Search Results for: GMO

Trump Administration Pressing Africa to Adopt GMO Agriculture

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… Read more »

GMO Salmon is Being Sold as Sushi

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… Read more »

Nestlé Sued Over “No GMO” Label

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… Read more »

GMO Impossible Burger Using Biotech Playbook to Misinform Consumers

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… Read more »

Proposed GMO Labeling Law Would Not Label Most GMOs

Cornucopia’s Take: The proposed GMO labeling law set to take effect in 2019 exempts products containing GMO sugars and oils or less than 5% GMO ingredients total. A recent Environmental Working Group analysis suggests that this would exempt the majority of products currently on the market containing GMO ingredients. Read the article below for more… Read more »

Let the USDA Hear That You Want Full Disclosure with GMO Food Labeling

[This action alert is over.] Comments must be received by July 3. When the giant biotech companies were able to ram the DARK Act through Congress in 2016, eliminating the right of states to establish their own labeling standards for GMOs, the law required the USDA to come up with a federal GMO labeling scheme…. Read more »

USDA Offers GMOs a Total Makeover in Labeling

Cornucopia’s Take: U.S. consumers typically think of genetically engineered food as “GE” or “GMO,” but the proposed logos to identify such products on grocery shelves use the brand-new letters “BE” for “bioengineered.” Cornucopia considers this re-branding a proposed betrayal of the public trust by the USDA. Public comments will be accepted at until July… Read more »

Proposed USDA GMO Labels are Biotech Propaganda

Cornucopia’s Take: The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, USDA’s proposed GMO labeling law, is open for public comment until July 3, 2018. It does not require any foods that have been genetically modified using CRISPR to be labeled GMO, as the USDA contends these modifications could have been produced using traditional plant breeding. The proposed… 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 »

European Study Concludes GMO-Organic Coexistence is a Sham

Cornucopia’s Take: The USDA insists that coexistence between GMO and organic crops is necessary, and they have provided guidance for organic farmers to lessen GMO contamination of their crops, effectively putting the onus on the victims of unwelcome DNA drift. There are crops (i.e. alfalfa) that have a pollination radius of five miles, making it… Read more »