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Hillary Clinton Backs GMOs to the Hilt

Posted July 29, 2014
The Times of San Diego reports on Hillary Clinton’s keynote speech to biotech heavy hitters, at the recent BIO International Convention.  The headline is: “Hillary Clinton Cheers Biotechers, Backing GMOs and Federal Help.”  Hillary professes worry that biotech companies are moving their operations out of the US. The answer? Federal subsidies, of course:  “’Maybe there’s a way of getting a representative group of actors at the table’ to discuss how the federal government could help biotechs with ‘insurance against risk,’ she said.”  In other words, stay in the US, carry out as much research as you want to, and we’ll knock down lawsuits, pay you for your failures, and support you when you lie and claim your results are positive and pose no risk to human health.  Perfect.  Read more. 

Huffington Post: GMOs Have Never Been Proven Safe

Posted July 29, 2014
Proponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) often proclaim that the technology has been fully vetted in terms of human safety, and that anyone objecting to the continued unlabeled use of GMOs in the food supply is somehow dredging up unfounded conspiracy theories. But the truth of the matter is that GMOs have never been proven safe in humans, as no long-term safety studies involving humans have ever taken place.  Read more.

DuPont Study Deliberately Hid Toxic Effects of GMOs Fed to Rats

Posted July 29, 2014
A pair of studies recently published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) reveals the double standard used in evaluating the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods, says Claire Robinson, in a July 11 editorial on the website GM WatchRead more.

Americans Are Too Stupid for GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

Posted July 28, 2014
 It’s pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they’ve called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.  Read more.

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.

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