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Escaped GMO Grass Threatens Oregon

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: According to this article, since its first field tests in Oregon in 2003, Scotts’ GMO bentgrass has contaminated fields and wilderness, threatening endangered plants in a 30-mile range. Suspiciously, Scotts has told the USDA it will not commercialize the grass, while still seeking deregulation. The USDA appears prepared to give up oversight, to the dismay of many farmers, regulators, and public interest groups. GMO grass that ‘escaped’ defies eradication, divides grass seed industry

Sliced GMO Apples Coming to Midwest Stores Next Month

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Apples genetically modified not to brown will hit grocery coolers soon. Cornucopia recommends avoiding them, and the synthetic pesticides they harbor, by buying organic.  The GMO added anti-browning gene adds nothing nutritionally. Rather it is a marketer’s dream, allowing them to sell apples that one wouldn’t eat if you saw the browning. First GMO apple slices to go on sale in Midwest Capital Press by Dan Wheat Source: Charlotte Tai A small amount

Big Ag Cries that Dannon Non-GMO Pledge is Not Sustainable

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: A “who’s who” list of industrial agriculture proponents have written a strongly worded letter, calling Dannon’s non-GMO pledge “marketing flim-flam.” It appears that consumer opinion, and voting with our forks, has gained enough power to sway Big Food, to the dismay of Big Ag. Cornucopia notes that organic is by definition non-GMO and does not allow synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Farm groups challenge food company’s non-GM pledge The Western Producer by Sean Pratt

Chinese Province Bans GMOs

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Heilongjiang province is taking precautionary measures with GMOs, in opposition to Chinese central government sentiment. Given the recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that state and local governments can regulate GM crops, perhaps U.S. states will follow suit. China’s Top Grain Producing Province Bans GM Crops Sustainable Pulse Source: Connie Ma Farmers in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, China’s top grain producer, will be prohibited from growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops, according to a provincial

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules State and Local Laws Can Regulate GMOs, Except in Hawaii

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: This ruling gives state and local governments the rights overall to regulate and ban GM crops – except in Hawaii.  There, the ruling interprets GM-friendly Hawaii state law as superseding Hawaiian county and municipal law. Because of Hawaii’s unique climate, the biotech industry routinely tests crops there, subjecting Hawaiians to more restricted-use insecticides and pesticides per acre than citizens in the continental U.S.  The court also decided that the USDA has sole authority over GMO