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.


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.


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.


Wagging the Dog: FDA Restricts Certain Antibiotics In Animals

Wagging the Dog: FDA Restricts Certain Antibiotics In Animals

U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an order to restrict unapproved use of cephalosporin class of antibiotics in farm animals. Many, however, are critical of the agency’s decision to regulate a practice that is already in decline.


Rootworms Are Eating Their Way Through Bt Corn

Rootworms Are Eating Their Way Through Bt Corn

This past November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report cited “severe efficacy issues” with Monsanto’s Bt corn after multiple states reported “unexpected pest damage.”


Beekeepers and Scientists Urge A Ban On Systemic Pesticides

Beekeepers and Scientists Urge A Ban On Systemic Pesticides

While evidence of the detrimental impact of systemic pesticides mounts, many beekeepers and independent scientists wonder why U.S. regulators have not suspended or banned their use.


Investigators Scold FDA’s Food Inspection Program

Investigators Scold FDA's Food Inspection Program

Internal investigators found significant weaknesses in FDA’s monitoring of State agencies’ food inspections. The finding raises further questions about FDA’s effectiveness in ensuring the safety of the nation’s food supply.


Product Contains Genetically Engineered Material

Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) has once again introduced a bill that would require require the labeling of all foods that contain or are produced with genetically engineered material. It is a counter-balance to another pending legislation that could strip USDA of some of its authority to approve to biotech crops.


Safety Review of Glyphosate Herbicide Faces Tough Critics

Safety Review of Glyphosate Herbicide Faces Tough Critics

Is glyphosate a critical tool to control weeds or a cancer-causing health and an environmental menace? The U.S. and Canadian governments plan to re-evaluate the safety of glyphosate.


Are Systemic Pesticides To Blame for Honeybee Colony Collapse?

Are Systemic Pesticides To Blame for Honeybee Colony Collapse?

While massive bee die offs have been occurring for more than half a decade, the connection between colony collapse disorder and pesticides, particularly serious concern about systemic pesticides, has been downplayed by the EPA and the industry.


Halting Genetically Modified Crops in Wildlife Refuges

Halting Genetically Modified Crops in Wildlife Refuges

Faced with another government agency’s failure to follow the laws, advocate groups had to resort to the courts yet again, making the judicial system the last stopgap for even the most sensible environmental policy.


Losing The War On Weeds

Losing The War On Weeds

A new army of out-of-control herbicide-resistant weeds has many farmers across agricultural states returning to the very same practices that the chemical “miracle” was supposed to eliminate. Our in depth look at the emerged battleground and solutions.


House Committee Probes Alleged Over-regulation of Agricultural Biotech

House Committee Probes Alleged Over-regulation of Agricultural Biotech

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture is meeting to “review the causes and consequences of government over-regulation of agriculture biotechnology.”


Genetically Engineered Salmon Could Be Labeled In California

Genetically Engineered Salmon Could Be Labeled In California

If approved by the FDA, a new bill introduced in California, known as The Consumers Right To Know Act, would require labeling on all genetically engineered salmon sold in California.


Biotech Industry Is USDA’s Favorite Son

Biotech Industry Is USDA's Favorite Son

Recently, Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack compared biotechnology and sustainable agriculture to two sons, for whom he declared equal love. Read on to learn why biotech has in fact been the agency’s favorite “son.”


Regulatory Independence Myth Lives On At USDA

USDA often sides with and promotes industry interests. Its new pilot program allowing biotech developers to prepare their own safety studies or pay for those selected by the agency will only reinforce the image of an agency regulating for the industry.


House Aims To Reduce Protections Of The Clean Water Act

House Aims To Reduce Protections of The Clean Water Act

A bill that waters down EPA protections of the Clean Water Act is recommended for consideration by the House as a whole. This is one of several Republican sponsored bills aimed at reducing EPA powers.


Back in Court: USDA’s Deregulation of GE Alfalfa Challenged

Back in Court: USDA's Deregulation of GE Alfalfa Challenged

Conventional and organic farmers and environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging the USDA’s decision to permit the unrestricted commercial release of genetically engineered alfalfa.


Appeals Court Overturns Sugar Beets Injunction For Monsanto

A California Appeals Court reversed a lower court’s ruling which would have required the destruction of genetically modified sugar beet seedlings planted in September 2010.


Powerful Interests In The GE Alfalfa Debate

Powerful Interests In The GE Alfalfa Debate

The usual and unusual politics surrounding the deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa.


GMO Express: USDA Approves Yet Another GM Crop

In less than a month, USDA has approved for unrestricted growth GE alfalfa and partially deregulated GE sugar beets. Now, it deregulates GE corn for biofuel production with no environmental impact study of novel proteins it contains.


Animals On Drugs Continued

Animals On Drugs Continued

New FDA data shows that almost 80% of all antibiotics sold in 2009 were reserved for animal farming. Part two of our series on antibiotic overuse in healthy farm animals examines the response from the FDA and the proposed legislation.


USDA OKs Partial Deregulation of GE Sugar Beets

On the heels of the decision to deregulate genetically engineered alfalfa, this Friday USDA announced that it will allow the planting of Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” GE sugar beets even though the agency has yet to finalize conducting an Environmental Impact Statement.


USDA Deregulates GE Alfalfa Nationwide

USDA Deregulates GE Alfalfa Nationwide

Yesterday, USDA’s Sec. Tom Vilsack announced that genetically engineered alfalfa, that has been modified to withstand repeated application of Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide, will be completely deregulated nation-wide, without any restrictions.