Posted on June 27, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Editors Note: The following is Part 2 of a series focused on genetically modified food crops from Wayne Kessler, a decades-experienced organic farmer in northern California.
Learn more about genetically modified foods so you can make informed, healthy choices
All genetically altered organisms are tested badly. The USDA and the Food and Drug Administration report that GMO and GE foods are safe to eat. The food industry claims no one has gotten sick or died from eating billions of GMO meals. We don’t know because there have been few long-term studies linking animal and human health to GMO foods, including the residue pesticides and fertilizers in them. Remember, most if not all GMO foods come with tiny doses of chemicals that are used on or in them. There’s growing evidence that the cancers and other environmental diseases develop after years of tiny doses of toxins that we breathe and eat.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: American Academy of Environmental Medicine, environmental disease, fertilizers, Food and Drug Administration, genetically modified food, genetically modified food crops, GMO, GMO food, Judy Carmen, Living on Earth, Monsanto, National Public Radio, organic farmer, pesticides, Roundup-resistant corn, USDA, Wayne Kessler | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 14, 2014 by Debra Atlas
This week consumers will get a healthier choice when it comes to buttery spreads.
Colorado-based Boulder Brands, announced the planned transition in March of its entire product line of Smart Balance® non-GMO buttery spreads to non-GMO. It’s the first leading national spread to go non-GMO. Smart Balance is shipping millions of tubs of the new non-GMO buttery spreads to national and regional grocery stores across the country. Distribution will continue ramping up in May, with a complete transition this summer.
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Posted on February 6, 2014 by Debra Atlas
And here I thought that Europeans had a better handle on the hazards of GMO crops than we do.
Yesterday, a government spokesman said that Germany intends to abstain in a European Union vote next Tuesday on the cultivation of a new type of genetically modified maize. Some German opposition politicians said an abstention could lead to the European Commission giving a green light for the maize to be farmed. However diplomats in Brussels said Germany’s move might not be enough to ensure EU approval.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: ban GMOs, bees in crisis, European Commission, European Union, genetically engineered, genetically modified maize, GMO, GMO corn, GMO crops, pesticides, toxins | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 8, 2013 by Debra Atlas
If you’re a fan of political satire, you’ve gotta love Stephen Colbert. His latest is his take on the still-in-limbo Washington state ballot initiative #522 which, if passed, would mandate labeling for foods containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.
Take a look and enjoy!
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Posted on August 19, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR) signed into law a bill that banned the growth of genetically modified canola (rapeseed) for commercial production on Thursday, August 15th. The new law prohibits growing the GMO crop within the three million acre Willamette Valley Protected District, one of the world’s pre-eminent vegetable seed producing regions, until 2019.
Filed under: Food Safety | Tagged: canola, Center for Food Safety, food, Friends of Family Farmers, genetically engineered, genetically modified, GMO, invasive species, Oregon farmers, Willamette Valley | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 6, 2013 by Debra Atlas
An article in yesterday’s Mother Jones ezine about the food we eat and what really is and isn’t genetically modified brought a few surprises. It makes for interesting reading. As a consumer, it’s more critical than ever to stay informed.
For example, did you know that 77 percent of the papayas grown in Hawaii is genetically engineered (GE)? I had no idea before reading about it. There are more stunning facts you’ll want to know about in the article, including a possible GE rice in the offing.
Until our government leaders get behind mandatory food labeling – and a NY Times poll now shoes that approximately 93 percent of Americans are behind having this done – we’ll just have to stay on top of the latest research and stay educated.
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