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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Organic versus non-GMO certified. Which would you pick if you had all the information?

The Non-GMO ProjectSaw a great article today – taken from an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered – that examined people’s perceptions of food products that were labeled either USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project Verified. It made some very good points for both sides.

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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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Dr. Seralini to speak this weekend in San Diego

Dr.Gilles-Eric-SeraliniFor those who will be in or around the San Diego, California area this weekend, there’s a very special event taking place you may want to get to. Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini, the scientist who exposed the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in what turned out to be a hotly contested study, will headline the Environmental Health Solutions Public Forum in San Diego this Sunday, March 6, 2016, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

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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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Would General Mills support national GMO labeling? They say yes.

GMO rice graphic

Journalists must walk a fine line between reporting and becoming (or even perceived as) an activist. While I do my best to walk that line professionally (though at times I admittedly do “fall down” on one side or the other of an issue), in my personal life I sign a large number of online petitions for causes I feel strongly about.

It’s rare, though, to receive a response – even a “canned” one – from one of these petitions. But that’s what happened.

In response to a petition I signed recently asking General Mills to support mandatory FDA labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s) in them, here’s the response I got via email. Very interesting. Let me know what you think. Continue reading

DuPont’s new GMO cooking oil raises the bar on controversy

Plenish – a GMO cooking oil from DuPont Pioneer – is quietly making its way into restaurants

When it comes to eating healthy, there are a lot of factors to consider. Fried foods don’t really fit the bill, even though we’d like to think they do.

But chalk another one up for DuPont and their efforts to get Americans to accept GMO products as part of their regular food choices.

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