Breaking: Vermont Seeks Documents on GMOs from Seed, Food Companies

Vermont's attorney general has asked a federal court to force big seed and food companies to turn over internal research on genetically modified crops, escalating a legal battle as the state defends its law requiring labels for GMO ingredients.

“Outraged” Erin Brockovich Slams FDA, GMO Industry In Scathing New Letter

“The biotech industry and the FDA have hijacked not only our basic rights as consumers, but also our fundamental human rights in the face of corporate monopolization of our food supply. They are jeopardizing our health and the environment more than ever before. When will the government agencies put in place to protect us stop servicing the bottom line of corporations?”

Moms Across America's Founder Zen Honeycutt on Thom Hartmann's The Big Picture - March 31, 2016

Glyphosate contaminating wine crops - 6 minutes.

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Pesticides Kill Dragonflies and Reduce Biodiversity in Rice Paddies

(Beyond Pesticides, April 4, 2016) Pesticides widely used in rice paddies in Japan are harming dragonflies. The study, conducted by researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies, finds that the insecticide fipronil significantly reduces the population of adult dragonflies, more so than any other pesticide treatment.

Inspired Bites: Union Hospital dishes up organic, local eats

Why Eden Foods chooses not to use the USDA seal

Costco gets creative to meet shoppers’ huge appetite for organics

To boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles to keep pace with customer demand.

Government to promote native cotton seeds

NEWS ! – Monsanto Reports Worse-than-Expected Earnings, Sales Declines !

Consumed: The Mainstream Movie Putting The GMO Problem In The Spotlight - 2 Minute Trailer

Villanova Pivots to Neonic-Free, Joins Bee Protective Campaign

(Beyond Pesticides April 6, 2016) Hot off the heels of the NCAA basketball tournament, a national title is not the only thing Villanova University has to celebrate this week. The campus, located near Philadelphia, PA, recently became the second school in the nation to receive recognition from the Beyond Pesticides’ and Center for Food Safety’s BEE Protective Campaign, which seeks to protect honey bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides. Signing the BEE Protective pledge, Villanova signaled its continued commitment to using neonicotinoid-free insecticides on campus, making them one of the leading higher education institutions committed to the protection of pollinator species.

What To Do When You Are Attacked By Trolls For Being A Part Of The Food Revolution

Who is Ketchum? They are the PR firm that represents The Council for Biotechnology Information (the biotech industry group openly funded by BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta) to run the industry website GMO Answers that promotes GMO technology.

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Will Organic Cattle Be Pumped Full of GMO Vaccines?

The semiannual meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will take place April 25–27 in Washington, DC. Because the NOSB makes decisions that, in large part, determine the future of organic foods (it’s the advisory board for the National Organic Program, or NOP), ANH-USA has been engaged with the board for some time.

After reviewing the agenda, we noted two items of concern.

EPA Introduces Safer Choice Label for Cleaning Products (Vinegar and baking soda is all you need and it kills weeds too)

(Beyond Pesticides, April 7, 2016) Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the Safe Choice Program (not to be confused with Beyond Pesticides’ longstanding Safer Choice program), an overhauled labeling system created by Design for the Environment (DfE) that encourages consumers to seek out and use cleaning products that protect public health and the environment. Safer Choice uses the technical expertise of its DfE workgroup of EPA scientists to compare ingredients in the same functional class and thereby identify those ingredients with the lowest hazard profile. In order to earn a Safer Choice Standard label, products must have chemical ingredient formulations that “function in making the product work,” which allows formulators “to use those ingredients with the lowest hazard in their functional class.” Safer Chemical Ingredients are listed on EPAs website.

Let your voice be heard at the National Organic Standard Board! Please comment before April 14th! Click on the link:!submitComment;D=AMS-NOP-15-0085-0001

Monsanto Profits Drop Twenty-Five Percent Again as Farmers, Individuals Go Organic

While the company is admittedly still seeing profits in the billions, the continuous decline paints a bleak picture for the agricultural giant. It means that the massive grassroots movement against Big Biotech giants such as Monsanto is working, and that our collective voice is being more than heard.

