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  • To Feed the World, We Don’t Need to Grow More Food

    “We need to feed the world” is biotech’s favorite marketing slogan. It paints proponents of sustainable agriculture as extremists who care more about shopping at Whole Foods than helping the hungry. And it’s so, so wrong. More

  • Why I Didn’t Return Monsanto’s Phone Call

    A few weeks ago, I received an email from a PR person identifying herself as writing on behalf of Monsanto, the multinational biotech company that’s so vilified, there’s an annual “March Against Monsanto” event. More

  • Is Monsanto the Next Tech Company?

    Monsanto, the much hated poster-company for the biotech industry, may soon take on another industry: information technology.

    That’s what Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer says. “I could easily see us in the next five or 10 years being an information technology company,” he says in Grist. More

  • South Africa to Monsanto: GMO Crops Aren’t Producing More Sustainable Food

    South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority has ordered biotech giant Monsanto to immediately withdraw an advertisement it’s been running on the country’s Radio 702 channel. The decision comes after the African Centre for Biosafety submitted a complaint to the ASA after the ad was aired and found to be inappropriate. More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Childhood Obesity, Idaho Ag-Gag, & Monsanto’s (cough) ‘Sustainability’

    This week’s food news is maddening, if you don’t happen be a sociopath who loves animal cruelty; but on the bright side, if you adore ag-gag laws and think accountability, food safety, and the First Amendment are all for the (antibiotic-resistant-disease-ridden) birds, then you’re in for a treat! Monsanto offers up some rather obnoxious distractions to this ag-gag foolishness — unfortunately for human kidneys, Monarch butterflies, and pretty much that whole ‘environment’ thingie. But before diving in to all those noxious Big Ag news fumes, let’s talk about progress: yes, some exists! For all the good, bad and ugly in the food world, get your news fix here! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: 10 Stories Savvy Foodies Need to See!

    Should a man lose his home for the crime of growing food? Are Monsanto shareholders joining the GMO labeling fight? Just how comfortable are we with kids going hungry? Is Walmart the real victim of recent food stamp cuts? Have we, in fact, lost our minds as a society? Read on, for answers to some of these questions and mounting evidence regarding others. Get your weekly food news update here! More

  • USDA Recommends Deregulation of 2,4-D Resistant GMO Crops: What’s the Big Deal?

    Last week the USDA released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on newly developed 2,4-D resistant genetically modified corn and soybean traits. As the internet exploded with pro-biotech advocacy celebrating the move towards deregulation of yet another GMO product line, I couldn’t help noticing the number of straw men participating in the debate! Just so the ‘no thank you’ side of the unfolding 2,4-D debacle is fairly represented, here’s why some sustainability enthusiasts don’t consider this potential ‘alternative’ even a little tiny bit preferred. More

  • #YesOn522: Washington’s GMO Labeling Initiative Draws Industry Wrath, Voter Support

    Biotech megacorporations learned from Prop 37 that your vote is for sale — at least, that’s what they think they learned. Washington’s upcoming GMO labeling initiative known as I-522 looks posed to turn that assumption on its head, with 66% of voters polled in that state saying they will definitely or probably vote in favor of mandatory GMO labeling this November. More

  • Top 10 Most Common GMO Foods

    Genetically modified food is already present in the supermarkets. We don’t always know which foods are GMO and which are non-GMO. Besides looking for label, here are 10 foods that are commonly GMO.
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  • What Is GMO? And Is It A Safe Technology?

    GMO technology is used in many foods present in our supermarket. This technology is brand-new, and already affecting the food chain. Is it safe to eat, or does it have certain drawbacks? More

  • Farmer Sues Monsanto Over Illegal GMO Wheat

    Kansas farmer Ernest Barnes filed suit against Monsanto this week, seeking damages related to unapproved GMO wheat. Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat never gained USDA approval, but was recently found growing on an Oregon farm. That discovery prompted Japan and other countries to drop some US wheat exports like hot potatoes. In this suit, Barnes claims Monsanto’s carelessness with unapproved test crops have led to irreparable harm to US farmers. This suit marks the first action filed against Monsanto over GMO wheat — but it probably won’t be the last. More

