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  • 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.
  • 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. …
  • Why Won’t Obama Ban Air Travel From Countries Where Ebola Is Out Of Control?

    10/05/2014 6:15:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    TEC ^ | 10/05/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Why does Barack Obama refuse to take even the most basic steps to protect Americans from Ebola? Even though it has already been demonstrated that Ebola can be brought over to the United States by a passenger on an airplane, Obama refuses to do anything that would even restrict air travel from nations where Ebola is spiraling out of control. Back in September, Obama said that it was "unlikely" that any individual with Ebola could get through the "extensive screening" at our airports and pose a threat to the general population. But he was wrong. That has already happened. And...
  • Monsanto Slammed for ‘Fraudulent’ EU Patent on Non-GMO Tomatoes

    06/26/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies
    Representatives of the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! from France, Germany and Spain have filed an opposition against a European patent held by Monsanto on conventionally bred tomatoes (EP1812575). The patent claims tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis. The original tomatoes used for this patent came from the international gene bank in Gatersleben, Germany. It was already known that these plants had the desired resistance and they were simply crossed with other tomato plants. Monsanto then produced a cleverly worded patent in order to create the impression that genetic engineering had been used to...
  • Would Monsanto move its headquarters out of the country?

    06/24/2014 4:42:07 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 23 June 2014 7 hours ago | Tim Barker
    According to the wire service, Monsanto mulled a takeover of its $34 billion seed and herbicide rival, in part, to move its legal headquarters to Switzerland. It’s a move known as corporate inversion and it has the power to shield money held overseas from Uncle Sam’s tax collectors.
  • CBS: Rick Perry "stepped right in it" comparing gays to alcoholics

    06/20/2014 10:51:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/20/2014 | LINDSEY BOERMA
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry probably shouldn't have attempted to make the case that gay people can "decide not to" be gay despite genetic predisposition, he conceded Thursday, offering no semblance of an apology but trying instead to rally attention back to his message about jobs and the economy. "I got asked about an issue," Perry, a Republican, explained during a lunch hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "And instead of saying, 'You know what? We need to be a really respectful and tolerant country - to everybody - and get back to talking about: Whether you're gay or straight, you...
  • Monsanto Teaching a Health Class In a School Near You?

    06/13/2014 12:21:11 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 7 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | June 13 2014 | Heather Callaghan
    I’m retelling this story not to cause sheer outrage or bring down shame and fire on one school in one instance, but to let you know definitively that Monsanto representatives could visit a school near you to teach a class. And you need to know what they are saying… It happened in at least one instance and with a fairly interesting method of leaving lasting impressions on 12-year-old 7th graders. I know Steve from Facebook and he posted videos of his stepson after coming home from school one day in late May to tell the family that four Monsanto representatives...
  • The real reason the French don’t get fat (Tasty Food)

    06/01/2014 5:45:14 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 104 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Timothy Bond
    Last month, I ate a strawberry. The taste exploded in my mouth as my throat was bathed in rich juices. The meat of the berry was soft and succulent. I was in France. Last week, I ate another strawberry. There was a slight reddish flavour, which combatted the petroleum essence of the packaging. The meat of the berry was corky, dry and flavourless. I was in Canada.
  • 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...
  • Podesta: Congress Can’t Stop Obama On Global Warming

    05/05/2014 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 5,2014 | Michael Bastasch
    White House adviser John Podesta told reporters Monday afternoon that Congress could not derail the Obama administration’s efforts to unilaterally enact policies to fight global warming. Podesta said that the president was committed to using executive orders to pass regulations under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions that they say cause global warming.
  • Muzzled by Monsanto

    04/17/2014 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 51 replies
    Boulder Weekly ^ | 4-3-2014 | Caitlin Rocket
    After nearly 30 years studying how plants use their genes to defend against viruses, Vicki Vance, a professor at the University of South Carolina, doesn’t see genetically modifying plants as a malevolent or arrogantly God-like endeavor. “There’s DNA in the world and it gets passed from one organism to another and it’s the natural thing. If that’s the problem you have with transgenic plants, that’s not a good reason to be against them,” Vance says. She does, however, have a problem with mega corporations allegedly using their money and power to hide the risks of new forms of genetic technology....
  • 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>
  • Comcast Named America's Worst Company in Annual Consumerist Poll

