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Bill Nye Has Changed His Tune About The Safety Of GMOs 6.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Call it Bill Nye's big about-face. While the "Science Guy" has been a staunch defender of climate change research and the theory of evolution, he's long been a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) -- despite the fact that 88 percent of scientists believe they're safe . But now, following a visit to St. Louis-based agricultural company Monsanto, Bill Nye appears to have changed his mind . In a backstage interview following an appearance on Bill Maher's HBO show (see above), Nye hinted at plans to rewrite a chapter of his new book "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation." "There's a chapter in there which I'm going to revise," Nye says in the video, "It's about genetically modified food. I went to Monsanto and I spent a lot of time with the scientists there and I have revised my outlook and I'm very excited about telling the world. When you're in love you want to tell the world." In the chapter he's referring to, entitled "Genetically Modified ...
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Genetically-Engineered Trees: A "Cure" Worse Than the Disease 5.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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GMO Pesticide Propaganda Machine Continues to Bamboozle 5.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Media Silence Deafening as 2,4 D Herbicide-Tolerant GMO Crops Cleared for Planting in UN's "International Year of Soils" The recent February 13th issue of Science magazine opens with an editorial titled " Give Soils Their Due " abridged in relevant part: "We are not paying enough attention to the world's soils, a 'nearly forgotten resource' and our 'silent ally,' 33% of which are in a state of degradation. We can't breathe, eat, drink, or be healthy without sustainably managing soils. So in recognizing 2015 as the International Year of Soils, the United Nations (UN) is focusing global attention on the increasing pressures on soils and their ripple effect on other global challenges. ...Exploration of soil's unique habitats reveals numerous microbes and invertebrates that contribute to life-sustaining services such as cleansing water, regulating pests, and cycling nutrients ... we must improve the functioning of soil biota as part of our long-term commitment to a sustainable future. ...The water we drink ...
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Consumers Want GMO Labels, Not Barcodes 4.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
On February 25, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, once again floated the idea of consumers using barcodes to identify foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as an alternative to requiring food manufacturers to put a label on products that contain GMOs. Referring to the ongoing debate over GMO labeling laws, Vilsack ( according to the Associated Press) told the House during a hearing on agriculture spending: “We could solve that issue in a heartbeat.” Solve the issue for whom? Tot-toting moms with busy schedules who would need to take the added step of scanning every item in the grocery store, instead of just glancing at the label? Older people who struggle as it is to keep up with rapidly evolving technologies? Or how about for those people who can’t afford—or don’t want to own—expensive smartphones? (Vilsack suggested retailers could provide a scanner for consumers who don’t have smartphones—again, not exactly convenient for busy shoppers, or older people who already ...
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Research Details Deluge of Spending by Opponents of GMO Labeling 4.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Consumers Want GMO Labels, Not Barcodes 2.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Obama Admin. Proposes Ridiculous Anti-Consumer Plan for GMO Labeling 27.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Vilsack: Smart phones could tell consumers what's in food 26.2.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smart ...
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Vilsack: Smart phones could tell consumers what's in food 26.2.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smart phone....
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Vilsack: Smart phones could be answer in debate over labeling of genetically modified foods 26.2.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Eat at Your Own Risk: Flawed FDA Risk Assessments Strengthen Arguments for Labeling GMOs 25.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) Recent congressional testimony by the former director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Michael Landa, is a reminder that the Food and Drug Administration's risk assessment process for genetically engineered products lacks transparency and allows industries to self-regulate. Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can’t be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. For the past two decades, developers of genetically engineered (GE) crops and their corporate allies have maintained that because their products are so obviously safe, there is no need to label them. Thanks to marketing campaigns , squelched state initiatives and a flood of GE products on the market, the public has largely adopted this belief as well.   Would it shock the public to know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never formally approved any GE crop as safe for human consumption? Instead, these companies have been trusted to ...
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US Offering Its 'Assistance' to Push GMOs on Africa: Report 24.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Anti-GMO Activist Seeks to Expose Scientists’ Emails With Big Ag 24.2.2015 Wired Top Stories
The legal attack hit Kevin Folta in early February. After receiving a FOIA request from US Right to Know---a nonprofit dedicated to exposing " the failures of the corporate food system "---the University of Florida notified Folta, a food and agricultural science professor at the university, that he would have to turn over all of his e-mails relating to correspondence with 14 different firms involved in agribusiness. His options: Submit all of his emails and allow lawyers to sift through them independently, or spend hours doing it himself alongside legal ...
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USDA Approves "Untested, Inherently Risky" GMO Apple 24.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
On Friday, February 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the first genetically engineered apple, despite hundreds of thousands of petitions asking the USDA to reject it. According an article in Politico, the USDA said the GMO apple “doesn’t pose any harm to other plants or pests.” Great. But what about potential harm to the humans who consume them? The Arctic Apple (Golden Delicious and Granny varieties), developed by Canada-based Okanagan Specialty Fruit, shockingly doesn’t require approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA). The FDA will merely conduct a “voluntary review” before, presumably, rubber-stamping the apple for use in restaurants, institutions (including schools and hospitals) and grocery stores—with no meaningful long- (or even short-) term safety testing for its potential impact on human health. Here’s why that should concern every consumer out there, especially parents of young children. In April 2013, we interviewed scientists about the genetic engineering ...
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Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa 23.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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US Force Feeds GM Crops to African Nations, says New Report 23.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Modi bets on GM crops for India's second green revolution 22.2.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Krishna N. Das and Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI (Reuters) - On a fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government's reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops. The GM mustard planted in the half-acre field in the grounds of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi is in the final stage of trials before the variety is allowed to be sold commercially, and that could come within two years, scientists associated with the project say. India placed a moratorium on GM aubergine in 2010 fearing the effect on food safety and biodiversity. Field trials of other GM crops were not formally halted, but the regulatory system was brought to a ...
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An Apple Lover’s GMO Apple Lament 21.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Despite Corporations Trying to Silence Our Voices, A New Wave of Democracy 18.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Big Ag’s Fight for Twitter Credibility 18.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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