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Seeds Of Truth 12.5.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Sheila Samples

I have learned over the past decade if I want to know what's really going on in the United States, I have to cruise through the foreign media to see what's creating a furor or causing a stink. So, while searching for the status of Spain's on-again, off-again criminal proceedings against six Bush Administration war criminals, this headline in Der Spiegel caught my eye -- "Frankenfood Ban is Neither Populism nor Panic-Mongering."

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Biotech’s history of overpromising and underdelivering may be catching up to it 22.4.2009 Grist Magazine

Tom Philpott’s post on USDA chief Tom Vilsack’s comments regarding biotech deserves a bit more attention. Vilsack was speaking at the first ever meeting of the Group of Eight agricultural ministers. I guess we have to consider it progress that the top ag officials from the eight largest industrialized nations finally decided it was worth getting together despite the fact that there’s no consensus on what to do about food.



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Kerry Trueman: The Doctor With A Dirty Prescription To Purge Our Bodies, And Our Planet 21.4.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted from The Green Fork. Enough with the Earth Day blah-blah-blah--until we start celebrating earth with a small "e" everyday, all the compact fluorescent...
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G8 Urged to Reject Another 'Green Revolution' 17.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2009 US Working Group on the Food Crisis The U.S. Working Group on the Food Crisis, a group representing anti-hunger, family farm, community food security, environmental, international aid, labor, food justice, consumers and other food system actors, urges the G8 at the upcoming Agricultural Ministerial in Treviso, Italy to reject the failed policies of the Green Revolution. A recent landmark report backed by the UN and World Bank argues for agroecological and sustainable agriculture, rather than reliance on chemical-intensive practices and genetic engineering. The U.S. Working Group is deeply disappointed by the U.S. ...
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Germany Bans GM Corn 17.4.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Apr 17 (OneWorld.net) - Germany has become the sixth European country to outlaw the growth of genetically modified (GM) corn -- the only GM crop that can be cultivated in the region.

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High Yield Claims for Biotech Crops Disputed 16.4.2009 ENS
High Yield Claims for Biotech Crops Disputed
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Genetic Engineering Has Failed to Significantly Boost US Crop Yields Despite Biotech Industry Claims, New Report Finds 14.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2009

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

For years, the biotechnology industry has trumpeted that it will feed the world, promising that its genetically engineered crops will produce higher yields.

That promise has proven to be empty, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields.

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Jeffrey Smith: Monsanto Forced Fox TV to Censor Coverage of Dangerous Milk Drug 14.4.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following is the third in a series called Get Our Milk Off Drugs, written in response to pending legislation that would interfere with dairies...
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Jeffrey Smith: FDA Promotes Unsafe Milk Due to Industry Pressure 9.4.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following is the second part of a series called Get Our Milk Off Drugs, written in response to pending legislation that would interfere with...
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Jeffrey Smith: Governor Sebelius Must Veto Kansas Bill That Endangers Milk Safety 7.4.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Governor Sebelius wants to be our new Secretary of Health and Human Services. But before she is sworn in, she has an important job to...
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Pop Science & Propaganda: The GM Debate Revisited 26.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Edward Targett

March 25 -- When the British government last week ordered its chief scientist to conduct a review of the merits of genetically modified (GM) crops, those involved in the long running debate over the controversial technology were unsurprised.

Designated a "wealth creator" and future growth industry by the government, biotechnology was unlikely to disappear despite widespread public opposition to the technology and the announcement was soon followed by all the standard tropes of the now-familiar debate.

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Jeffrey Smith: Will Obama's Food Safety Team Finally Regulate the Biggest Food Safety Hazard of Our Time 24.3.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If President Obama's new Food Safety Working Group dedicates all their time and credentials to prevent future food recalls, they will have saved thousands of...
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Why are GM Foods Not Labeled? 16.3.2009 Environmental News Network
Genetically modified food, also known as GM food or genetically engineered food, entered the food supply in the 1990s. GM foods contain small pieces of foreign DNA (from other organisms and often from another species) however SA companies are not required to label foods that use GM ingredients. The foreign DNA in GM foods is engineered into the food in hopes of producing desirable traits like resistance to herbicides and pesticides, or resistance to specific pests. Insect-resistant maize, for example, is modified by inserting a bacterium gene that produces toxins and acts as an insecticide. Others have a gene that makes them indestructible when sprayed with certain herbicides. ...
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The Good Food Revolution 9.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

The island of Kaua‘i is one of the most beautiful and fragile places on earth. From above, it looks like a vibrant green flower, lush and pulsing with life, floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian tourist industry calls it "The Garden Isle," comparing it to the Garden of Eden. The image of Hawai‘i has always been sold as a "paradise." But there is another side to life on this island, one that visitors rarely see.

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EU Environment Ministers Keep Bans on Transgenic Maize 3.3.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-02-01.asp
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New Report From the Oakland Institute Issues a Challenge to Western-led Plans for a Genetically Engineered Revolution in Africa 3.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

A new report from the Oakland Institute, Voices from Africa: African Farmers & Environmentalists Speak Out Against a New Green Revolution in Africa, issues a direct challenge to Western-led plans for a genetically engineered revolution in African agriculture, particularly the recent misguided philanthropic efforts of the Gates Foundation's Alliance for a New Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and presents African resistance and solutions rooted in first-hand knowledge of what Africans need.

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Salmonella in Peanut Butter, Melamine in Milk -- How Do We Know What's Safe to Eat? 25.2.2009 AlterNet.org: Health and Wellness
One can go vegetarian, buy organic, or avoid processed foods, but it is hard to truly avoid all of the dangers that lurk in our food.
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Brazilian Coffee, Soybeans Threatened By Climate Change 19.2.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BRASILIA, Brazil — The future for Brazil's mighty farm sector could be grim, with hotter temperatures pushing crops past its borders, uphill into the Andes...
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EU Foiled in Bid to Force France, Greece to Allow GM Crop 17.2.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

BRUSSELS - The European Commission was foiled Monday in its bid to force France and Greece to allow genetically modified maize from US biotech giant Monsanto to be grown in their fields.

Food chain experts from the EU member states, meeting in Brussels, could not reach agreement on whether to back or oppose the French and Greek refusal to allow the maize, which has been given the green light to be grown in Europe.

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E.U. foiled in bid to force France, Greece to allow GM crop 17.2.2009 Grist News
BRUSSELS -- The European Commission was foiled Monday in its bid to force France and Greece to allow genetically modified maize from U.S. biotech giant Monsanto to be grown in their fields. Food chain experts from the E.U. member states, meeting in Brussels, could not reach agreement on whether to back or oppose the French and Greek refusal to allow the maize, which has been given the green light to be grown in Europe. The standing committee on food chain and animal health "failed to reach a qualified majority in favour or against," the commission said in a statement. Nine of the 27 E.U. nations supported the commission call for the ban to be lifted while 16 opposed it or abstained. Germany and Malta did not take part, a source at ...
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