Germany plans to abstain on vote that could approve growing another genetically engineered crop

Learn more about genetically modified foods so you can make informed, healthy choices

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.

Continue reading

Stephen Colbert takes on Washington state’s GMO labeling initiative

Colbert Report + GMOs

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!

Oregon’s governor signs ban on GMO canola growth in Willamette Valley

Canola-north-plains OregonGovernor 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.

Continue reading

You’ll be surprised about what is (and isn’t yet) genetically modified

GMO (no)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.

GMO television ad airs in Australia

It’s the first of its kind in the world. A short but graphic TV ad is airing in western Australia. It exposes the  public to the 2012 Séralini research study, published in the US science journal Food and Chemical Toxicology,. This important study links consumption of Genetically Modified (GM) food to cancer, liver and kidney damage. This raises serious questions about the Barnett Government’s promotion of GM farming in Western Australia.

GMO (no)

Continue reading

Voluntary recall for Annie’s Pizza

Annie's pizza recallThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that Annie’s Inc. has initiated a recall of all varieties of their “Annie’s Homegrown Rising Crust” pizzas.

Continue reading

Mushrooms can be green too!

Premier Mushrooms, one of the top growers in the country, incorporates environmental practices

Once considered “food for the gods” by the Romans. Egyptian Pharaohs forbid commoners to eat mushrooms, saving these delicacies for themselves. By the late 1800’s, mushrooms were being cultivated in the United States, in Pennsylvania, as a side crop.

Today, Americans enjoy over 750 million pounds of mushrooms each year. Northern California is home to one of the countries top growers, Premier Mushrooms, a five-year old company based in Colusa, California, that produces close to 11 million pounds of white, crimini and portobello mushrooms annually.

Continue reading

That “natural” cereal comes with unwelcome extras

Kashi cereals, like many major brands, have switched from organic to GMO ingredients

Business is business and corporations are in it for the big bucks. Creating healthy food products is a popular idea but weighed against high profits and cost margins, consumer seem to be on the short end of the stick.

Such is the case with a large number of our favorite breakfast cereals – and that includes those old faithfuls that many of us have counted on to be organic for years.

Continue reading

Apples contain more pesticides than any other produce

A new report released today by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for the first time listed apples as #1 on its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and veggies tainted with pesticide residue.

Continue reading

Organic farmers, asociations & seed sellers sue Monsanto

Farmers can find their crops contaminated by Monsanto's transgenic seeds

I’ve posted a few stories about Monsanto and its stronghold tactics in regards to genetically engineered – or transgenic – seeds. There has been much media attention on how the corporate giant has gone after small farmers who inadvertently found themselves growing the contaminated seeds mixed in their otherwise traditional or organic fields.

 

Now a broad coalition of organic farmers, associations, seed businesses and traditional farmers - who represent over 270,000 individuals from across the US and Canada - have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto to protect themselves from being accused of infringing the chemical company’s 52 patents.

Continue reading

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 459 other followers