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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 04th, 2017

 

The EU has approved a $130bn mega-merger between Dow and DuPont, heralding a new round of agribusiness takeovers that environmentalists fear will endanger the future of sustainable food production.

 

Brussels is widely expected to clear another hookup between Syngenta and ChemChina in the next two weeks, with notification of a marriage between Monsanto and Bayer expected later in the year.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 04th, 2017

Monsanto faces a product liability lawsuit filed by a former groundskeeper diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, alleging that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks associated with exposure to Roundup.

 

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Richard Aird in the Delaware Superior Court on March 22, indicating that Monsanto Company withheld information from agricultural workers about the health risks associated with glyphosate contained in the popular weedkiller, preventing Aird from taking safety precautions that may have avoided the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 29th, 2017

Our annual GMO Awareness Week is upon us, and in this interview, Ronnie Cummins, founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) details the current state of the opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 

We first met about six years ago, when we collaborated to create the direct ballot initiative to label GMOs in California.

 

A lot has happened since then, including the passing of what’s colloquially known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, ironically misnamed “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” — this despite a full 90 percent of consumers supporting mandatory labeling.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 29th, 2017

 

A recent lawsuit against Monsanto offers a clear and troubling view into industry strategies that warp research for corporate gain. In a lawsuit regarding the possible carcinogenicity of the pesticide Roundup, plaintiffs’ lawyers suing Monsanto charge the company with ghostwriting an academic study finding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, is not harmful. Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer and is critical for successful cultivation of genetically modified crops such as corn and soybean, which are resistant to the pesticide.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 29th, 2017

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quietly dropped a plan to start testing food for residues of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer and the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s branded Roundup herbicides.

 

The agency spent the last year coordinating with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in preparation to start testing samples of corn syrup for glyphosate residues on April 1, according to internal agency documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. Documents show that at least since January 2016 into January of this year, the glyphosate testing plan was moving forward. But when asked about the plan this week, a USDA spokesman said no glyphosate residue testing would be done at all by USDA this year.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 29th, 2017

 Tens of millions of dollars were within reach for M. Prabhakara Rao as he prepared in April 2015 to take his Indian cotton seed company public.

 

The Indian businessman already had $54 million in initial funding from an American private equity investor. Rao had also locked in a long-term licensing agreement with Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, for the technology used in genetically modified cotton seeds that made up the majority of his annual sales.

 

Two months after publishing his initial public offering plan, Rao gambled. He sent one of his executives to negotiate a 10 percent cut in royalties with Monsanto. The multinational said no.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 29th, 2017

Osborn & Barr, an advertising firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, is facing more than 130 lawsuits over the link between its former client, Monsanto, and cases of cancer associated with Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, marketed as Roundup.

 

The lawsuits were filed last week in the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis against Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, naming Osborn & Barr as a co-defendant, for its role in promoting the glyphosate-based herbicide.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 29th, 2017

 

OEHHA issued the decision after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report on glyphosate, which classified the chemical as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015. The IARC report compelled OEHHA to list glyphosate as a Prop 65 chemical and warn consumers about the danger associated with glyphosate exposure.

 

The effective date of this listing will be determined following a decision from the Court of Appeal regarding a request for a stay in the pending case Monsanto v OEHHA.[2] A separate Notice will be published, along with an updated Proposition 65 list, when the chemical is added to the list.

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

Monsanto, a multinational company and the world's largest producer of genetically modified seeds, pays a group of dietitians to spread its controversial GMO gospel.

 

It's pretty standard for a company to pay experts to support a corporate cause. But one dietician who receives funding from Monsanto argues for the company's line while, not publicly disclosing her ties to the company.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 27th, 2017

 

The easiest way to side-step synthetic food additives has been to simply eat certified organic food. But we’ve seen an increasing number of questionable additives being approved for use in organics. There are currently almost 300 non-organic and synthetic compounds approved for use in organic farming or food production. This video presentation (by Mark Kastel, the co-director and senior farm policy analyst at the Cornucopia Institute) shows a long list of such ingredients — all of which are supposed to have been carefully reviewed for safety prior to approval.

 

But just how rigorous were those reviews, and are these additives really safe and appropriate for use in organic food?

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 27th, 2017

People with allergies to soy protein now have one less source for purchasing soy-free eggs. Two small-scale farmers in Wisconsin have been informed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture that they must stop selling their soy-free and GMO-tested eggs to consumers until they meet state government regulations for shipping eggs that they allege the farmers are violating. They have been shipping their eggs directly to the homes of customers throughout the United States since the beginning of 2010.

 

In letters dated, March 13, 2017, the State of Wisconsin sent two farmers who are part of the Wisconsin Pasturelands Cooperative a Cease and Desist order regarding their eggs. The two farmers were informed that they were selling eggs and shipping them to consumers without proper refrigeration during shipping. They were specifically instructed that until this situation is corrected, “you shall not hold, process, package or sell the eggs for human consumption from your home or any other location.” (Source.)


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 27th, 2017

Emails unsealed in a California lawsuit last week reveal that agribusiness giant Monsanto engaged in activities aimed at undermining efforts to evaluate a potential link between glyphosate—the active ingredient of the company's popular herbicide Roundup—and cancer. The documents reveal the company's plans to seed the scientific literature with a ghostwritten study and its efforts to delay and prevent U.S. government assessments of the product's safety.

 

Many corporate actors, including the sugar industry, the oil and gas industries and the tobacco industry, have used tactics such as denying scientific evidence, attacking individual scientists, interfering in government decision-making processes and manufacturing counterfeit science through ghostwriting to try to convince policymakers and the public of their products' safety in the face of independent scientific evidence to the contrary. This case underscores the urgent need for greater transparency and tighter protections to prevent these kinds of corporate disinformation tactics that could put the public at risk.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Mar 25th, 2017

A new study sets out the huge benefits of organic farming to people and the environment, writes Peter Melchett, including more wildlife, healthier consumers and farm workers, lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduced soil erosion and increased water retention. We need more of it, fast!

 

The study reviewed existing scientific evidence to assess the performance of organic farming against a wide range of indicators - from crop yields to farmer livelihoods.

 

The review reiterates many of the benefits of organic farming, while also highlighting key areas where more research is required.


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