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Seven Myths About GMOs Debunked 26.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Myth 1: GMOs are an "invention" of corporations, and therefore can be patented and owned. Living organisms, including seeds, thus become the "intellectual property" of the GMO industry. Using these property rights, corporations can forcibly prevent farmers from saving and sharing seeds. Farmers harvest crops in Chennai, India. Corporations that produce GMOs are not interested in a free market; they are interested in creating a monopoly over GMOs. (Photo: Vinoth Chandar ; Edited: LW / TO) A global battle is being fought over the future of the world's food. Hear from the women on the front lines in Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard of the Fight Against GMOs and Corporate Agriculture. These seed keepers, food producers, scientists, activists and scholars are committed to building a food system that is better aligned with ecological processes, human health and justice for all. Order this amazing book by donating to Truthout today! The following is excerpted from Vandana Shiva's foreword ...
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Sunstein: What makes people queasy about engineered foods 26.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Democrats pride themselves on their commitment to science. Citing climate change, they contend that they are the party of truth, while Republicans are “denialists.” But with respect to genetically modified organisms, many Democrats seem indifferent to science, and to be practicing a denialism of their own — perhaps more so than Republicans. What’s going on here? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine just issued a book-length report, strongly reaffirming what American and ...
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Bayer and Monsanto: A Marriage Made in Hell 26.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Martha Rosenberg, Ronnie Cummins

The two multinationals that teamed up during the Vietnam War to poison millions of people with its Agent Orange herbicide—St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer AG—are looking to become one. 

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Senator Stabenow's 'Smart' Labels Would Hit Her Hometown Residents Hard 25.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With the worst broadband coverage in the country, Detroit residents would be left in the dark when it comes to product ingredients A handful of multinational agribusiness and food companies have spent over $100 million over the past three years to fight Americans' right to know what is in the products they purchase and consume. It appears Senator Stabenow (D-MI) is trying to accommodate Big Ag -- a situation that is particularly tragic for residents of her own state. Right now Stabenow is working hard to come up with a "compromise" on labeling genetically engineered (GE) food products. Her idea is that so-called "smart labels" -- digital product information accessed via a smartphone with network coverage -- are sufficient for getting consumers access about product ingredients. Unfortunately, Senator Stabenow's proposal would only compromise Americans' -- and especially her Michigan constituents' -- right to know what is in the products they buy and feed their families. It is well-documented that rural ...
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World's top herbicide in you, me, and our pee 25.5.2016 TreeHugger
The #1 most-used herbicide in the world is in you, me, and our pee. Should we do something?
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Why Monsanto Just Rejected A $62 Billion Mega-Merger Offer 25.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Monsanto wants more green. The seed and pesticide giant on Tuesday rejected a $62 billion bid from German conglomerate Bayer, but said it would be open to a bigger offer. In a statement, the company said its board of director's unanimously voted against the unsolicited proposal, which it deemed "incomplete and financially inadequate." “We believe in the substantial benefits an integrated strategy could provide to growers and broader society, and we have long respected Bayer’s business,” Hugh Grant, Monsanto's chairman and chief executive, said in the statement . “However, the current proposal significantly undervalues our company and also does not adequately address or provide reassurance for some of the potential financing and regulatory execution risks related to the acquisition.” The rejection comes as no surprise. The offer -- which would be the biggest takeover ever attempted by a German company -- comes amid rapid consolidation in the agricultural chemicals industry. And generous as it seems, it ...
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Why Do Some Continue to Deny the Evidence That GMOs Are Safe? 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A massive National Academy of Science review of hundreds of studies on genetically engineered (GE) food crops , comparing the US, where the crops have been used heavily for 20 years, and Europe, where use is rare, finds no reliable evidence that these crops pose any harm to human or environmental health. The expert panel has posted its report online, along with the evidence they rely on, in the hope that their massive meta-analysis might inform public thinking about the issue. The sad thing is, given the nature of human risk perception, minds already made up on the issue are unlikely to change. We'll get to the depressing explanation of why that's the case in a minute. First, let's look at the findings. If your mind is open and you just want to learn about the issue, they seem pretty persuasive. Based on a review of more than 900 studies, testimony from more than 80 expert speakers in three public meetings and 15 public webinars, and roughly 700 comments from the public, the 20 experts, all academics ...
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Small Farmers Are Foundation to Food Security, Not Corporations Like Monsanto 23.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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Seeds of Suicide 22.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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Activists, Farmers, Indigenous People Rise Up to March Against Monsanto 21.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Anti-corporate activists, organic farmers, Indigenous peoples, environmental groups and others took to the streets across six continents and over 400 cities on Saturday in a global grassroots march against bioengineering giant Monsanto.