France Bans Some Glyphosate Herbicide Formulations over Health Fears

Reuters reported Friday that France’s health and safety agency (ANSES) has decided to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and the adjuvant tallowamine due to uncertainty over possible health risks, the agency said on Friday.

Chinese Citizens Protest against ChemChina’s $ 43 Billion Acquisition of Syngenta

Dr. Mercola and Dr. Seneff on Glyphosate and Celiac Disease

Africa’s Traditional Crops Under Threat as Big Ag, Gates Foundation ‘Donate’ GMO Technology

A new report from the African Centre for Biodiversity, a nonprofit that aims to protect the continent’s biodiversity and food production system, accuses the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and GMO companies including Monsanto of introducing GMO technology in Africa “under the guise of philanthropy.”

Small Size of Wild Bees Correlated with Their Proximity to Intensive Agriculture (Beyond Pesticides, April 5, 2016)

Populations of wild, ground-nesting bees grow smaller in areas where agricultural production is high, according to Cornell University researchers. Both wild and managed pollinators are experiencing global population declines that have been linked to a range of factors stemming from human activity, to habitat loss, the spread of parasitic mites and diseases, climate change, and significantly, the use of toxic, systemic pesticides. This study underscores the wide ranging threat that conventional agricultural practices pose to wild insect pollinators.

Roundup Ready alfalfa primed for launch in East


Demand for Non-GMO Products Hits the Seed Industry

Vermont to Target 'Willful Violations' of GMO Labeling Law

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (1 hour, 24 minutes)

While we all fixate on glyphosate, Monsanto prepares its next GM trick: RNA pesticides

GMO Free Europe - Regions by Country

EPA Finds 97% of Endangered Species Threatened by Common Pesticides (Beyond Pesticides, April 12, 2016)

Two commonly used pesticides are “likely to adversely affect” 97% of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a first of its kind national assessment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The determination is part of a settlement reached by EPA and the Center for Biological Diversity, which requires the agency to complete a review of the impact of organophosphate pesticides chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon by December 2017, and two carbamate class pesticides, methomyl and carbaryl, by the end of 2018. Under ESA Section 7, any agency action that it authorizes, funds, or carries out must find that it “is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of habitat.”

Strawberries Have the Most Pesticide Residues: Report

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is apparently so scared that NY will pass its GMO labeling bill that it has resorted to dirty, scaremongering tactics. They are calling residents living on low or fixed incomes throughout the state, scaring them into believing that their grocery bills will go up $500 dollars a year if the NY bill passes. The GMA then urges their "victim" to call their Assemblymember, even offering to connect them directly, in an effort to flood legislator offices with calls against the bill.

This is PATHETIC. Grocery Manufacturers Association is the industry group that represents all the major food companies and biotech companies and has been the leading force behind the DARK Act, suing the state of Vermont for passing a labeling law, and lobbying against ballot initiatives and legislation in every state that has considered GMO labeling.

We cannot let this latest dirty trick go unanswered. Please call your Assemblymember asap to tell them they shouldn't be taken in by the GMA's tricks and that they should strongly support New York's right to know if it's GMO by getting behind bill A.617B. Don't know who your Assemblymember is? Find out here:

Also, please share your feelings about GMA's lying ways on their Facebook page and by Tweeting them. We need to call them out and hold them accountable for this!
Twitter: @GroceryMakers

European Parliament Supports Re-Authorization of Glyphosate Herbicides for 7 Years

GM Watch stated: “While this is not the ban that we and many groups wanted, the European Parliament asks for significant restrictions on glyphosate use”:
•No approval of non-professional use
•No approval in or close to public parks/playgrounds/gardens
•No approval where integrated pest management systems are sufficient for necessary weed control
•Strict limitations on pre-harvest applications (desiccation), which are deemed unacceptable

A Safer Food Future, Now

Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015

Gene-edited CRISPR mushroom escapes US regulation

A fungus engineered with the CRISPR–Cas9 technique can be cultivated and sold without further oversight.

China to greatly expand GM crops

China intends to plant genetically modified crops on a very large scale in coming years. The new policy follows a recent announcement that GM crop developer Syngenta will be taken over by a Chinese state-owned firm.

