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One Scientist’s Crazy Bet to Save the Bees: Join Monsanto 29.8.2016 Wired Top Stories
One  Scientist’s Crazy Bet to Save the Bees: Join Monsanto
Jerry Hayes is on a quest to save the bees. So when Monsanto began investigating a way to help, he joined them---and kicked up a swarm of controversy. The post One Scientist’s Crazy Bet to Save the Bees: Join Monsanto appeared first on WIRED.
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Forget GMOs. Pesticides Pose the Real Risk 23.8.2016 American Prospect
A tractor spreads chemicals on his crop as Hastings, Florida, resident Brian Hunt watches.    The latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal that Americans’ appetite for locally grown, organic food is growing. Consumers want to know where their food comes from and what’s in it. Most polls show that the vast majority of Americans also support mandatory labels for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Nearly half of Americans think scientists have found risks associated with eating GM foods even though they haven’t, according to a recent survey by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “People don’t know very much about the science, and they don’t know that GMOs have been in the food supply for 20 years,” says William Hallman, who ran the survey. “They just know they don’t like it.” Last month, after years of contentious debate, President Obama signed legislation requiring the first national GMO labeling standard. (Labeling advocates aren’t happy with the ...
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Anti-science claims dog Green Party nominee Jill Stein 17.8.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has been waging an uphill battle for name recognition as she pursues her White House bid. But as she emerges in the public eye -- she is participating in a CNN-hosted town hall on Wednesday -- so have some of the retired medical doctor's past controversial comments on vaccines, her concerns about internet use being linked to poor health and GMOs.
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Three Colombian women tell us why preserving seeds is an act of resistance 16.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Colombian women are fighting to protect native seeds. Why? We spoke with three seed guardians about the importance of this work. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Protection of native seeds is growing strong in Colombia. Colombian women are preserving seeds from multiple threats such as mining, free trade agreements, agrochemicals, hybrid and transgenic seeds among others. Fernanda Sánchez Jaramillo spoke with three women from three different provinces in Colombia about how being a seed guardian is an act of resistance, promotes food security and maintains cultural ...
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Free People from ‘Dictatorship’ of the 0.01% 10.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

“The only way to counter globalisation—just a plot of land in some central place, keep it covered in grass, let there be a single tree, even a wild tree.”

This is how dear friend and eminent writer Mahasweta Devi, who passed away on July 28, at the age of 90, quietly laid out her imagination for freedom in our times of corporate globalisation in one of her last talks.

