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  • 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

  • Foodie Profiling: Monsanto Lobbying Makes Bank

    U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter recently asked 60 food businesses last week to release details about their policies on antibiotics in meat and poultry, but more than half of do not employ Washington D.C. lobbyists. More

  • Is Whole Foods Market in Bed with Monsanto?

    Whole Foods and other companies from the Organic Elite no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack. More

  • Corn Rootworm Now Resistant to Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Corn

    As Ken Roseboro wrote earlier today, Monsanto GM sweet corn is about to be much more ubiquitous in the U.S. Interestingly, this announcement comes at about the same time as the release of a new study out of Iowa State University showing that some organisms that are supposed to be repelled by this GM corn are becoming resistant to it (and passing on that resistance to their offspring). More

  • Labeling Genetically Modified Foods

    This comes up from time to time. Should we or should we not label genetically-modified ingredients in our food? Most people like to know what’s in their food, whether it’s the basic ingredients, the nutrient content of the final product, or even how it’s grown. Accurate ingredients lists and nutrition facts are required by law. Legislation requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods is the logical next step. More

  • Monsanto Pulled to Court by India for “Biopiracy”

    Monsanto and India don’t have a very cozy relationship. Monsanto came in on the promise of cheaper crops, alleviating hunger, and so on and so on. India found out before long that they got totally ripped off and screwed by the agribusiness multinational giant. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of Indian farmers have actually committed suicide in response to Monsanto’s screw-you (with a smile), give-money-to-us genetically modified (GM) crops.

    The latest in this long, sad saga is that the National Biodiversity Authority of India (NBA) is suing Monsanto, Mahyco, and other collaborators who were involved in “accessing and using local brinjal varieties in developing Bt Brinjal without prior approval of the competent authorities” (aka biopiracy). More

  • Toxin from GM Crops Found in Human Blood, Canadian Scientists Find

    When you let the GMO industry police itself and evaluate the safety of its own products, you are bound to get something different than if you had (or let) independent scientists do so. I’ve covered the scientific limitations of GMO studies commissioned or conducted by the GMO industry before, as well as 13 scientific studies that have identified a link between GMOs and organ disruption. News is out now that may be even more disturbing. More

  • Greenwashing Genetically Modified Crops

    One of the biggest weapons in GMO companies’ arsenal is the claim they make repeatedly that genetically modified (GM) crops are needed to help feed to world in the face of global climate change. There’s one problem with this claim, though — it’s total greenwashing and untrue. More

  • Monsanto GM Sugar Beets (and Alfalfa) Approval: Why This is Bad News

    We have a great post going up tomorrow morning on the USDA’s recent approval of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) — “genetically engineered” (“GE”) if you live in Europe — sugar beets and GM alfalfa from Ken Roseboro, editor of The Organic & Non-GMO Report. It will cover health concerns (based on scientific studies), environmental concerns, legal concerns, considerable threats to organic farmers and consumers, and the USDA’s decision to ignore public concerns and comments from hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens. But I wanted to chime in on this with a few comments of my own. More

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    Over 1 Million Petition EU to Stop GM Crop Approvals

    The EU has kept genetically modified (GM) crops out of its country’s much more so than other nations. But recent industry pressure and soft politicians have started changing course. The European Commission unveiled plans in the summer to allow the production of GM crops in some member countries. Additionally, even before that, the EU (in […] More

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    Biotechnology Industry Spends Over Half a Billion Pushing GMOs

    How much is food safety worth to U.S. lawmakers? The agricultural biotech industry has spent over half a billion dollars ($572 million) in the last 10 years on Congressional lobbying and campaign contributions pushing controversial projects like genetically modified (GM), aka genetically engineered (GE), crops and “food animals” (and the amount Big Biotech is putting […] More

  • GM Salmon WON’T Feed Hungry World Populations

    Genetically modified organism (GMO) proponents constantly proclaim that GMOs will help feed the hungry and solve world hunger. This is one supposed benefit of genetically modified (GM) salmon as well. But a recent report out of Europe, GE Salmon Will Not Feed the World, says otherwise. Food & Water Watch reports: GE* Salmon Will Not […] More

