Connecticut: Lonely and Looking For Partners

Connecticut: Lonely and Looking For Partners

Connecticut will become the first and only state so far to require food manufacturers to label products containing genetically modified ingredients — but there is a catch!

GMO Labeling Law Faces a Deadline in New York

GMO Labeling Law Proposed in New York

Legislation proposed in New York would require labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically modified material. With a deadline for a vote looming, can New Yorkers keep the bill alive?

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.

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.

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.

GMO Labeling Fights Multiply Across U.S.

GMO Labeling Fights Multiply Across U.S.

There is a growing demand from consumers to know what is in their food. In response to this demand, sprouting across the nation are bills seeking to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

GMO Battle in Boulder Ends With Discontent

GMO Battle in Boulder Ends With Discontent

Despite a vocal opposition from residents, Colorado’s Boulder County recently decided to permit a second genetically modified crop, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets, to be planted on public land.

Rootworms Are Eating Their Way Through Bt Corn

Rootworms Are Eating Their Way Through Bt Corn

This past November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report cited “severe efficacy issues” with Monsanto’s Bt corn after multiple states reported “unexpected pest damage.”

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.

House Committee Probes Alleged Over-regulation of Agricultural Biotech

House Committee Probes Alleged Over-regulation of Agricultural Biotech

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture is meeting to “review the causes and consequences of government over-regulation of agriculture biotechnology.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monsanto Lobbying On Pace To New Records In 2010

Monsanto Lobbying On Pace To New Records In 2010

Monsanto Co. spent $4.64 million in the first two quarters of 2010 and it is on pace to set a new high for its lobbying expenditures.

GMO Digest: Superweeds Discussed in Congress, Environmental Justice, and More

Last week, superweeds and GMOs were on the minds of many U.S. lawmakers. Reports continued on growing pesticide resistance. Bee colony collapse problem grows. EPA considers giving environmental justice a chance. EU approved more GM maize imports, while a GMO-Free Europe conference nears. And more.

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.

Congressmen Petition Vilsack for Partial Deregulation of GM Alfalfa

Congressmen Petition Vilsack for Partial Deregulation of GM Alfalfa

A coalition of agriculture groups and 75 Members of Congress wrote to Tom Vilsack, urging the USDA to allow limited planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa while the agency completes an Environmental Impact Statement.

Lawmakers Propose Labeling in Response to Supreme Court’s Monsanto Decision

Lawmakers Propose Labeling in Response to Supreme Court's Monsanto Decision

Ever since the Supreme Court handed down its mixed 7-1 decision, ruling that the lower court overstepped its boundary by issuing an injunction on the planting of genetically modified alfalfa, some lawmakers were spurred to action.

British Academic Resigns From FSA Group Over GM

Professor Brian Wynne was vice chairman of a steering group set up by the Food Standards Agency to gauge the public mood on genetically modified (GM) food. Prof Wynne said that he resigned when it became clear that the consultation was biased in favour of GM. Earlier in the week another member of the group, Dr Helen Wallace, Director of the non-governmental organisation Genewatch, resigned in protest at the Food Standard Agency’s allegedly close links with the agri-chemical industry.

Obama’s Controversial Trade Appointment Slipped Through Unchallenged

Obama's Controversial Trade Appointment Slipped Through Unchallenged

President Obama’s appointment of Dr. Siddiqui to the post of the Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, guarantees that the corporate agenda of biotech and pesticides industry will be promoted around the world, ensuring the continued global spread of GMOs and pesticides.

Internal Report Finds USDA’s Failure to Effectively Regulate GMOs

Internal Report Finds USDA's Failure to Effectively Regulate GMOs

The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS), which oversees biotechnology regulation, was heavily criticized by its own Inspector General 2005 audit report. Did APHIS change its way since then?

Analyzing Monsanto’s Ironclad Contract – In Fear of The Dotted Line

Monsanto's Ironclad Contract - In Fear of The Dotted Line

There is little doubt that Monsanto-farmer contracts are fundamentally unfair to the farmers. In this case, David does not fair well against Goliath. But are such agreements also fundamentally unfair to society because, unless you grow it yourself, what the farmer grows is what you eat.

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