Year in Review - Our Top GMO Stories From 2012

The term “GMO” is an acronym that more Americans recognize because of the events that transpired in 2012. Here are the stories that concerned, disappointed and inspired us during this past year. Thank you for reading and have a healthy and happy New Year!

Choice at the Core of Proposition 37

Choice at the Core of Proposition 37

Polls open tomorrow in California and Californians are asked to choose whether genetically modified foods and ingredients should be labeled. Vote YES on Proposition 37 and urge others to do the same.

New Legislation to Monitor Antibiotics Use in Livestock

New Legislation to Monitor Antibiotics Use in Livestock

Last week House Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce committee, announced plans to introduce a new animal antibiotic use legislation.

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?

Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M for Selling Toxic Birdseed

Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M for Selling Toxic Birdseed

Accused of selling toxic bird seed for years and then covering up its use of unregistered pesticides, Scotts Miracle-Gro settled criminal and civil charges by agreeing to record-breaking penalties.

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.