User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-Independent
Category: Food Systems :: Global Food System
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Is OCA's "Traitor" Boycott Working? 31.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
It's boycott time again. With less than two weeks to go before voters in Oregon and Colorado decide on ballot initiatives to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Junk Food Giants are at it again. According to the latest numbers provided by the pro-labeling campaigns (as of October 22, 2014), the opposition in Oregon has raised $16.5 million to defeat Measure 92, while opponents of Colorado's Proposition 105 have raised $14.3 million. Monsanto is the largest donor to both campaigns, with combined donations totaling approximately $8.8 million. While Dow has spent only $668,000 in both states, DuPont Pioneer has dumped a combined whopping $7.46 million into the opposition's war chests in Colorado and Oregon. But apart from Monsanto, and now DuPont Pioneer, the most prolific donors to the campaigns intent on defeating the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling initiatives have been large, multinational food corporations. Many of these corporations own organic ...
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All Out for November 4th: Frankenfoods Fight at the Crossroads 30.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Local GMO Fights Smash Records as Monsanto's Millions Bankroll Opposition 29.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Gardeners Tell Lowe’s: Don’t be a “Little Shop of Horrors” for Bees 29.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Monsanto, Big Agriculture Spend Millions Fighting Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 28.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts. Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform consumers. Advocates of Prop 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon say GMO foods can be harmful to human health due to pesticide residues and the altered crop genetics. Opponents say the effort to label genetically modified food is overly cumbersome and will spread misinformation. Leading corporations opposing the labeling measures include Monsanto, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Kellogg Co. and Coca-Cola. By some accounts, opponents of labeling have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, ...
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Monsanto, Big Agriculture Spend Millions Fighting Colorado, Oregon Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 28.10.2014 Truthout.com
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts. Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform consumers. Advocates of Prop 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon say GMO foods can be harmful to human health due to pesticide residues and the altered crop genetics. Opponents say the effort to label genetically modified food is overly cumbersome and will spread misinformation. Leading corporations opposing the labeling measures include Monsanto, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Kellogg Co. and Coca-Cola. By some accounts, opponents of labeling have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, ...
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Monsanto, BigAg Spend Millions Fighting Colorado, Oregon Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 28.10.2014 Democracy Now!
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts. Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform consumers. Advocates of Prop 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon say GMO foods can be harmful to human health due to pesticide residues and the altered crop genetics. Opponents say the effort to label genetically modified food is overly cumbersome and will spread misinformation. Leading corporations opposing the labeling measures include Monsanto, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Kellogg Co. and Coca-Cola. By some accounts, opponents of labeling have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, ...
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Food Fight Over GMO Labeling: Colorado Proposition 105 and Oregon Proposition 92 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
 It's not nice to fool Mother Nature Much purposeful confusion and obfuscation is being generated by big agribusiness and the biotech industry that oppose labeling Genetically Modified (GM) or Genetically Engineered (GE) foods. Opponents of labeling GM foods present some specious arguments, alleging increased costs of labeling (actually minimal, as little as $1.27 onetime cost per consumer); conflicts with "National Standards" (which don't exist, labeling is strictly voluntary); and stating that "no other state or country" has labeling standards -- in fact, 64 other countries require labeling. Disingenuously, they protest that not all GMO foods would be labeled under Proposition 105, even as they oppose labeling. Nevertheless, it's a beginning, and most packaged, processed and raw foods in the grocery store would be labeled. Likewise, opponents admonish, consumers should simply buy foods labeled non-GMO or Organic, still preventing identification of the large percentage of foods that are Genetically ...
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Tests Find Monsanto’s Soy, Genetically Engineered for Heavy Pesticide Spraying, in Portland-Bought Infant Formula 24.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Hemp Is on its Way to Your Car Battery and Many Things You Haven't Yet Imagined 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
October 14, 2014 | The first digital-age domestic hemp crop is being harvested as I write. The subtle decrease in seismic activity currently puzzling Virginia geologists can be traced to Thomas Jefferson ceasing to spin in his grave for the first time in 77 years. For a century USDA biologists conducted taxpayer-funded hemp cultivar research for farmers, after all. They did this in a Virginia meadow that is today the Pentagon. And why wouldn't they, in support of a key crop supplying the Navy with rope and earning millions for farmers from Wisconsin to Kentucky (when millions meant something)? Then there was this weird quirk (Google "cannabis prohibition" if the cause of the quirk is news to you), and it took a tucked-in provision in the 2014 federal Farm Bill to allow hemp research to restart. As I learned while researching my latest book, Hemp Bound, this longest utilized of agricultural products (today defined as "cannabis with less than point three percent of psychoactive THC") is offering up a ...
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China’s GMO Stockpile 21.10.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.

It is a hot, smoggy July weekend in Beijing, and the gates to the Forbidden City are thronged with tens of thousands of sweat-drenched tourists. Few make the trek to the city’s east side and its more tranquil China Agricultural Museum, where several formal buildings are set amid sparkling ponds ringed by lotus plants in full pink bloom. The site, which is attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, promises that it will “acquaint visitors with the brilliant agricultural history of China”—but what’s missing from the official presentation is as telling as what’s on display.

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Supply-chain fixes are the secret sauce for three NY companies 21.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What do ice cream toppings, mushroom-based packaging and paving stones in common? They all can be greener. Here's how three companies are doing it.

Supply-chain fixes are the secret sauce for three NY companies
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WTO Meat-Labeling Ruling Jeopardizes Consumer Safeguards 21.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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World Trade Organization Attacks Commonsense Country of Origin Labels 21.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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This Little Piggy Bred a Superbug 19.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Pesticide Use Skyrocketing on GMO Crops While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 18.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner's Michael Specter's recent articles in the New Yorker bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods (" Seeds of Doubt "and " The Problem with G.M.O. Labels ") are the latest high-profile pro-genetically modified organisms (GMO) articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in U.S. soil today: Rather than reduce pesticide inputs, GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Ramon J. Seidler, PhD, former senior scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Seidler's article cites and links recent scientific literature and media reports, and should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs as well as for citizens seeking to understand why their ...
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EPA Analysis Evidence Notorious Neonics Should be Suspended, Watchdog Groups Say 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Monsanto Spends Millions in Bid to Defeat Local GMO Labeling Initiative 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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New EPA Analysis More Evidence Notorious Neonics Should be Suspended, Watchdog Groups Say 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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EPA Approval Highlights Need for GE Labeling 16.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Wednesday, in a quiet but profound decision to approve a dangerous weed killer, the EPA chose the rights of Dow Chemical Co. and the biotech lobby over those of the American people, particularly our children. While the decision will now be litigated, our real hope as citizens to protect ourselves from such potentially carcinogenic herbicides is to get our government to approve mandatory federal labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Explaining the connection requires that I get down into the, um, weeds. The EPA approved the herbicide Enlist Duo to kill weeds in corn and soybean fields. In the months leading up to the decision, more than 500,000 citizens, 50 congress-people and dozens of eminent physicians, weed scientists and public health experts had urged the EPA not to approve Enlist. Enlist Duo is the combination of two different chemicals, glyphosate and the even more toxic 2,4-D, created by Dow AgroSciences to be used in tandem with their genetically engineered Enlist Duo seeds, which ...
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