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Groups Slam Feds for Weak Review of GMO Mosquito Risks

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Center for Food Safety Source: Public health, food safety and environmental groups including Center for Food Safety, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a new and more thorough review of the risks associated with releasing genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes. Biotech and pest control company Oxitec is urging the FDA to speed approval of a trial

Under the Influence: The National Research Council and GMOs

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Food & Water Watch The National Research Council’s ties to the biotech industry and other corporations create conflicts of interest and raise questions about the independence of their work. Download the issue brief here. Source: Flickr, vaxzine The National Research Council (NRC) — the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences — enjoys a reputation as one of the elite scientific bodies in the United States, an independent institution that Congress calls on for impartial scientific

Vermont To Delay Citizen Right To Sue Over GMO Labels

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Food & Environment Reporting Network by Chuck Abbott Source: Beth Cortez-Neavel Consumers will not be allowed to sue over companies’ failure to label GMO foods until next summer, Vermont legislators decided, with the state’s first-in-the-nation label law taking effect July 1. In the final days of their session, Vermont legislators attached a rider to the omnibus budget bill that delays to July 1, 2017, the citizen “right of action” against companies that do not comply

As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit A Sour Patch

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

NPR – The Salt by Dan Charles Sugar Beet Harvest Source: Heather Sugar, you might think, is just sugar, no matter where it comes from. But not anymore. About half of all sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, and the other half comes from sugar cane. Now, for the first time, sugar traders are treating these as two different commodities, with two different prices. It’s all because about eight years ago, nearly all

GMO Lobbying Spiked 31 Percent in First Quarter

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Bloomberg BNA by Casey Wooten Source: Umberto Salvagnin As the Senate geared up earlier this year to debate legislation establishing a nationwide, voluntary system for labeling foods made with genetically modified organisms, so did K Street. But for all the lobbyists, public campaigns and press releases, Congress couldn’t agree on a national labeling standard. The status quo prevailed, and Vermont, population 626,000, whose mandatory GMO labeling law is set to go into effect July 1,