Genetically engineered mosquitoes could create another mosquito population disaster

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Too often science makes a so-called breakthrough and we jump on its results. But also too often, we blindly leap, never considering the potential issues of the larger picture.

And here we are again.

In an article in yesterday’s Sustainable Pulse, genetic engineering company Oxitec, the company clamoring to release GE mosquitoes to deal with the Zika problem, admitted that reducing one mosquito species could likely lead to a population explosion of the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

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New certification lets consumers know products are fully Non-Genetically Engineered

PrintThe controversy of GMO versus non-GMO continues. The state of Vermont appears to be a pivotal factor in getting food manufacturers to finally begin labeling their products despite the huge pushback and enormous amounts of money thrown against the mandatory labeling fight.

Another sign that consumers will finally get the information as to what’s in their food that they consistently report they want has appeared. Continue reading

Monsanto being sued for $83 million over GMO cotton failure

Burkina Faso + Bt cotton field

The cotton association of the African nation of Burkina Faso announced that it’s suing Monsanto for approximately $84 million (48.3 billion CFA francs) – compensation it says is due because the U.S. company’s genetically modified cotton caused a drop in quality.

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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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Hellmann’s announces 2 new non-GMO products

 

Hellmann's new non-GMO mayonaise

Score another one for consumers Another large food manufacturer is paying attention to what we want.

Hellman’s parent company Unilever announced today it was adding 2 new non-GMO products to its line. They are Hellmann’s Organic Mayonaise and Hellmann’s “Carefully Crafted” egg-free dressing and sandwich spread. This comes after the introduction of Hellmann’s non-GMO olive oil mayonnaise last year.

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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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Who does the USDA really represent? Surely not the public’s welfare

Genetically engineered Diamond back moth by Oxitec

With all the hoopla across the country about whether or not to pass legislation that would give the public the right to know what’s in the food we eat and about preventing carcinogenic pesticides from being used on our food crops, the idea that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would flagrantly disregard concerns of environmentalists and concerned citizens seems at odds with its public charter. Yet that’s apparently what’s happened.

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