NOW Toronto by Michelle Adelman Jane Goodall Source: World Bank Photo Collection The muzzling of government scientists isn’t stopping the questions about GMO safety Last month’s rally in the nation’s capital against the alleged muzzling of government scientists signalled how tough it’s getting for scientists to speak the truth – especially when their work impinges on industry or agriculture. Stepping gamely into the ring and refusing to be silenced, however, is renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.
OregonLive by Jacy Marmaduke Source: Loren Kerns Family farms in the sunny Rogue Valley plan to celebrate this weekend as Jackson County’s first-in-Oregon GMO ban takes effect. Saturday is the first day people can alert county officials about violations of the ban on growing genetically altered crops. But officials won’t be patrolling or making farmers destroy their plants – and it’s unclear if they ever will. More than a year after two-thirds of voters decided
AlterNet by Steven Rosenfeld Community activists win at key stage in court. A coalition of Oregon organic farmers has beaten Monsanto—the corporate agriculture giant—in a landmark federal lawsuit that will make national waves by the way that their rural county banned the use of genetically modified seeds. On Friday, Mark D. Clarke, a federal magistrate judge, dismissed a legal challenge brought by commercial farmers who use Monsanto’s genetically modified alfalfa seeds. The non-organic farms sought
Rodale News by Julia Westbrook Source: Susy Morris What you need to know about the rumors of a USDA non-GMO label. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be certifying GMO-free foods… sort of. In a letter, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said that an unnamed company asked the USDA to apply its USDA Process Verified label to a GMO-free claim on corn and soybean products. This Process Verified label is administered for a cost through
Forbes by Darren Tristano Source: Mike Mozart Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread for years have led the fast-casual restaurant segment, and their moves away from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and toward more natural ingredients are likely to remake and influence the industry once again. Ask the leaders of most new restaurant brands with aspirations of rapid growth how they describe themselves, and they’ll invariably call themselves the “Chipotle of” their specialty. While many have adopted Chipotle’s