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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 11th, 2014

By: Joe Satran

The producers of hit food documentary "Fed Up" delivered "Fed Up"-themed M&M's to 29 members of the House of Representatives today, to encourage them to vote against an agriculture appropriations bill that the producers said could make school lunches across the country less healthy than they already are.

Each 1.5 oz tin of M&Ms -- which were stamped with the words "Fed Up" and colored red and blue, to match the candies on the movie's poster -- contained 24.75 grams of sugar, less than half the 55 grams that the producers found are in a typical school lunch today.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 11th, 2014

Washington, D.C. –Representatives Sam Farr (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and George Miller (D-CA) were joined by Tom Colicchio, head judge on Top Chef and a founder of Food Policy Action, and parents with the FED UP campaign today to call attention to Republican efforts to weaken nutrition standards in the FY15 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The bill, scheduled to be voted on by the House of Representatives later tonight, includes a Republican proposal that would allow schools to opt out of the nutrition standards created by the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 10th, 2014

By: Michele Simon

The United States is in the midst of a public health epidemic due to poor diet. While much of the focus has been on obvious culprits such as sugary soft drinks and fast food, dairy foods often get a pass. The dairy industry, propped up by government, has convinced us of the health benefits of milk and other dairy products. But the context of how people consume dairy matters.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 10th, 2014

By: Mathew Heller

In a case of evolution outfoxing agricultural biotechnology, a voracious rootworm that was supposed to be poisoned by genetically-modified corn has become resistant to the toxins produced by the plant.

Populations of western corn rootworms, which used to cause billions of dollars in damage to U.S. crops, plummeted across the Midwest after Bt corn engineered to produce insecticidal toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis was first planted in 1996. The toxins killed the worms and reduced the use of conventional pesticides, helping to make Bt corn so popular that it now accounts for three-quarters of the U.S. corn crop.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 09th, 2014

By: Guest article by Ken Roseboro

It’s rare that a plant breeder goes from developing genetically modified crops at a major biotechnology company to breeding varieties for organic and non-GMO farmers. Jane Dever, associate professor at Texas A&M’s AgriLife Research and Extension Center, is unique in having done just that. As global cotton breeding manager for Bayer CropScience, Dever put GM traits into cotton plants. Now she focuses on keeping GM traits out of organic cotton varieties.

Dever prefers the latter role. “I am just very comfortable here,” she says. This is a great opportunity to work for Texas cotton producers and the more than 90% of US organic cotton producers located on the Texas High Plains.”


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 09th, 2014

By: Lauren Rothman

June 2, 2014  |  Remember the days when the standard accompaniment to a moist chocolate chip cookie was a cold, tall glass of milk? That ritual might soon be a thing of the past. Over the past few decades, milk consumption has plummeted, and an ever-diversifying set of plant-based dairy alternatives has hit supermarket shelves to take moo juice’s place in your breakfast bowl. “Got Coconut Milk Beverage?” sure doesn’t have the same ring to it as the dairy industry’s pervasive 1995 slogan, but if current trends continue, it might soon be a more accurate catchphrase.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 09th, 2014

By: Madhvi Sally

NEW DELHI: India's new government will allow genetically modified (GM) crops into the country only if they are "very essential", agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Wednesday, his first day in office.

"I have spoken to government officials and feel GM technology is important. If it is very essential then we will implement it," Singh said.

 


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 08th, 2014

By: Zack Fink, 

Supermarkets in New York State could soon be forced to label all genetically modified foods it carries on its shelves, as a bill in Albany would require so-called "GMO labeling" to bring New York in line with practices already embraced by three other states. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report for NY1.

Plenty of food contains ingredients that are genetically altered. Those products undergo genetic engineering which often involves combining the DNA of an unrelated species to create genetically modified organisms, or "GMOs." Such modifications are often found in oils, grains and beans to create desirable traits, such as resistance to certain herbicides and bacteria.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 04th, 2014

By: Jill Ettinger

The obesity epidemic isn’t just a growing problem in the U.S. One-third of the entire world population is now overweight or obese, regardless of social or economic class, finds new research.

Since 1980, the number of obese or overweight people in the world has steadily climbed from 857 million to a staggering 2.1 billion in 2013.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 03rd, 2014

EFSA has failed to respond effectively to criticism of its favourable safety opinion of GM maize 1507 from independent research organisation Testbiotech.

Genetically engineered maize 1507: EFSA cannot invalidate criticism
Testbiotech demands EU authorisation is stopped
Testbiotech, 2 June 2014
http://www.testbiotech.org/en/node/1059

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 29th, 2014

RED ALERT - Tell California - I want GMO labeling now!

Urgent help needed to pass GMO labeling in California!

 

Yesterday we saw intense, behind-the-scenes, shady lobbying tactics from Monsanto and the biotech industry in Sacramento as they fought to kill GMO labeling in California. Yesterday there was a floor vote on SB 1381 and it needs just 2 more votes to pass - but we need your help today!

 


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 28th, 2014

Tell California - I want GMO labeling now!

Urgent vote on California Senate floor now! PHONE CALLS NEEDED

A few moments ago, after intense behind the scenes lobbying from Monsanto and the biotech industry, Senator Noreen Evans called for a vote on SB 1381, a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered foods in the state of California.

 

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 28th, 2014

By: Katherine Harmon Courage

A new report by the advocacy group Animal Welfare Institute finds that "sustainably produced" claims on meat and poultry packages lack transparency, suggesting there are big gaps in verifying that animals are raised humanely

A new report finds that the government was unable to provide proof that many meat and poultry producers are living up to many of their feel-good labeling claims.


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