Get Informed on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Michelle Obama Teaming up with Monsanto to Promote Children’s Food

Posted July 23, 2014
The popular agriculture company Monsanto is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote nutritional foods for kids. According to reports from the Associated Press, Monsanto will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market ‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children. The agrochemical company will also bring its food offerings for kids in line with the new federal standards for labeling and nutrition.  Read more. 

‘Frankenfish’ Threatens to Wipe Out Wild Salmon Population

Posted July 23, 2014
 Proponents of GMOs prefer that you call it “genetically modified salmon.” Opponents of GMOs– including natural health advocates, organic food growers, animal welfare groups, environmentalists, commercial fishermen, restaurateurs and chefs – have settled on a name of their own: “Frankenfish.”  But, by whatever name you call it, AquAdvantage salmon may soon be available in some stores. The FDA, scheduled to finalize its assessment of the genetically modified fish, may be nearing a ruling – almost two decades after AquaBounty Technologies, the developer of the fish, initially sought approval in 1996.  Read more. 

Don’t Repeat Mistakes that Led to Superweeds

Posted July 11, 2014
The Des Moines Register deserves a hearty thank you for Donnelle Eller’s eye-opening Sunday article on glysophate-resistant Superweeds. It details a real threat to Iowa agriculture and raises important questions about responsibility and the way forward.  Some may believe it too soon or even unhelpful to consider how this happened and who bears responsibility for getting us into this mess. But if we fail to consider these questions, don’t we risk the likelihood our “solutions” will simply repeat our mistakes?  Read more.

Scientist Quits Genetic Engineering for Organic Project

Posted July 9, 2014
 How does a scientist – who spent years modifying GM crops for a major biotech company – end up developing new varieties of organic cotton for farmers in the High Plains of Texas? For Jane Dever, a former global plant breeding manager at Bayer CropScience, the switch to a career in organic and non-GMO foods was all about following her heart – and her passion for plant breeding, genetic diversity and genetic resource preservation.  Read more.

Hillary Clinton Serves as Cheerleader for GMOs at Biotech Event (But What’s She Eating at Home)?

Posted July 8, 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared at the BIO International Convention on Wednesday, June 25 and made comments that confirmed what most in the growing natural and organic food movement already know: she’s pro-GMO through and through (at least when it comes to other people), much like the other big money politicians from the two major political parties.  Read more.

Cancer Death Rates are Twice as High Where GM Crops and Agricultural Chemicals are Used

Posted July 8, 2014
Agricultural regions that see a heavy use of chemicals and in which genetically modified (GM) crops are grown have a cancer death rate twice as high as the national average, according to a report by the Ministry of Health of Cordoba Province in Argentina.  Read more.

Tell Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: Switch to Organic Milk!

Posted July 3, 2014

Starbucks usesmore than 93 million gallons of milk per year, according to 2011 figures (and the company has only grown since then).  That’s enough milk to fill 155 Olympic-sized swimming pools.  Too bad it’s not organic.  Please sign our petition asking Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to switch to organic milk!  Read more. 

Monarch Butterfly Decline Being Caused by GMO Agriculture

Posted June 20, 2014
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticide-drenched fields are detrimental to the planet in just about every aspect. They’re deteriorating human health, stifling plant diversity, inflicting soil damage, encouraging growth of superbugs and superweeds and, in some cases, eliminating planet species entirely.  Milkweed, a perennial herb that’s native to Southern Canada, has seen an enormous decline over the past several years.  Read more.

Lawsuit Challenges Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

Posted June 17, 2014
 Four national organizations whose members would be affected by Vermont’s new labeling law for genetically engineered foods filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court challenging the measure’s constitutionality.  Read more. 

Bee Killers Sponsor National Pollinator Week

Posted June 17, 2014
Concerned about the bees and the butterflies? Interested in celebrating National Pollinator Week? It’s happening next week, June 16-22, 2014.  And it’s brought to you, in part, by none other than Monsanto and Bayer.  Read more.

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