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GMO Drift Renders Organic Crops Uninsurable

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: In an apparent handshake with the biotech industry, the USDA has declared that crop insurance does not cover organic crops contaminated by chemical or GMO drift. Other problems also plague crop insurance programs for organic farmers, as the insurance doesn’t include pesticide contamination in inputs like compost. A good insurance program would pay the organic farmer for the loss incurred. And then the insurer would go after the perpetrator that caused the harm

GMO Alfalfa is a Slow Starter

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia vigorously opposed the introduction of GMO alfalfa. We highlighted many of the problems with the GMO version of this perennial and important crop for farmers. Both organic and conventional farmers expressed considerable concern over Monsanto’s alfalfa creation. It’s interesting that it has thus far failed to meet the biotech giant’s expectations. Growers embrace some GMO crops, but only give GMO alfalfa a handshake The FERN by Chuck Abbott Alfalfa Source: Michell Tribe

EPA Approves Dicamba-based Herbicide Designed for GMO Cotton and Soy

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: The EPA’s approval of Monsanto’s XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology herbicide is projected to increase dicamba use from less than one million pounds to more than 25 million annually on soy and cotton fields.  Dicamba is an older generation persistent pesticide that has been linked to damage of the kidney and liver, neurotoxicity, and developmental impacts. It moves rather easily through soil and its small particles tend to drift far from spray sites.  Of

The Fallacy Revealed: GMO Yields Have Not Outpaced Conventional

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: GMO seed, developed and marketed to increase yields and lower pesticide applications, are not out-performing conventional crops in Europe, nor are they lowering pesticide usage. We are left to wonder what would happen if journalists began to ask what is possible if research and development worked on organic production rather than chemical/GMO production. Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops The New York Times by Danny Hakim Source: Dag Terje Filip

New Technology to Detect GMOs

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Many of us in the good food movement are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of GMOs escaping into the environment. A research team from Rice University in Texas has developed a device to detect GMOs in water. New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment Epoch Times by Tara MacIsaac Source: USDA Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department