    04/08/2014 10:34:15 AM PDT · by lbryce · 32 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 8, 2014 | Chris Welch
    Comcast has been named the worst company in America. The largest US cable provider "won" Consumerist's annual poll on the very same day it tried to convince the FCC that a proposed Time Warner Cable acquisition is in everyone's best interest. It's the second time Comcast has been awarded the unwanted label by Consumerist voters. Video game publisher Electronic Arts earned the "worst company" designation in 2012 and 2013 but lost out early this year when it was knocked out of the running by Time Warner Cable. Comcast was pitted against Monsanto, the oft-criticized chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, in...
  • Can This Man Feed the World? Billionaire Harry Stine's Quest to Reinvent Agriculture -- Again

    03/26/2014 7:16:21 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/26/2014 | Alex Morrell
    This story appears in the April 14, 2014 issue of Forbes. On one of the windiest days in recent memory Harry Stine, the richest man in Iowa, cranes his neck to examine the elevator shaft inside the 110-foot steel observation tower next to his garage. “The cables look awfully frayed. Who knows if it will last one more time?” he chuckles. Nonetheless, we hop into the elevator cab, he flips the switch to get it moving, and up we go as the wind rips into us at 40mph. Stine, the 72-year-old founder and owner of Stine Seed, the largest private...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • EPA Decree Shrinks Size of Wyoming by a Million Acres -

    01/21/2014 8:19:59 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 63 replies
    CNS News ^ | 01/21/2014 | Matt Vepsa
    Why is the EPA altering state boundaries in Wyoming - and reversing over 100 years of established law? Well, apparently the city of Riverton now falls under the jurisdiction of the Wind River Indian Reservation. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead warned of the dangers to all Americans of this type of unilateral land redistribution by the EPA: ...My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state's boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law. "This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from...
  • Billionaire bullies

    01/04/2014 6:08:24 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal (CA) ^ | January 4, 2014 | John McDowell
    The other day I saw “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which I thoroughly enjoyed. In it, the wizard Gandalf laments the growth of the “Power of the Shadow” and how the forces of good had been blind to its resurgence. That same week, Organizing for Action (President Obama’s political army) tweeted “On one side: Shadowy groups spending millions to obscure the facts.” I realized there was a connection between the two. OFA is right, the power of shadowy groups grows, and dark money spreads across our body politic. Yet many have been blind to the destructive power these groups...
  • 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...
  • Did China steal US corn? Six charged with digging up bioengineered seed

    12/19/2013 6:36:57 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    CSM ^ | 19 Dec 2013 | Warren Richey
    Six Chinese nationals have been charged with conspiring to steal US trade secrets in an alleged plot to obtain bioengineered corn seed from American seed companies and send it to their own company in China. The case was revealed in a one-count, 21-page indictment unsealed Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. According to documents filed in federal court, the Chinese company officials allegedly drove through rural areas of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to dig up freshly planted seeds or collect samples of grown corn to obtain specimens of the valuable engineered seed stock. The seeds represent years of work by American...
  • Ratted out: Scientific journal bows to Monsanto over anti-GMO study

    12/14/2013 7:47:48 AM PST · by Renfield · 14 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 12-02-3013 | William Engdahl
    Rigid criteria exist for a serious scientific journal to accept a peer-reviewed paper and to publish it. As well there exist strict criteria by which such an article can be withdrawn after publication. The Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology has apparently decided to violate those procedures, announcing it is retracting a long-term study on the toxic effects of Monsanto Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)—GMO Maize it published a year ago. The bizarre reports come only six months after Elsevier created a special new position, Associate Editor for Biotechnology (i.e. GMO), and filled it with a former Monsanto employee who worked...
  • Controversial study linking GM corn to tumors in rats retracted

    11/29/2013 8:30:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Io9 ^ | 11/29/13 8:00am | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Since its publication in September 2012, a study that showed rats fed Monsanto’s glyphosate-resistant NK603 maize developed more tumors than controls has been roundly criticized for its poor experimental design and dubious statistical methods. Yesterday, the study was retracted. The retraction was initiated by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology after the authors refused to withdraw it themselves.
  • 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. …
  • The New Food Fight: Big Food Vs. Big Organic: Have the elite hijacked healthy eating?

