Food

Los Angeles Considers Ban on Sale and Cultivation of GE Seeds and Plants

Los Angeles Considers Ban on Sale and Cultivation of GE Seeds and Plants

Los Angeles is considering banning the cultivation and sale of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and plants. If it does, this second-largest U.S. city would become the country’s largest GE-free zone. Two Los Angeles city councilmen on Friday introduced a motion that would ban the growth, sale and distribution of GE seeds and plants. The councilmen, Paul Koretz […]

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    14 Reasons to Be Hopeful About the Future of Food

    14 Reasons to Be Hopeful About the Future of Food

    By Danielle Nierenberg and Thais Bassinello When it comes to the future of the food system, it’s hard not to be discouraged. Nearly one billion people are hungry, and another 1.5 billion are obese or overweight. All over the world, people waste 1.3 billion tons of food each year. And according to the International Panel on Climate […]

    Proposed FDA Food Safety Rules Support Factory Farming, Threaten Family Farms

    Proposed FDA Food Safety Rules Support Factory Farming, Threaten Family Farms

    The Cornucopia Institute After years of deliberation in Congress, interagency meetings, lobbyist activity and a never-ending stream of food poisoning outbreaks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally poised to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). However, according to a just released white paper by The Cornucopia Institute, the FDA’s draft rules are […]

    GE Contamination Found in Washington Alfalfa

    GE Contamination Found in Washington Alfalfa

    Center for Food Safety An export shipment of alfalfa from Washington State was rejected after the shipment tested positive for contamination from genetically engineered (GE), herbicide-resistant alfalfa. The news follows on the heels of yet another contamination episode involving GE wheat in Oregon, highlighting the inadequacy of the U.S. regulatory structure for GE crops. Like […]

    City Slickers Harvest Cash Crop

    City Slickers Harvest Cash Crop

    Environmental Working Group By Chris Campbell and Scott Faber Residents of America’s 54 largest cities collected more than $24 million in Direct Payment farm subsidies in 2012, according to new research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  A total of 18,276 city dwellers cashed in on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Direct Payment program, […]

    Connecticut Makes History as First State to Pass GE Food Labeling Law

    Connecticut Makes History as First State to Pass GE Food Labeling Law

    This week, Connecticut won the honor of becoming the first state to pass a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled. (The governor has indicated he will sign.) It was really only a matter of time. The disappointing defeat of Prop 37 last fall in California—thanks to a massive industry disinformation campaign—sparked a national […]