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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 30th, 2015
Long-term intake of the Monsanto’s most popular Roundup herbicide, even in very small amounts lower than permissible in US water, may lead to kidney and liver damage, a new study claims.The research, conducted by an international group of scientists from the UK, Italy and France, studied the effects of prolonged exposure to small amounts of the Roundup herbicide and one of its main... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 29th, 2015
Keith Ridler | Associated Press BOISE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world.“For historical reasons and current agriculture reasons, this is an important milestone,” said Haven Baker, vice... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 28th, 2015
By: Barbara LewisMonsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.Under a law signed in March individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU. While the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 27th, 2015
By: Tom PhilpottAfter four months of hot pursuit, genetically modified seed/pesticide giant Monsanto formally ended its bid to buy rival Syngenta Wednesday—at least for now. Earlier in the week, Monsanto had sweetened its offer for the Swiss agrochemical behemoth—most famous for its controversial atrazine herbicide andneonicotinoid pesticides—to $47... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 27th, 2015
By: Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D.Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not high on most physicians' worry lists. If we think at all about biotechnology, most of us probably focus on direct threats to human health, such as prospects for converting pathogens to biologic weapons or the implications of new technologies for editing the human germline. But while... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 27th, 2015
By: Cole MellinoWhile Monsanto finds itself in the midst of a handful of current controversies, many people remain unfamiliar with the company’s origins and its history. The corporate behemoth has been around for more than a century and has played a hand in several controversial dealings, including the development of the atomic bomb, DDT and Agent Orange.Recently... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 27th, 2015
Labeling food that is genetically modified shouldn't be controversial but the familiar combination of money and politics has made it so. Massachusetts may provide clarity.The state Legislature in the coming session will consider a bill crafted in the last session mandating foods that have been genetically modified be labeled as such. Genetically modified foods, commonly known as GMOs, have... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 27th, 2015
By: Karen LoA food safety group has sued an agency within the USDA for purposely ignoring requests for information on GMO crops for at least 13 yearsThe Center for Food Safety, a food safety advocacy group, has brought a lawsuit against the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for routinely ignoring requests for records on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 26th, 2015
By: Casey GillamA food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) against the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), claims the regulator has routinely failed to respond as required to requests for... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 25th, 2015
By: Mike Stone and P.J. HuffstutterU.S.-based Monsanto Co (MON.N) sweetened its offer to buy Switzerland's Syngenta AG (SYNN.VX), valuing the company at around $47 billion as it tries to lure the Swiss firm to the negotiating table, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.Monsanto, which wants to combine its world-leading seeds business with Syngenta's own seeds and pesticides,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 25th, 2015
By: Dr. Mark HymanIf 64 countries including Russia and China have transparency in labeling genetically modified foods, or GMOs, why doesn’t the U.S.?Two big reasons: Big Food and Big Ag lobbyists. Our policy is to approve first and ask questions later.Trans fats are a perfect example. Trans fats killed hundreds of thousands of people beforethey were banned by the U.S.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 25th, 2015
By: Hans-Edzard BusemannGermany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday.German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed German state governments of his intention to tell the EU that Germany will make use of new "opt-out" rules to stop GMO crop cultivation even if... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 24th, 2015
By: Christopher PalaLocal doctors are in the eye of a storm swirling for the past three years over whether corn that’s been genetically modified to resist pesticides is a source of prosperity, as companies claim, or of birth defects and illnessesPediatrician Carla Nelson remembers catching sight of the unusually pale newborn, then hearing an abnormal heartbeat through the stethoscope and... more


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