  • US Government Shills for Monsanto, Pushes Biotech Products Overseas

    Thanks to WikiLeaks and Food and Water Watch, we know more than ever about the stranglehold Monsanto has on our alleged democracy. A new report reveals U.S. government officials routinely acted as PR reps for Monsanto, to ‘twist the arms’ of small countries in order to sell biotechnology products around the world. More

  • GMO Update: VT Labeling Bill Passes House, Heads for Senate

    GMO labeling bill H. 112 passed the VT House last week, and heads for the Senate in January 2014. The bill’s early strong performance is (yet another) indicator of the overwhelming shift in public consciousness — and public policy — towards more responsible labeling of foods containing GMOs. Congratulations democracy, and congratulations Vermont! Now: KEEP IT UP! More

  • GMO Update: VT Labeling Bill Passes Committee, Heads for House Vote

    Yesterday Vermont’s House Judiciary committee approved H. 112, which would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The VT House of Representatives will vote on the bill later this week. H. 112’s early strong performance is (yet another) indicator of the overwhelming shift in public consciousness — and public policy — towards more responsible labeling of foods containing GMOs. More

  • GMO Update: National Labeling Bills Introduced in House and Senate

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D. Ore.) introduced legislation yesterday that would require labeling of all foods containing GMO ingredients. Unlike California’s Prop 37, which attempted to tackle the issue last November, The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act would require labeling for beef, dairy, chicken, and turkey products as well as other GMO-containing foods — the proposed requirement would apply to all foods regulated by both the FDA and USDA. More

  • Harvesting Justice 9: Farmers and Consumers vs. Monsanto – David Meets Goliath

    Via Campesina, the world’s largest confederation of farmers with member organizations in 70 countries, has called Monsanto one of the “principal enemies of peasant sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty for all peoples.” See how peasant farmers, and the activists who support them, are challenging the agribusiness giant’s incursions into developing world farming. More

  • How To Profit From The Global Food Shortage

    Yet again, I came across an alarming headline: 9 Agriculture Stocks to Profit from Global Food Shortage Really? It must be a satire, I thought. But sadly, no. The website valuestockguide.com has posted a no-joke analysis of how to profit from the tragic global food shortage. The article suggests that companies dealing in fertilizers, grains/trading, seeds/chemicals, and […] More

  • What is the Monsanto Protection Act?

    In a temporary spending bill designed to keep the U.S. government running until September, a rider was slipped in that has nothing to do with government spending at all. It’s informally called the Monsanto Protection Act. There seems to be a lot of confusion over what the rider says and doesn’t say. I hope this will clear up a few things. More

  • VT House Ag Committee Passes GMO Labeling Bill

    Last week Vermont leapt energetically into the GMO labeling race, launching legislation that would require labels for food products containing genetically modified ingredients. Representative Kate Webb (D) introduced the VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on February 1 of 2012, and Monsanto’s response was swift and predictably litigious. Despite overwhelming voter support for the bill, VT caved to corporate threats last year. Will democracy finally triumph over corporate bullying, this time around? More

  • GMO Update: WA Next Contender for Viable Labeling Law?

    Energized by Prop 37’s near-victory last month, labeling advocates in 30 states are ramping up legislative efforts to require fair labeling of GMO foods. Washington state looks poised to step up as the next big battleground: if advocates for initiative I-522 obtain enough signatures by the end of December, WA voters could see a ballot measure requiring GMO labeling as soon as November 2013. They need your help — read on, for what you can do to support Washington’s GMO labeling efforts! More

  • GMO Labeling and California Prop 37’s Defeat: What Now?

    One important vote that national Election coverage wasn’t following so closely last night was California’s Proposition 37: The GMO Right to Know Act. Prop 37 might seem like it was only relevant in California, but had it passed, it would have set a precedent for GMO labeling – and transparency – here in the U.S. More

  • Supreme Court to Hear Monsanto Patent Case: Can Farmers Reclaim Rights to Save Seed?

    Last week the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments on whether Monsanto has patent rights on second-generation self-replicating seeds, accepting an appeal from one of the many farmers sued by the biotech behemoth. The case is one of seven scheduled to be heard next year, with arguments set to begin in January or February 2013 and a ruling expected by June. After two decades of riding roughshod over US farmers, will Monsanto’s dominion over farmers’ rights finally be reined in? More

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