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GMO crops have fans, critics 1.11.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
(Reuters) - Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. China has recently slowed its process for allowing imports of certain types of GMO corn and rejected millions of dollars worth of U.S. * GMO crop developers and other backers say many scientific studies show the crops are safe, and the USDA promotes the crops as a means to enhancing global food security. The last import approval for a GMO grain was granted in June 2013, said Matthew O'Mara, director of international affairs at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, an industry group.
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Insight: U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues 1.11.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Carey Gillam and Tom Polansek (Reuters) - With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences' package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers. The Asian nation has become a major buyer of U.S. corn and soybeans in recent years, but has also shown mounting reluctance to accept some genetically modified crops grown by U.S. farmers. China for the last year has been rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing traces of a type of GMO corn developed by Syngenta AG . ...
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Exposing the GMO Rabbit Hole: Why Labeling Genetically-Engineered Food Is a Must 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by guest blogger Lisa Bronner, writer of the blog Going Green with a Bronner Mom A battle is raging in the fresh section of your grocery store. Look around. Heavy artillery is hiding behind the apples. Troops are advancing on the corn and papaya. A bomb is buried in the salmon. When we talk about labeling genetically-modified (GMO) food, pretend we're standing amidst the fresh meats and produce. Here is where GMO labeling will make the biggest difference. Here is where it matters right now. Elsewhere in the market, 80 percent of prepackaged food products in the U.S. already contain GMOs. But in the fresh section, we are at the cusp of seeing genetically-modified foods introduced en masse. This GMO-free refuge will not last. Genetically-modified fresh foods -- most notably AquaBounty's AquAdvantage transgenic salmon and the non-browning Arctic Apple -- are lined up for imminent FDA approval. Unless we demand mandatory GMO labeling, these products will soon sit alongside their non-GMO counterparts, ...
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Is OCA's "Traitor" Boycott Working? 31.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
It's boycott time again. With less than two weeks to go before voters in Oregon and Colorado decide on ballot initiatives to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Junk Food Giants are at it again. According to the latest numbers provided by the pro-labeling campaigns (as of October 22, 2014), the opposition in Oregon has raised $16.5 million to defeat Measure 92, while opponents of Colorado's Proposition 105 have raised $14.3 million. Monsanto is the largest donor to both campaigns, with combined donations totaling approximately $8.8 million. While Dow has spent only $668,000 in both states, DuPont Pioneer has dumped a combined whopping $7.46 million into the opposition's war chests in Colorado and Oregon. But apart from Monsanto, and now DuPont Pioneer, the most prolific donors to the campaigns intent on defeating the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling initiatives have been large, multinational food corporations. Many of these corporations own organic ...
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All Out for November 4th: Frankenfoods Fight at the Crossroads 30.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Local GMO Fights Smash Records as Monsanto's Millions Bankroll Opposition 29.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The TTIP: A Very Scary Proposal 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cartoon by Courtenay Lewis What do Halloween and the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have in common? Both are packed with things that should make your skin crawl. Earlier this October, I joined a meeting hosted by the Catalonian Campaign against the TTIP in Barcelona to discuss the many risks of the TTIP, a massive proposed free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU. That same weekend, towns and cities across Europe protested the TTIP and its corporate-empowering, fracking-enabling rules. These events reconfirmed that Americans and Europeans share many reasons to fear the trade agreement, including these ghastly features: 1. Secret trade agreements are like vampires. In Barcelona, trade policy expert Susan George stated that, like vampires, the TTIP could not survive the light of day. Even though the agreement would have huge impacts on everything from the food we eat to the energy we use , the European Commission and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative are ...
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Factbox: GMO crops have history of controversy 29.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
(Reuters) - Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Colorado will weigh in on proposed laws that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops and sold in those states to be labeled as genetically engineered. Here are some facts about genetically modified crops, also called GMOs. * U.S. ...
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Monsanto, Big Agriculture Spend Millions Fighting Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 28.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts. Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform consumers. Advocates of Prop 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon say GMO foods can be harmful to human health due to pesticide residues and the altered crop genetics. Opponents say the effort to label genetically modified food is overly cumbersome and will spread misinformation. Leading corporations opposing the labeling measures include Monsanto, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Kellogg Co. and Coca-Cola. By some accounts, opponents of labeling have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, ...
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Monsanto, Big Agriculture Spend Millions Fighting Colorado, Oregon Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 28.10.2014 Truthout.com
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts. Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform consumers. Advocates of Prop 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon say GMO foods can be harmful to human health due to pesticide residues and the altered crop genetics. Opponents say the effort to label genetically modified food is overly cumbersome and will spread misinformation. Leading corporations opposing the labeling measures include Monsanto, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Kellogg Co. and Coca-Cola. By some accounts, opponents of labeling have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, ...
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12 MN House candidates support state-level GMO food labeling while taking pledge against it 28.10.2014 MinnPost
55B Josh Ondich (IP-has withdrawn) 57B Anna Wills (Republican) 59A Fred Statema (Republican) 66A Jon Heyer (Republican We suspect that some of the candidates above will want to clarify where they stand so that voters don't get confused. For instance, the Owatonna People's Press reported in  Most regional House candidates say 'no' to GMO labeling : Petersburg didn’t respond to A Greater Minnesota’s pledge request, but said that it’s easy for him to miss a few during campaign season. He said that he was “on the fence” on the GMO labeling issue and related the mixed public consensus to that of climate change. Among DFL or GOP candidates running for state House districts that include part of Steele County, two of them didn’t respond at all to the pledge. That was Petersburg and Peggy Bennett, the GOP challenger in District 27A, a district that includes Blooming Prairie. The Republican Daniels, as well as DFLers Shannon Savick and Bev Cashman, supported the pledge in full. Savick is running against Bennett. ...
