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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 13th, 2015
By: Ashwani MaindolaScientist Dr Shiva Ayyadurai’s recent research has raised alarming questions on the functionality of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and their impact on plant behaviour as carcinogens.The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)-based Indian origin scientist’s research has shown that GMOs have bad impact on molecular system of plant which results in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 12th, 2015
By: Joe LoTemplioPLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh councilors have taken steps to make the city free of GMOs and pesticides."This is important because we all need to be conscientious of our responsibility to keep our planet healthy," Councilor Rachelle Armstrong (D-Ward 1) said at a recent council meeting.The council unanimously approved a lengthy resolution that encourages city... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 11th, 2015
By: Willy BlackmoreMinisters say the move is in line with the country’s environmentalist platform.With a growing wind energy sector that’s slated to make itf ossil-fuel-free in just 15 years, Scotland is deserving of its environmentalist cred. Over the weekend, the country made an announcement that ministers hope will help that reputation grow and set it further apart from the British... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 09th, 2015
By: Tim BarkerFive years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction.The Pana, Ill.-area farmer had been using corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to work with glyphosate — the generic name for Monsanto’s signature Roundup herbicide. But he reached a point at which he said it no longer made sense from a dollars standpoint.So he turned... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 07th, 2015
NEW YORK, NY and ARLES, FRANCE--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2015) - From an amazing array of portfolios documenting important issues, and in a showdown between classic black and white imagery and contemporary color medium, The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film today announced that Pablo Ernesto Piovano of Argentina has been awarded its fifth annual grant for... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 03rd, 2015
By: Alan GuebertThere’s little safety and virtually no accuracy in SAFE, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, July 23.It was written by Big Ag to protect Big Ag, not consumers, even though nine out of 10 American consumers want food labels to disclose the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. SAFE all but... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 03rd, 2015
By: Jack KaskeySyngenta AG’s investors want management to negotiate with Monsanto Co. about its $45 billion takeover bid and would accept a 5 percent higher offer, according to a Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. survey.About 92 percent of respondents in the anonymous survey of almost 100 current and former investors support talks between the companies, London-based Bernstein analysts led by Jeremy... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 03rd, 2015
By: Arno SchuetzeGerman chemicals group BASF has lined up a loan package from large multinational banks for a potential takeover offer for Syngenta, the Swiss crop chemicals maker, but will bide its time, several people familiar with the matter said.Syngenta has already rejected a $45 billion takeover approach from Monsanto, which wants to combine its seeds business with the Swiss group's... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 02nd, 2015
New information has surfaced regarding the role of agrochemical giants Bayer and Syngenta in the United Kingdom (UK)’s recent decision to temporarily allow the use of neonicotinoid seed treatment on oilseed rape crop. A record of the meeting, involving the UK government’s expert committee on pesticides (ECP) and industry representatives, had previously been suppressed. The newly... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 02nd, 2015
By: Rich MoniakRep. Don Young wants the federal government to require labeling of genetically modified fish sold anywhere in the U.S. But how does he feel about other genetically modified foods? Apparently, he believes it’s a states’ rights issue. So, what’s the story behind this apparent contradiction?Last week the House overwhelming passed a bill regarding the labeling of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 02nd, 2015
By: Dan NosowitzThere are no federally mandated labels to tell consumers whether products do or do not contain genetically modified materials. At least, not yet.It’s a fight that’s being fought across the country, with grassroots organizations demanding that GMO food be labeled and politicians just as quickly stamping out their efforts. The actual effect of a label is of great concern... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 02nd, 2015
By: Christopher DoeringThe Obama administration said this week that it's aware of growing consumer interest in labeling foods but won't take a position while the Food and Drug Administration reviews citizen petitions on the issue.White House officials said the FDA is reviewing a pair of citizen petitions about labeling genetically engineered foods."This response is just the latest... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 02nd, 2015
By: Nagesh PrabhuIn a move that will allow fixing the sales price of transgenic and Bt cotton seeds, the Assembly on Friday passed the Karnataka Transgenic and Genetically Modified Cotton Seeds (Fixation of Sale Price and Payment of Compensation) Bill, 2015.There is no provision in the present seed laws to fix price for cotton seeds. The Bill also makes a provision to compensate farmers in case... more


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