Media/News Archive

Food & Water Watch to SEC and FDA: Stop AquaBounty’s Campaign of Misinformation on GMO Salmon

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Food & Water Watch

Consumer Group Asks Federal Regulators to Correct Company’s Misleading Filings

Salmon.SizedWashington, D.C. — In response to misleading information found in AquaBounty Technologies’ newest regulatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange (SEC), including that the company’s GMO salmon product will not require a label, Food & Water Watch called on the SEC today to make corrections to protect investors. Food & Water Watch also called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action, as this represents the second time this year that AquaBounty has misleadingly asserted that GMO salmon will not require a label, if and when FDA gives regulatory approval. In reality, FDA has not made a labeling decision.

“AquaBounty’s pattern of willful distortion shows how desperate the company is to promote it’s totally unnecessary product, which consumers have said they won’t eat, grocery stores have said they won’t sell, the salmon industry has said they won’t grow, and scientists have said is too risky,” said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. Read Full Article »

A Gifted Storyteller: ‘The Land Remembers’ Author Ben Logan was 94

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

NOTE: Since Ben Logan was a friend during the past quarter century, and personally supported me in many of the campaigns I have been part of over the years, I feel a great loss this morning as do, I am sure, the millions of folks who have read his beloved books – Cornucopia’s Mark Kastel.

LaCrosse Tribune
by Nathan Hansen

landremembersGays Mills native Ben Logan leaves a legacy of both words and actions.

That legacy will live on in the land and farm he worked to protect. And it will live on in the stories he told of the family farm and stories told by the generations to come who will farm the land.

Logan died Friday in Viroqua at the age of 94. Logan had careers in writing, radio, television and film, but he’s best known for his memoir about growing up on the family farm titled “The Land Remembers.”

The book, which focuses on the family’s Seldom Seen Farm, is filled with stories of his youth growing up on the land. While he spent much of his later life away from it living near New York, Logan carried his connection with the land with him his whole life. Read Full Article »

Two States Ready to Fight for GMO Labeling in November While Industry Pushes Bill to Remove State Rights

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Mercola.com
by Dr. Mercola

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Credit: NRCS

The pesticide and junk food industries continue to cause harm, even deaths, while destroying our rights and indemnifying themselves from liability.

That’s the take-home message from the September 8 article in The Progressive,1 which recounts the travails of residents in Cedar Valley, Oregon. It’s also the take-home message of other related news. And yet there’s hope… Read Full Article »

Cross-Bred Crops Get Fit Faster

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize.

Nature
by Natasha Gilbert

Credit: Billy Hathorn

Old-fashioned breeding techniques seem to be leading genetic modification in a race to develop crops that can withstand drought and poor soils.

As the climate warms and rainfall becomes more erratic, farmers worldwide will increasingly need crops that can thrive in drought conditions. And the high costs of fertilizers — along with the environmental damage they can cause — are also pushing farmers to look for crop varieties that can do more with less.

The need for tougher crops is especially acute in Africa, where drought can reduce maize (corn) yields by up to 25%. The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project, which launched in 2006 with US$33 million, has developed 153 new varieties to improve yields in 13 countries. In field trials, these varieties match or exceed the yields from commercial seeds under good rainfall conditions, and yield up to 30% more under drought conditions. Read Full Article »

5 Essential Steps to Sustainable Eating

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Care2
by Jenna Zimmerman

pgc-2014-logoOn our planet of 7 billion people, everyone must eat in order to survive. Food is not a luxury; it is a necessity. It is a pillar of our lives upon which all else depends. As our youth move into adulthood, feeding the world in a way that is sustainable for both people and the planet will only become more difficult, but necessary.

With this in mind, student-led non-profit Teens Turning Green has developed an easy acronym, FLOSN, which it has implemented in the Conscious Kitchen, an initiative that provides nutritious, sustainable and scratch-cooked meals to public school students while educating them about conscious food choices. FLOSN stands for Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal and Non-GMO, terms you’ve likely heard before, that reflect the organization’s philosophy on how food should be grown, produced and consumed.

But FLOSN isn’t just for kids. These are terms to live by. Make them a part of your life, and you’ll be on your way to eating foods that are good, in every sense of the word. Read Full Article »