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The U.S. Government Wants You to Know that GMOs are Safe

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The FDA will be launching a public information campaign, hatched by Big Ag and Big Food, to convince Americans that GMOs are safe. This newly funded campaign – with your tax dollars – hopes that the government is a more convincing messenger than Monsanto and their ilk. Cornucopia supports the precautionary principle and advocates for strict regulations and food transparency so that consumers understand the food they are eating and the technology used

European Union Votes Against New GMOs, but Not Decisively

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: While the majority of EU countries voted to disallow these two new GMO crops, there were not enough votes to put a ban in place. The decision has now been left to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. EU nations vote against GM crops, but not enough to block them Reuters by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Ruth Pitchford Jean-Claude Juncker Source: European People’s Party A majority of EU countries voted [last] Monday against allowing two new

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