"The fight against corporate control of our food is global," a food sovereignty campaigner with UK-based nonprofit Global Justice Now rallied the crowd marching in London.

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Moving beyond the GMO "Frankenfood" debate 21.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A sweeping new study of genetically engineered crops released this week has found no evidence that they are unsafe for human consumption. They don't cause diabetes, cancer, obesity or food allergies, and are safe for livestock as well, researchers for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,...

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Warnings of Food Safety Threats as Canada Green Lights 'Frankenfish' 21.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Despite a sustained effort from public health and climate activists, genetically modified (GM or GMO) salmon has been officially sanctioned for sale in Canada.

And if that wasn't foreboding enough, a pending trade deal between Canada and the European Union means the country's first approved GMO food animal, known colloquially as the "Frankenfish," could soon be sold and eaten internationally.

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If Monsanto Disappears, Will It Matter? 20.5.2016 NPR News
The German-based company Bayer wants to buy Monsanto. It would be the latest in a wave of consolidation among companies that sell seeds and pesticides to farmers.
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GMOs Safe to Eat, Says Research Group That Takes Millions From Monsanto 18.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Public skepticism is growing over a new report that claims genetically modified (GE or GMO) foods are safe for consumption, particularly as information emerges that the organization that produced the report has ties to the biotechnology industry.

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GMOs Ruled Safe To Eat, But They Aren't Solving World Hunger 18.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Genetically modified crops are as safe to eat as their conventional counterparts and have not been proven to negatively impact the environment, according to a highly anticipated report . However, the study finds the controversial technology has not, as proponents have claimed, increased the rate of crop yields and has resulted in insect and weed resistance that has become a "major agricultural problem." So if you're looking for something that might settle the debate over genetically engineered crops once and for all, keep looking. "A major sort of message from our report is that it's not possible to make sweeping generalizations about the benefits and the risks of all GE crops," said North Carolina State University entomology professor  Fred Gould , chair of the 20-person committee behind the study, during a presentation Tuesday. The report offers " a little something for everyone " -- from the most avid supporters to the harshest critics, according to the Chicago Tribune.  Unsurprisingly, each side was ...
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Are GMO crops safe? Focus on the plant, not the process, scientists say 18.5.2016 Washington Post
Are GMO crops safe? Focus on the plant, not the process, scientists say
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Top scientists say GMOs are safe, but they don't always deliver on promises 18.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, such as that they've boosted crop yields, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.
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Report: GMO crops not harmful to humans, but weed resistance is a problem 18.5.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Genetically engineered crops present no more risk to human health than conventionally bred crops, but the evolution of resistance in both insects and weeds caused by growing such crops has become "a major agricultural problem," according to a long-awaited study released Tuesday by the ...
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Top Scientists Say GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises 18.5.2016 NPR News
A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, such as that they've boosted crop yields, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.
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Report: Genetically altered food safe but not curing hunger 17.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded that tinkering with the genetics of what we eat doesn’t produce the “Frankenfood” monster some opponents claim — but it isn’t feeding the world with substantially increased yields, as proponents promised. With the line between engineered and natural foods blurring ...
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