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Vandana Shiva – Avoid ‘miracle’ rice, just eat a carrot!

Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015. Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering. How many Nobel laureates does it take to write a letter? Easily ascertained — the dead …

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Brandon Turbeville – DARK Act Passes Senate Committee, A Coup For Big Ag Corporations

On Tuesday June 23rd, it was reported that the Senate’s Agriculture Committee had reached a deal on GMO food labeling and what is essentially a slightly modified version of what clean food proponents have labeled the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know Act). Senators, corporations and the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association are hailing the bill as the victory for …

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Big Food Seeks To Exempt Itself From The Freedom Of Information Act

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” the famous quote attributed to Hippocrates, is probably more important today than ever before as a handful of corporations, dubbed Big Food, gain more control over the food industry. Hippocrates’ statement brings up a very complex question: Is food as ‘healthy’ as it used to be, and can it still effectively protect and heal the …

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Telesur – US Government Partially Funded the Panama Papers’ Leak

USAID partially funds the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, one of the core journalism organizations involved in reporting the Panama Papers. In the wake of damning claims by WikiLeaks that the United States government was behind the Panama Papers as part of a ploy to smear Russian President Vladimir Putin, a U.S. State Department spokesperson has confirmed that the …

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Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins – Food Companies Plan to Label GMOs—but Is There More to the Story?

The world’s largest food corporations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars (some of it illegally) to avoid being required to label the genetically engineered ingredients in their products. But with the July 1 deadline for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law on the horizon, a handful of the largest multinational food corporations have announced they will now label GMOs—not solely because they …

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GMO crops in US threaten to exterminate monarch butterflies

Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed as a food source and habitat, but crops like Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy and corn are killing off these plants. While the monarch butterfly population made a comeback this year, the past two decades have been a major struggle for the vanishing species, and GMO crops in the United States along the migration route are …

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Breaking: Big Food Giant Guilty of Money Laundering in GMO Labeling Stunt

A landmark case about the dirty-money and politics that go into keeping Big Food and Big Biotech afloat was just decided. Judge Anne Hirsch awarded a summary judgment in a suit brought against the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, finding the GMA guilty of a money laundering scheme that shielded members’ identities as they helped to defeat …

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Wenonah Hauter – The United States of Monsanto?

This week thousands of Americans took time out of their busy days to call their Senators to demand that they vote against the DARK Act, a bill sponsored by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, which would prevent consumers from knowing if the food they eat and feed their families contains genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients. Their support for GMO labeling was echoed …

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Peter Koenig – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) – Planned Sterilization of Humanity?

Severe health risks of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are not new. Studies by scientists among others in France, Germany, Austria, since at least the 1990s, pointing to several levels of health dangers to mankind abound. A recent study released by Egyptian researchers found that rats fed a GMO diet suffer from infertility, among other health issues. In the US similar studies were …

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Marco Torres – Fruits and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion

What if our food has been getting less and less nutritious? What if modern intensive farming methods — many of which solved malnutrition problems when they were first introduced — have affected the mineral and vitamin content of what we eat? Could having a constant supply of varied produce and introducing genetically modified foods be compromising nature’s goodness? Whether it …