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  • Monsanto Settles Farmer Lawsuits over (Escaped) Experimental GMO Wheat

    03/22/2015 4:03:55 PM PDT · by jonatron · 13 replies
    Organic Consumers ^ | 11/12/14 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" wheat, which was never approved by U.S. regulators and which the company said it stopped testing a decade ago, was found growing in an Oregon farmer's field in 2013. The company had said all the experimental grain was destroyed or stored away. South Korea and Japan temporarily halted purchases of U.S. wheat after the announcement on fears the unapproved wheat, engineered to withstand Roundup...
  • Weedkiller alert over cancer link (GMO)

    03/21/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by opentalk · 190 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 21, 2015 | Camilla Turner
    The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has declared that one of the UK’s most widely used weedkillers is “probably carcinogenic to humans”.Amateur gardeners and professional farmers have been urged to “think very carefully” about using the popular herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate. A summary of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) report, published in The Lancet Oncology, said that the herbicide had been detected “in air during spraying, in water, and in food”.It had also been detected “in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, indicating absorption”....The IARC's report said that its use has increased sharply with the...
  • Popular weed killer deemed “probable carcinogen” by UN (glyphosate, e.g. “Roundup”)

    03/20/2015 11:40:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 2:25 PM EDT | Maria Cheng
    One of the world’s most popular weed killers—and the most widely used kind in the U.S.—has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming. […] The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk. Glyphosate is in the same category of risk as things like anabolic steroids and...
  • National Geographic claims creationists are at war with science

    03/19/2015 7:32:13 AM PDT · by fishtank · 60 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | March 19, 2015 | Lita Cosner and Keaton Halley
    National Geographic claims creationists are at war with science by Lita Cosner and Keaton Halley Published: 19 March 2015 (GMT+10) National Geographic (NG) is a respected popular science magazine with millions of subscribers. So it is unfortunate when they use that platform to promote anti-creation propaganda under the guise of science. The cover of the March 2015 issue is “The War on Science”, and the featured article by science writer Joel Achenbach, “The age of disbelief”, intends to explain why so many people doubt the scientific establishment on a range of issues—from global warming to vaccines to the Apollo moon...
  • Bill Nye now agrees with Ted Cruz that GMOs are good things

    03/09/2015 5:08:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | March 9, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas told the Iowa Ag Conference that it was time to “push back” on “anti-science zealotry” concerning GMOs or genetically modified organisms, according to a Saturday story in the Washington Times. GMOs are crops that have been modified to have desirable traits, such as resistance to pests or to contain certain helpful vitamins and nutrients that they otherwise would not have. Oddly enough, Bill Nye, the former “science guy” and former GMO opponent has come around to Cruz’s point of view. Nye, who is not a scientist but played one once on Children’s television, has joined in...
  • Hating Humanity by Opposing Science

    02/16/2015 9:27:45 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/16/15 | Alan Caruba
    People live longer, healthier lives because of science, Genetic modifications, Vaccines. Friends of the Earth and others who oppose such advances want you to die. Humans are a plague on the Earth They don’t want to admit it, but we know it’s true. There are countless organizations that hate humanity enough to do everything in their power to put a stop to anything that might benefit it. Their focus is on the use of science to improve and protect our lives. A recent example is the discussion over the need to ensure youngsters are vaccinated against measles. When I was...
  • Junk Food more Deadly than War, Famine, Genocide Researchers reveal disturbing numbers

    02/16/2015 6:51:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 109 replies
    Natural Society ^ | 2/16/15 | Christina Sarich
    A new study from the School of Medical Sciences at Australia’s University of New South Wales points to profound brain changes that junk food causes, making a junk food habit “more deadly than war, famine, and genocide”. “We observed that rats fed a cafeteria diet for 2 weeks showed impaired sensory-specific satiety following consumption of a high calorie solution. The deficit in expression of sensory-specific satiety was also present 1 week following the withdrawal of cafeteria foods. Thus, exposure to obesogenic diets may impact upon neurocircuitry involved in motivated control of behavior.” "the consumption of junk food overrides this natural...
  • Fields of Gold: GMO-Free Crops Prove Lucrative for Farmers

