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eNews 1.17.15: Jerry Brunetti, New (Farming) Blood, Stealthy GMOs, and more…

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Anti-GMO Measure Qualifies for May Ballot

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Corvallis Gazette-Times by Bennett Hall Benton Food Freedom Voters in the May election will be asked to determine the future of genetically engineered crops in Benton County. An initiative that would ban the planting of genetically modified organisms or patented seeds has qualified for the May 19 ballot. Backers of the anti-GMO ballot measure, known as the Local Food System Ordinance, turned in initiative petitions with more than 3,000 signatures last month, and Elections Supervisor

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

NPR by Dan Charles Source: The Daily Call On the face of it, the new potato varieties called “Innate” seem attractive. If you peel the brown skin off their white flesh, you won’t find many unsightly black spots. And when you fry them, you’ll probably get a much smaller dose of a potentially harmful chemical. But here’s the catch: Some of the biggest potato buyers in the country, such as Frito-Lay and McDonald’s, seem afraid

Can GMOs Save the World?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Aljazeera America by Anna Lappé Source: Peter Blanchard In October in Istanbul, farmers, agricultural researchers and advocates from around the world gathered for the Organic World Congress, organized by the 42-year-old International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). With 800 affiliates in 124 countries, IFOAM comes together every three years to gauge its global efforts to promote chemical-free farming, share innovations and address challenges to growth. The research presented to packed auditoriums detailed the evidence of the

Judge Considers Halting Vermont GMO Labeling Law

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

USA Today by Dan D’Ambrosio Source: Bloomsberries BURLINGTON, Vt. — A federal judge is weighing whether to put the brakes on Vermont’s first-in-the-nation genetically modified organism labeling law before it even goes into effect. Judge Christina Reiss had probing questions for both sides in the lawsuit that the Grocery Manufacturers Association filed against the state of Vermont. She held a hearing Wednesday in federal court in Burlington. Reiss heard arguments from the state concerning its