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Congress takes up food labeling fight 20.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Some states require labels disclosing use of genetically modified ingredients, but Minnesota’s big foodmakers oppose such initiatives.
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GMO Labeling Update: State Efforts Pick Up Momentum, Big Ag Doubles Down 17.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Temra Costa

(Map: righttoknow-gmo.org)Most Americans would prefer to know whether or not they’re eating genetically engineered foods (commonly referred to as GMOs). According to some polls, as many as 93 percent of us would like to see them labeled.

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Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding 17.4.2014 Washington Post

Alan Krivanek, a tomato breeder for Monsanto, dons a white protective suit, wipes his feet on a mat of disinfectant and enters a greenhouse to survey 80,000 seedlings. He is armed with a spreadsheet that will tell him which ones are likely to resist a slew of diseases. The rest he will discard.

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This State Is One Step Closer To Labeling GMOs 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein April 16 (Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause. Vermont's effort comes as the developers of genetically modified crops and the $360 billion U.S. packaged food industry push for passage of an opposing bill introduced in Congress last week that would nullify any law that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. GMO labeling is just one front in an increasingly high-stakes food fight raging in the United States, where consumers increasingly are demanding to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. "We have a growing food movement in which people are demanding more transparency," said Michele ...
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Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill Passed In Vermont Senate, Could Be Nation's First 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein April 16 (Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. "We are really excited that Vermont is going to be leading on this," said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill. The bill, approved 28-2 by the Senate, has already passed the Vermont House of Representatives. It now goes back to the House to see if members will approve changes made by the Senate. The law is set to take effect July 1, 2016. The move in Vermont comes as the developers of genetically modified crops and U.S. grocery manufacturers push for passage of an opposing bill, introduced in Congress last week, that would nullify any state law that requires labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. The Vermont law passed by the Senate would do just that - processed foods that contain ...
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Vermont Makes Huge Advance for your “Right to Know” 17.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Vermont Senate today voted 28-2 to approve legislation that would require foods produced using genetic engineering (GE) to be labeled in Vermont. Minor changes made by the Senate must still be approved by the state House, which previously approved the measure (107-37). Pending the governor’s signature, the law would take effect July 1, 2016.

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Nation's Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage in Vermont 16.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
A yard sign in Underhill, Vermont supporting the GMO labeling bill. (Photo: VT Right to Know/ Facebook)After a groundswell of support from state residents fueled by grassroots activism, Vermont is on track to become the first state to require the labeling of food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “This is a victory for everyone who ...
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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, by a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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Sanders Applauds Vermont Senate Vote on Food Labels 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a Vermont Senate vote to require labels on food containing genetically-modified ingredients.

“I am very proud that Vermont is taking the lead in a growing national movement to allow the people of our country to know what is in the food they eat. GMO labeling exists in dozens of countries around the world and should exist in the United States,” Sanders said.

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Unlabeled GMO Salmon? Groups Call on FDA to Rein In Industry Claims 11.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety called on FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg today to put an end to erroneous statements by AquaBounty Technologies Vice President, who recently told the press that FDA has already decided that the company’s GMO salmon will be sold without a label.

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'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labeling 11.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Photo: Daniel Lobo/cc/flickrIn a move slammed as sealing "an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries," a Kansas congressman has submitted legislation that would ban state-level GMO labeling ...
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Synthetic biology can supplement traditional farmers 11.4.2014 New Scientist: News
Synthetic biology can supplement traditional farmers
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'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labling 11.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Photo: Daniel Lobo/cc/flickrIn a move slammed as sealing "an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries," a Kansas congressman has submitted legislation that would ban state-level GMO labeling ...
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GMO Pushers and The Art of War 10.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In The Art of War the famous strategist Sun Tzu writes, "The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent." Sun Tzu could write a whole new chapter about Monsanto and the other pushers of genetically modified foods, or GMO. On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) carried Monsanto's torch when he introduced legislation to block GMO labeling. Over the last two days, Center for Food Safety , along with Environmental Working Group and Just Label It, organized and participated in over 100 meetings on Capitol Hill, with dozens of "good" food corporations and organizations supporting the public's right to know what they are eating, urged House and Senate members to co-sponsor a bill requiring GMO labeling on food products. The bill, known as the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, was first introduced in April 2013 by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). The public wants GMO labeling. In fact, a staggering 93 percent of Americans polled say ...
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U.S. bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states 9.4.2014 Health
A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas, and is aimed at overriding bills in roughly two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such. The bill specifically prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering. What this bill attempts to do is set a standard." Consumer groups have been arguing for labeling because of questions they have both about the safety for human health and the environmental impacts of genetically modified foods, also called GMOs. Ballot measures in California in 2012 and last year in Washington state narrowly lost after GMO crop developers, including Monsanto Co., and members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) poured millions into campaigns to defeat the ...
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Industry Hype & Bad Science Undercuts Real Energy/Climate Solutions 9.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Scientists and environmentalists today condemned a recent press release by researchers at the University of British Columbia announcing they have created genetically engineered (GE) poplar trees for paper and biofuel production, opening the prospect of growing these GE trees like an agricultural crop in the future. [1]

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This is the biggest swarm of genetically modified mosquitoes ever set free 9.4.2014 MinnPost
JACOBINA,  Brazil  — In this Brazilian farm town where legions of people have suffered from dengue fever, a campaign is fighting back, releasing swarms of mosquitoes engineered to wipe out their own species. As workers open plastic containers allowing millions of newly hatched Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to spread their wings and flutter into the sky, it seems counterintuitive. After all, this is the same pesky bug that transmits the dengue virus through a human-to-mosquito-to-human  cycle  that's surprisingly difficult to break. The traditional defense is to kill these flying  vectors  with chemical insecticides. But that hasn’t worked in Brazil or other tropical countries where dengue is a leading cause of illness and fatality. Last year, Brazil reported 1.4 million cases of dengue, which is endemic in three of the 12 host cities for this summer’s World Cup. There is no vaccine. The most severe form of the illness, dengue hemorrhagic fever, can lead to shock, coma and death. That’s where the ...
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Organic Consumers Association Comments on New Study Showing Glyphosate Found in Mothers' Breast Milk 7.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban the use of glyphosate based on a new pilot study showing that the toxic herbicide was found in the breast milk of American women.

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Are Genetically Modified Crops Good for Sub-Saharan Africa? An Overview 7.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
USA RIVER, TANZANIA -- Sebastian Mushi, or "Seba," as he is known around here, owns an agricultural business in Usa River, Tanzania. In his bare-bones shopfront he stocks chemical fertilizers, pesticide sprays, and an assortment of maize and rice seeds. Perched comfortably on a bag of maize is Seba's friend and rice farmer, Ramadan. While he waits for his phone to charge, Rama recounts how he took Seba's advice to use a combination of hybrid seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides for his rice paddies and watched his farm's productivity bloom this season. Pleased with the profitable results, Rama has shared his success story with many other farmers who have since followed suit. But for most other farmers in Tanzania, there is no such happy ending. One in two Tanzanians still lives on less than $2 a day, and most of the poorest are rural food producers themselves. According to the IFPRI's Global Hunger Index, while South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America have all made significant gains in reducing hunger ...
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Correction: Fast-Growing Salmon story 5.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story April 3 about genetically modified salmon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based company, wanted to produce cattle without horns for meat. The company is primarily focused on genetic engineering of dairy cows.
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