    02/03/2015 2:05:59 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 02 Feb 2015 | Jacob Bunge
    Last spring, for the first time in 20 years, Indiana farmer Jim Benham planted his fields entirely with soybean seeds that hadn’t been genetically modified to withstand herbicides. It wasn’t because the 63-year-old suddenly had embraced the anti-GMO movement. Instead, he was drawn to a nearly 14% per-bushel premium for non-GMO soybeans offered by a local grain terminal, which sells them to Asian feed processors. Mr. Benham is among a small but growing number of Midwestern farmers moving away from biotech seeds developed by Monsanto Co. , DuPont Co. and other companies in response to lower crop prices over the...
  • Food Politics Is The New Christian Asceticism

    02/02/2015 5:08:56 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 81 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 2, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Food is one issue that unites the far left and the Christian right in America. This hasn’t always been the case but in the last decade the Christian right has begun to embrace the radical food politics of the left. For Christians it has become a new form of asceticism. Paul tells us in 1 Tim 4:1-4: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to...
  • 80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA. DNA!

    01/18/2015 1:15:30 PM PST · by dila813 · 48 replies
    io9 ^ | January 18, 2015 Yesterday 11:08am Today 11:08am | Robbie Gonzalez
    A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics found that 80.44% of respondents supported a government policy mandating labels on foods containing DNA. Not GMOs. DNA, the genetic material contained in every living thing known to science and practically every food, GMO or otherwise.
  • 'Cancer is the best way to die' says UK medical expert

    01/01/2015 1:07:49 PM PST · by the scotsman · 89 replies
    ITV News ^ | 1st January 2014 | ITV News
    'Cancer is the best way to die, according to a former editor of The British Medical Journal. Richard Smith, who is chairman of the board of directors of medical smartphone app Patients Know Best, believes the opportunity to reflect on life before it ends is important. In an article published in The BMJ, the 62-year-old wrote that while most people tell him they would prefer a sudden death, he thinks that is very hard on the families of the deceased.'
  • Consumer Trends: Synthesizing food

    11/20/2014 8:53:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 19, 2014 | Suzanne B. Bopp
    In a way, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not really news anymore, since farmers have had access to that technology for a couple of decades already. So what is the new frontier in food production? The latest step in genetic engineering — at least as it pertains to our food system — is called synthetic biology, which applies the principles of engineering to the fundamental components of biology. Instead of mixing one engineered gene into an existing organism (which is what happens with most of today’s GMOs), these scientists are creating large clusters of genes synthetically. They can essentially design...
  • Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over GMO Lawsuit

    11/16/2014 6:00:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 70 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | November 15, 2014 | Miriam Coleman
    Neil Young is seeking a new source for his daily latte. The rocker announced on his website this week that he's boycotting Starbucks over the coffee company's involvement in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont's new requirements to label genetically modified ingredients.
  • McDonald's Says No to Simplot's GMO Potato

    11/15/2014 3:28:37 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 128 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2014 | The Associated Press
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices," the company said in a statement.
  • Food for Thought: Ben & Jerry’s goes GMO-free

    11/10/2014 8:39:21 AM PST · by John David Powell · 15 replies
    NewsFix ^ | 11/3/14
    Nothing says summer like being on the beach and licking on a cone with your friends. But, have you ever thought about what’s in that ice cream? Turns out that it has some ingredients you might want to think twice about. And those are called genetically modified organism products, or GMOs for short. GMOs are exactly what the name says: food products that have been genetically altered. That means they are not the same as what Mother Nature intended. Kinda like human growth hormones for food. It may not always be a good thing. Folks like those at the Non-Gmo...
  • U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.

    11/08/2014 7:36:38 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 11/7/2014 | ANDREW POLLACK
    A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried. The new potato also resists bruising, a characteristic long sought by potato growers and processors for financial reasons. Potatoes bruised during harvesting, shipping or storage can lose value or become unusable.
  • Monsanto posts larger-than-expected 4Q loss

    10/08/2014 8:50:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 11:38 AM EDT | Matthew Perrone
    Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. reported a wider-than-expected loss Wednesday for its fourth quarter on higher expenses, including a one-time legal settlement. The company’s earnings forecast for 2015 also fell short of analysts’ expectations as Monsanto said it expects “continued industry headwinds.” […] The loss came despite higher sales of the company’s two key business units, genetically-engineered seeds and herbicide. …
  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana

