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Evaggelos Vallianatos – Hubris is Surging at the EPA

The EPA is tossing aside safety data; Companies “testing” their own products have led to the EPA sweeping major environmental and social problems under the rug.   In 1978, eight women from the small western Oregon town of Alsea sent a letter to the EPA documenting a frightening series of miscarriages—all of which had occurred shortly after the spring spraying season. …

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Jack Stilgoe and Sarah Hartley – GM insects and moral blackmail

* Today’s report from the House of Lords argues that GM insects have the potential to, among other things, control diseases like malaria and dengue. But, in overlooking the uncertainties of the technology, it is irresponsibly lopsided In October this year, we were both called as witnesses to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee. The committee was …

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Julia Wright – Farmers would do better to understand the land than grow GM crops

Suppose your relationship is falling apart and you want to save it. To find the best counsellor, you might search online or ask your friends. It’s no different in agriculture. The rational response to any food or farming dilemma is to test and compare different options to see which is most effective as a solution. Except when it comes to …

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Zen Honeycutt – 3 Ways Monsanto Contributes to Climate Chaos and World Hunger

Monsanto claims that GMO farming will support farmers while fighting climate change and drought, but they are in fact a major cause of the problem. Their products are creating the very problem they seek to solve and no amount of denial or PR will hide this from the public for much longer. GMOs are genetically engineered with DNA from foreign species, …

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Massive influence of biotech industry on EU research projects on risks of genetically engineered plants

* Report shows close networking between experts and industry The results from the EU research project GRACE are to be presented in Potsdam, Germany on 9 and 10 November. The GRACE team of experts conducted feeding trials with genetically engineered plants on rats and reviewed existing publications on risk research. Testbiotech analysis shows the biotech industry has seriously impacted the …

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Top 11 front groups disguised to confuse you about food safety

Over the last few years, health advocacy has challenged harmful food production technologies while promoting sustainable alternatives. Multiple tools and strategies have included litigation, legal petitions for rulemaking, legal support for various sustainable agriculture and food safety constituencies, policy initiatives, public education, grassroots organizing, and media outreach. In response, the food industry has ramped up its public relations efforts to reassure the …

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Colin Todhunter – They Profit, We Die: The Perils of Chemical-Intensive Agriculture

Our food system is in big trouble. It’s in big trouble because the global agritech/agribusiness sector is poisoning it, us and the environment with its pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and various other chemical inputs. The Rockefeller clan exported the petrochemical intensive ‘green revolution’ around the world with the aim of ripping up indigenous agriculture to cement its hegemony over global agriculture …

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Monsanto in Another Huge Lawsuit for ‘Lying About Roundup-Cancer Link’

Lawsuits filed against agribusiness giant Monsanto are mounting, with the latest one being filed last week in Delaware. That lawsuit is just one of a growing number of suits alleging a link between glyphosate exposure and cancer. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Three law firms are representing the plaintiffs in the case, which claims that Monsanto …

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Three companies say “No” to GMO Arctic apples

Wendy’s, one of the nation’s top restaurant chains, has confirmed the company does not plan to sell or use the Arctic apple. In the wake of widespread criticism of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recent approval of the first genetically engineered apple, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently deemed the Arctic apple, owned by synthetic biology company …

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MARCO TORRES – Fruits and Vegetables Reaching An Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion

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 …