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

Is Big Ag squelching research showing its new RNAi GMOs may be dangerous?

By Caitlin Rockett,

After nearly 30 years studying how plants use their genes to defend against viruses, Vicki Vance, a professor at the University of South Carolina, doesn’t see genetically modifying plants as a malevolent or arrogantly God-like endeavor.

“There’s DNA in the world and it gets passed from one organism to another and it’s the natural thing. If that’s the problem you have with transgenic plants, that’s not a good reason to be against them,” Vance says.


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

Tell Starbucks to dump GMOs and stop fighting GMO labeling!

With nearly 20,000 retail stores in over 60 countries, Starbucks is the most popular and widespread coffeehouse chain on the planet. In the past decade, Starbucks has paved the way for the modern corporate coffeehouse industry with its alleged commitment to “ethical sourcing”, “sustainability”, and consistently strong promotional marketing.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 26th, 2014

By John Deike,

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM) and Bunge Ltd., two of the world’s largest grain traders, are intent on increasing corn exports to China, however, U.S. farmers have plans of their own.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 25th, 2014

AP By Seth Borenstein,

If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.

In fact, they will say, the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and very human.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 25th, 2014

By Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra,

Food and feed quality are crucial to human and animal health. Quality can be defined as sufficiency of appropriate minerals, vitamins and fats, etc. but it also includes the absence of toxins, whether man-made or from other sources. Surprisingly, almost no data exist in the scientific literature on herbicide residues in herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) plants, even after nearly 20 years on the market.

In research recently published by our laboratory (Bøhn et al. 2014) we collected soybean samples grown under three typical agricultural conditions: organic, GM, and conventional (but non-GM). The GM soybeans were resistant to the herbicide Roundup, whose active ingredient is glyphosate.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 18th, 2014

By David Ferguson,

A voracious crop-destroying pest has evolved to feed upon the very GMO product that was designed to eliminate it. Wired.com reported that the triumph over corn rootworms was one of biotech’s great success stories, saving billions of dollars in crops each year.

So-called Bt corn — named for the Bacillus thuringiensis gene, which killed rootworms, corn borers and other pests — currently makes up more than three quarters of the total corn grown in the U.S., a lack of crop diversity that could spell disaster if the resistant cornworms spread.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 18th, 2014

Despite a challenge by conventional grocery interests, the Colorado Supreme Court on March 13 affirmed Right to Know Colorado’s ballot title to label GMO foods, clearing the way to begin collecting the 86,105 signatures needed for a 2014 statewide ballot measure.

DENVER (March 18, 2014) – In overturning a major challenge by mainstream biotech, pesticide and grocery interests to a statewide GMO labeling ballot initiative, the Colorado State Supreme Court on March 13, 2014, affirmed the title for Ballot Initiative #48 to label the presence of genetically modified foods, commonly called GMOs, on food packaging. In doing so the Colorado Supreme Court turned away a challenge to the title of Right to Know Colorado’s GMO ballot initiative.


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

(Reuters) - France's agriculture ministry on Saturday banned the sale, use and cultivation of Monsanto's MON 810 genetically modified maize, the only variety currently authorised in the European Union.

The French government, which maintains that GM crops present environmental risks, has been trying to institute a new ban on GM maize (corn) after its highest court has twice previously struck down similar measures.

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

No matter what Monsanto and the USDA say, GMOs contaminate organic crops - Now they want organic farmers to pay to protect themselves!

You might have heard a new term floating around the Internet – “Coexistence”- an idyllic term to promote the fantasy of GMO and non-GMO crops living in harmony side by side. But Monsanto and the USDA’s new “coexistence” plan is a road to extinction for America’s organic farmers. And if approved, it will mean the end of organic food as we know it.

Right now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with biotech lobbyists to finalize a plan so Monsanto’s GMO crops can contaminate organic and non-GMO farmers’ crops at will. Even worse, the USDA’s new plan could force these farmers to pay for crop “contamination insurance” to protect themselves against unwanted contamination by Monsanto’s patented genetically engineered genes.


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

When Organic Farmer Steve Marsh's fields were contaminated with Monsanto's patented GMO genes, he decided to fight back! Stand with Steve Marsh today!

A threat to organic farmers anywhere is a threat to organic farmers everywhere! It's time to stand up!

Next week, an important case is being heard in Western Australia involving organic farmer Steve Marsh, whose organic crops were contaminated by his neighbor’s genetically engineered canola.

Posted By: Dave Murphy on Jan 28th, 2014
  • By Dave Murphy 
    Food Democracy Now! , January 28, 2014
Today we will be at Monsanto's shareholder meeting presenting a resolution asking for Monsanto shareholders to support GMO labeling.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 27th, 2014

This past weekend, Monsanto shareholder Adam Eidinger called to ask if we would join him in presenting the groundbreaking GMO Labeling resolution at the annual Monsanto Shareholder Meeting on Tuesday, January 28. The proposed resolution will for the first time offer shareholders the opportunity to vote for support of GMO Labeling.

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

Environmental groups want a court to decide if the federal government violated its own law by permitting the manufacture of genetically modified salmon in Canada.

“Canadians expect their government to implement, not ignore, the laws that protect our ecosystems from harm,” said Tanya Nayler, one of the Ecojustice lawyers representing Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society. “By granting approval for this genetically modified species without obtaining all the legally required information, the government has failed to meet their legal obligation.”


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