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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 30th, 2019

Supporters of genetically modified seeds often claim that GM varieties produce greater yields than conventional, non-GMO seed. But, results of recent field trials of hybrid corn seed and published research shows that non-GMO seed varieties perform as well as or even better than GM seed.

Minnesota-based Albert Lea Seeds’ non-GMO seeds recently outperformed many GM varieties in field trials held by Farmers’ Independent Research of Field Technologies this year. Albert Lea Seeds’ Viking brand

 


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 29th, 2019

Wilmar Mejia stood behind his pickup truck in the hills of Malibu, watching a hawk soar overhead.

Ahead lay the job, a mid-century ranch house with a glittering aquamarine pool and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Moments later, he shimmied into the house’s low-slung attic, crawling through tufts of white insulation studded with fresh rat droppings.

“You’ve got tenants and they’re not paying rent!” the exterminator said with a grin. Mejia

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 18th, 2019

According the a new study, soybean production in South America now covers over 57 million hectares, more than on any other continent. The consequences for amphibians have been devastating, as is clear from the study highlights and abstract.

The authors conclude in their study: “Our work has triggered alarm about the detrimental impact of pesticides (insecticides and herbicides) on native amphibians inhabiting the shallow ponds of the richest agricultural lands of South America.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 12th, 2019

Glyphosate exposures caused sublethal effects, reducing mobility in 79% of tadpoles

According the study below, soybean production in South America now covers over 57 million ha, more than on any other continent. The consequences for amphibians have been devastating, as is clear from the study highlights and abstract. The authors conclude in their study: "Our work has triggered alarm about the detrimental impact of pesticides (insecticides and herbicides) on native amphibians inhabiting the shallow ponds of the richest agricultural lands of South America.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 11th, 2019

Fatty liver disease and death of liver tissue were also confirmed in rats fed regulatory permitted and thus presumed safe doses of the weedkiller. Report: Claire Robinson

The primary mechanism of how glyphosate herbicides kill plants is by inhibiting an enzyme called EPSPS,


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 07th, 2019

BY ART CULLEN Joe Biden set out on a frozen, windswept eight-day bus tour of rural Iowa last weekend to shore up presidential support following a September swoon. His main talking point: Something so seemingly obscure as regenerative agriculture. Riding shotgun in the Bidenmobile: former governor and US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack and his much-beloved wife Christie.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Nov 10th, 2017

Francis Thicke retired from the NOSB yesterday. As a highly respected soil scientist, organic dairy farmer, and former employee of the USDA, he brought a unique perspective to the NOSB in his role as an environmental representative on the board. He was a mentor for many fellow NOSB members. We have shared his closing remarks below.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 21st, 2017

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting has completed a two-year investigation into 10 years of labor complaints against some of the biggest seed production companies in the world.

The report, released by Laird Townsend, outlines repeated allegations of labor violations made by migrant farm workers against seed giants Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 03rd, 2017

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you: Researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences really are trying to genetic engineer heat-resistant cows of the future — and they received a three-year, $733,000 federal grant to help them achieve their goal.

 

The project involves the use of genomic tools to produce a new kind of bovine that has the ability to adapt to live in hot weather, while also producing top-quality beef in the process.

 

 


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 03rd, 2017

On February 26, 2008, a $9-million underground seed vault began operating deep in the permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, just 810 miles from the North Pole. This high-tech Noah’s Ark for the world’s food varieties was intended to assure that, even in a worst-case scenario, our irreplaceable heritage of food seeds would remain safely frozen.

 

Less than 10 years after it opened, the facility flooded. The seeds are safe; the water only entered a passageway. Still, as vast areas of permafrost melt, the breach raises serious questions about the security of the seeds, and whether a centralized seed bank is really the best way to safeguard the world’s food supply.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 01st, 2017

Last week, Reuters reported on an alleged conspiracy to cover up data showing that there is no relationship between glyphosate (the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller) and cancer after all. The piece triggered a frenzy of media coverage and fresh attacks on the credibility of World Health Organization’s classification of glyphosate’s cancer risk. However, after the original documents that the article relied on surfaced, it was clear that the sensational headline doesn’t tell the whole story.

 

 


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 01st, 2017

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris before deciding to reverse an earlier EPA decision to ban the company's toxic and widely used pesticide, chlorpyrifos.

 

According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the EPA boss met with Liveris for about 30 minutes at a Houston hotel on March 9. Later that month, Pruitt announced that he would no longer pursue a ban on chlorpyrifos from being used on food, ignoring his agency's own review that even small amounts of the pesticide could impact fetus and infant brain development.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 28th, 2017

Another day, another lawsuit against global seed and chemical giant Monsanto Co. In a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Wisconsin, six consumers alleged that the company’s top-selling Roundup herbicide has been falsely promoted as uniquely safe when it actually can have profound harmful impacts on human gut bacteria critical to good health.

 

The lawsuit, which also names Roundup distributor Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. as a defendant, specifically alleges that consumers are being deceived by inaccurate and misleading statements made by Monsanto regarding glyphosate, the active weed-killing ingredient in Roundup. Plaintiffs include residents of Wisconsin, Illinois, California, New York, New Jersey and Florida.

 

 

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