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Vote tally too close, recount ordered on Oregon GMO labeling 26.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients was so close that state officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on Tuesday. Final results show the Oregon measure losing by 812 votes out of a total of more than 1.5 million votes, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. "State law says that if the margin is no more than one-fifth of 1 percent of the total votes cast in that election... ...
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Oregon GMO Labeling Measure Too Close To Call, Headed For Recount 25.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Statewide vote totals released Monday show an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods was losing by a mere 809 votes and will go to an automatic recount. Results from all 36 counties three weeks after Election Day showed Measure 92 was defeated by a margin of only 0.06 percentage point, well under the 0.2 percent threshold for a recount. A hand tally of ballots is likely to begin the first week in December after Secretary of State Kate Brown certifies the election results, formally triggering the recount. Oregon is the fourth state in the West to reject a labeling requirement for genetically modified foods, but it was the closest tally yet. "Regardless of what the final outcome of this race is, this is a very encouraging sign for those of us who support labeling of genetically engineered foods," said Sandeep Kaushik, a spokesman for the campaign promoting the measure. Machine counts are subject to a small margin of error, Kaushik said, and ...
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In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches 25.11.2014 Yahoo: Business
By Tom Polansek (Reuters) - China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether. Two of the world's biggest seed makers, Syngenta AG and Dow AgroSciences, are responding with tightly controlled U.S. launches of new GMO seeds, telling farmers where they can plant new corn and soybean varieties and how can the use them. Bayer CropScience told Reuters it has decided to keep a new soybean variety on hold until it receives Chinese import approval. ...
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Oregon ballot measure requiring labels for genetically engineered foods headed for recount 25.11.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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General Mills agrees to drop “100% natural” labeling in face of lawsuit 22.11.2014 TreeHugger
In a lawsuit settlement today, General Mills agreed to remove the “100% Natural” from more than 20 of its products.
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Oregon GMO measure may be headed for recount 21.11.2014 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon ballot measure that would require labels for genetically engineered foods may be heading for an automatic recount....
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Starbucks criticized for ties to group fighting Vermont GMO law 18.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Rocker Neil Young and other activists are criticizing Starbucks for its membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which is fighting Vermont’s new food-labeling law.
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Starbucks criticized for ties to group fighting Vermont GMO law 18.11.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Rocker Neil Young and other activists are criticizing Starbucks for its membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which is fighting Vermont’s new food-labeling law.
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Here's Why Neil Young Is Right to Boycott Starbucks 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Musical legend Neil Young and informed Americans are standing in solidarity with Vermont voters to boycott Starbucks in what promises to be one of the most exciting showdowns of our time. In a landmark vote on Act 120 the people of Vermont have passed an initiative requiring genetically modified organisms (GMO's) to be labeled. Ninety-three percent of Americans  support the notion of knowing the truth about what is in their food but The Grocery Manufacturers Association , of which Starbucks is a member, are suing the State of Vermont to overturn the people's vote. This case is not just about Vermont, as the results will have ripples in every state across the country. It is being called a "David and Goliath" battle with big business pitted against local farmers and citizens who have a right to know what is in their food. The lawsuit against Vermont will hurt individual tax-payers and the state financially, as well as create political retribution for elected candidates who support labeling in Vermont and ...
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McDonald's won't buy Simplot's GMO potato 17.11.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners -- McDonald's -- hasn't.
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McDonald's says it has no plans to buy J.R. Simplot's newly approved GMO potato 16.11.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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McDonald's won't buy Simplot's GMO potato 16.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't.
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McDonald's won't buy Simplot's GMO potato 16.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't.
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McDonald's won't buy Simplot's GMO potato 16.11.2014 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners - McDonald's - hasn't....
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Maui's GMO Ban Blocked By Federal Judge 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge says Maui County may not implement a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he can consider arguments in a lawsuit against the measure.

Judge Barry Kurren said Friday that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect. Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. sued the county earlier this week to stop the law. Local businesses joined the lawsuit.

Maui voters passed a ballot initiative last week creating the law. The measure was to take effect after officials certified the election results. That was expected late this month.

Kenneth Robbins, an attorney for the plaintiffs, says Kurren is saying the plaintiffs have shown they could potentially suffer irreparable harm if the law goes into effect.
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McDonald's Rejects GMO Potatoes, Other Fast Food Chains Should Follow Suit 15.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Monsanto, Dow Unit Sue Maui County Over GMO Law 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HONOLULU (AP) — Two agricultural companies are suing Maui County to challenge a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu on Thursday. They're asking a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect and to invalidate the measure. County voters narrowly passed a ballot initiative last week that imposes the ban.

Monsanto Vice President John Purcell says the law interferes and conflicts with long-established state and federal laws that support the safe and lawful cultivation of GMO plants.

The initiative's authors sued the county in state court Wednesday to ensure the county implements the law.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone says the county is unable to comment because of pending litigation.
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Why the Soda Tax Is So Important 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Berkeley made history this November with the passage of the soda tax. It's the first city in the U.S. to crush Big Soda and pass a tax. Neighboring San Francisco is entitled to some bragging rights as well. The SF soda tax measure garnered 55 percent of the popular vote this November. More than 116,000 San Franciscans voted in favor of the soda tax. By my calculations, that's more "yes" votes for a soda tax than ever before, anywhere. Unfortunately, due to California's backward voter laws, SF's special tax measure needed a two-thirds majority to become law. In both Berkeley and San Francisco, Big Soda put gross amounts of money into opposing the ballot measures. But the science was never contested. This marks a major shift. We all now know that a can of soda a day increases our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and of having a heart attack by about 20-25 percent over the course of a decade or two. Sugary drink intake has also been linked to stroke , high blood pressure , obesity , fatty liver ...
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Food Safety Advocates Cheer Launch of Landmark GMO Safety Study 13.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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New EU GMO food rules get European Parliament nod 12.11.2014 Yahoo: Politics
A European Parliament committee took the first step Tuesday towards permitting EU member states to decide for themselves whether to allow the hugely controversial cultivation of Genetically Modified crops (GMOs). The 28 European Union nations have been deeply divided for years on the issue, with some such as France bluntly opposed and others such as Britain arguing that the technology cannot simply be ignored if Europe is to keep up with the rest of the world. For want of a better solution, EU leaders thrashed out a compromise in June to hand the final decision back to national governments, even if a GMO product had been approved at EU level, and on Tuesday the Parliament's environment committee approved the new rules by 53 votes to 11. Significantly, the committee dropped the leaders' recommendation that GMO companies be allowed to negotiate directly with member states for approval, a move welcomed by environmental groups that had feared the firms could exercise undue influence on ...
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