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Congress Is Having a Messy Food Fight Over GMO Labeling

The Verge by Clare Leschin-Hoar The debate over requiring GMO labels is scrambling partisan lines Source: Stu Mayhew Late last month, the House of Representatives delivered a blow to anyone fighting for the right to know if the food they’re buying at the neighborhood supermarket is made using genetically modified ingredients. The bill, officially known as… Read more »

GMO Labeling Requirements: Brazil Fines Nestle, PepsiCo for Failing to Disclose Genetically Modified Ingredients

International Business Times by Elizabeth Whitman The transgenic symbol, above, identifies GMO foods and ingredients in Brazil  Brazil’s Ministry of Justice has fined six global food giants, including Nestlé and PepsiCo, for failing to disclose that their products contained genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, TeleSUR reported Thursday. The fines come during economically and politically turbulent times for Brazil,… Read more »

Unregulated GMOs Hiding in the Food Supply

Cornucopia’s Take: The USDA has determined that no regulation is needed for food genetically engineered using new technologies like CRISPR. Even after the proposed GMO labeling law goes into effect, slated for 2019, companies using these new technologies are exempted from labeling their products as genetically modified (see Cornucopia’s GMO Voting Scorecard to learn how… Read more »

GMO Corn Meets Some of its Goals, But Is It Safe?

Cornucopia’s Take: Although the Italian study released in February claims that GMO corn is a boon to humankind, it entirely ignores the existing science around health hazards of pesticides and loss of biodiversity. Neither does it address the dearth of data on the actual safety of GMOs—it simply claims that GMO corn lives up to… Read more »

Makers of GMOs May Be Asked to Regulate Themselves

In agriculture, genetic engineering has primarily been used to make crops resistant to pests and disease or able to survive the application of toxins, such as glyphosate. These traits do not occur naturally in the species in question. In practice, these genetically modified (GM) crops are poorly tested for safety, especially with respect to long… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Why is Cornell University Hosting a GMO Propaganda Campaign?

The Ecologist by Stacy Malkan Source: Erik Jaeger Cornell, one of the world’s leading academic institutions, has abandoned scientific objectivity, writes Stacy Malkan – and instead made itself a global hub for the promotion of GM crops and food. Working with selected journalists and industry-supported academics, Cornell’s so-called ‘Alliance for Science’ is an aggressive propaganda… Read more »

Food Lobby’s ‘Highest Priority’ Is Fighting GMO Labeling in California

Grocery Manufacturers Association Long-time Obstructionist of Public Health Appetite for Profit By Michele Simon In case you had any doubt that California’s Prop 37—which would require labeling of food containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)—is a significant threat to industry, a top food lobby has now made it perfectly clear. In a recent speech to the American… Read more »

What Happens When You Cut GMOs Out of Your Diet?

Rodale’s Organic Life by Gina Roberts-Grey Source: Melinda Shelton Considering that they’re everywhere, from restaurants to grocery stores to some farm stands, genetically modified ingredients aren’t easy to avoid, but it can be done (for the most part) with some creativity. Crops once threatened by persistent insect pests now genetically engineered to produce their own… Read more »

How Did That Happen?

Cornucopia’s Take: Max Goldberg takes a look at how the toothless GMO food labeling bill came to pass.  He is a respected observer of the organic industry, writing about it regularly in his blog, Living MaxWell. President Obama Signs the Disastrous Federal GMO-Labeling Bill, Putting the Future of Organic in Danger Living MaxWell by Max… Read more »