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Is a GMO Labeling Victory within Our Grasp? 29.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins

Oh, to be a fly on the wall inside the offices of the top lobbyists for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

So close to the July 1 deadline for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law, and still no court ruling to overturn Vermont’s law. Still no federal legislation to preempt Vermont’s law.

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Cooking up an Organic Future - Is a Check-Off the Right Recipe? 28.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic food and fiber in the US are growing despite themselves. Even last week Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, touted the double-digit growth of certified operations in the US are now 21,000 with 31,000 around the world. While this $40+ billion industry is indeed exploding on the shelves in US supermarkets, only 1% of agriculture, in the US is dedicated to growing organic. This ravenous appetite for organic food and fiber is percolating into a frothy peak, yet we just aren't producing what we need to feed the growing hunger. The fact that Costco is buying land and equipment, partnering with organic growers to meet demand is commendable -- but it's not going to quench the bigger dilemma. A spark is needed in agriculture and the Organic Check-off may be the ingredient that serves up the juiciest future. Right now in US agriculture, it pays to do the wrong thing. Our tax dollars get funneled into farm subsidies that support the largest polluters, the biggest pesticides ...
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Can I Get That With Extra GMO? 27.4.2016 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
A Vermont labeling law will burden industry and encourage baseless fears about scientific progress.
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Judge Says Chipotle GMO Lawsuit Can Go Forward 21.4.2016 Wall St. Journal: Policy
A lawsuit accusing Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. of deceiving customers with claims that its food is free of genetically modified organisms can move ahead, a federal judge has ...
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Vermont Seeks Documents on GMOs from Seed, Food Companies 16.4.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The state’s attorney general has filed motions to force Monsanto, DuPont, Kellogg and other companies to produce studies or research related to “potential health or environmental impacts” of the crops.
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Will Genetically 'Edited' Food Be Regulated? The Case Of The Mushroom 15.4.2016 NPR Health Science
The U.S. is trying to figure out whether, and how, to regulate crops that have had their genes "edited." One example: a mushroom that doesn't brown when cut. It could be the first of many such crops.
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As demand for organic feed surges, U.S. cows feast on Romanian corn 15.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Because most of the corn and soybeans harvested across the Midwest come from genetically modified seed and use crop chemicals shunned by the organic industry, an increasing amount of specialty grain used to produce organic milk, eggs and meat is being imported.
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Support For GMOs Rises With Education Level 14.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With major food companies like General Mills, Kellogg and ConAgra set to introduce new labeling that identifies products containing genetically-modified organisms, the controversial issue is back on the table. Advocates for labeling GMOs won the most recent legislative battle in Congress , shelving industry-backed legislation that would have barred states from setting labeling rules. But the matter is far from settled. Many Americans still believe, contrary to the scientific consensus , that GMOs are unsafe to eat. A new HuffPost/YouGov poll  shows that 39 percent of respondents said they believe GMOs are “generally unsafe” to eat, compared with 33 percent who believe them to be safe. Another 27 percent said they were unsure. The most striking divisions in perceptions of GMO safety had nothing to do with political party affiliation, as one might have guessed based on the spirited debate on the labeling legislation in Washington. Instead, education level and family income showed the widest gaps. ...
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GMO food labels are meaningless 12.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The push for labels on “genetically modi-fied” or engineered food is one of those social movements that sounds unimpeachable — like “Free the Whales” or “Save the Planet.” What could be wrong with empowering consumers with knowledge about their food?Plenty.

Many of the nation's largest food companies,...

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Monsanto’s Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry 11.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ronnie Cummins, Martha Rosenberg

What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you’re like most people, not much. 

There’s plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much—even though it’s the largest segment of corporate agribusiness ($175 billion in annual sales), and a major destructive force in polluting the environment, disrupting the climate, and damaging public health. 

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Monsanto's Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry 11.4.2016 Truthout.com
There's plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much -- even though it's the largest segment of corporate agribusiness, and a major destructive force in disrupting the climate and damaging public health. (Photo: Tamina Miller ; Edited: LW / TO) What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you're like most people, not much.  There's plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much -- even though it's the largest segment of corporate agribusiness ($175 billion in annual sales), and a major destructive force in polluting the environment, disrupting the climate, and damaging public health.  Learning the facts about chemical fertilizers and the companies who produce them ...
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Vermont to target "willful violations" of GMO labeling law 9.4.2016 AP Business
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- As Vermont is set to become to the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified foods on July 1, the state's attorney general says his office will target "willful violations" by manufacturers and not products that were produced before that date still on store shelves....
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Fighting Mosquitoes with GMO Mosquitoes 6.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jo Miles

Genetic engineering isn’t just changing what’s in your food. A company called Oxitec has created a genetically engineered (GMO) mosquito, and they want to release millions of them into a community in the Florida Keys. The problem they’re trying to solve with these GMO bugs is real, but in this case, the cure might be as bad as the disease.

