Proposition 37 Overpowered By Big Money

Despite overwhelming popular support during the campaign season, early indications show that California’s Proposition 37 has been defeated by opponents of our basic right to know what’s in our food.

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.

One-sided Islamic GMO Workshop

Without mention of socioeconomic facts and reiterating biotech industry talking points about GMOs, last year’s workshop of Islamic scholars wholeheartedly approved of agricultural biotechnology. However, conclusions of the workshop are questionable.

The New Frontier: Genetically Modified Oil Wars

The New Frontier: Genetically Modified Oil Wars

The next generation of biotech crops are designed to express alleged nutritional benefits. However, advertising such foods as “healthy” would only confuse the consuming public.

Genetically Modified Bananas Harvested In Australia

Genetically Modified Bananas Harvested In Australia

The first genetically modified bananas were recently harvested in Australia. But there is little reason to celebrate as, like other GMOs, genetically modified bananas bring to the table the same unanswered questions and concerns about their impact on health and the environment.

Vatican’s Perspective on GMO: Signaling Winds of Change?

Vatican’s Perspective on GMO: Signaling Winds of Change?

While the Christian perspective on GMOs has never been uniform, the recent changes in the Vatican’s leadership may signal a change in the perspective of the Holy See on GMOs. We examine the Vatican’s official “no position” on GMOs.

Non-GMO Shopping Guide is Now On Your iPhone

Non-GMO Shopping Guide is Now On Your iPhone

The Institute for Responsible Technology (a.k.a. The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America) together with the Center for Food Safety, have updated their Non-GMO Shopping Guide. The updated Guide includes new features, such as a free iPhone App, ShopNoGMO, and it also cross-references products that participate with the Non-GMO Project’s third party GMO Avoidance Verification Program.

New Non-GMO Shopping Guide from Non-GMO Project

New Non-GMO Shopping Guide from Non-GMO Project

A new Non-GMO Shopping Guide is now available from the Non-GMO Project featuring tips on avoiding GMOs and a list of food companies that have made a commitment to providing GE free products. We recommend that you check it out.

Buyer Beware: Monsanto’s New GM Soy To Contain Omega-3s

Buyer Beware: Monsanto's New GM Soy To Contain Omega-3s

We’ve all been told: consume Omega-3 fatty acids, usually found in cold water oily fish, for better health. But we’ve also been warned: with global fish stocks in decline, if everyone consumed the recommended amounts of fish in order to obtain enough Omega-3s, the results would be catastrophic for wild fish. Enter Monsanto: with the collaboration of Solae, the company has developed a soybean that has been genetically engineered to contain the Omega-3 fatty acids.

GM Peas – Now On Our Side of the Atlantic

GM Peas – Now On Our Side of the Atlantic

German researchers have successfully transferred a fungal resisting gene found in bacteria and other plants into peas but as a result of high administrative costs and political uncertainty in Germany, they will continue field testing genetically modified peas in United States.

Know What You Eat – Newly Updated Shopper’s Guide Released

Know What You Eat - Newly Updated Shopper's Guide Released

Our friends a The Center For Food Safety have released an updated Shoppers Guide to Avoiding Genetically Engineered Foods. The guide is helpful because currently United States has no labeling requirements for foods and consumers have no way of knowing if the foods they eat contain or are likely made of genetically engineered ingredients.G

Pope’s Inner Circle Supportive of GMOs

Pope's Inner Circle Supportive of GMOs

Comments made by Cardinal Martino, as described more fully below, suggest to many that the Vatican has either endorsed the use of GMOs or, at a minimum, welcomed the idea of using GMOs as a way to address world hunger.

Introduction to The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms by the USDA

Introduction to The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms by the USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture shares significant regulatory authority over GM crops with FDA and EPA. Transgenic, or genetically modified, plants are regulated by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS”) under the Plant Protection Act (“PPA”).

The Food and Drug Administration's Policy on Genetically Modified Foods

The FDA’s regulatory approach thus focuses on the end product, rather than the process used to create genetically modified foods. In short, the FDA regards GM products as “generally regarded as safe,” (“GRAS”) and does not subject GM food products to food additive review.

Introduction To The Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods by the FDA

Introduction To The Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods by the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is the lead regulatory agency of food articles. It is in charge of ensuring the safety and effectiveness of food (other than meat), food additives, medical devices, drugs, veterinary drugs, cosmetics and genetically engineered food.

Pocket Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GE Foods

Pocket Shopper's Guide to Avoiding GE Foods

This Pocket Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GE Foods published by The Center for Food Safety answers the most pertinent and urgent consumer question about genetically modified foods. Which supermarket foods are genetically engineered?

Introduction to the U.S. Regulatory Regime for GMOs

Presently, it is questionable whether the genetically engineered foods are adequately controlled and/or regulated under U.S. law. There is no single federal statute or federal agency that governs the subject matter. Three federal agencies are primarily responsible for the regulation of genetically engineered foods – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

GM Foods: The Christian Perspective

Because there are unknown risks with GMOs with respect to health and the environment, and because there are many other considerations such as corporate ownership and control of the GM seeds that many say will enslave poor farmers to the GM companies, many Christian theologians either advocate following a precautionary principle or reject the use of GMOs entirely.

GM Foods: The Islamic Perspective

The Islamic perspective on genetically modified foods, much like that of other religions, is complex and goes deeper than simply a determination of whether a certain food is halal or not (although that is certainly part of it).

GM Foods: Glatt or Not?

Depends on who you ask. There is a the lack of consensus in the Jewish community and religious leaders debate the ethics and morality of GMOs. At the same time, logic dictates that foods should be properly labeled so that consumers of all faiths and those of no faith can make reasoned choices.