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Big Ag Claims Cancer-Causing Glyphosate No More Dangerous Than ‘Coffee or Working the Night Shift’

Big Ag Claims Cancer-Causing Glyphosate No More Dangerous Than ‘Coffee or Working the Night Shift’

News that the world’s cancer experts are taking a fresh look at 2,4-D has farm organizations worried. Two months ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that glyphosate—the world’s most heavily-used weed killer—is “probably carcinogenic” to human health. Perhaps, farmers’ organizations should be as dedicated to “farmer protection” as they are to “crop protection.” Photo credit: […]

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    Video Satire Blasts Dow Chemical’s ‘Agent Orange’ Crops

    Video Satire Blasts Dow Chemical’s ‘Agent Orange’ Crops

    When deciding what produce to buy from the supermarket, the questions a shopper typically asks are pretty basic: How’s the color? Is it fresh? Can it withstand toxic chemicals that were once used to manufacture lethal nerve gas? Wait, what? The Center for Food Safety reports Dow Chemical has developed genetically-engineered, pesticide-promoting corn and soybeans that can […]

    Next Steps for the GE Food Labeling Movement

    Next Steps for the GE Food Labeling Movement

    The final result from Washington State’s ballot initiative to label genetically-engineered foods was painfully close. A mere two percentage points (38,000 voters) made the difference between yes and no. Similarly, last year in California, the Yes side lost by a narrow margin. Also in both states, early polling showed a strong lead, which was then chipped away at […]

    Kauai Mayor Vetoes Bill Mandating Disclosure of Genetically Modified Crops

    Kauai Mayor Vetoes Bill Mandating Disclosure of Genetically Modified Crops

    The mayor of the Hawaiian island of Kauai this week vetoed a groundbreaking bill that would have mandated farms to disclose pesticide use and the presence of genetically modified crops. The veto can be overridden by the Kauai County Council with a minimum of five votes. The council approved the bill Oct. 16 in a 6 to […]

    Big Food Lobby Discloses List of Donors in GE Food Labeling Initiative 522

    Big Food Lobby Discloses List of Donors in GE Food Labeling Initiative 522

    After the Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed suit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) last week for violating state election disclosure requirements, the lobby group published a list of their major donors on Friday, according to Cornucopia Institute. Ferguson alleged the GMA illegally collected and spent more than $7 million in opposition to Initiative 522, while […]

    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 […]

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Greenpeace By Rex Weyler We know what is killing the bees. Worldwide Bee Colony Collapse is not as big a mystery as the chemical companies claim. The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air […]

    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 […]

    Organic Valley’s George Siemon—A Living Legend in Sustainable Agriculture

    Organic Valley’s George Siemon—A Living Legend in Sustainable Agriculture

    Stefanie Spear Organic Valley CEO George Siemon. While attending Ohio’s largest food and farming conference last weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Organic Valley CEO George Siemon. Siemon was the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association‘s (OEFFA) 34th annual conference in Granville, Ohio. I’m inspired by Siemon’s […]