    09/27/2014 10:38:21 AM PDT · by LucyT · 79 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 26, 2013 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    Unregulated genetically modified wheat... in a second location in the United States... in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The department said it is investigating the discovery of the Montana wheat, which is a different variety than the genetically modified wheat found in Oregon.
  • Obama: Assad Shooting At American Planes Would Lead To His Overthrow

    09/14/2014 8:51:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 57 replies
    NYT/BI ^ | Sep. 14, 2014, 10:12 AM | Michael B Kelley
    President Barack Obama would seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad if American planes were attacked upon entering Syrian air space, Peter Baker of The New York Times reports. If Assad's troops fired at American planes entering Syrian airspace, "Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system," Baker reports. "He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account."
  • The GMO Fight Ripples Down the Food Chain

    08/08/2014 10:05:59 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07 Aug 2014 | Annie Gasparro
    Facing Consumer Pressure, More Firms Are Jettisoning GMOs From Their Foods Two years ago, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. initiated a plan to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its ice cream, an effort to address a nascent consumer backlash and to fulfill its own environmental goals.This fall, nearly a year behind schedule, it expects to finish phase one, affecting its flavorful "chunks and swirls" like cookie dough and caramel. The only part left to convert: the milk that makes ice cream itself. Thanks to the complexities of sourcing milk deemed free of genetically modified material, that could take five to...
  • GMO tobacco ‘mystery serum’ rescues Ebola virus victims

    08/06/2014 1:57:18 PM PDT · by Valpal1 · 67 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | 8/6/2014 | Meredith Knight
    When American Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 2, he had reportedly already had one course of treatment with an experimental drug called ZMAPP made with genetically engineered tobacco. Although it has only been tested previously in animals, the FDA is rumored to have authorized emergency approval for the drug for Brantly and another American who contracted the virus doing medical aid work in Liberia during the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak. MAPP is produced by a small San Diego-based biotech company. The scientists use a common tobacco bacteria, genetically engineered with different components of the...
  • Lambs to the GMO Slaughter

    07/29/2014 7:58:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    American diets are being bombarded with genetically modified foods. Big seed companies initiate it. Big government enables it. Big food business loves it. But Americans are the ones paying the price through their pocketbook and especially their health. And worst of all, as the old song goes, it may be "killing you softly." For those who may be unaware, genetically modified plants are grown from genetically modified or engineered seeds, which are created to resist insecticides and herbicides so that crops can be grown to withstand a weed-killing pesticide or integrate a bacterial toxin that can ward off pests....
  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    07/11/2014 7:41:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 10, 2014 3:38 PM EDT | David A. Lieb
    In the nation’s agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops. The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation’s food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It’s also possible that...
  • Golden rice refusal kills millions

    06/10/2014 6:11:40 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    Western Farm Press ^ | May 6, 2014 | Don Curlee
    A University of California report has exposed the injustice that prohibits a genetically engineered additive to rice. Without it the death of millions of children has occurred, notably in Africa and India. The researcher opinion lays the blame for the international prohibition of producing golden rice through genetic engineering to powerful forces that hide behind environmentalism. California, of course, is one of the world’s major rice producers, ready to supply the vitamin enriched product, especially for export.
  • The Plight of the Monarch Butterflies

    06/09/2014 7:05:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 6/8/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    The Monarch Butterflies are threatened, no doubt about that. Well-meaning groups, like LMF are grassroots efforts to encourage gardeners to grow milkweed plants, the monarchs predominant food source. The crucial question though has not been asked: why is the milkweed plant rapidly disappearing? Some Ideas Some people think the use of genetically modified (GM) corn that is the source of the problem. They think that herbicides applied to GM corn prevent the growth of errant milkweed plants in corn fields. I don’t think so. The milkweed rate of growth is much less than that of corn and the monarchs would...
  • Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops

    06/09/2014 5:05:10 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 62 replies
    CBC ^ | 6/4/2014 | Emily Chung
    The main cause of the monarch butterfly's decline is the loss of milkweed — its food — in its U.S. breeding grounds, a new study has found. That all but confirms that the spread of genetically modified crops is indirectly killing the monarch.
  • Washington Post: Can we please cut it out with all of this anti-GMO asininity?

