Victory! The EPA was urged by public health advocates, environmental groups, and organic farmers alike to deny an ‘emergency’ request to use propazine on superweeds invading 3 million crops of GM cotton in Texas.
Most farmers in El Salvador prefer to source their seeds locally, and aren’t interested in Monsanto’s GM seed. Farmers have successfully used indigenous seed, and have never needed to rely on biotech for a viable seed source. Indigenous seeds make sense not only economically, but environmentally, as well.
Major food companies experienced major backlash from consumers when their contributions to the anti-labeling campaign in California (Prop. 37) came to light. The insanity has gone too far. It’s time to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands.
Human trials for the GMO banana have begun in Iowa. Volunteers are offering up their blood samples after eating bits of banana tinged with orange, receiving $900 for their subjection to the latest biotech concoction. This is the first human trial in the US on a genetically engineered banana that has been altered to contain higher levels of beta carotene, which our bodies then convert to Vitamin A. This is the second food that biotech has tried to engineer to boost Vitamin A levels, since they are low in developing countries, and the cause of serious disease of malnutrition.
Civil society groups today expressed alarm at an increase in dengue fever incidence, leading to an emergency decree, in a town in Brazil where releases of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes have been taking place. The promise was to create genetically modified mosquitoes that would end dengue, but instead there has been an increase.
A recent decision by the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream to phase out all GMOs and only source fair trade ingredients means many of their flavors will be changing, but where food transparency and integrity are concerned, these changes will be all positive.
In an appalling attempt to patent yet another seed, Monsanto has resorted to fraud to try to gain rights to a tomato which contains a naturally occurring resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis. The tomato is not genetically modified, but Monsanto manipulated documents to make the plant look ‘invented’ by biotech when the plant’s true maker is Mother Nature, herself.
If their plan works, Oregon will be the first state to successfully map GMO fields, putting preventative measures into place to protect organic crops.
Beer is just hops, water, yeast, malt and barley, right? Think again. GMOs, MSG and bisphenol may be lurking in your favorite lager.
It is clear that we have just witnessed the largest single worldwide protest against a company and their products. Our weapons of choice are the devastating methods of non-compliance, civil disobedience, and free enterprise. It appears while the smoke is still clearing from what may be the final March Against Monsanto, momentum favors the people.
People across the world are marching today against Monsanto – the world’s leading producer of genetically-modified foods. Protests against GM products are planned in over 50 countries.
Widely supported referendums banning the cultivation of genetically engineered crops passed in two Oregon counties on Tuesday. Although over $1 million was spent by outside groups, including Monsanto, to try and defeat the measures, Jackson and Josephine Counties voted 66 and 58 percent in favor respectively. RT’s Lindsay France has more on what this ban on GMO crops means for the future of food.
Genetic engineering of foods is one of the most controversial subjects of the last two decades. Since humans first domesticated crops and animals, people have bred different breeds and species together, to obtain better plants and animals. Jeffrey Smith is one of the world’s leading consumer advocates for unmodified foods. He recently created a full-length documentary on the subject, called Genetic Roulette. In the film, he discusses the industry, as well as the safety of the food we yet every day, and feed to our children. Smith talks about genetically-modified foods, how they can impact our health, the industries behind the controversial products, and what families can do to help protect themselves