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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 30th, 2016
By SustainablePulse,China will not be establishing industrial-scale genetically modified (GM) grain farms for the time being, a senior government official said on Tuesday, amid concerns on the potential side effects of GM food. “At present, GM rice is developing rapidly and its technology is advanced. However, the agriculture ministry won’t plant it on an industrial scale in the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 29th, 2016
By SustainablePulse, Genetically modified corn and soybeans were supposed to reduce chemical use on farms, but instead they’ve done the exact opposite by creating herbicide-resistant “superweeds” and increasing the use of Monsanto’s toxic weed killer Roundup. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog wants to know how this chemical war on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 28th, 2016
By Sustaniable Pulse, Brighton and Hove City Council in the UK has voted overwhelmingly to seek alternatives to glyphosate for killing weeds in public areas, citing the IARC’s 2015 finding that the chemical is “probably carcinogenic”.Source: www.hortweek.comThe move follows campaigning by the Pesticide Action Network and a petition from residents, who are concerned... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 26th, 2016
Following on from last week’s Word Health Organization (WHO) report on glyphosate, which confirmed the world’s most used herbicide probably causes cancer, Sustainable Pulse has discovered documents from 1991 that show how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) themselves were fully aware of glyphosate’s carcinogenic potential.On February 11, 1985 the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 25th, 2016
The US Department of Agriculture will end regulation of Monsanto’s genetically-modified corn that is engineered to resist the company’s herbicide, the federal regulator said. Farmers will now be able to plant the corn strains without permits.The action, announced by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Wednesday, applies to Monsanto’s MON87419 corn strain,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 25th, 2016
Associated PressAUGUSTA – The Maine House of Representatives has given initial approval to a proposal that would allow residents to vote on whether packages of foods produced from genetically modified organisms should be labeled.Maine has a GMO labeling law on the books, but it doesn’t kick in unless enough other states pass similar laws by 2018. Rep. Michelle Dunphy, an Old Town... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 25th, 2016
China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) is facing opposition from US lawmakers over the firm’s planned acquisition of Swiss pesticide and seeds giant Syngenta AG.Charles Grassley, a Republican Senator from Iowa, told the Wall Street Journal that he fears the Chinese firm’s US$43 billion takeover of Syngenta could pose risks to US food supply security.The US must ensure that “... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 25th, 2016
By: Molly HarbargerJeff Merkley is trying to accomplish what the failed Oregon GMO labeling measure set out to do. The Democratic senator introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that would require companies to label whether food contains genetically-engineered ingredients.Oregon voters were almost evenly split in 2014 on support for Measure 92, one of the first ballot measures in the country to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 25th, 2016
By: Marco ReinaAntibiotic exposure in infancy is already associated with multiple long-term health consequences. Now a new study has suggested a link between antibiotics and childhood obesity.The study found that administration of three or more prescriptions of antibiotics before the kids are two years old increases their risk for obesity, one of the most growing public health concerns worldwide... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 24th, 2016
Senator Chuck Grassley and other U.S. lawmakers are pushing for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have a formal role in weighing ChemChina's planned take over of Switzerland's Syngenta (SYNN.S), the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.The USDA has previously voiced concern over the deal for Syngenta, which is a top U.S. supplier of pesticides, soybean seeds and corn, according... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 24th, 2016
By: Clark WolfLast week the Senate failed to advance what some are calling the Dark Act (keeping people in the dark about what’s in their food). The bill would have left it up to food manufacturers whether to label for foods containing genetically modified organisms, thereby superseding any State laws, like the one passed in Vermont that require clear GMO labeling by July 1.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2016
By: Oliver TickellThe small state of Vermont is changing the face of US food as companies hasten to comply with its GMO labeling rule which comes into effect in July 2016. Mars and General Mills - and now Kelloggs and ConAgra - are the latest companies to announce their labels will comply with Vermont law US-wide - and many more are sure to follow.Three of the US's biggest food companies have... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 23rd, 2016
An Australian farmer who tried to sue his neighbor after claiming his organic business was ruined after genetically-modified (GM) canola blew on to his fields will now have to pay over US$600,000 in costs after a stay of order was lifted.Steve Marsh took his neighbor and childhood friend Michael Baxter to court in February 2014 for negligence over the alleged contamination of the land that Marsh... more


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