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Monsanto, BigAg Spend Millions Fighting Colorado, Oregon Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 28.10.2014 Democracy Now!
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts. Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform consumers. Advocates of Prop 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon say GMO foods can be harmful to human health due to pesticide residues and the altered crop genetics. Opponents say the effort to label genetically modified food is overly cumbersome and will spread misinformation. Leading corporations opposing the labeling measures include Monsanto, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Kellogg Co. and Coca-Cola. By some accounts, opponents of labeling have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, ...
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Food Fight Over GMO Labeling: Colorado Proposition 105 and Oregon Proposition 92 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
 It's not nice to fool Mother Nature Much purposeful confusion and obfuscation is being generated by big agribusiness and the biotech industry that oppose labeling Genetically Modified (GM) or Genetically Engineered (GE) foods. Opponents of labeling GM foods present some specious arguments, alleging increased costs of labeling (actually minimal, as little as $1.27 onetime cost per consumer); conflicts with "National Standards" (which don't exist, labeling is strictly voluntary); and stating that "no other state or country" has labeling standards -- in fact, 64 other countries require labeling. Disingenuously, they protest that not all GMO foods would be labeled under Proposition 105, even as they oppose labeling. Nevertheless, it's a beginning, and most packaged, processed and raw foods in the grocery store would be labeled. Likewise, opponents admonish, consumers should simply buy foods labeled non-GMO or Organic, still preventing identification of the large percentage of foods that are Genetically ...
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Dow Chemical and Monsanto Are At It Again as EPA and USDA Approve "Agent Orange" Crops 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a long overdue effort, the U.S. is currently spending millions of dollars to help the Vietnamese clean up the tragic legacy of our use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The effort to remove the remaining contamination caused by the toxic mix of herbicides is expected to be completed in the next few years. Agent Orange was primarily manufactured by Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and these two companies are at it again. This time, they've teamed up to unleash a mixture of their chemical herbicides on the American farmland. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave Dow Chemical approval to manufacture and sell next generation, genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy that can withstand massive dosing of the herbicide 2,4-D. The gene altered crops are also resistant to Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide, Roundup. The new combined GE crop systems are given the appropriately military name "Enlist Duo." We know what the coupling of Dow and Monsanto did to ...
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GMOs Expose Dangerous Science Disconnect in Agriculture 26.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A contentious issue in the upcoming Colorado and Oregon GMO labeling referendums is the perceived safety of consuming genetically modified foods. Question a representative of the National Corn Growers Association or the American Farm Bureau Federation about the safety of eating GMOs and you'll rightly be scolded about the scientific evidence that consuming those crops is as safe as any other. These representatives of the American farm lobby wield enormous political clout with conservative and rural lawmakers. They also influence farmers' decisions. But, ironically, they are AWOL when it comes to publicly communicating the consensus on the science behind the single greatest threat to agriculture, which is human-induced climate change. What's the result of this willful ignorance? A U.S Department of Agriculture survey released this year revealed that a scant 7.8 percent of corn belt farmers believe that human activity causes climate change. Compare that to the fact that 93 percent of 2014's planted corn ...
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Colorado Proposition 105, GMO Food Labeling Measure, Draws Big Spending 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to defeat Proposition 105. The real money is coming from biotechnology giant Monsanto Co., which has given more than $4.7 million, and food giants like Pepsico and Coca-Cola, which sent a combined $1.9 million to fighting the proposal. Hormel Foods, Kraft Foods, Kellogg Co. and The Hershey Co. are also outspending farm groups to fight the proposal. Food companies are pouring big money into fighting a similar ballot measure in Oregon, too. Colorado and Oregon are battlegrounds in a national war over genetically modified organisms, or organisms that have been altered at the molecular or cellular level. So-called GMOs now make up almost the entirety of many staple crops, such as corn and soybeans, which are used ...
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Tests Find Monsanto’s Soy, Genetically Engineered for Heavy Pesticide Spraying, in Portland-Bought Infant Formula 24.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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How Real Change in the Food System Starts at Retail 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By guest blogger Joyce de Brevannes, market outreach manager for the Non-GMO Project It's been 20 years since the " Flavr Savr " tomato, the first commercially produced genetically modified organism (GMO), appeared on grocery store shelves. The tomato, whose genes had been spliced to include genes from an Arctic flounder to extend its shelf life, had its life cut short when consumers vocally fought back against its questionable genetics and lack of flavor and retailers rejected it for its inability to hold up during shipping. Since then, GMOs have become increasingly prevalent in the food system, and consequently more hidden from consumer view. At present, more than 80 percent of packaged foods include GMO ingredients, and many Americans have been consuming GMOs at almost every meal for years without realizing it. However, the tide is changing as consumers become increasingly aware of the unlabeled presence of GMOs in food. Today's savvy shoppers are demanding more transparency with regard to where their ...
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Battles rage in Oregon, Colorado over genetically modified foods 22.10.2014 LA Times: Nation
Voters in two Western states are caught in fierce battles over whether consumers will know what is deep inside their food.
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Food giants spend millions to take on GMO labeling 22.10.2014 Durango Herald
Colorado voters continue to be pounded by multi-million dollar political advertising campaigns, often with the two candidates or issue opponents fairly evenly matched, with no respite in sight until Election Day.But on one particular issue, the campaign ads are entirely lopsided. Labeling genetically modified food, commonly called GMOs...
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