  • Bt Corn Benefits Non-GM Corn

    A new study published in Science found that Bt corn provides economic benefits for farmers who plant non-GM corn in nearby fields. It sounds great, but is that the whole story? More

  • The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act – H.R. 5577

    On June 23 of this year, Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act (H.R. 5577). The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act is intended: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to require that food that […] More

  • Monsanto to Pay $2.5 Million Fine for Misbranding Violations

    Monsanto’s got a great reputation in the world of people who read beyond the label. (Yes, that’s sarcasm.) Monsanto’s latest score is that they have to (and have actually agreed to) pay $2.5 million for misbranding violations regarding certain cotton seed products containing genetically engineered pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the announcement recently. More

  • Is RoundUp Killing the Soil?

    There is still a great debate on whether or not Monsanto’s genetically modified crops and heavily used pesticides are safe. But has it already been proven that the company is severely damaging our soils? Monsanto is an $11.8 billion/year industrial agriculture behemoth. Aside from numerous environmental and health concerns regarding its pesticides, genetically modified seeds […] More

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    Genetically Modified ‘Frankenstein Potato’ Comes to Europe

    The EU recently approved cultivation of a genetically modified potato through controversial means. Since I’m living in Europe now, I have been slightly comforted to know that genetically modified (GM) crops could not be grown here. I thought that at least one small continent could remain free of this very unnatural phenomenon. Of course, I […] More

  • Genetically Modified Foods Not Good Economically Either?

    Are genetically modified foods costing farmers billions of dollars every year? Greenpeace finds that genetically modified soy is. Genetically modified (GM) foods are infamous due to numerous health, safety and social justice concerns. A common counter-claim that genetically modified food advocates make is that genetically modified foods are cheaper. However, Greenpeace has recently compiled numerous […] More

  • Food Policy Friday: Barack Obama’s Advisors Have Ties to Monsanto

    There’s an organic garden on Barack Obama’s lawn. The First Family eats local, organic, and seasonal food. So why did the President’s scientific advisory team for last fall’s election include Sharon Long, a former member of Monsanto’s board of directors? And why did Obama recently appoint Barbara Schaal, a plant geneticist with connections to Monsanto, […] More

  • Wheatless Wednesday: 6 Reasons to Reject Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready Wheat

    Last month, Canada, the United States, and Australia announced unprecedented plans to join forces and commercialize genetically-engineered wheat, saying that biotechnology was crucial to the future of the wheat industry. The National Farmers Union of Canada, however, immediately refuted the tri-country claim, pointing out “the overwhelming majority of farmers in Canada are still opposed to […] More

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    Food Policy Friday: Call to Action Against Bayer’s Glufosinate-Resistant LL62 Rice

    The chemical giant Bayer — the same Bayer which brought you aspirin, heroin and mustard gas, and currently manufactures a wide variety of pesticides, herbicides, polyurethanes and other questionable chemicals — has wrapped their toxic fingers around our rice. This is nothing new. The company’s glufosinate-resistant LL62 genetically modified rice isn’t commercially grown, but that […] More

  • Obama’s Administration Refuses to Halt Production of Monsanto’s Genetically-Modified Roundup-Ready Sugar Beets

    Recent data showing sugar’s rising popularity over high fructose corn syrup is good news, right?  Not if that sugar is genetically-modified.  In fact, if you’ve purchased beet sugar recently, there’s a very good chance that you’ve unintentionally consumed a genetically-modified product. Industry statistics show that more than half of the sugar beets grown in the […] More

  • Companies Vow to Reject Sugar from Genetically Modified Beets

    After writing my post earlier this month about genetically engineered ingredients and animal cloning, I was given the opportunity to speak with Lisa Bunin, Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Food Safety. We spoke about some exciting new developments in the fight against genetically modified beet sugar. On February 12, 2009 several food safety, environmental, […] More

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