USDA poised to approve new GMO seed

GMO corn field, photo by Bob Bell, flickr

GMO corn field, photo by Bob Bell, flickr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may well give its approval to a new genetically modified (GMO) seed which is manipulated to live through sprayings of Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a chemical cocktail containing both glyphosate and an older toxic chemical 2,4-D.

Continue reading

The bad news about GMO’s from a die-hard organic farmer

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

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.

Continue reading

Smart Balance® spread to be non-GMO nationwide

Smart Balance non-GMOThis 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.

Continue reading

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.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 482 other followers