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Maryland Consumers, Farmers Call for Labeling of GMO Foods

Friday, February 21st, 2014

NeedToKnowMARYLAND By Kimberly Hartke Annapolis Maryland—The Maryland General Assembly will hold hearings on legislation (HB 1191/ SB0778) that would require food manufacturers to label foods containing Genetically Modified organisms (GMOs). The legislation, introduced by Delegate Ariana Kelly on the House side and Senator Karen Montgomery in the Senate, gives consumers information on their food labels about GMO ingredients. The bills, as drafted, require that food sold in retail outlets must be labeled if it contains

ACTION ALERT: Protect Organic/Non-GMO Farmers and the Purity of Our Food Supply

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Comments Due March 4 Credit: USDA NRCS Organic and Non-GMO agriculture has shouldered the burden of GMO contamination for too long.  This is our opportunity to tell the USDA that it must use its authority to: 1. Implement mandatory contamination prevention measures to avoid the problem and protect the organic and non-GMO sector; 2. Ensure shared responsibility for the unwanted spread of genetically engineered (GE) products, including a fair compensation mechanism that does not further

Next GMO Battleground Could be New York State

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Food Safety News By Dan Flynn Labeling food containing genetically modified ingredients might be a federal issue at some point, but the states are not done with it yet. Next month, two state capitals within easy earshot of the major media outlets – Albany, NY, and Annapolis, MD – are going to be holding public hearings on serious GMO labeling bills. Until those states and others make their own decisions, it’s unlikely that labeling advocates

EPA Approves Exemption for Bt Residues in Soy Foods From GMO Crops

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on February 12 creating an exemption for residue tolerance levels in soy foods and feed for the biological pesticide Bt used in GMO crops.  Similar exemptions have already been approved for corn and cotton food and products. The bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, commonly known as Bt, has been widely used in organic agriculture for decades as a natural pesticide, because it produces a toxin that kills certain

A Hole in the Regulation of GMOs that Kudzu Could Fit Through

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Union of Concerned Scientists by Doug Gurian-Sherman A little-noticed, almost nonchalant, article in the Columbus Dispatch last week portends substantial environmental and economic mischief. The article notes that Scotts Company is going forward with plans to commercialize GMO Kentucky bluegrass. Mentioned in passing was that this grass, engineered for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate (AKA Roundup), is not regulated by USDA, and that company employees will begin planting the grass at their homes. What was that? Historically, unapproved