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Monsanto's Willing Executioners 6.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Jason Jenkins) Is Monsanto "evil"? Just pop that question into Google and you'll find out quickly why Monsanto ranks near the top of every " most hated company " list. And ask any news editor ... the name "Monsanto" is guaranteed clickbait that reels in readers by the bushel. It's probably why you are reading this right now. Perhaps you, like many anti-GMO farmers, environmental watchdogs and consumer advocates, see Monsanto as the embodiment of everything that's wrong with corporate America. Its name is synonymous with unbridled greed, indifference to the environment, bipartisan cronyism and a demonstrated willingness to steamroll the little guy. To wit, Monsanto wields a three-decade-old Supreme Court patent ruling like a scythe as it cuts down farmers who dare to save seeds for the next planting season . It has also beaten back challenges from organic farmers who fell victim to " genetic drift " when Monsanto's patented crops cross-pollinated with their non-GMO neighbors and therefore rendered ...
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It's Round 2 in GMO Labeling Fight 6.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ding! Round 2 in Washington's GMO labeling battle is underway. Though many of those pushing for mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients have been celebrating victory after last month's failure of a Senate bill that would block such labeling, the on-the-ground reality, say those on both sides of the policy debate, is that the fight is not over -- not even close. The Senate's return from a spring break recess this week marked a resumption of efforts to find a final resolution to the food policy matter that consumer groups and food and agribusiness industries alike count as a top priority for resolution this year. A measure introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts, (R-Kan.) that would have blocked mandatory labeling failed to garner enough votes to advance on March 16. On one side are the consumer groups who say people have the right to know if controversial genetically modified crops are used in their food and on the other are agribusiness and food industry players who produce and ...
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It's Round 2 in GMO labeling fight 6.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ding! Round 2 in Washington's GMO labeling battle is underway. Though many of those pushing for mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients have been celebrating victory after last month's failure of a Senate bill that would block such labeling, the on-the-ground reality, say those on both sides of the policy debate, is that the fight is not over - not even close. The Senate's return from a spring break recess this week marked a resumption of efforts to find a final resolution to the food policy matter that consumer groups and food and agribusiness industries alike count as a top priority for resolution this year. A measure introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts, (R-Kan.) that would have blocked mandatory labeling failed to garner enough votes to advance on March 16. On one side are the consumer groups who say people have the right to know if controversial genetically modified crops are used in their food and on the other are agribusiness and food industry players who produce and ...
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FDA Sued Over Approval Of Genetically Engineered Salmon 1.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
• Plaintiffs argue the federal agency overstepped its authority in approving the genetically modified fish. • Produced by AquaBounty Technologies, the salmon are engineered to grow twice as fast as wild species. • Critics worry engineered salmon could prove disastrous for wild salmon populations. Nearly a dozen fishing and environmental groups have filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to block its recent  approval of genetically modified salmon . The plaintiffs, represented by the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice , argue that by green-lighti ng the first-e ver genetically altered animal slated for human consumption, the FDA violated the law and ignored potential risks to wild salmon populations, the environment and fishing communities. "That's one of the major risks here, is the escape of these fish into the wild," George Kimbrell, senior attorney for Center for Food Safety, told The Huffington Post. "It could be a final blow to our already imperiled salmon ...
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Groups Sue FDA Over 'Unlawful and Irresponsible' Approval of Frankenfish 1.4.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

A coalition of environmental, consumer, and fishing organizations on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approving the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) animal for commercial sale and consumption—an Atlantic salmon, known colloquially as the "Frankenfish."

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Science Could Help Us Feed The World, If Only We Let It 1.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At a university lab in the Netherlands, professor Mark Post is working tirelessly to perfect the world’s first lab-grown beef burger . If he is successful, beef lovers the world over will be able to eat a burger that is possibly more environmentally friendly and healthier than the real thing. Whether consumers — already suspicious of so-called frankenfood — will ultimately accept an in-vitro burger is an open question. And the same goes for 3D-printed food . And nutrient-enhanced, genetically modified sweet potatoes, even though they could help solve malnutrition  in developing countries. All over the world, scientists and other innovators at universities and, yes, even corporations are toiling to develop technologies that they believe could help solve some of our modern food system’s biggest problems. But we as consumers have often rejected these possible solutions, sometimes forcefully, in the name of food we deem to be more natural to our diets. Should we be so quick to do so? Though I didn’t ...
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Lawsuit Challenges FDA's Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon 1.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity A broad coalition of environmental, consumer and commercial and recreational fishing organizations today sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving the first-ever genetically engineered food animal, an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow quickly. The man-made salmon was created by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. with DNA from three fish: Atlantic salmon, Pacific king salmon and Arctic ocean ...
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