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Food Advocates Race to Stop Destructive GMO Labeling "Compromise" 25.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The "compromise" food-labeling bill announced Thursday by leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is nothing less than a "rollback of democracy at the behest of the world's largest agribusiness and biotech corporations," said Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter. 

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DARK Act Compromise Could Preempt Vermont’s GMO Label Law 25.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Wenonah Hauter

Thursday it was reported that the Senate’s Agriculture Committee leadership has reached a deal on labeling GMO foods, specifically to block states from requiring clear, on-package labels of GMO foods.

This agreement fails to provide any meaningful federal labeling requirement. This is not a food-labeling bill. This is a rollback of democracy at the behest of the world’s largest agribusiness and biotech corporations.

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Countdown to GMO Labeling - But We're Not There Yet 25.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jo Miles

In seven days, if all goes well, labeling genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients will be the law in Vermont. But the Senate is scrambling to keep that from happening. Just yesterday, Senators Roberts (R-KS) and Stabenow (D-MI) announced a “compromise” deal that would overturn Vermont’s law and essentially ban meaningful GMO labels.

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Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill 24.6.2016 NPR News
The new bill would require companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients in food products. But critics dislike that this information does not have to appear directly on the food label.
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For GMO Labeling Advocates, It Doesn't Get Much Darker Than This 24.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
News Thursday that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and the committee's ranking Senate Democrat Debbie Stabenow had finally sewn up a deal on nationwide GMO labeling left the food industry celebrating - but GMO labeling backers cursing - a law that will continue to leave consumers largely in the dark about the GMO content of their groceries. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which represents the interests of the nation's largest food and beverage companies and has been the chief architect of legislation to pre-empt Vermont's mandatory labeling law, said Thursday that it "fully supports" the terms of the newly proposed legislation. Senate Ag Democrats quickly took to social media to try to defend the deal, calling it a "win for consumers." A prior measure pushed by Roberts, referred to by critics as Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or the DARK Act, was blocked by Senate Democrats in March. But consumer advocates who were merely days away from seeing the nation's first ...
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Senators reach deal on GMO labeling 24.6.2016 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators have a bipartisan deal to require labeling of genetically modified ingredients nationally, a week before a labeling law in Vermont goes into effect....
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DARK Act “Compromise" Greatly Undermines Consumer Choice, Rolls Back Democracy 23.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food & Water Watch “Today, it was reported that the Senate’s Agriculture Committee leadership has reached a deal on labeling GMO foods, specifically to block states from requiring clear, on-package labels of GMO foods. This agreement fails to provide any meaningful federal labeling requirement. This is not a food-labeling ...
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Stand Up for GMO Foods by Labeling Them 21.6.2016 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
A sticker on genetically modified groceries may debunk irrational fears.
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Rules on GMO crops in Hawaii heads to US appeals court 16.6.2016 AP Business
HONOLULU (AP) -- The fight over regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides in three Hawaii counties will be back in a federal courtroom Wednesday as some agricultural giants look to protect their research farms from bans against modified food in the islands....
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Hawaii's GMO crop rules head to appeals court 16.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Honolulu • The fight over regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides in three Hawaii counties will be back in a federal courtroom Wednesday as some agricultural giants look to protect their research farms from bans against modified food in paradise. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Honolulu on ordinances that seek to regulate or outlaw genetically modified products in Hawaii, Kauai and Maui counties. Agrichemical companies and trade associations sued ...
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Rules on GMO crops in Hawaii heads to US appeals court 16.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

HONOLULU (AP) — The fight over regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides in three Hawaii counties will be back in a federal courtroom Wednesday as some agricultural giants look to protect their research farms from bans against modified food in paradise. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Honolulu on […]
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National Academy of Sciences Weighs In On Genetically-Engineered Foods 2.6.2016 Environmental News Network
The National Academy of Sciences has some conclusions to share about genetically-engineered foods — 420 pages worth. And no matter which side of the fence you stand on when it comes to this divisive topic, you probably aren’t going to like what the nonprofit has to say.The report, Genetically Engineered Organisms: Experiences and Prospects, was released last week online amid a flurry of news articles that attempted to breathlessly summarize the findings in a few short sentences. Some expressed disappointment in the authors’ inconclusive findings; many others attempted to pin a final yea-or-nay viewpoint on the Academy’s nine-chapter investigation.
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Industry Influence Clouds New GMO Report 1.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Tim Schwab

Last month, Food & Water Watch correctly predicted that the National Research Council’s (NRC) far-reaching ties to the biotechnology industry would greatly weaken the organization’s forthcoming report on genetically modified (GMO) foods and crops.

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Organic Farmers Are Not Anti-Science, but Genetic Engineers Often Are 31.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Opponents of GMOs, including organic farmers, are routinely being called anti-science. But it isn't organic farmers preventing independent university researchers from accessing their seeds, or ignoring scientific evidence of rising pesticide use and human harm. So, who are the real anti-scientists? Scientific evidence shows that the widespread adoption of genetically engineered crops in the US has led to an increase in pesticides used in agriculture -- and an increase in the residues of pesticides left in foods, among other disturbing trends. (Photo: GWP ) At one of the public brainstorming sessions for the New York Organic Action Plan, an organic farmer made an impassioned plea for support for "independent science" and told us that with 8.5 billion mouths to feed by 2050, we will need genetic engineering to prevent starvation. I would like to examine these words carefully to decipher what they mean, how those words are used by this farmer and by others, and suggest how the movement for locally grown ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Nanosized Plastics Are Seriously Harming the Ocean, and More 31.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: Nanoparticles in the ocean have the ability to cross biological barriers, such as the intestinal wall and brain; unless fossil fuels are kept in the ground, global temperatures could rise more than 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2300; will the latest Fukushima wake-up call go unheard?; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here -- on the best of the rest of Science and Green News... You need to know this: Nano plastics are seriously harming the ocean. It now appears that plastics account for nearly 80 percent of all waste found in our oceans. This plastic gradually breaks down into smaller and smaller particles -- until they are microscopic or nano. New research by Lund University in Sweden looks into how nanosized plastic particles affect life in the ocean food chain. Karin Mattsson with the study said, "We tested how polystyrene plastic particles of different sizes, charge and surface affect the zooplankton Daphnia. It turned out that the size of the nanoparticles that were most ...
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GMOs As A Corporate Control Tactic 29.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kiley Fisher

Here’s the industry spin: the GMO labeling debate boils down to whether or not GMOS (presumably, all of them – from GMO corn to GMO mosquitoes to GMO salmon) are “safe.” Safe to eat, safe to live around, safe to widely distribute.

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Shares of organic food supplier SunOpta surge 28.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
SunOpta, a seller of organic and specialty foods, jumped the most in seven years after its largest shareholder pushed the company’s board to explore a sale. Tourbillon Capital Partners, which owns a 9.9 percent stake in Ontario-based SunOpta, sent a letter to the board of directors urging them to “immediately engage an independent investment bank to advise on a value maximization process — including the execution of a sales process,” according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange...
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New study confirms that 80 percent of Americans support mandatory labeling of foods containing DNA 27.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
New study confirms that 80 percent of Americans support mandatory labeling of foods containing DNA
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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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