All Natural? See You In Court

Truth in labeling lawsuits are gaining prominence as increasingly consumers are taking giant food companies to task about their potentially misleading food labels.

EPA Chooses Inaction While Bee Declines Continue

EPA Chooses Inaction While Bee Declines Continue

Reactions to EPA’s refusal to suspend the registration of clothianidin, given the mounting scientific evidence that this systemic poison poses an imminent hazard to bees, have been strong and unequivocal.

EPA Denies Emergency Petition to Suspend Clothianidin

EPA Denies Emergency Petition to Suspend Clothianidin

The EPA went to great lengths to reject a citizen petition seeking to suspend the use of a systemic pesticide that scientific studies link to massive bee die-offs. What happened?

Some Monsanto Shareholders Demand Company Change

Some Monsanto Shareholders Demand Company Change

Advocacy takes different forms. Harrington Investments and PANNA are trying to foster greater public awareness about Monsanto’s unsustainable corporate practices by engaging in shareholder advocacy.

Is Pesticide Drift Trespass?

Is Pesticide Drift Trespass?

The recent Minnessota Supreme Court decision raised quite a few eyebrows and we look closely at the legal issues associated with pesticide drift and this case.

Global Resistance to Monsanto

A new report shows an intense worldwide grassroots opposition to the dominance of multinational biotech companies like Monsanto who make big promises but fail to deliver.

Beef Industry Slams Common Sense Healthy Eating As Extremism

Beef Industry Slams Common Sense Healthy Eating As Extremism

A posted announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture caused quite a stir on Wednesday when it appeared to embrace the “Meatless Monday” campaign until it heard from the beef industry. Oops!

OSGATA Appeal Moves Forward in DC Court

Not a mere hypothetical disagreement. The OSGATA lawsuit against Monsanto moved forward, despite the lower court dismissal, as more scholars and organizations echo concerns over GMO contamination and onerous lawsuits.

Toxic Biotech Provisions of the Farm Bill

Toxic Biotech Provisions of the Farm Bill

New changes in the House Agriculture Committee’s discussion draft of the 2012 Farm Bill will eviscerate the oversight function of the USDA over GMOs.

California’s Right to Know Ballot Measure is Now Prop 37

California's Right to Know Ballot Measure is Now Prop 37

Backed by overwhelming public support, California’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will be on November’s ballot as Proposition 37.

Genetically Engineering Washington Politics

GMO advocates rush to tell anyone who is willing to listen that GMOs are safe because they were approved by government agencies. Lobbying statistics reveal a deluge of money greasing the political and regulatory wheels, putting government seals of approval into question.

FDA Tells Industry HFCS ≠ Sugar

FDA Tells Industry HFCS ≠ Sugar

Sorry, recently said the FDA to the Corn Refiners Association but “high fructose corn syrup” is just not “corn sugar.” The industry group persists, however, citing of all things the main argument for GMO labeling.

USDA Deregulates GMO Sugar Beets

USDA Deregulates GMO Sugar Beets

After a lengthy legal battle the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to completely deregulate Monsanto’s genetically engineered sugar beets.

France Moves To Protect Bees By Banning Syngenta Pesticide

France Moves To Protect Bees By Banning Syngenta Pesticide

Citing concerns over massive decline in bee populations due to Colony Collapse Disorder, the French health and safety authority said it will ban the use of Syngenta’s pesticide, Cruiser OSR, used for rapeseed crops coating.

Monsanto’s Vistive Gold Soybean Oil Concerns Persist

Monsanto's Vistive Gold Soybean Oil Concerns Persist

Monsanto’s genetically modified soybeans to be used for cooking oil containing lower levels of saturated fats and higher levels monounsaturated fats were approved last year by U.S. regulators. Yet, while Monsanto prepares for product launch, important safety questions remain unanswered.

Saving National Wildlife Refuges From GMOs

Saving National Wildlife Refuges From GMOs

Did you know that United States permits the planting of genetically engineered crops in the nation’s protected wildlife refuges? Environmental groups have challenged this practice one region at a time.

New Evidence Linking Systemic Pesticides To Bee Die Offs

New Evidence Linking Systemic Pesticides To Bee Die Offs

With even more scientific studies linking systemic pesticides to bee deaths, beekeepers and environmental organizations petition EPA to suspend clothianidin, a pesticide that got a free pass from registration requirements.

FDA Issues Voluntary Guidance To Stem Factory Farm Antibiotics

FDA Issues Voluntary Guidance To Stem Factory Farm Antibiotics

The FDA took long-overdue steps towards curbing the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals aimed to preserve effectiveness of antibiotics. Unfortunately, the measures remain voluntary and industry compliance remains to be seen.

FDA Must Act on Subtherapeutic Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

FDA Must Act on Subtherapeutic Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

Nearly 35 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration initiated proceedings to withdraw the approval of the subtherapeutic use of certain antibiotics in agricultural animals but it took a Court Order to force the agency to follow through.

Appeal Filed In GMO Patent Case Against Monsanto

Appeal Filed In The Case Against Monsanto

Organic and conventional family farmers, small and family-owned seed companies, and agricultural organizations recently filed an appeal in the case of OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, which was dismissed by a Federal Court in New York on February 24, 2012.

Controversy With The Doomsday Vault

Controversy With The Doomsday Vault

While the Doomsday Vault may have been founded on noble ideas, many critics fear that the lofty ideas may get lost in the complex agreements between the Vault and the depositors while permitting greater access to seeds by corporate breeders.

Organic Farmers Succeed Despite Federal Court Defeat

Organic Farmers Succeed Despite Federal Court Defeat

The Federal District Court in New York dismissed the organic and conventional farmers’ complaint against Monsanto. But despite the legal loss, the lawsuit leaves a beneficial legacy.

Myth of Independent Science Haunts Biotech Industry

Think twice before believing GMO advocates who argue that genetically engineered foods are safe because they were approved by government agencies. New report from the Union of Concerned Scientists demonstrates the many ways in which corporations influence scientific and policy making processes.

GMO Labeling Fights Multiply Across U.S.

GMO Labeling Fights Multiply Across U.S.

There is a growing demand from consumers to know what is in their food. In response to this demand, sprouting across the nation are bills seeking to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.