturday an agreement that will make Connecticut the first state in the country to require the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). House Bill 6527 – An Act Concerning Genetically-Engineered Food, will require producers to label... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 01st, 2013
By Mark Pazniokas, With a deal that revives a bill requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, Connecticut’s legislative leaders Saturday acknowledged a movement that has muscled its way from the scientific fringe to political mainstream. Senate and House leaders announced a bipartisan compromise that is expected to make Connecticut the first state to require labeling of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 01st, 2013
By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post Investors drove down the price of Monsanto shares by 4 percent on Friday as South Korea joined Japan in suspending imports of U.S. wheat after an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat was discovered in a field in eastern Oregon. The strain of wheat, designed to resist harmful effects from Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, was never... more

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