    06/03/2014 12:38:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Human beings have been using various agricultural techniques to genetically modify (i.e., breed for preferred traits in) their food for thousands of years, and the more recent and more rapidly innovative advent of genetically modified foods via laboratory has helped scientists and farmers to develop hardier, more nutritious, pest-and-weather-resistant crops that have the ability to feed more people while using up less space and fewer resources (which, I might mention, is a pretty great environmental development to boot).Despite their boundless potential for feeding the hungry and alleviate poverty the world over, genetically modified organisms have inspired a small but...
  • Virginia Livestock Farmer Abstains From GMOs and Antibiotics

    05/29/2014 6:03:11 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 9 replies
    Virginia Free Citizens ^ | May 20, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Continuing series on small farms in Virginia from Virginia Free Citizen: Photos/Video Karen Doyle, a small livestock farmer in White Stone, Va., made a conscious decision to keep her livestock free of GMOs and antibiotics when she started Georgiatown Farms almost five years ago. This requires Doyle to embark on a two and a half hour road trip to Maryland to buy the special feed from the Amish. She said most farmers aren’t willing to put in that much effort, but for her, it’s a matter of health safety and animal welfare. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are genetically engineered...
  • Vermont governor signs GMO food labeling into law

    05/11/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 200 replies
    CNN.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Dana Ford and Lorenzo Ferrigno
    (CNN) -- Vermont's governor on Thursday signed a bill into law that will require the labeling of genetically modified foods -- hailing it as the first such law in the nation. Under the new law, food offered for retail sale that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering must be labeled as such by July 2016. "Vermonters take our food and how it is produced seriously, and we believe we have a right to know what's in the food we buy," said Gov. Peter Shumlin. "More than 60 countries have already restricted or labeled these foods, and now one...
  • Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

    04/24/2014 10:39:01 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 24 April 2014 | Eliza Barclay and Jeremy Bernfeld
    The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label food products containing genetically modified ingredients.Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted he will sign a bill state lawmakers passed Wednesday mandating that foods with GMOs be labeled as having been produced with "genetic engineering." The bill would also make it illegal for foods with GMOs to be labeled "all natural" or "natural."While Maine and Connecticut have already passed GMO labeling bills, those bills contain clauses that keep them from going into effect until surrounding states pass similar rules. Vermont's bill would go into effect on...
  • HHS secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell oversaw Gates Foundation’s population control efforts

    04/12/2014 7:10:19 PM PDT · by topher · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Apr 11, 2014 15:53 EST | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The woman who will oversee the Obama administration's implementation of the HHS mandate, requiring employers to give “free” contraception to all American women, spent a decade leading the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's population control efforts in the Third World.
  • Bill would have FDA decide on labeling genetically modified food

    04/10/2014 12:52:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    McClatchyDC.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Chris Adams
    <p>WASHINGTON — Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is pushing a bill in Congress that would shift responsibility for any labeling of genetically modified foods to the hands of the federal government, potentially stopping the efforts underway in many states to mandate labels on such foods.</p>
  • 8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately

    04/07/2014 12:47:17 AM PDT · by kingattax · 61 replies
    Banoosh ^ | April 3, 2014 | Mr Z
    Many of us choose what we eat very carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum attention to it. But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best decisions for our health. Which is a HUGE mistake. All the work for your body can be ruined in a weekend out. While foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA, beer does not belong in either. Alcohol industry had lobbied for years to avoid labeling its ingredients. Some to protect its recipes, but most – to...
  • 'One in 68 kids has Autism'

    03/27/2014 12:12:50 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 159 replies
    AFP (Agence France-Presse) ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Sergei Supinsky
    One in 68 children has autism, a 30 percent rise over the last estimate released in 2012, US health authorities said Thursday. The latest US data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the "proportion of children with autism and higher IQ (is) on the rise," said a CDC statement. Previously, as many as one in 88 US children were known to have autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, a developmental disorder that recent research suggests may originate in the womb. "This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in...
  • You Can’t Wish Away the Fertility Gap: We ignore it at our peril.