    11/26/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | Published in Reader's Digest Magazine October 2013 | By David H. Freedman The Atlantic
    Late last year, in a small health-food eatery called Cafe Sprouts in Oberlin, Ohio, I had what may well have been the most wholesome beverage of my life. The friendly server guided me to an apple-blueberry-kale-carrot smoothie-juice combination, which she spent the next several minutes preparing, mostly by shepherding farm-fresh produce into machinery. The result was tasty. But at 300 calories (by my rough calculation) for a 16-ounce cup, it was more than my diet could regularly absorb without consequences. Nor was I about to make a habit of $9 shakes, healthy or not. Inspired by the experience nonetheless, I...
  • Obama’s Secret Treaty Which Will Merge America More Deeply Into The One World Economic System

    11/14/2013 6:31:11 AM PST · by IbJensen · 27 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/14/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that the Obama administration is negotiating a super secret “trade agreement” that is so sensitive that he isn’t even allowing members of Congress to see it? The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being called the “NAFTA of the Pacific” and “NAFTA on steroids”, but the truth is that it is so much more than just a trade agreement. This treaty has 29 chapters, but only 5 of them have to do with trade. Most Americans don’t realize this, but this treaty will fundamentally change our laws regarding Internet freedom, health care, the trading of derivatives, copyright issues, food...
  • GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists 'Genetically modified foods'.

    11/04/2013 10:55:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 128 replies
    Epoch times ^ | Oct 24, 2013 | Justina Reichel,
    GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists Controversy erupts after World Food Prize awarded to Monsanto By Justina Reichel, Epoch Times | October 24, 2013 In the wake of biotech giants Monsanto and Syngenta being awarded the World Food Prize, a European coalition of scientists is challenging claims that the debate around genetically modified foods is settled and that GM foods are safe. The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, which consists of more than 90 scientists, academics, and physicians, released a statement Monday in response to “sweeping claims” that GM products are safe. “We strongly reject...
  • Genetic Literacy Project Infographic: Is labeling GMOs really about our “Right to Know”?

    11/01/2013 3:26:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 194 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | October 31, 2013 | Jon Entine
    If one believes the backers of Washington State Initiative 522, Tuesday’s vote is simple commonsense: It’s about the “right to know” what’s in our food... “To be clear the Just Label campaign is not an anti-GMO effort,” says Gary Hirshberg, founder of organic food maker Stonyfield Organic, and head of Just Label It... But in less guarded moments, Hirshberg makes it clear that the labeling movement has nothing at all to do with science, information and discourse—it is exclusively an anti-GMO effort...
  • Have a Coke and a … GMO?

    10/28/2013 1:46:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 28 Oct 2013 | Bill Tomson
    The Coca-Cola Company isn’t smiling about the latest effort to force labels on foods and beverages that contain genetically modified organisms – this time in Washington State. It’s on a long list of manufacturers that sell products using ingredients derived from either corn or soy, both of which are nearly impossible to source in the United States without using genetically modified crops. In fact, should Washington pass its ballot initiative 522 next week, good luck finding any processed foods or beverages in an Evergreen State grocery store that don’t have GMO warning labels. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both are on a...
  • Argumentum Ad Monsantum: Bill Maher and The Lure of a Liberal Logical Fallacy

    10/16/2013 8:17:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Scientific American ^ | October 16, 2013 | Kyle Hill
    Let’s get real. It doesn’t matter if you think Monsanto is evil. Genetically modified  food is safe—no matter what logical fallacies will lead liberals like Bill Maher to believe. If Monsanto has anything to do with it, it must be evil. That seems to be the prevailing opinion on the monolithic biotech company. Following that logic, if they produce corn or soybeans or another crop that has been genetically modified (GM), those too must be evil. That’s Bill Maher’s reasoning at least—reasoning that lures liberals away from science and towards denial. Making the leap from Monsanto’s business practices—whatever you may...
  • Hemp activists dump cash on Capitol Hill

    10/10/2013 6:35:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2013 6:12 PM EDT
    Three activists apparently protesting agricultural giant Monsanto have been arrested after dumping bags of real cash in a Senate office building. … (Capitol) Police say that one of those arrested was Adam Eidinger, who describes himself on his Twitter feed as a 21-year Washington radical and the co-founder of an online store called Capitol Hemp. …
  • US adults are dumber than the average human

