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Hawaii has become "ground zero" in the controversy over genetically modified crops and pesticides. With the seed crop industry (including conventional as well as GMO
crops) reaping $146.3 million a year in sales resulting from its activities in ...
The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of food
s made with genetically modified organisms, or GMO
Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which ...
A leaked document reveals plans by the US's Grocery Manufacturers Association to sue the first state that passes a GMO
labeling law. Vermont will be the decisive battle-ground, report Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins.
Right now, it's ...
Last week, the Public Patent Foundation filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto
, in the hopes that the highest court in the land would hear and ...
“The harder they come the harder they fall, one and all.” -- Jimmy Cliff, reggae classic.
After enjoying a year of maximum profits, record stock prices, the defeat of a major GMO
[genetically modified organisms] labeling campaign in ...
The state of Hawaii has become a lot like the island of Dr. Moreau. Except that instead of Dr. Moreau - the mad scientist in H.G. Wells`s 1896 novel who vivisected animals into beast-people - Hawaii is ruled by the GMO
In a move that has disturbed many anti-hunger advocates, including the 81 global leaders of the World Future Council and laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, the World Food
Prize - often known as the Nobel prize for food
and agriculture - has ...
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are the answer to ending world hunger, at least according to the former leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI.
According to a 2009 WikiLeaks cable from the U.S. embassy in the ...
Some experimental GMO
crops were torn out of a field in Oregon this month. That means it`s time for the federal government to freak the fuck out and do its best to clamp down again on eco-activism.
The sugar beet plants, which were ...
You’ve probably heard that honeybees in America had a particularly difficult time this winter, with hive losses surpassing 50 percent in some areas. Colony collapse disorder or CCD is blamed for doubling or tripling the usual rate of winter hive ...
What if the agricultural revolution has already happened and we didn’t realize it? Essentially, that’s the idea in this report from the Guardian about a group of poverty-stricken Indian rice and potato farmers who harvested confirmed world-record ...
"GMO Opponents Are the Climate Skeptics of the Left," declares the headline of a recent piece by Keith Kloor in Slate. The argument goes like this: Just as certain conservative writers flout science by denying the urgency of climate change, there ...
The U.S. is suffering the worst drought in 50 years. But crop damage may well have been avoided if high quality non-GM (genetically modified) varieties were available to farmers. Further evidence is emerging that glyphosate-tolerant crops are ...
Nearly 40 years ago, while teaching environmental studies at California State University in Sacramento, Wes Jackson began reflecting that something about the country’s agricultural practices wasn’t quite right. Soon that instinct grew into a ...
Opponents of genetically engineered food
s on Wednesday blocked shipments and deliveries at Monsanto
Co's vegetable seed company in California that developed a new genetically modified sweet corn that will hit stores this fall.
Seed is the first link in the food
chain. Seed sovereignty is the foundation of food
sovereignty. If farmers do not have their own seed or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve or exchange, then they have no seed ...
For years now, people have wondered how climate change will affect farming. How will humanity feed itself during a time of rising temperatures and recurring drought?
Here in the US, we're starting to get a taste of things to come—and ...
In a column last month, New York Times food
writer Mark Bittman wondered, "Why Aren't GMO Food
s Labeled?" After laying out some of the basic arguments in favor of labeling -- most obviously, the contradiction between the USDA finding that ...
A New York federal court today dismissed a lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto
brought by thousands of certified organic farmers. The farmers hoped the suit would protect them against infringing on the company's crop patents in the ...
Industrial globalised agriculture is heavily implicated in climate change. It contributes to the three major greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2) from the use of fossil fuels, nitrogen oxide (N2O) from the use of chemical fertilizers and ...
The Department of Agriculture's decision to fully deregulate biotech alfalfa will delay, but not forestall, a day of reckoning between the rising organic industry and the coalition of farmers, agribusinesses and biotech firms that support the ...
Biodiversity, already decaying fast as a result of climate change and intensive farming, is under further threat by genetic modification (GM) of seeds, says a leading German ecological activist.
Genetic modification of seeds is ...
She is, in the eyes of the law, America's most dangerous eco-terrorist: a self-confessed serial arsonist who resorted to fire and destruction to register her opposition to the fur industry and genetically modified crops.
But to those who ...
Consumers in rich countries feel it in supermarkets but in the world's
poorest ones people are starving. The reason - soaring food
prices, and it's
triggered riots around the world in places like Mexico, Indonesia, Yemen, the ...
Sugar cane genetically modified for greater ethanol and sugar production
could be developed in three to five years but strict Brazil biotechnology
regulation could keep it off the market for as much as seven years, companies
said on ...