USDA and Monsanto Appeal Decision To Pull GMO Crop

USDA and Monsanto Appeal Decision To Pull GMO Crop

A Federal Court ordered the removal of genetically modified beet seedlings. After USDA and Monsanto appealed, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is delaying the removal until a hearing that was rescheduled for February.


Connecting the Dots: Antibiotic Resistance, Industrial Farm Animal Production and GMOs

Follow the money and you will see that the meat and the GMO industry are inextricably tied.


When An Apple A Day Makes Things Worse: GMO Apples

When An Apple A Day Makes Things Worse: GMO Apples

USDA was asked to approve a genetically modified apple variety that keeps from oxidizing and going brown when cut or damaged, but this is produce nobody wants.


You Say Bureaucracy, We Say Protection: Undermining The Clean Water Act

While environmental issues have taken a back seat to economy all over the country, industry groups and their defenders in Congress are using this time to advance an agenda designed to erode many successful laws, such as Clean Water Act.


Who Is To Blame For The Superweed Invasion?

Who Is To Blame For The Superweed Invasion?

Superweeds are invading fields across the globe. Before we start looking blaming farmers, however, careful attention must be paid to government agencies and seed companies and how the two partner-up to foster the conditions that lead to superweeds.


6 Reasons To Avoid GMOs

6 Reasons To Avoid GMOs

With Non GMO Month around the corner, let’s return to the basics: why avoid GMOs? Among concerns, human and animal health, environmental impact, morals and ethics, socioeconomic issues, and food labeling.


USDA’s Response To A Ban On Monsanto’s GM Sugar Beets Is Unlawful

USDA's Response To A Ban On Monsanto's GM Sugar Beets Is Unlawful

AHPIS announced its response to a recent federal court decision which banned the planting of Monsanto’s GM sugar beets until the agency conducts an EIS. Many, however, see the agency’s response as an attempt to circumvent the court’s ruling.


Would You Eat Genetically Altered Salmon?

Would You Eat Genetically Altered Salmon?

The Food and Drug Administration has preliminarily determined that a genetically modified salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies is safe for human consumption but many questions about the safety of GE salmon persist.


Federal Judge Halts Planting of GM Sugar Beets For Now

Federal Judge Halts Planting of GM Sugar Beets For Now

In depth analysis of Judge White’s decision which rescinded USDA’s and APHIS’ decision to deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets without conducting an Environmental Impact Statement.


Obama’s Appointments Provide Muted Hope for Sustainability Advocates

Obama's Appointments Provide Muted Hope for Sustainability Advocates

When Barak Obama was elected, many in the sustainability movement believed that they finally had an ally in the White House. However, the President’s agricultural appointments tell a different story.


Lawmakers Propose Labeling in Response to Supreme Court’s Monsanto Decision

Lawmakers Propose Labeling in Response to Supreme Court's Monsanto Decision

Ever since the Supreme Court handed down its mixed 7-1 decision, ruling that the lower court overstepped its boundary by issuing an injunction on the planting of genetically modified alfalfa, some lawmakers were spurred to action.


USDA Begins National Survey of Honey Bee Pests and Diseases

USDA Begins National Survey of Honey Bee Pests and Diseases

A 13-state survey of honey bee pests and diseases that will help USDA scientists to determine the factors that may be contributing to the decline of honey bee colonies nationwide.


Latest USDA Research On Colony Collapse Disorder

Latest USDA Research On Colony Collapse Disorder

Recent research from USDA points to a correlation between a fungus and a family of viruses that may be working together to cause the Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees. Many still believe, however, that other causes such as pesticide use in agriculture and GMOs that produce pesticides, also play a role in the collapse.


Why Big Chicken May Be Obama's Next Antitrust Target

Last week, current and former chicken growers, mostly from the South, gave attorney general Eric Holder and USDA secretary Tom Vilsack accounts of a lack of competition, poverty-level earnings and bait-and-switch tactics among the big chicken producers. “This system takes hard working farmers and makes them indentured servants on their own land,” Kay Doby, a former chicken farmer from North Carolina, told a crowded room at Alabama A&M University.


EPA Imposes Pesticide Limits to Protect Salmon in Spite of Industry Refusal to Comply

EPA has announced plans to place additional limitations on the use of three N-methyl carbamate pesticides – carbaryl, carbofuran and methomyl – to protect endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, in compliance with the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes after manufacturers of the chemicals diazinon, malathion and chlorpyrifos refused to adopt the limits voluntarily.


USDA Approves Genetically Modified Trees For Trial Planting

USDA Approves Genetically Modified Trees For Trial Planting

Ignoring criticis and finding their concerns to be “unlikely,” on May 12, 2010 APHIS approved for continued field tests the planting of experimental genetically modified eucalyptus trees across seven states.


Urge USDA To Continue Regulating Monsanto's Roundup Ready Alfalfa

In December 2009, the USDA has released its draft environmental impact statement proposing to deregulate Monsanto’s genetically engineered alfalfa. GMO Journal submitted its public comment to the agency urging it to continue regulating GE alfalfa. There is still time to take action before the March 3, 2010 deadline. Do you part — tell USDA to reject Monsanto’s GE alfalfa.


Internal Report Finds USDA’s Failure to Effectively Regulate GMOs

Internal Report Finds USDA's Failure to Effectively Regulate GMOs

The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS), which oversees biotechnology regulation, was heavily criticized by its own Inspector General 2005 audit report. Did APHIS change its way since then?


Analyzing Monsanto’s Ironclad Contract – In Fear of The Dotted Line

Monsanto's Ironclad Contract - In Fear of The Dotted Line

There is little doubt that Monsanto-farmer contracts are fundamentally unfair to the farmers. In this case, David does not fair well against Goliath. But are such agreements also fundamentally unfair to society because, unless you grow it yourself, what the farmer grows is what you eat.


Doubts About USDA’s Ability to Effectively Regulate Second Generation GMOs

Doubts About USDA’s Ability to Effectively Regulate Second Generation GMOs

As a result of policies enumerated by the Coordinated Framework, regulatory control over GMOs in the United States was divided among different regulatory agencies. The consequences of such a decision was a myopic, and at times, haphazard regulatory control by each agency over GMOs. For USDA, this raises significant questions as to the agency’s ability to effectively regulate second generation GMOs.


USDA and GMOs:  The Roots of Failure

USDA and GMOs: The Roots of Failure

How can the public trust government agencies to ensure the safety of GMOs if those agencies have a long track record of failure? USDA’s regulatory track record begs the question of whether it is a government “regulatory” agency or an industry group.


EPA’s Flawed Regulation of GMOs Examined

EPA's Flawed Regulation of GMOs Examined

Industry bias, lax scientific standards, exemption of food crops containing pesticides from registration requirements, and failure to independently monitor GM crops after approval, are among the regulatory problems exhibited by the EPA when it comes to regulating GMOs.


Critique of Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods and Crops in the United States

The United States government consistently promotes its regulatory framework for genetically engineered organisms as comprehensive and strict. Is this a public relations maneuver, wishful thinking or the story of the emperor without clothes?


USDA, GMOs, Notification and Nonregulated Status

The USDA provides a number of exemptions for articles that it has determined do not pose a plant pest risk. One of such exemptions authorizes the introduction of certain regulated articles without a permit provided that USDA is notified in advance.