    10/08/2013 4:11:22 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 99 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/08/13 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
  • USDA will not take action in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

    09/23/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    The detection of a small amount of genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer's non-GMO alfalfa crop constitutes a "commercial issue" only and does not warrant any government action, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The Washington state farmer had complained in late August to state agricultural officials that his alfalfa hay had been rejected for export sale because of the presence of a genetically modified trait that makes the crop resistant to herbicide. The event triggered a wave of concern from consumer and agricultural groups who have fought the government for nearly a decade to keep...
  • Leftist Hysteria Over Monsanto

    09/23/2013 5:34:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    The left is in a frenzy over the American agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto and other agribusinesses that tinker with crop genetics. Is there any truth to their scare stories asserting that we’re being poisoned with “Frankenfood,” breeding new strains of superbugs and superpests? Genetically modified crops, known as GMOs (genetically modified organisms), have been used by American farmers since the mid-1990s in order to increase crop yields and reduce the use of pesticides. The FDA has approved their use. Today, 70-80 percent of grocery products in the U.S. include genetically engineered ingredients. In contrast, only 5 percent of the food...
  • US Military Caught Manipulating Social Media, Running Mass Propaganda Accounts

    08/14/2013 4:52:09 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 20 replies
    StoryLeak ^ | August 9, 2013 | Anthony Gucciardi
    has been common knowledge to anyone paying attention within the alternative news community for years, but once again the media is now admitting that the US military and intelligence agencies are indeed running massive propaganda campaigns that cover a vast array of online networks.  US military soldier on social media. How many times now has such ‘conspiracy nonsense’ now been reported years later by the mega media as undeniable fact? In the case of the US intelligence propaganda machine that even the New York Times has covered in an article entitled ‘The Real War on Reality‘, we are seeing just...
  • French court rejects govt ban on Monsanto GM corn

    08/01/2013 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 08/01/2013 | (AFP/News Wires)
    France’s top administrative court on Thursday threw out a government ban on US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto from growing a type of genetically modified corn. A moratorium on MON810 corn—one of just two types of genetically altered food crops whose cultivation is approved by the European Union—has been in place in France since March 2012. The Council of State court noted in a statement that the moratorium had little legal basis. …
  • Monsanto drops GM crop plan in EU

    07/20/2013 1:07:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | July 18, 2013
    Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union. It says the move is due to the lack of prospects for cultivation in the EU... It comes just days after the EU began talks with the US on a wide-ranging trade deal, with agriculture likely to be one of the toughest issues. The company said it would now concentrate on growing its conventional seeds business in Europe. It will also look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America...
  • Farmers falling back on chemical pesticides as GMO seeds falter

    07/10/2013 6:55:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    RT ^ | July 10, 2013
    Though biotech companies like Monsanto spent many millions creating and inserting genes that would make corn plants poisonous to the corn rootworm but harmless to other creatures, the pest has begun to develop an immunity. Though the use of chemical pesticides has always been a source of contention, the advent of corn hybrid plants by biotech companies like Monsanto allowed farmers to cut back on their use. These new hybrids had been specifically designed using genes from a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which provided a formidable defense against corn rootworm. Throughout parts of the midwest, however, farmers are now...
  • GM food off the menu in Parliament's restaurants- ministers telling public to drop their opposition

    06/30/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    GM foods are banned from restaurants in the Houses of Parliament despite government claims it is ‘probably safer’ than other meals. Government ministers are demanding that ordinary families should abandon their reluctance to eat genetically modified food, however they are banned from MPs’ plates. This week the food and farming secretary, Owen Paterson, launched an extraordinary propaganda campaign to encourage the nation to accept GM crops and farming. He bolstered his campaign with claims that some seven million children in the Far East could have been saved from blindness or death in the last 15 years if only people had...
  • UPDATE Monsanto unapproved GMO wheat stored in Colorado through '11

    06/29/2013 8:19:45 AM PDT · by opentalk · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 28, 2013 | Cary Gillman
    Monsanto Co's unapproved, experimental genetically engineered wheat, which is feared to have potentially contaminated U.S. wheat supplies after it was found growing in an Oregon field this spring, was kept in a U.S. government storage facility until at least late 2011, according to documents obtained by Reuters. The revelation that the seed for the controversial genetically engineered wheat was kept viable in a Colorado storage facility as recently as a year and a half ago comes as the U.S. government is investigating how the strain of experimental wheat wound up growing in an Oregon field this spring. The probe by...
  • 80% of Pre-Packaged Foods in America Are Banned in Other Countries