    03/27/2014 7:07:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/27/2014 | Bonnie Ramthun
    Jill Knapp begs us to “Please Stop Asking Me When I’m Going to Have Children.” Being that I am still a newly-wed and have just moved to a new city, I am in no rush to have a kid. This is an unacceptable answer to a lot of people. The constant reminders that your clock is ticking and that you don’t want to be confused for your child’s grandparents when they grow up are not making us move any faster. Having children is a big responsibility. What Jill doesn’t understand is that her fertility is not subject to whim...
  • Green Revolution leader Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at U.S. Capitol

    03/26/2014 12:07:46 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON — The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding. Borlaug, who died in 2009, won the 1970 Nobel Prize for his work and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. His likeness will join...
  • Tech Heist: Seeds of Deceit (Chinese try to steal experimental GMO corn seed)

    03/23/2014 1:32:42 PM PDT · by dennisw · 30 replies
    agweb ^ | JANUARY 25, 2014 | Farm Journal Editors
    Unassuming from the road, this farmstead served as the headquarters for a ring of international thieves bent on embezzling U.S. seed. The FBI thwarts a ring of Chinese national thieves. Crouched on his hands and knees under an Iowa sky, Mo Hailong quickly dug in the rows of freshly planted seed corn. Just the day before, May 2, 2011, he and coworker Wang Lei, vice chairman of Kings Nower Seed of China, stopped at this same field near Tama, Iowa. The farmer told them he was planting seed corn. With each shovel, Hailong found pay dirt: DuPont Pioneer’s latest parent...
  • Hitler's Super Gauge Train

    03/08/2014 9:28:41 AM PST · by varmintman · 73 replies
    On the off chance you might encounter people who don't understand why George Soros and Monsanto might want the Ukraine.... The official title of the tsars was "Tsar of all the Russias", meaning primarily 'Great Russia' (Russia), 'White Russia' (Belorus), and 'Little Russia' (Ukraine). That is the heart of the Slavic Orthodox world and Ukraine is the breadbasket of that world. The Ukraine could feed everybody from the Volga to the Atlantic and that in fact was Hitler's plan; the idea was to build a super-gauge train to haul foodstuffs from Ukraine to Europe and, as I read it at...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers [Obama wages war against farmers]

    02/22/2014 6:52:06 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 22, 2014 | Evan Halper
    Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA's proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks. Suddenly, from small family operations nestled in the foothills of Appalachia to the sophisticated organic-grower networks that serve Los Angeles and San Francisco, the farms that celebrity chefs and food-conscious consumers jostle to buy from are facing an unexpected adversary. They're fighting back. Even though full enforcement of the rules is still years away, they are warning customers that some farms would have to close. "They are...
  • Scientists develop GM potato that’s immune to Irish famine fungus, late blight

    02/17/2014 11:07:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 February 2014
    A potato genetically modified to resist the fungus which caused the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845 has been developed by British scientists. Late blight, caused by the organism Phytophthora infestans, remains the potato farmer’s greatest enemy to this day. Each year UK farmers spend around Ł60 million keeping the infection at bay with pesticides. In a bad year, losses and control measures combined can account for half the total cost of growing potatoes. …
  • The Fable of Hawaiian Frankencorn: The Aloha State’s dishonest anti-biotech campaign

    02/13/2014 10:16:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | February 2014 | Ronald Bailey
    "Anybody you see around here dressed in a Tyvek suit will be someone from Greenpeace," David Stoltzfus joked as we surveyed the thousands of carefully numbered corn plants growing in the stony rust-colored soil of a former sugar cane plantation just a few miles inland from the spectacular Wailea Beach. Stoltzfus, who heads Monsanto's Piilani seed production farm on Maui, was referring to the white disposable coveralls that protesters wear for the TV cameras when "decontaminating" biotech crop fields. Hawaii is the epicenter of a furious campaign to shut down production farms that yield genetically modified seed. It was September,...
  • Kicking Bill Gates Off The Board Is The Best Thing Microsoft Can Do

    01/31/2014 7:04:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/31/2014 | Julie Bort
    Microsoft is an insanely profitable company standing on the edge of disaster. It desperately needs new thinking. With word that 22-year Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella is likely the new CEO, attention turns to the leadership of the company's board of directors. It will have two former CEOs, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. So new thinking is unlikely to come from them. In fact, Gates has a track record of huge strategic errors that have cost the company years of progress in market share. Here's why he should be the one to go: 1. Gates' world was: Go slow. Microsoft needs...
  • Can You Be Good Without God?

