Get Informed on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

USDA Approves New GE Corn and Soy, Triggering Onslaught of Millions of Pounds more Pesticides

Posted September 19, 2014
Center for Food Safety today condemned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to fully deregulate Dow Chemical’s Enlist corn and soybeans, genetically engineered to withstand repeated spraying of the herbicide 2,4-D. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to approve the accompanying herbicide, which is a blend of 2,4-D and glyphosate.  Read more. 

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s a Superbanana!

Posted September 19, 2014
A super-powered, orange banana swoops into Africa and saves the lives of 700,000 children.  Disney’s latest?  Nope, the real-life hopes for a new, genetically modified fruit, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Read more.

You’ll Never Guess What’s in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (Hint: You Won’t Be Happy)

Posted September 9, 2014
I really love the smell of pumpkin (especially in the Fall), but, there is at least one seasonal pumpkin treat that I will never order and that’s the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. With more than 200 million sold to date, these drinks sell like hotcakes this time of year, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said it “still ranks as its most popular seasonal beverage”. But, does anyone know what’s really in it?  Read more.

Gunning for Vandana Shiva

Posted August 28, 2014
Perhaps nothing symbolizes the decline of the New Yorker magazine more than the hatchet job on Vandana Shiva that appears in the latest issue. Written by Michael Specter, the author of “Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress”, the article is a meretricious defense of genetically modified organisms (GMO) relying on one dodgy source after another.  Read more. 

Federal Judge: Kauai’s GMO Law is Invalid

Posted August 28, 2014
A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai’s new law from going into effect in October.  Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics Inc., doing business as Dow AgroSciences, and BASF Plant Sciences sued for a permanent injunction, arguing the ordinance unfairly targets their industry.  Read more. 

How to Avoid GMOs

Posted August 20, 2014
The best way to avoid genetically modified foods is to know which foods are genetically modified and which foods are not. It helps to understand the difference between heirlooms, hybrids, and GMOs.  Read more.

Center for Food Safety Sues the USDA for Release of Missing Documents to Explain Suspicious GMO Alfalfa Approval

Posted August 15, 2014
Center for Food Safety (CFS) today filed a lawsuit demanding the release of federal documents which may uncover undue political pressure over USDA’s decision to approve genetically engineered alfalfa. The lawsuit seeks 1179 documents from USDA’s Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which may explain why the agency abruptly reversed its position and granted unrestricted approval for Monsanto to sell Roundup Ready Alfalfa.  Read more.

The GMO Fight Ripples Down the Food Chain

Posted August 15, 2014

Two years ago, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. initiated a plan to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its ice cream, an effort to address a nascent consumer backlash and to fulfill its own environmental goals.  This fall, nearly a year behind schedule, it expects to finish phase one, affecting its flavorful “chunks and swirls” like cookie dough and caramel. The only part left to convert: the milk that makes ice cream itself. Thanks to the complexities of sourcing milk deemed free of genetically modified material, that could take five to 10 more years.  Read more. 

USDA Signals Approval of Dow’s 2,4-D-Resistant Seeds

Posted August 13, 2014
Earlier today, USDA announced final plans to give Dow the greenlight to begin marketing its controversial 2,4-D-resistant seeds. After 30 days, the  USDA decision will become official. At the same time, the agency announced its preliminary decision to also approve Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant seeds.  Read more.

The Battle Over Biotech Food Labeling Heating Up

Posted August 12, 2014

The battle over mandatory labeling of biotechnology-derived food has reached a boil.  Read more.

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