There’s light at the end of the D.A.R.K. tunnel – US Senators introduce mandatory GMO labeling bill

GMO graphicConsumers have said that they want the right to know what’s in their food. Poll after poll shows  that the large majority favor mandatory food labeling. Yet both houses of Congress think that listening to powerful lobbying instead of their constituents is the way to go.

But even though the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the D.A.R.K.  “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know”) Act and the Senate Agricultural Committee has moved their version of this forward, some Senators have actually listened and are taking steps to ensure that consumers can find GMO ingredient labeling on food packaging while ensuring that food producers aren’t subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements in different locations.

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FDA bans genetically engineered salmon – for now that is

 

The difference between “regular” salmon and larger, genetically engineered “Frankenfish” is apparent

Just two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, it appears that it’s taken a step backward – though perhaps this is actually a step forward for consumers. This past Friday, the FDA issued a ban on the import and sale of  AquAdvantage salmon, produced by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty, until the agency can publish guidelines for how it should be labeled.

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GMO Approval Process FINALLY Being Scrutinized

Genetically modified organismIt had to happen. Finally, a request has been made by Congress that the FDA’s and USDA’s review process for genetically engineered products finally come under scrutiny by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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Those silver fillings in your mouth are mercury in disguise

Dental WorkAs a kid, I was among those who didn’t really get it about great oral hygiene. Consequently I ended up with a lot of fillings in my mouth. Over the years, I’ve wondered about how safe these “silver” fillings really were, especially with all the media attention about mercury. An article today brought the seriousness home.

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The campaign for mandatory GMO labeling heats up

GE food graphicToday more than 200 organizations and businesses called on President Barack Obama to uphold his 2007 campaign pledge to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

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A great guide for choosing a safe and effective insect repellent

Bug repellentThe Environmental Working Group – known for their ratings on popular sunscreens and for raising awareness about pesticides on produce and chemicals in cosmetics – has just released its new Guide to Bug Repellents.

Having read through it, it features some surprises and some useful advice. You’ll want to look through all the pages to learn what will work for you and your family. And, as they say, not everything works the same for everyone, so decide which repellent will be a good fit for you.

Good to know that the EWG is looking out for consumers. Now if the EPA and the FDA would only meet the same high standards.

FDA agrees to ban BPA in baby formula packages

Long Favored By Shoplifters, Baby Formula Goes Under Lock And KeyThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has agreed to ban the chemical BPA in infant formula packaging.  The agency’s decision to prohibit of bisphenol A (BPA) comes at the urging of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who filed a petition calling for the action last year.

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