UK research firm applies for permit to grow GM broccoli and wheat

Just when you thought your food choices were clear and safe. UK firm The John Innes Centre has applied for permission to plant experimental genetically modified wheat and broccoli in open fields at their farm outside Norwich, in the United Kingdom. The research company hopes to begin two small-scale field trials in April.

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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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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of GMO’s from a die-hard organic farmer

The following article is by a colleague who, as a decades-experienced organic farmer, has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding genetically modified or genetically engineered crops and their impact. Because this topic is so crucial, it’s published here as a three-part short series. Sources are attributed at the end of the series.  You’ll want to be sure to read it all.

GMO corn pic

I guess I’m just an old confused farmer, but I’ve been concerned about GMOs and the future for a while . Initially, I was optimistic. However the rapid growth and the way Genetic Modified Organisms (GMO) are being used has me worried. So far, the debate hasn’t provided clear solutions. As a food eater, I want to know all about the food I eat. Therefore, I’ve tried to look at the issues from both sides.

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General Mills says Cheerios is now GMO-free

CheeriosCereal giant General Mills has bowed to pressure from consumers and their demands for healthier food. The company announced yesterday on its corporate Web site that its “original” Cheerios are now produced without genetically modified ingredients. It said that the company was “able to change how we source and handle ingredients to ensure that the corn starch for original Cheerios comes only from non-GMO corn and our sugar is only non-GMO pure cane sugar.” Continue reading

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.

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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.

Connecticut passes GMO labeling bill – with a catch

GMO (no)Connecticut became the first state in the U.S. to pass a law mandating that foods containing genetically modified ingredients (GMO) be labeled.  But there’s a catch.

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