Update: Who Owns Organic Chart Reflects Further Organic Consolidation - January 26, 2016

The first wave of acquisitions of organic processors was concentrated between December, 1997 and October, 2002. This period coincides with the initial release of the draft USDA organic standards and its full implementation in October, 2002. A second wave of acquisitions in the organic sector has been occurring since 2012. Surprisingly few major corporate agribusinesses note ownership ties on their acquisitions’ product labels.

Dr. Phil Howard, an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State and author of the infographic above, has identified some significant updates to his Who Owns Organic Chart, including:

Hormel’s acquisition of Applegate Farms for $775 million
WhiteWave’s acquisition of So Delicious/Turtle Mountain for $195 million and Wallaby Yogurt for $125 million
General Mills’ acquisition of Annie’s Homegrown for $820 million
Pinnacle Foods’ acquisition of Boulder Brands (Earth Balance, Evol, Udi’s) for $975 million
Post’s acquisition of a number of cereal and egg brands (including MOM/Malt-O-Meal/Better Oats) for $1.15 billion
JAB Holding’s acquisition of a number of coffee brands (Green Mountain Einstein Bros./Noah’s, Stumptown and Intelligentsia, Peet’s, and Caribou)

Dr. Howard also created the chart, Organic Industry Structure: Major Independents and Their Subsidiary Brands. The independent brands include:

Alvarado Street Bakery
Amy’s Kitchen
Bob’s Red Mill
Cliff Bar: Luna
Eden Foods
Equal Exchange
Frontier Natural Products: Simply Organic
Lundberg Family Farms
Nature’s Path: Country Choice Organic, Enviro-Kidz
Organic Valley: Organic Prairie
Pacific Natural Foods
Sno Pac
Springfield Creamery: Nancy’s
Traditional Medicinals
Yogi Tea

Dr. Howard observes, “I expect more deals to occur, since organic foods sales continue to increase faster than sales of conventional foods, and corporations are flush with cash and/or access to cheap credit.”

The Cornucopia Institute has aided Dr. Howard’s work with the sharing of research and information over the years. “We are proud to have helped Dr. Howard update this important infographic that so many consumers find to have value,” said Cornucopia Codirector Will Fantle.

Researchers developing honeybees can survive in Canada Winter – Kansas City Tech Part

Using GMOs could be dangerous

Back in great-grandfather’s day, healthy cows ate grass. Now cows can be pumped with growth hormones and antibiotics and are fed engineered grain grown from modified seeds with pesticides built in to the seeds.

Farm businesses have unknowingly bought in to the untested chemicals tainting our food, repeating Big Agra’s claims that providing basic information for consumers’ informed health choices is needless.

Demand for Non-GMO Products Hits the Seed Industry

“As demand for non-GMO choices continues to rise, farmers are seeking more non-GMO seed,” Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project, said. “Similarly, smaller farms and home gardeners are choosing to plant more organic and non-GMO varieties.”

United States Government Accountability Office Report to John Tester About GM Crops

The Great GMO Cover-Up #2 Companies Hide Dangers; Attack Scientists

Corn: It's Everything

What happens to all that corn grown by Iowa farmers? Much of the corn grown by Iowa farmers becomes livestock feed and ethanol fuel, or is exported as value-added products.

But that’s not all. Corn is in everything!

Remember one year ago today HRC said: “Genetically modified sounds ‘Frankensteinish’ – drought resistant sounds really like something you want,” she said.

HRC on her painstaking work to convince African farmers that gmo seed was safe. 29:00 to 33:00

She was involved in promoting gmo seed while she was working for the state department. "...and we talk about drought resistant seeds and I promoted those all over Africa...I have been involved in a lot of debates in other countries about whether or not to farmers be educated enough that dought resistant seeds are not going to hurt them, not going to hurt their property, their people, their family and this is painstaking work..."

Study: Monsanto’s PCBs Causing ‘Severe Impact’ on Whales and Dolphins

Monsanto Profits Drop 25% AGAIN as Farmers, Individuals go Organic

U.S. Government To Pull Foreign Aid In El Salvador For Refusing Monsanto Seeds

Oathkeeper Sheriff Blocks Feds From Raiding Local Farmer

National Toxin Free Towns Campaign and 4th of July Parades

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Wine consumers...16 minutes - Moms Across America's Zen Honeycutt
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