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About Time! FDA Will Begin Testing Foods for Toxic Weedkiller Residue

About Time! FDA Will Begin Testing Foods for Toxic Weedkiller Residue

Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Amid growing international concern over the health risks posed by Monsanto weedkiller glyphosate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will reportedly begin testing for the herbicide this year. After speaking with FDA officials, Civil Eats reported Wednesday that the agency will begin testing for […]

Earth needs a New Year’s Revolution

Earth needs a New Year’s Revolution

So far in 2016 an energy expert insists Jordan Cove will very likely receive its Record of Decision and described FERC as “a rubberstamp agency”. The World reported that from the State’s perspective if the project’s application meets all criteria “it gets the permit.” A Veresen representative added brutal emphasis to these harsh realities speaking […]

Organic Farmers Score New Victory in ‘David and Goliath’ GMO Fight

Organic Farmers Score New Victory in ‘David and Goliath’ GMO Fight

Published on Tuesday, January 05, 2016 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Organic farmers are racking up new victories in the fight against ‘franken-food’, as a growing number of counties line up to bar genetically engineered (GE) crop cultivation throughout the country. A federal judge in Jackson County, Oregon recently upheld a consent decree that designates the […]

With New Ban on Cultivation, Northern Ireland Joins EU’s Anti-GMO Ranks

With New Ban on Cultivation, Northern Ireland Joins EU’s Anti-GMO Ranks

Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Yet another European nation has banned genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops, with Northern Ireland’s Minister for the Environment Mark Durkan declaring Monday: “I remain unconvinced of the advantages of GM crops and I consider it prudent to prohibit their cultivation here for the foreseeable […]

Taking Firm Stance, Scotland Pushes GMO Ban

Taking Firm Stance, Scotland Pushes GMO Ban

Published on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer Scottish government officials announced Sunday they will impose a ban on the domestic cultivation of genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops, attracting praise from environmental and food safety campaigners. “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment—and banning growing genetically modified crops […]

Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies

Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies

Published on Monday, July 27, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer File this under unsurprising, but nefarious nonetheless. Members of U.S. Congress who vote against mandatory labeling for genetically modified (GMO) products receive three times as much funding from the food and agriculture lobbies as their colleagues, according to new reporting from Open Secrets, a project […]

New Report Debunks ‘Myth’ That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World

New Report Debunks ‘Myth’ That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World

Published on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The biotechnology industry “myth” that feeding billions of people necessitates genetically engineered agriculture has been debunked by a new report out Tuesday by the nonprofit health organization Environmental Working Group. The report, Feeding the World Without GMOs (pdf), argues that investment in genetically modified organisms, […]

Challenging the feds via local self-government ordinance

Challenging the feds via local self-government ordinance

Companies that include Williams Partners backing the Constitution Pipeline connecting New York to New England used eminent domain to acquire access to properties against the owners’ wishes. U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ruled that the Constitution Pipeline has the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that it serves the public interest by […]

‘Monsanto’s Dream’: Pro-GMO DARK Act Comes to Congress

‘Monsanto’s Dream’: Pro-GMO DARK Act Comes to Congress

Published on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The battle over genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, reached the U.S. capital on Wednesday when news broke that Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo will reintroduce a bill that blocks states from requiring GMO labeling. The legislation, dubbed by critics the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know or […]

‘Seedy Business’: New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry’s High-Cost PR Machine

‘Seedy Business’: New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry’s High-Cost PR Machine

Published on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer What exactly is the agrichemical industry hiding with its high-cost public relations and lobbying efforts to convince the U.S. public that genetically modified organisms and pesticides are safe? According to a just-released study by the newly-formed nonprofit organization U.S. Right to Know, the answer is: […]

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