In a recent victory, a federal court has told the USDA it needs to go back to the drawing board on an important aspect of the GMO labeling law. Action Alert! When the sham GMO-labeling law was passed by Congress, consumers were outraged because the “labeling” law allowed companies to hide the contents of their food. Instead of plain language labeling, it allowed companies to include scannable QR codes on packaging that consumers would need to scan with a smartphone to discern if the food contained GMO ingredients. Now, a federal court has ruled that a QR code alone is not an adequate GMO disclosure, and will need to be accompanied by a disclosure option accessible to all Americans. Significant problems remain, but this is an important victory. Read more.
Get Informed on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
A box full of genetically modified mosquitoes successfully vaccinated a human against malaria in a trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study involved about 200 hungry mosquitos biting a human subject’s arm. Human participants placed their arms directly over a small box full of the bloodsuckers. Read more.
A US District Court has held that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s decision to allow genetically engineered (GMO) foods to only be labelled with a “QR” code was unlawful, and that USDA must instead add additional disclosure options to those foods under USDA’s National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The Court sent back to the agency the QR code portions of the 2018 Trump administration rules for GMO labelling that went into effect on January 1, 2022, which hindered consumer access with burdensome electronic or digital disclosures. Read more.
Purple tomatoes genetically tweaked to be brimming with antioxidant pigments could be making their way to the dinner plates of gardening Americans by next spring thanks to a recent decision by the US regulators. Read more.
Fresh off a fifth-in-a-row trial victory, Monsanto owner Bayer AG is rejecting a proposed “global resolution plan” put forward by plaintiffs’ lawyers as a last chance to try to settle tens of thousands of pending Roundup cancer claims before a wave of new trials get underway, newly filed court documents show. Read more.
If you are eating “animal-free” dairy or meat products that taste nearly identical to a traditional animal product, you should be asking plenty of questions. And more often than not, what you will discover is that these foods are anything but “natural.” Aware of what consumers may find out and not wanting to make the same PR mistake twice, the GMO industry has intentionally introduced sophisticated and deceptive names such as synthetic biology, cultured meat, gene editing, precision fermentation and cellular-based seafood. Read more.
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Why step outdoors when you can eat a science experiment to get your vitamin D? Scientists have recently reported on the development of a biofortified tomato to supply consumers with vitamin D. This is the latest in a growing number of GMO foods that are in the pipeline, including a GMO apple that doesn’t brown and a GMO salmon that grows faster. This is the very opposite of what we should be doing. Read more.
For almost 30 years, OCA and our predecessor organization, the Pure Food Campaign, have been educating consumers and farmers about the hazards of genetically engineered (GE) foods and crops, calling special attention to the fact that these “Frankenfoods” and crops are always accompanied by and contaminated with toxic pesticides and chemicals (such as Bayer/Monsanto’s Roundup/Glyphosate, and Syngenta/ChemChina’s neonicotinoids). Read more.
Science Magazine recently published a paper reporting massive yield gains in rice, thanks to genetic engineering. The hype surrounding the paper was comprehensively debunked by Merritt Khaipho-Burch, a young scientist studying plant breeding. Even stalwart GMO boosters like Pam Ronald had to agree with her devastating takedown. Read more.