    01/29/2014 4:37:11 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | January 28, 2014 | Todd Aglialoro
    Atheists and agnostics like to claim that religion or belief in God isn’t necessary for living a moral life. “I can be a good person without God,” they say. Some go a step further and try to build a case for why they can be even better people without God. For example, they might claim that whereas theists are concerned about obeying religious commands that will get them into a heavenly afterlife, unbelievers are able to apply all their energies to making this world a better place.In a certain sense, it’s correct to say that one can be a...
  • Racist Al Gore Tells World Economic Forum They Have To Find Ways To Keep Africa’s Population Down

    01/29/2014 4:34:31 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Al Gore pops his head up at Davos…say, how’d he get there? A fossil fueled flight?…to make a racist pronouncement (via Climate Depot). Stopping overpopulation is one way the dangers of climate change can be mitigated, according to two of the most prominent believers in global warming. Former Vice President Al Gore and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (how did Gates get to Davos? Anyone think he flew commercial?) said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that contraception is a key in controlling the proliferation of unusual weather they say is endangering the world. “Depressing the rate of child mortality,...
  • Al Gore once again suggests ‘fertility management’ to fight global warming

    01/28/2014 4:53:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Former Vice President Al Gore raised eyebrows last week when he suggested that “fertility management” was the key to fighting global warming and promoting economic development in poor countries. Gore’s comments drew criticism from free-marketeers who said his remarks amount to “eco-imperialism.” “Gore’s agenda for saving the world from global warming has always included population control,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Advocating population control specifically for Africa is just another form of imperialism. Gore’s eco-imperialism is uncomfortably close to the original racist goals...
  • The Men Who Made Us Fat ''Episode 1-3''

    01/25/2014 7:15:40 PM PST · by restornu · 64 replies
    NewsmaxHealth ^ | Published on Aug 23, 2012 | Dr. Russell Blaylock
    Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Two thirds of British adults are overweight and one in four of us is classified as obese. In the first of this three-part series, Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits, to find out how decisions made in America 40 years ago influence the way we eat now. Peretti travels to America to investigate the story of high-fructose corn syrup. The sweetener was championed in the US in the 1970s by Richard Nixon's agriculture secretary Earl Butz to make use of the excess...
  • Original Cheerios to go GMO-free

    01/02/2014 5:16:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2014 8:10 PM EST | Candice Choi
    General Mills says some Cheerios made without genetically modified ingredients will start appearing on shelves soon. The Minneapolis-based company said Thursday that it has been manufacturing its original-flavor Cheerios without GMOs for the past several weeks in response to consumer demand. It did not specify exactly when those boxes would be on sale. Original Cheerios will now be labeled as “Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients,” although that it is not an official certification. The labels will also note that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company...
  • China rejects shipments of genetically modified corn

    12/27/2013 4:12:27 PM PST · by gooblah · 53 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 27 2013 | Ricardo Lopez
    China rejected two shipments -- almost 546,000 tons -- of U.S. dried distillers' grain, a corn byproduct, because it contained genetically modified material, state media reported Friday.
  • Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken

    12/09/2013 1:39:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2013 2:19 AM EST | Terence Chea
    The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco’s tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn’t like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs. Inside, research chefs bake cookies and cakes, whip up batches of flavored mayonnaise and pan-fry omelets and French toast—all without eggs. Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to disrupt a global egg industry that backers say wastes energy, pollutes the environment, causes disease outbreaks and confines chickens to tiny spaces....
  • Clashes outside Monsanto plant in Argentina

    11/28/2013 1:16:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2013 4:08 PM EST
    Argentine union members on Thursday clashed with environmentalists protesting the construction of a plant by U.S.-based seed giant Monsanto. … Construction of the corn-processing plant was halted in October when environmentalists began disrupting entry of supplies. Activists oppose the use of genetically modified crops, which Monsanto produces and (environmentalist Vanina) Barboza says they’ll continue to block roads and access to the plant. …