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Pro-technology Think Tank Claims Non-GMO Campaign “Deceives Consumers”

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: The innocuously named industry think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), has filed a Citizen Petition [PDF] with the FDA to request a prohibition on use of Non-GMO labeling on food. ITIF stops short of declaring all GMOs safe in their petition, but they do argue that there is no scientific difference between genetic engineering and conventional breeding. This opinion is not shared by the World Trade Organization. GMO products must be assessed for

Trump Administration Pressing Africa to Adopt GMO Agriculture

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: A U.S. State Department trade-policy specialist recently traveled to Africa to encourage officials to ease restrictions against, and encourage the use of, GMO seeds. The work of trade representatives is to develop and coordinate U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy. This trip benefits the biotech industry in the U.S., down to the official’s assurances regarding GMOs’ (questionable) ability to feed the people and promote good health. US seeks to push African

GMO Salmon is Being Sold as Sushi

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: Although AquaBounty, the makers of engineered fast-growing salmon, have refused to tell the public where their product is being sold, their CEO recently bragged to investors that it is being used in the Canadian buyer’s “high-end sashimi lines, not their frozen prepared foods.” Consumers must continue to be wary of the origin of their food: know your farmer! Maker of GMO salmon says it sold 4.5 tonnes in Canada this year but won’t

Nestlé Sued Over “No GMO” Label

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Nestlé for allegedly misleading consumers with a “No GMO Ingredients” label of its own creation. Lawyers contend the company’s label has no meaning, since products bearing the label contain dairy from GMO-fed cows. Several experts contend the suit has a difficult road forward, particularly since the proposed federal labeling law does not preclude products of animals fed GMOs from being labeled non-GMO. The very best way

GMO Impossible Burger Using Biotech Playbook to Misinform Consumers

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: The company responsible for the vegan meat alternative, Impossible Burger, never performed sufficient food safety studies to receive the FDA’s “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) status. When the FDA requested lengthier studies, Impossible Burger simply put its GMO yeast-containing product on the market without GRAS status. In response to criticism, Impossible Burger has attacked the credibility of its critics and called on industry experts known to defend the likes of Big Tobacco, pesticides,