U.S. Pesticide Use: Back To The Future

Is “cutting-edge” biotechnology taking American agriculture backwards into a more toxic past?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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