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Farmers and NGOs Condemn USDA Approval of Monsanto’s GM Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans and Cotton

Posted January 27, 2015
Two weeks ago, I was speaking to a roomful of specialty crop growers and organic farmers from Indiana. They were concerned about the pesticide drift that is expected to accompany the planting of Dow and Monsanto’s new herbicide-resistant corn and soybean seeds this spring. Presenting alongside me was Anita Poeppel of Broadbranch Farms, a family-owned and operated farm in north central Illinois.  Anita shared a message with her fellow growers: We need to be ready. If USDA allows these new GE seeds — that’ve been designed to be sprayed with highly toxic, drift-prone herbicides — onto the market, we are all going to be in a lot of trouble.  Read more. 

FDA Debates Releasing GM Mosquitoes into Florida Keys

Posted January 27, 2015
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.  Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.  “This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease,” said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment.  Read more.

9 Year Old Marches Against Monsanto with Words

Posted January 27, 2015
9 year old Daniel Bissonnette took my breath away with his words, his ideas, his SENSE.  He’s TRULY amazing and wise beyond his years.  This 9 year old marches against Monsanto with his words in Vancouver.  View here.

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

Posted Janaury 27, 2015
On the face of it, the new potato varieties called “Innate” seem attractive. If you peel the brown skin off their white flesh, you won’t find many unsightly black spots. And when you fry them, you’ll probably get a much smaller dose of a potentially harmful chemical.  But here’s the catch: Some of the biggest potato buyers in the country, such as Frito-Lay and McDonald’s, seem afraid to touch these potatoes. Others don’t even want to talk about them because they are genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.  Read more. 

US Farmers are Switching to non-GMO Crops and Feed

Posted January 21, 2015
Reports have reached GMWatch that US grain farmers are choosing to grow non-GMO crops because of the “many failures” with GMOs. Farmers are asking, “Why pay 30 to 60 dollars more for traits that don’t work?” – namely insect resistance and herbicide tolerance, which have led to insect-resistant pests and herbicide-resistant superweeds. The shift to non-GMO is supported by the increasing availability of more advanced genetics in non-GMO hybrids.  Read more. 

Glyphosate Detected in Feeding Tubes Given to Babies and Children with Cancer

Posted Janaury 19, 2015
Thanks to contributions provided by sponsors and private citizens, Moms Across America funded an experiment that tested feeding tube liquid used in a pediatric rehabilitation hospital where one of the group’s supporters is employed. 
To say the findings are alarming would be a severe understatement.  Read more. 

Genetically-Modified Wheat is in the Works Again, But Are We Ready for It

Posted Janaury 19, 2015
 At the heart of Monsanto’s global research operation is a structure with a rather ordinary name. But on the fourth floor of Building GG is a room where the future of wheat may be changing.  The facility has dozens of rooms just like it. But inside this particular 10-foot-by-20-foot growth chamber — whose mirrored walls and sun-bright lamps can imitate the weather of any U.S. field — is a batch of young wheat plants.  Read more.

Consumer Self-Defense: 12 Ways to Drive GMOs and Roundup off the Market

Posted January 13, 2015
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,” said Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” – New York Times, Oct. 25, 1998 .  Read more. 

GMO Contamination Denial: Controlling Science

Posted January 13, 2015
As Food and Chemical Toxicology gave into corporate pressure and retracted the Séralini article, it admitted that the study was neither fraudulent nor did it intentionally misrepresent the data. Its retraction was based on the claim that “the results presented (while not incorrect) are inconclusive . . .” This is an astounding statement since virtually every published research article has a “discussion” section wherein authors describe limitations of their findings and explain how further research could help clarify issues. If “inconclusive” results were the basis for retraction, then 99 to 100 percent of published research should be withdrawn.  Read more.

Robyn O’Brien: The New Food Economy

Posted January 7, 2015
Robyn O’Brien is a staunch advocate for a change in the way we produce our food and how we pay for it.  Watch her here.

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