Why FDA Action Won't Stem Antibiotic Resistance

Why FDA Action Won’t Stem Antibiotic Resistance

Many believe that the new FDA guidelines will likely fail to change how antibiotics are used in food animals and will not stem the public health crisis of increasing antibiotic resistance.

Appellate Court Reaches Decision in Osgata Matter

Appellate Court Reaches Decision in Osgata Matter

The appeals court in the Osgata matter held that Monsanto is legally bound not to sue farmers or sellers of seeds that are inadvertently contaminated with up to one percent of seeds carrying Monsanto’s patented traits.

Connecticut: Lonely and Looking For Partners

Connecticut: Lonely and Looking For Partners

Connecticut will become the first and only state so far to require food manufacturers to label products containing genetically modified ingredients — but there is a catch!

GMO Labeling Law Faces a Deadline in New York

GMO Labeling Law Proposed in New York

Legislation proposed in New York would require labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically modified material. With a deadline for a vote looming, can New Yorkers keep the bill alive?

Mother Nature Outsmarts Monsanto Corn

Mother Nature Outsmarts Monsanto Corn

The claim that GMOs reduce pesticide use — a main selling point — should be abandoned by the industry that is gobbling up dramatic pesticide sales growth in response to hardy plant pests rapidly adopting and developing resistance to genetically modified crops.

Europe Takes Action To Protect Bees But Where Is the EPA?

Europe Takes Action To Protect Bees But Where Is the EPA?

The European Commission recently said it will ban three neonicotinoids for the next two years citing “acute high risks” to bees associated with this pesticide. The EPA only recommends more tests.

Seed Oligarchs

Seed Oligarchs

What has the existing patent system in agriculture yielded? Seed industry consolidation, increased seed prices, loss of biodiversity, and the stifling of independent research and scientific inquiry. The latest about intellectual property in agriculture.

Food Labeling Unleashed

Food Labeling Unleashed

Cholesterol decreasing juice, anti-cancer green tea, and cherries as James-Bond agents to neutralize cancer — believable or not? FDA’s confusing food labeling rules are criticized for allowing many companies to make misleading claims on food labels.

Antibiotics Preservation Legislation Introduced in Congress

Antibiotics Preservation Legislation Introduced in Congress

Calling antibiotic resistance in the population a “major public health crisis,” Rep. Slaughter introduced legislation to prohibit the use of antibiotics for sub-therapeutic purposes in food animals.

Common Pesticides Are More Dangerous Than You Know

Common Pesticides Are More Dangerous Than You Know

Another study finds inert ingredients in glyphosate formulations to be toxic human cells, questioning regulators’ focus on the active ingredient during the risk assessment process.

U.S. Grassland Bird Decline Hastened By Pesticide Use

U.S. Grassland Bird Decline Hastened By Pesticide Use

Analyzing over 20 years of data, two researchers concluded that pesticide use, not habitat loss, was the most important factor contributing to widespread declines in populations of U.S. grassland birds.

Animals, Antibiotics and Superbugs

Animals, Antibiotics and Superbugs

One of the causes of antibiotic resistance in humans is the overuse of antibiotics on industrial animal farms. Despite the urgent public health crisis, neither the FDA nor lawmakers have stemmed the overuse of such important medicines for purposes of growth and disease prevention, not treatment.

Farming Groups Take On Goliath In Court

Farming Groups Take On Goliath In Court

In a case of national prominence, farmers, seed selling businesses and agricultural organizations are fighting for their right to seek legal protection from accusations of patent infringement by the agri-giant Monsanto should they become contaminated by Monsanto’s GMO seed.

European Food Safety Authority: Neonics Pose Acute Risk To Honeybees

European Food Safety Authority: Neonics Pose Acute Risk To Honeybees

European Food Safety Authority’s analysis of neonicotinioids acknowledged a number of serious risks to bees associated with their use. The agency recommended that, among other things, these systemic pesticides be only used on crops not attractive to honey bees.

Nonprofit Fights Deceptive Food Health Claims

Food and supplement makers complain they are under siege all the while making deceptive health claims and doing little to improve nutrition. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has been behind many of the lawsuits over unsubstantiated and misleading labeling.

New Study Finds Combination of Pesticides Dangerous To Bumblebees

New Study Finds Combination of Pesticides Dangerous To Bumblebees

A recent study found that a combination of two pesticides impairs the natural foraging behavior of bumblebees, increases worker mortality as well as increases the propensity of bumblebee colonies to fail.

Year in Review - Our Top GMO Stories From 2012

The term “GMO” is an acronym that more Americans recognize because of the events that transpired in 2012. Here are the stories that concerned, disappointed and inspired us during this past year. Thank you for reading and have a healthy and happy New Year!

FDA Privately Doubts Own Voluntary Veterinary Drug Guidelines

Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility sued for the release of FDA’s records that would demonstrate the effectiveness of the agency’s voluntary approach of phasing out the use of medically important antibiotics on animal farms. Guess what they revealed.

Court Battles Over GMOs in Southeast and Midwest Wildlife Refuges

Court Battles Over GMOs in Southeast and Midwest Wildlife Refuges

A judge recently ordered Fish and Wildlife Services to halt the planting of genetically engineered crops on the national wildlife land in the Southeast Region. Similar result eluded environmental groups in a related lawsuit over GMO use on refuge lands in the Midwest Region.