Glyphosate Resistance Downplayed In A USDA Report

Glyphosate Resistance Downplayed In USDA Report

A recent number crunching report by the Electronic Research Service (ERS) arm of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) gives the reader an eye full of charts, graphs and statistics but not the full picture of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Loss of Biodiversity and Genetically Modified Crops

Genetically modified crops reinforce genetic homogeneity and promote large scale monocultures, they increase vulnerability of crops to climate change, pests and diseases and thus contribute to the decline in biodiversity. In the age where 75% of our plant genetic diversity has been lost, we must ask whether GMOs are doing more harm than good.

Global Land Grab Threatens Unchecked GMO Growth

Global Land Grab Threatens Unchecked GMO Growth

Gold rush is a thing of the past. The name of the new game is “land grab”, where governments of developed nations and multinational companies are leasing or buying large tracks of land across the African continent and other countries around the world in a feverish rush to grow crops for food and bio-fuel.

Raising the Bar at the Future of Food Conference

Raising the Bar at the Future of Food Conference

The Future of Food conference can be neatly summed up by this timeless aphorism uttered by Mahatma Gandhi: You must be the change you want to see in the world. Let’s get to work!

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.

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.

US Organic Industry Grew to Nearly $29 Billion in 2010

US Organic Industry Grew to Nearly $29 Billion in 2010

The organic food sector grew last year by nearly 8 percent, far out-pacing the overall stagnant U.S. food industry and providing new jobs. Consumers continue voting organic with their dollars.

Factory Farms: Polluters Still Shielded From Regulation

Factory Farms: Polluters Still Shielded From Regulation

A study confirms what many in rural communities know too well — some factory farms are industrial-scale polluters. These polluters, however, still escape clean air regulations.

Organic Trade Groups and Farmers Sue Monsanto

Lawsuit by organic groups asks Federal court to invalidate Monsanto’s patents and to end Monsanto’s practice of suing farmers over GMO contamination.

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.

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.

How To Personally Cut Greenhouse Gases

How To Personally Cut Greenhouse Gases

See if you can correctly answer the question.

Health-Conscious Consumers Fueling Organic Food Growth

Health-Conscious Consumers Fueling Organic Food Growth

According to the global market research firm RNCOS, the organic food market in the United States is to continue rapid growth that was barely quieted by the economic recession.

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.

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