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Lobbying Expenditures Against GMO Labeling Soar This Year

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Los Angeles Times By David Pierson The food industry spent $9 million lobbying Congress to oppose laws requiring labeling for genetically modified products in the first quarter of this year, nearly matching its total spending for all of last year, a new report said. The Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group said big spenders included the Grocery Manufacturers Assn., which spent $1.2 million, and the Coca-Cola Co., which spent $2.6 million, on anti-labeling lobbying in the

Mexican Judge Bans Planting of GMO Soy

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Crop Seen as Threat to Honey Bee Colonies Environmental and Food Justice by Devon G. Peña Credit: Scott Bauer According to reports appearing in the Mexican print media, a federal district court judge in Yucatán yesterday overturned a permit issued to Monsanto, the U.S.-based multinational corporation that is a leading purveyor of genetically modified crops (GMOs). The permit, which had been issued by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food on June 6, 2012, allowed the commercial planting of GM soy bean in Yucatán. The ruling was based on consideration of scientific evidence demonstrating (to

What the Starbucks?! Tell Starbucks to Serve Only Organic Milk From Cows Not Fed GMOs

Friday, July 25th, 2014 Green America’s campaign, GMOinside, launches a petition asking Starbucks to serve only certified organic milk. Sign here.   Starbucks. Easily one of the world’s most popular and widespread coffeehouse brands, Starbucks has paved the way for the modern mass coffeehouse industry with its promotion of its corporate social responsibility and consistently strong branding. One area of improvement? Starbucks dairy milk. While not genetically modified themselves, dairy products are not immune to the insidious impacts of

GMO Food Labeling Law Pressure Mounts

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The Des Moines Register by Christopher Doering WASHINGTON – Congress could face pressure to establish a uniform, nationwide law on the labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients as early as next year, as more states regulate the controversial technology found in much of the U.S. food supply. The debate over whether to label salad dressings, soups, cereals and other grocery store staples made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, gained momentum in May after

Confused by the Oregonian’s GMO Confusion

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Blue Oregon by Rick North That didn’t take long. Three days after GMO labeling supporters turned in over 155,000 signatures to put their initiative on November’s ballot, and four months before Election Day, the Oregonian editorial board sounded the alarm: “GMO food-labeling mandate would sow only confusion.” The labeling they fear would be worded “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” Let’s do a little survey on a few other federally mandated labels for everyday products: “Contains orange juice concentrate” (Minute Maid): Confused?