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Get ready for the next wave of GMOs 2.10.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Get ready for the next wave of GMOs Jim Giles Fri, 10/02/2020 - 02:00 One summer day almost 20 years ago, a group of protestors arrived at a plot of genetically modified corn growing near the town of Montelimar in southern France. They were led by José Bové , a left-wing activist famous for his skirmishes with the law and his tremendous moustache. Using machetes and shears, the protestors uprooted the crops and dumped the debris outside the offices of the regional government. I thought about Bové this week as I read a new report on the next generation of genetic food technology . The techniques in the report make the processes that Bové opposed look clunky. The GMOs he destroyed were created by inserting genes from other organisms — say a stretch of DNA that confers resistance to a particular herbicide — into a plant’s genome. This brute force approach is time-consuming and hard to control. Now scientists are using a new suite of gene-editing techniques, including a process known as CRISPR, to rapidly ...
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Organic Food Is a ‘Human Right’, Says Leading Food Scientist 29.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

From seed to harvest, the food that arrives on our plates is far from its natural form. Whilst the majority of the population trust in farmers, supply chains and environmental regulations, we are often exposed to a toxic concoction of chemicals. 

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The Relative Abundance of Bumblebees In North America Is Estimated to Have Crashed by 97 Percent 5.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Canada’s National Observer and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Jack Bates’ blueberries rely on “non-union” bees. The Delta, British Columbia, farmer is not alone. Blueberries, raspberries, and tree fruits are some of BC’s most important crops, worth about $370 million combined—and they all depend on bees, […]
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Stop Eating Pesticides: Which Produce Should You Pick? 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels.

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Organic Diets Quickly Reduce the Amount of Glyphosate in People’s Bodies 13.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Eating an organic diet rapidly and significantly reduces exposure to glyphosate—the world's most widely-used weed killer, which has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other harmful impacts, according to a new study.

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U.S. Study Shows Switch to Organic Diet Can Quickly Clear Pesticide From Our Bodies 12.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
A new study  published Tuesday  found that after switching to an organic diet for just a few days, people could cut the levels of a pesticide linked to cancer found in their urine by more than 70 percent. The researchers collected a total of 158 urine samples from four families –seven adults and nine children – and examined the samples for the presence of the weed killer glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Roundup and other popular herbicides. The participants spent five days on a completely non-organic diet and five days on a completely organic diet. “This study demonstrates that shifting to an organic diet is an effective way to reduce body burden of glyphosate… This research adds to a growing body of literature indicating that an organic diet may reduce exposure to a range of pesticides in children and adults,” states the study, which was published in the journal Environmental ...
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Think About This When You Eat an Impossible Burger 25.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Soy, and peas, and the other GMO commodities are synthesized in a laboratory to feed the people of the world a "new" kind of food, fake meat like Impossible Burgers. 

The ingredients of monocropped soy and peas are produced by multinational corporations with reductionist science worldviews. Obscene amounts of money are made in this industry by Wall Street and Silicon Valley, not by the people living in rural America. In addition to the damages that I listed above, rural America was impoverished by this system of land management. It is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. 

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Mexico Bans Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide 16.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Mexico is breaking free from Monsanto’s grip on its soil.

The country’s Environment Ministry just announced it plans to gradually reduce the amount of glyphosate farmers are allowed to use, until it is completely phased out in 2024.

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The Regeneration Revolution: Rising Up Against Big Meat and Factory Farms 15.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Under the gun, reeling from an unprecedented public health, racial justice, environmental and climate crisis, now is certainly not the time to mince words nor offer up piecemeal reforms to greenwash a failed, degenerate system. As I point out in my recent book, Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal there are no magical, easy tweaks to business, politics and consumer behavior “as usual” that can save us.

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US-UK Trade Deal: There Is a Sense in Europe That American Food Is Unsafe 20.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The US will only agree a trade deal with the UK if it agrees to loosen its food regulations so that its produce can be sold there, Washington’s chief negotiator has warned. The comments will increase fears that chlorinated chicken, hormone-treated beef and other food products currently banned in the UK for health and animal welfare reasons will become commonplace following any post-Brexit deal with the US.

Save the Insects, Save the Farmers, Save Ourselves: New Global Report Calls for End of Industrial Agriculture 11.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A new report released Tuesday draws attention to the worldwide decline in insects and calls for global policies to boost the conservation of both agriculture and the six-footed creatures. The publication, entitled Insect Atlas, comes from two progressive networks: Brussels-based Friends of the Earth and Berlin-based Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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EPA Thumbs Nose at Court Order, Says Farmers Can Still Use Illegal Dicamba Herbicides 10.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday  declared  it would not immediately honor a court ruling handed down last week that banned certain herbicides made by three of the world’s largest chemical companies. The move by the EPA amounts to a generous gift to BASF, Bayer and Corteva Agrisciences whose dicamba herbicides were deemed by the court to have been approved by the EPA illegally. The court specifically said  in its order  issued last week that it wanted no delay in vacating those approvals. The court cited damage done by dicamba use in past summers to millions of acres of crops, orchards and vegetable plots across U.S. farm ...
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Your Organic Meat Might Not Actually Be Organic 4.6.2020 Mother Jones
If you’ve ever bought organic meat, you’ve noticed the hefty price tag: An organic chicken can cost more than twice a conventional one. For some shoppers, that upcharge is worth it—the circular green and white “USDA Organic” label guarantees that the meat comes from an animal raised on feed that’s grown without pesticides or chemical […]
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This is agtech's fertile future 2.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The hunger for alternative protein and non-synthetic approaches to cultivation are inspiring new innovation recipes for animal health and aquaculture.
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How 2019 laid the groundwork for change in the chemical industry 15.1.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
There's a movement to regulate toxics such as Chlorpyrifos and PFAS.
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Study suggests controversial pesticides may pose risks to fish populations, too 2.11.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
New evidence from Japan's Lake Shinji suggests that the widely used family of pesticides called neonicotinoids, already controversial for harming pollinators, could pose risks to fish as well.
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Don't pull the weeds in Rainbeau Mars' edible garden 13.9.2019 LA Times: Environment

Actress turned wellness guru Rainbeau Mars traded her lawn in Venice for an edible landscape of herbs, fruit trees, vegetables and, yup, even nutritious "weeds" like dandelions and stinging nettles.

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Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change 28.8.2019 GreenBiz.com
Organic growing is proven to be better for biodiversity and chemical exposure, but is the food actually more nutritious?
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What's in your basket: CBD lemonade and keto cookies at Erewhon 21.8.2019 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

Erewhon is a supermarket for the wellness set, a flamboyantly health-conscious grocery store where you can stock up on locally grown biodynamic vegetables, keto-approved cookies and a kaleidoscope of tonics that promise to stimulate everything from psychic energy to chakra, mood, even brain cognition.

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New evidence shows popular pesticides could cause unintended harm to insects 7.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Studies are revealing new, unintended threats that neonicotinoid pesticides pose to insects. The chemicals, widely used by farmers, are difficult to control because they persist in the environment.
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