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Public Pressure and Allies in Congress Keep “Rider” Blocking State Labeling of GMOs Out of Spending Bill - December 16th, 2015
“We are very pleased that Congress has apparently decided not to undermine Americans’ right to know about the food the purchase and feed their families,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “Adding a rider to the budget bill that would nullify state laws requiring labeling and even forbidden federal agencies from mandating labeling would have been profoundly undemocratic and nothing short of legislative malfeasance. We will remain vigilant over the coming days and into the next legislative session to ensure our right to know is protected.”
Time for greater food safety in NY - BY STATE SENATOR JOE ADDABBO
As a proud sponsor of Senate Bill S.485A, I know that the time has come to pass this legislation and begin requiring companies to label products made with GMOs, which can include any ingredient whose genetic makeup has been deliberately changed in a way that could never occur naturally.
With the Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption – AquaBounty’s GMO Atlantic salmon – the need for labeling is more urgent than ever.
Is it really organic? Consumers may sue farmers who falsely label their produce
Growers who falsely label their produce as organic may be sued for false advertising under state law even if the federal government has certified their farms as organic, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.
Monsanto Long Term Studies Buried by EPA Revealed! - Dec 8, 2015
Dr. Stephanie Seneff and host Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD go through disturbing research information uncovered in the 10,000 pages of Monsanto long term studies done decades ago before it was buried by the EPA
Raw milk is now rapidly emerging as a farmer-to-consumer connected market. Things had to get really shockingly bad for the people and the farmers to see what really bad was. Now new life comes forth and there is new hope and health. This movement is local and it is grass roots. Victory will not be easy—the FDA and the mega dairies will fight to protect what they took from us, the earth and the cows, for the last one hundred years.
"My studies on glyphosate reveal that children exposed to glyphosate can have too much and too little iron simultaneously: glyphosate disrupts the body's natural mechanisms for transporting iron, and this leads to iron toxicity paradoxically in the face of iron deficiencies. We have an epidemic in anemia and the frequency is going up in step with glyphosate usage on core crops. Glyphosate adversely affects red blood cells in many ways, and this causes them to die too soon, leading to anemia and releasing free iron from hemoglobin." Stephanie Seneff
As of January 2013, Monsanto had filed 144 suits against 410 farmers in 27 states. So far Monsanto has collected over $423.5 million from farmers and farm businesses in the courtroom, as documented in Seed Giants vs U.S. Farmers, a report from our friends at the Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds.
More than 40 mothers have lost babies to a rare and deadly birth defect in three Central Washington counties since 2010, but the cause remains unknown. Why haven’t health officials done more to find answers?
Washington’s cluster was discovered after a nurse, Sara Barron, noted in 2012 that two babies with anencephaly were born within weeks of each other at the 25-bed community hospital in Prosser, PMH Medical Center.
Scientists challenge EFSA claim of glyphosate safety - December 1, 2015
The scientists, who come from countries as diverse as the US, Germany, Kuwait, Japan, and Korea, say that they have reviewed these two differing decisions on the human carcinogenicity of glyphosate and conclude that the IARC decision is “by far the more credible”, whereas the BfR decision is “not credible”.
2015: The Beginning of a Paradigm Shift for Big Food and Agriculture?
However, this year’s incidents suggest that many in the public health and nutrition sector want substantial change, starting with minimizing corporate influence on research. This has been an important year for transparency. Let’s keep the momentum going.
If we thought GM salmon would be the end, it appears we were very wrong. Many of these GM animals are "not intended for eating."
"Unlike the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon that was approved by the FDA last month, the transgenic chickens that produce Kanuma are not intended to enter the food supply. But just as with the AquAdvantage salmon, the FDA considers the chicken’s genetic modifications to be an 'animal drug'.
Because every cell in the modified chicken contains altered DNA, the FDA “asserts its jurisdiction over the entire chicken”, says Cormier."
"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a chicken that has been genetically engineered to produce a drug in its eggs.
The drug, Kanuma (sebelipase alfa), is a recombinant human enzyme marketed by Alexion Pharmaceuticals. It replaces a faulty enzyme in people with a rare, inherited condition that prevents the body from breaking down fatty molecules in cells.
Salmon is first transgenic animal to win US approval for food
Following its approval by the FDA on 8 December, Kanuma joins a small group of ‘farmaceuticals’ on the US market. In 2009, the agency approved genetically modified goats that produce an anticoagulant called ATryn (antithrombin) in their milk. And last year, the FDA authorized a drug for treating hereditary angioedema that is produced by transgenic rabbits.
The FDA’s latest decision “shows that the ATryn goats weren’t just a one-off”, says Jay Cormier, a lawyer at Hyman, Phelps and McNamara in Washington DC and a former scientific reviewer for the FDA. “The process can function for more than just one particular unique case.”