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The EPA finally did something right. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Toxic pesticide banned on genetically engineered crops
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 25, 2015
“With this action, EPA confirms the toxic nature of this lethal cocktail of chemicals, and has stepped back from the brink,” said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Paul Achitoff. “Glyphosate is a probable carcinogen and is wiping out the monarch butterfly, 2,4-D also causes serious human health effects, and the combination also threatens endangered wildlife. This must not, and will not, be how we grow our food.”
This tiny moth is stirring up the GMO debate in New York - 11/20/15
The genetically engineered moths include a special gene that causes female young to die before reaching adulthood, meaning eventually the females die out and the population can no longer reproduce. So when the GE moths are released into the field, “they mate with the pest counterparts,” said Neil Morrison, Oxitec’s lead diamondback moth research scientist. “And they control the population that way.”
GMO sugar beets were opposed from day one by food advocates, who pointed out that the technology was not adequately tested before launch. The Center for Food Safety sued the USDA for approving the new technology without performing required environmental testing, and won. However, the USDA let GMO sugar beets go forward despite the ruling. USDA ultimately issued an environmental report, but that report ignored the broad environmental impacts of GMO sugar beets, including the likelihood that glyphosate-resistant beets would ultimately lead to superweeds that are themselves resistant to glyphosate, resulting in even more toxic pesticides being applied, as well as the spread of GMO beets to non-GMO fields.
Assholes put labels "NATURAL" on products to deceive... but refuse to label what they cook up in the laboratory.
The sugar industry and makers of high fructose corn syrup announced a mid-trial settlement this afternoon in their $1.1 billion California federal court battle over whether syrup makers misled consumers by touting their product as a natural sugar equivalent.
The details of the settlement agreement are confidential.
The settlement is with Western Sugar Cooperative, Michigan Sugar Company, C&H Sugar Company and other sugar plaintiffs — who manufacture more than 70 percent of the nation’s sugar production.
This robot kills weeds, and could end the need for herbicides on farms
Food Advocacy Group to Sue FDA Over Controversial Approval of GMO Salmon - Lorraine Chow | November 20, 2015
“The fallout from this decision will have enormous impact on the environment. Center for Food Safety has no choice but to file suit to stop the introduction of this dangerous contaminant,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “FDA has neglected its responsibility to protect the public.”
Indeed, in order to fulfil its long held ambitions the FDA, under George W. Bush’s administration, determined that transgenic animals intended for human consumption would be regulated as animal drugs by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in order to expedite the approval process.
According to the FDA it “regulates GE animals under the new animal drug provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, because the recombinant DNA (rDNA) construct introduced into the animal meets the definition of a drug.”
The final FDA approval process for drugs in the US also takes less time (average 10 months) than approval for, for instance, a food additive (average 24 months) and perhaps especially genetically modified food. This too may have been influential.
As well as salmon, the AquaBounty company is also developing hybrid trout and tilapia which are also designed to grow faster than traditional fish.
Monsanto's Roundup: The Whole Toxic Enchilada By Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association - 21 November 15
According to Sustainable Pulse, what EFSA really concluded is this: Glyphosate by itself doesn’t cause cancer. But products like Monsanto’s Roundup, which contain glyphosate and other additives and chemicals that are essential to making the herbicide work? That’s another, or in this case, the rest of the story.
According to the EFSA report:
It is likely, therefore, that the genotoxic effects observed in some glyphosate-based formulations are related to the other constituents or “co-formulants.”
Bingo. Take some glyphosate, mix it up with other chemicals, and you’ve got yourself a cancer-causing concoction. (Genotoxic means “damaging to DNA and thereby capable of causing mutations or cancer). Remove those additives (or adjuvants as scientists refer to them), and you’ve got yourself a weed killer that doesn’t work.
Swiss seed company Syngenta AG has sued top U.S. grain exporters Cargill Inc and Archer Daniels Midland Co over losses that U.S. farmers said they suffered from rejections of boatloads of genetically modified corn by China.
FDA denies GMO labeling petition: What matters is the characteristics of the food itself, not the process by which it was made By Elaine Watson+, 23-Nov-2015
The FDA has rejected a citizen’s petition calling for mandatory labeling of foods from genetically engineered crops, arguing that labels are not warranted unless there is a material difference in the safety or nutritional profile of the foods in question.