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

The future of organic and non GM food in Australia is uncertain after a WA farmer today lost his legal battle with a neighbouring farmer. 

Steve Marsh lost organic certification on his Kojonup farm – and most of his livelihood – when his farm was contaminated by GM canola. He sued his neighbour in the WA Supreme Court for his losses, and to protect his farm into the future.

 


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 23rd, 2014

Join farmers and free citizens around the world in the March to Stop Monsanto!

Today, Food Democracy Now! is calling on you to join the global March Against Monsanto in an effort to stand up for our democratic rights and protect the planet from Monsanto’s influence.

Why we’re marching: To Stop the Continued Corruption of Our Democracy, the Poisoning of Our Environment, the Loss of Biodiversity and the Continued Assault on the Basic Rights of Farmers and Citizens Around the World.

 

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 22nd, 2014

Richmond, BC (May 21, 2014) – Nature’s Path, North America’s largest independent organic cereal company, lives by the mantra “always leave the earth better than you found it.”  This week, the company took another step along that path with the purchase of 2,760 acres in northern Montana that will help increase organic farmland, attract and educate new farmers, as well as meet the growing demand for organic grains and legumes.

 
The need for organic farmland has increased as the demand continues to grow at an expected rate of 14 percent through 2018[1]. At the same time, the number of farmers is declining, down 4 percent since 2007[2], as older farmers retire without enough new farmers to take their place.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 22nd, 2014

By:Bradon Baker

Southern Oregon family farmers and their neighbors took matters into their own hands Tuesday, voting to ban the planting of genetically engineered crops.

Voters in both Jackson and Josephine counties approved bans, and neither was close. Jackson voters approved the ban, 66 to 34 percent, while Josephine voters passed their ban by a 58-to-42-percent count.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 21st, 2014

By: Andrew Stelzer

Yellow signs dot the rural landscape of Oregon’s Jackson County, most of them urging local to vote “Yes” to “Protect Family Farms.” Meanwhile, in the population centers of Medford and Ashland, volunteers frantically work the phones trying to get out the vote before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

At stake is the sovereignty of hundreds of farmers in the fertile Rogue Valley. And a victory by GMO opponents could signify a new chapter in the debate over genetic engineering in the United States — a country far behind much of the world in regulating GMOs.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 20th, 2014

By: Joe Dobrow, The first half of 2014 has already presented us with a wonderland of anniversaries--50 years since the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and the opening of the New York World’s Fair, 30 years since the introduction of the Macintosh computer. But as we now go deeper into the rabbit hole of cultural commemorations--no doubt some retrospective awaits for the 50th anniversary of the debut of Gilligan’s Island on September 26--one of the most important may be one of the least noticed: the 20th anniversary of the Flavr Savr tomato, often credited as the first genetically modified organism (GMO). And its reverberations are already being heard in more than two dozen statehouses, where legislation to require the labeling of foods made with GMOs is being actively and loudly debated.

 

The Flavr Savr, otherwise known as CGN-89564-2, was born on May 21, 1994, created by scientists in the laboratories of a UC Davis-spawned company called Calgene by adding two genes (one from the E. coli bacterium) into the species called Lycopersicon esculentum, the common tomato plant. The idea was to strengthen the tomato by modifying its genetic makeup and allowing it to remain on the vine to ripen--a white-lab-coat variation, perhaps, of the efforts to cross-breed crops that dates back at least to Grigor Mendel’s 19th-century experiments with peas, and more likely to the very roots of agriculture itself 10,000 years earlier.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 20th, 2014

By Jane Ayers,

Will there peace in the Valley? According to local Rogue Valley farmers in Southern Oregon: only if Monsanto and Syngenta farmers stop planting GMO crops that threaten their livelihoods. A county ballot Measure 15-119 is set to vote on Tuesday, May 20th in Southern Oregon that will protect some of the nation’s most pure non-GMO seed supply from ruin. Southern Oregon is considered in the Top 5 of seed producing regions in the world, so much is riding on this county vote. The ballot measure bans “any person from propagating, cultivating, raising or growing genetically engineered [defined] plants in Jackson County” and would require any GMO plants to be harvested, destroyed, or removed within 12 months. Our Family Farms Coalition and GMO Free Jackson County have pushed for the rallying of Non-GMO: YES on Measure 15-119. However, Monsanto and Syngenta recently spent over $800,000 trying to defeat the Rogue Valley’s local farmers’ initiative.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 17th, 2014

By: Real Truth,

What does the National Weather Service, Social Security Administration and now, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), all have in common? These government agencies are all hoarding weapons and ammunition for no good reason.

In August 2012, it wasn’t just conspiracy theorists who sounded the alarm after it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was in the process of buying 750 million rounds of ammo. That mindboggling order came on the heels of another 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets it already bought earlier that year. The ostensible reason: target practice.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 15th, 2014

By: Huffington Post,

Kentucky on Wednesday sued the federal government for return of agricultural hemp seeds seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency told state officials they would have to apply for a permit to get them back.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville, names the DEA, the Department of Justice, Customs and Border Protection and Attorney General Eric Holder, according to the complaint, obtained by HuffPost.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 14th, 2014
chinese army

By Sustainable Pulse,

The Chinese army has ordered all military supply stations to only allow the purchase of non-GMO grain and food oil due to health safety concerns over GMOs.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 13th, 2014

Dr. Andres Carrasco, an Argentine neuroscientist who challenged pesticide regulators to re-examine one of the world's most widely used weed killers, has died. He was 67.

Argentina's national science council announced Carrasco's death on Saturday. He had been in declining health.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 12th, 2014

By Mi Zhen-yu,

"We Must Face the harm caused by imported GM soybeans to 1.3 billion Chinese people"

by Mi Zhen-yu was published by the "Science & Technology Abstracts Newspaper" on April 25, 2014. This newspaper, under the leadership of the Ministry of Science & Technology of China, was established in 1992.

In 2013, China imported 63.38 million tons of GM soybeans from USA and other countries. Most of China's imported GM soybeans are used to extract soybean food oil (one of the main tradenames is "Golden Fish" ). GM soybean oil, widely used not because of its quality but rather due to its cheap price, has rapidly dominated China's soybean food oil market, covering most of the restaurant industry and canteens in China. The glyphosate residue contained in GM soybean food oil (and GM soybean protein powder processed from GM soybean cake, a by-product of GM soybean food oil) eaten three meals a day, continuously penetrates the bodies of most Chinese, including children at kindergarden, primary school and middle school, university students and teachers, staff members and soldiers of the Chinese army, government staff members, and other consumers (with exception of special food supplied units).

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

Today is the day that we take the fight to Monsanto where it hurts - their wallet!

Yesterday in an historic move in Vermont, Governor Peter Shumlin signed the first in the nation no strings attached law requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) food in the nation. This is incredible news!


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