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Category: Food Safety :: GMOs
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USDA's Greenlighting of 'Agent Orange' Crops Sparks Condemnation 18.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The Carbon Underground: Reversing Global Warming 18.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Food Science: What's the Harm? 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Corporate CEOs are always strategizing in their quest for greater revenues and profits. Often these strategies--and their resulting, insidious successes--have shaped our elections, our government, our education system, our media, our publicly funded research and development, our tax and credit systems, our trade agreements and so on. The world has never seen such an ingenious, power-concentrating machine as the modern, global corporation. Even science, which ideally should carry the banner for rigid standards, openness and integrity, has suffered the undue influence and control of autocratic, commercially-driven multinational corporations. In many disturbing cases, independent science has been increasingly displaced by the far more devious "corporate science" which places profits over people, above safety, and above revealed scientific method and peer-reviewed accountability. The food we eat is increasingly engineered by such corporate science. Biotech companies like Monsanto and DuPont have moved ...
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Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Former EPA Senior Scientist's New Article Sets Record Straight Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods ( Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels , 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in US soil today: rather than reduce pesticide inputs GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Dr. Ramon J. Seidler, Ph.D., former Senior Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency, has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Dr. 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 generally to understand why their right to know if ...
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Cargill fires first shot in legal battle over GMO trade responsibility 15.9.2014 Yahoo: Business
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cargill Inc's [CARG.UL] lawsuit against Syngenta AG over rejections of genetically modified U.S. Trading giant Cargill said in court documents on Friday that it had lost more than $90 million because Syngenta sold Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162, to U.S. "If they can get it out there a growing season earlier, it's more money in the pocket, more money for the company, more money for the shareholders." Cargill filed its case as ...
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Cargill sues Syngenta Seed over China shipments 13.9.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
The company said it lost $90 million after corn grown from genetically modified Syngenta seed was refused by China.
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Cargill Sues Syngenta Over Sale of GMO Seeds Unapproved in China 12.9.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Cargill Inc. sued seed maker Syngenta AG, alleging that Syngenta's push to sell corn seeds containing genetic modifications that were not approved in China cost the grain-trading company money when China rejected corn shipments.
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Stop Claiming Vaccine Denial Is a Liberal Disease 11.9.2014 Mother Jones
So who's worse when it comes to ignoring and denying science, the political left or the political right? For a long time, those wishing to claim that both sides are equally bad—we're all biased, just in different directions—have relied upon two key issues in making their case: Vaccines and genetically modified foods, or GMOs. The suggestion is that these are basically the liberal equivalent of evolution denial or global warming denial. Skeptic magazine founding publisher Michael Shermer, for instance, prominently cited resistance to GMOs in a Scientific American article last year entitled "The Liberals' War on Science." As for vaccines? In a recent segment entitled "An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy," no less than The Daily Show suggested that vaccine denial is a left-wing scourge : There's just one problem: Commentators seem to just assume, without evidence, that anti-science beliefs on these two issues are predominantly a liberal phenomenon. But that assumption hasn't been subjected to nearly enough ...
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Annie's says GMO stance won't change under General Mills 10.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
It has a been a supporter of labeling foods with GMOs, while new owner General Mills has opposed such efforts.
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Whole Foods, Instacart reach delivery deal 9.9.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Whole Foods says customers at select stores in Austin and Boston will soon be able to place orders online via Instacart and pick up the items at participating stores. The online retailer said the Fire with 32 gigabytes of memory will now cost 99 cents when customers sign a two-year contract with AT&T. That's down from $199. AUTOMOBILESGM promises high-tech carsGeneral Motors says that in two years it will offer cars that talk to each other and can almost drive themselves at freeway speeds. GE has increasingly focused on building industrial machines such as aircraft engines, locomotives, gas-fired turbines and medical imaging equipment - much bigger and more complex than washers, and more profitable. PHARMACIESWalgreen board gets a shakeupWalgreen has named Jana Partners founder Barry Rosenstein to its board, and the activist investor will get a say in choosing at least one additional director for the nation's largest drugstore chain. Walgreen Co. is feeling shareholder pressure after lowering its ...
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Colorado ballot decisions include personhood, GMO food, horse racing 9.9.2014 Denver Post: All Political News
Colorado's fall election ballot was set Monday, as Secretary of State's Office certified four issues for voters to decide, including the definition of a person, casino gambling in three counties, food labeling and open meetings.
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China Environmental News Alert- September 4, 2014 4.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Greenlaw from NRDC China, NRDC China Program, Beijing: August 16 - September 4, 2014 NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a...
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Industry Lobbying Boils Over in Bid to Block Labeling of GMO Food 3.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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GMO Labeling Foes Triple U.S. Spending In First Half Of The Year Over 2013 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Carey Gillam Sept 3 (Reuters) - Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and major food makers such as Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc and top biotech seed makers Monsanto Co and DuPont were among heavy spenders on GMO labeling-related lobbying, according to a report issued by the Environmental Working Group. The group analyzed lobbying disclosure forms that cited labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) along with other policy issues. Coca-Cola spent $4.8 million through the second quarter of this year; PepsiCo spent $2.34 million; DuPont spent $2.4 million, while Monsanto spent $1.08 million, according to the report. All told, the opponents of GMO labeling disclosed $15.2 million in lobbying ...
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On the Horns of the GMO Dilemma 3.9.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

Can genome-editing technology revive the idea of genetically modified livestock?

Four years ago, Scott Fahrenkrug saw an ABC News segment about the dehorning of dairy cows, a painful procedure that makes the animals safer to handle. The shaky undercover video showed a black-and-white Holstein heifer moaning and bucking as a farmhand burned off its horns with a hot iron.

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Hillary Clinton is Just Plain Wrong on GMOs 29.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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EU-US Trade Deal Lets Corporate Interests Steamroll Food Safety, Groups Warn 28.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Vandana Shiva to March with Organic Consumers Association ‘Cook Organic, Not the Planet’ Activists at the People’s Climate March in New York 28.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly 26.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Organic Consumers Pledges $50,000 to Colorado GMO Labeling Initiative 25.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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