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Heinrich Recognized as New Senate Standard Bearer for Supplements

Posted December 18, 2014
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Dec. 11 recognized Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) as the next Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate for safeguarding access to dietary supplements.  Read more.

Oregon GMO Labelling Proponents Concede Defeat

Posted December 18, 2014
Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome.  Read more.

FDA Advisors’ Financial Ties Not Disclosed

Posted December 10, 2014
David Kandzari, an Atlanta cardiologist, also has worked as a consultant to makers of medical devices. He received at least $100,000 from them in five years, according to corporate and government data.  Another organization he works with, the Food and Drug Administration, doesn’t appear to mind. In October, the FDA put Dr. Kandzari on a panel reviewing a medical device made by Boston Scientific Corp. , one of the companies he has advised.  Read more.

Will FDA’s New Menu Labeling Rules Help Stem Obesity?

Posted December 4, 2014
Would you still order a tub of movie theater popcorn if you knew it contained 1,200 calories?  Four years after a menu labeling law was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act, last week the Food and Drug Administration finally announced regulations that will take effect November 2015.  The requirements are surprisingly pervasive.  Read more.

Oregon Set to Recount Votes for GMO Labeling Bill

Posted November 26, 2014
Just when we assumed the fight was over, miniscule margins for Oregon’s Measure 92 to label genetically modified organisms spurred a recount.  Voter ballots continued to trickle into the Oregon Secretary of State over the past few weeks, shrinking the gap between Yes on 92 and No on 92 to a mere 812 votes. Oregon law requires a recount if there’s less than a 0.2 percent margin.  Read more.

Gene-Silencing and the ‘Artic’ Apple (Op-Ed)

Posted November 26, 2014
Biotechnology is heading into the Garden of Eden. A Canadian corporation, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, is offering a genetically engineered apple that doesn’t brown after it’s bruised or sliced. The U.S. Department of Agriculture appears to be on the brink of deregulating the so-called “Arctic” apple, allowing it to be planted and sold without any further oversight. The company won’t label the apples as genetically engineered, but will sell the fruit under the Arctic apple brand.   Read more.

Granola Bars Aren’t 100% Natural, General Mills Agree

Posted November 21, 2014
Maybe peace will fall over Nature Valley once again. A 2012 lawsuit has been settled between General Mills (GIS), which labeled items with high-fructose corn syrup as “100 percent natural,” and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  The settlement, announced Tuesday, prevents General Mills from claiming its Nature Valley granola bars, crispy squares and trail mix bars are “100 percent natural” if those products contain highly processed ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup, high-maltose corn syrup and dextrose monohydrate, according to a statement from the Washington-based consumer advocacy group.  Read more.

Vaccines and “Herd Immunity” Nonsense

Posted November 18, 2014
he concept of herd immunity (protection for the population) is often used by vaccine addicts as a way to push guilt at people who don’t line up, with their children, like robots for their shots.  From the point of view of protecting people who are already vaccinated, herd immunity is flat-out absurd.  Little Jimmy, whose parents have decided not to vaccinate him, will pass diseases on to kids who are already vaccinated? Oh, you mean those immunized kids aren’t really safe? Then why did you vaccinate them in the first place?  Read more. 

2 Developers Sue Hawaii County to Halt GMO Law

Posted November 17, 2014
Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.  The lawsuit filed by Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit in federal court in Honolulu asks a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect. It also seeks to invalidate the new law, which voters narrowly adopted during last week’s election after an intense campaign featuring $8 million in spending by the seed companies against the initiative.  Read more. 

Election Bang: Maui Bans GMO Crops

Posted November 17, 2014
They got into Monsanto’s face. They accused Monsanto/Dow of spreading poison.  They didn’t say, “You have a right to know what’s in your food and we’re all nice people, and reasonable people have a right to disagree.”  They hit it hard.  The Maui SHAKA Movement and and other activists won by a very narrow margin—and instituted a temporary ban on new Monsanto/Dow GMO crops in Maui CountyRead more.

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