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Why the GMO 'Labeling' Bill That Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham--and a National Embarrassment 6.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It is known as the DARK Act. D-A-R-K standing for Denying Americans the Right to Know. It was signed by President Obama last Friday in the afterglow of the Democratic National Convention, without fanfare or major media coverage. The bill's moniker is apt. With a few strokes of his pen Obama scratched out the laws of Vermont, Connecticut and Maine that required the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. He also nullified the GE seed labeling laws in Vermont and Virginia which allowed farmers to choose what seeds they wanted to buy and plant. And for good measure he preempted Alaska's law requiring the labeling of any GE fish or fish product, a law passed to protect the state's vital fisheries from contamination by recently approved genetically engineered salmon. The White House justified the Dark Act's massive onslaught on local democracy on the grounds that the bill would create national standards for labeling of GE foods. It does nothing of the sort. In fact, according to Obama's own Food and ...
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'Non-GMO' Does Not Mean Organic, Folks 5.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It appears that sales of foods touting an absence of genetically-modified ingredients are booming in the U.S. — but some people may be surprised to learn what’s actually in such foods in lieu of GMOs. Sales of products labeled by  the Non-GMO Project , a nonprofit that verifies the contents of GMO-free foods, have more than doubled over the past two years — from $7 billion  to $16 billion  today, according to NPR’s Dan Charles. At the same time, organic foods have also been gaining in popularity, though at a much slower rate. According to the Organic Trade Association’s latest numbers, sales of all organic products nationwide hit $43 billion last year , representing a 34-percent increase over the $32 billion figure  recorded two years earlier, in 2013. That’s a sizable surge, of course, but nowhere near the growth observed by the non-GMO segment. This is raising the anxiety of some organic food companies, who point out that just because a product lacks GMOs doesn’t mean it meets other standards those ...
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Small food companies ponder GMO labeling law 5.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • A new law that requires food makers to label the packaging of any products that contain genetically modified ingredients has small and medium-sized manufacturers facing some big decisions. Should they try to provide the information on the label itself, or invest in the technology to add scannable codes? Should they change their ingredients to steer clear of such products, and is it worth getting certified as being GMO-free? These are tough questions for companies that may not have fin...
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Small food companies ponder response to new GMO labeling law 4.8.2016 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new law that requires food makers to label the packaging of any products that contain genetically modified ingredients has small and medium-sized manufacturers facing some big decisions....
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Organic food fights back against 'non-GMO' rival 4.8.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Sales of food labeled "non-GMO" are booming, and it's starting to annoy organic food companies. They see the non-GMO label as cut-rate competition that doesn't deliver what shoppers imagine.
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Small food companies ponder response to new GMO labeling law 4.8.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW YORK (AP) — A new law that requires food makers to label the packaging of any products that contain genetically modified ingredients has small and medium-sized manufacturers facing some big decisions. Should they try to provide the information on the label itself, or invest in the technology to add scannable codes? Should they change […]
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Organic Food Fights Back Against 'Non-GMO' Rival 4.8.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
Sales of food labeled "non-GMO" are booming, and it's starting to annoy organic food companies. They see the non-GMO label as cut-rate competition that doesn't deliver what shoppers imagine.
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On The Organic Trade Association's Betrayal Of The Movement For Mandatory GMO Labeling 4.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week President Obama signed the DARK (Deny Americans their Right to Know) Act into law that pre-empts Vermont's and all other state's mandatory GMO labeling laws. This bill, passed by Congress two weeks ago, was championed by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts (Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Ag committee) along with USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. It creates a federal "non-labeling" standard for foods produced in part or entirely with genetic engineering. The legislation is a gift to the pesticide and food industries who make and sell GMOs. It allows companies to use QR codes or 1-800 numbers instead of clear on-pack labeling to disclose the presence of GMOs, forcing consumers to scan the code or make a call, effectively burying and hiding the information. Millions of American consumers have been fighting for what 64 countries around the world already require: a clear on-pack statement indicating a presence of GMO ingredients. Vermont's law was the first in the nation ...
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Advocates Call for Meaningful Public Participation in Federal Regulation of Biotech 3.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) Today, 24 farmer and public interest organizations called on the Obama Administration to conduct a new public engagement process as part of the overhaul of federal regulation of biotechnology known as the Coordinated Framework. The letter comes on the heels of a spate of dicamba drift incidents this summer that have caused widespread crop damage in Arkansas, Tennessee and ...
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11 GM foods commonly found in grocery stores 3.8.2016 TreeHugger
The new labeling law isn’t enough; if you’re looking to avoid GMOs in your diet, start here.
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How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet 2.8.2016 Truthout.com
The story of Klebsiella planticola is a cautionary tale of the impact of genetically modified organisms. (Image: Pixabay) On Friday, President Obama signed bill S.764 into law, dealing a major blow to the movement to require GMO labeling. The new law, called the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" (DARK) Act by food safety groups, has at least three key parts in it that undermine Vermont's popular GMO labeling bill and make it nearly impossible for you and me to know what's in our food. The law claims to set a federal labeling standard by requiring food producers to include either a QR bar code that can be scanned with a phone, or a 1-800 number that consumers can call to find out whether a product contains genetically modified ingredients. But according to the Institute for Responsible Technology, this bill doesn't require most processed foods to have a label, the bill defines genetic engineering so narrowly that most GMOs on the market don't qualify, and the bill gives the USDA two more years to come up ...
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What The Science Really Says About GMOs And Food Safety 2.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The U.S. has a new federal law that will, for the first time, require labeling of genetically modified ingredients in food . President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Friday, and the secretary of agriculture has two years to finalize the labeling standard.  The new law, which was  largely supported by the food industry , puts the U.S. in line with 64 other countries  that also require manufacturers to label genetically modified foods. Two-thirds of Americans also  support labeling GMOs . But while labels for genetically modified foods might seem sensible — or at the very least, harmless — the issue obscures some very important facts about the GMO debate.  Most notably, the law doesn’t align with scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs ― or the reality that the U.S. food system is largely made up of genetically modified foods . Here’s what the science really says about genetically engineered foods. The scientific community agrees: GMOs are safe When it comes to scientific consensus on GMO foods, ...
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Obama Signed Into Law Controversial GMO Labeling Bill. Now What? 1.8.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

What's an advocate of clear GMO labeling to do now that President Barack Obama has signed into law the food industry-supported measure dubbed the DARK Act?

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Obama signs bill requiring labeling of GMO foods 30.7.2016 Washington Post
Under the legislation, most food packages would have to carry a label, a symbol or an electronic code indicating whether the item contains genetically modified organisms.
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GMO wheat found in Washington state could affect US trade 30.7.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food....
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