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.

OSGATA Lawsuit Against Monsanto Ends

OSGATA Lawsuit Against Monsanto Ends

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case means that the Farmers case will not be reinstated nor decided on its merits and the decisions from the Court of Appeals stands.

What GMO Consensus?

What GMO Consensus?

There is no scientific consensus that GM crops are safe, especially when the views of the scientific community independent of the GM crop development industry are taken into account.

GMO Studies, Patent Battles and Bees In This GMO Digest

While the Washington State labeling initiative appears to have been defeated, being outspent by opponents by a ratio of nearly 3-1, and with the focus now shifting to labeling initiatives in Oregon, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we look at other important stories that you may have missed in the pre-election buzz.

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.

Seed Oligarchs

Seed Oligarchs

What has the existing patent system in agriculture yielded? Seed industry consolidation, increased seed prices, loss of biodiversity, and the stifling of independent research and scientific inquiry. The latest about intellectual property in agriculture.

Farming Groups Take On Goliath In Court

Farming Groups Take On Goliath In Court

In a case of national prominence, farmers, seed selling businesses and agricultural organizations are fighting for their right to seek legal protection from accusations of patent infringement by the agri-giant Monsanto should they become contaminated by Monsanto’s GMO seed.

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!

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.

Seralini’s GMO Study Ignites A War

Seralini's GMO Study Ignites A War

There was no shortage of vitriol against a new long-term GMO study showing cancers in rats fed GM maize, as well as those fed Roundup, in amounts well below the officially set safety limits. Is the orchestrated response to discredit Seralini et al anti-science?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Appeal Filed In GMO Patent Case Against Monsanto

Appeal Filed In The Case Against Monsanto

Organic and conventional family farmers, small and family-owned seed companies, and agricultural organizations recently filed an appeal in the case of OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, which was dismissed by a Federal Court in New York on February 24, 2012.

Controversy With The Doomsday Vault

Controversy With The Doomsday Vault

While the Doomsday Vault may have been founded on noble ideas, many critics fear that the lofty ideas may get lost in the complex agreements between the Vault and the depositors while permitting greater access to seeds by corporate breeders.

Organic Farmers Succeed Despite Federal Court Defeat

Organic Farmers Succeed Despite Federal Court Defeat

The Federal District Court in New York dismissed the organic and conventional farmers’ complaint against Monsanto. But despite the legal loss, the lawsuit leaves a beneficial legacy.

Myth of Independent Science Haunts Biotech Industry

Think twice before believing GMO advocates who argue that genetically engineered foods are safe because they were approved by government agencies. New report from the Union of Concerned Scientists demonstrates the many ways in which corporations influence scientific and policy making processes.