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.


Endangered Seeds in Russia

Endangered Seeds in Russia

The Russian government is eager to sell off land that houses one of the world’s largest and oldest collections of seeds and plants — dosvidanya biodiversity.


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.


Popular Pesticide Linked To Parkinsons - The Bad and The Ugly

At least one African government petitioned to include the paraquat herbicide formulation in the Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention. This could have far reaching consequences for the export of the herbicide.


Slaughter Will Reintroduce Legislation To Preserve Antibiotics

Slaughter Will Reintroduce Legislation To Preserve Antibiotics

PAMTA – the legislation that addresses overuse of antibiotics in the agricultural system, which leads to antibiotic resistance in the human population, is once again introduced by Congresswoman Slaughter.


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.


Vatican's Cardinal Speaks On GMOs Post WikiLeaks

Cardinal Turkson, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, discussed GMOs in an interview with the Vatican newspaper.


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.


How To Personally Cut Greenhouse Gases

How To Personally Cut Greenhouse Gases

See if you can correctly answer the question.


Divinity Divided No More: Vatican Secretly OKs GMOs

Divinity Divided No More: Vatican Secretly OKs GMOs

The recently released WikiLeaks cables confirm Vatican’s secret support for GMOs and demonstrate the critical role U.S. diplomacy plays in the spread of biotechnology.


Genetically Modified Crops: The Holy Dilemma

Genetically Modified Crops: The Holy Dilemma

Several scientists at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences recently released a statement fully backing GMOs. While the Holy See tried to distance itself from these statements, recent WikiLeaks revelations belie the Vatican’s claim to neutrality.


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.


Uganda Testing Genetically Modified Bananas

Uganda Testing Genetically Modified Bananas

GMOs have started to proliferate in Africa and other developing nations. The growth of GMOs in developing nations, however, brings to the forefront deeply rooted issues of social injustice.


Animals On Drugs

Animals On Drugs

The practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy farm animals is widespread among industrial animal farm operators despite warnings of many medical experts.


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.


Monsanto Restarts Research On Genetically Engineered Wheat

Monsanto Restarts Research On Genetically Engineered Wheat

While Monsanto shelved its research on genetically modified wheat in 2004 amid broad opposition from consumers and growers, it’s back at it again.