    06/24/2013 5:04:31 PM PDT · by opentalk · 95 replies
    Babble. com ^ | June 24, 2013
    If you or your kids enjoy pre-packaged convenience foods commonly found in grocery stores across the U.S. such as Froot Loops, Swanson dinners, Mountain Dew, and frozen potato and bread products, you may think twice before purchasing them after hearing what they contain: dangerous chemicals that other countries around the globe have deemed toxic to the point that they're illegal, and companies are fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for including them in food products. In a new book Rich Food, Poor Food, authors Mira and Jason Calton provide a list of what they term "Banned Bad Boys" - ingredients...
  • Monsanto Executive Is Among World Food Prize Winners

    06/19/2013 4:41:28 PM PDT · by Toddsterpatriot · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 19, 2013 | ANDREW POLLACK
    For the first time in its 27-year history, a prestigious award for enhancing the global food supply has gone to a creator of genetically modified crops, a top scientist at Monsanto. The choice is likely to add more heat to an intense debate about the role biotechnology can play in combating world hunger. Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, will share the $250,000 World Food Prize with two other scientists who helped devise how to insert foreign genes into plants: Marc Van Montagu of Belgium and Mary-Dell Chilton of the United States. The announcement was...
  • SUPREME COURT: Big Biotech Can't Patent Your DNA

    06/13/2013 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    BI ^ | June 13, 2013
    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that our natural DNA can't be patented, in what the influential SCOTUSBlog called "a significant patent ruling for the biotechnology industry." The high court did stike some middle ground by ruling that synthetic DNA can be patented. "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA [synthetic DNA] is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring," according to the court ruling written by Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Is Your Food Being 'Poisoned'?

    06/11/2013 3:59:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines "poison" as "a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed." The legal definition of the term is "any product or substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount." The medical condition of poisoning is even broader: It can be caused by substances that are not even legally required to carry the label "poison." Therefore, can food become poisonous? Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered...
  • Organic growers lose decision in suit vs. Monsanto over seeds

    06/10/2013 8:04:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 June 2013 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers' efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a previous ruling that found organic growers had no reason to try to block Monsanto from suing them as the company had pledged it would not take them to court if biotech crops accidentally mix in with organics. Organic farmers and others have worried for years that they...
  • Conspiracy theorists no longer look so crazy

    06/08/2013 8:04:41 AM PDT · by null and void · 22 replies
    New Zealand Herald | 5:30 AM Saturday Jun 8, 2013 | Tim Stanley
    New Zealand Herald can't be posted to FR, but I think a link might be OK: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10889158
  • Researchers find high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies

    06/07/2013 5:49:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 51 replies
    (Phys.org) —A team of entomologists from the University of Illinois has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world. The team outlines their research and findings in a paper they've had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers aren't suggesting that high-fructose corn syrup is itself toxic to bees, instead, they say their findings indicate that by eating the replacement food instead of honey, the bees are not being exposed to other chemicals that help the bees fight off toxins,...
  • Say NO to GMOs in Your Food

    06/04/2013 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    On Memorial Day weekend, 2 million people marched in protests against seed giant Monsanto for the purpose of bringing awareness to hazards from genetically modified food, which it and other companies manufacture. Organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries. 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. The Chicago Tribune reported that because genetically modified organisms are not listed on food or...
  • Is There A "Bad Seed" In The White House???

    06/02/2013 8:14:14 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-2-2013 | MOTUS
    Oh dear! Another scandal! And this time it involves Lady M. And possibly her hunky Executive Director, Sam Kass. It seems that there is an unconfirmed story floating around that Lady M’s heralded “bread wheat” crop is in fact - gird yourself, this one’s a shocker…engineered wheat food product!!!! Could this possibly be true!? And if so, who’s responsible?   OMG! Are those GMO seeds!?? I don’t know, butt allow me to provide a little information on deep background, after which I’d be happy to take a few questions.  (SNIP) The phantom GM wheat crop in Oregon  (SNIP) Since we...