Loc: Waterloo, NY
Bayer, Monsanto CEOs Meet With Trump, Argue Merger Would Create U.S. Jobs
The chief executive officers of German chemical giant Bayer AG and U.S. seed behemoth Monsanto (MON), Werner Baumann and Hugh Grant, are in New York pressing their case with President-elect Donald Trump to approve the massive merger between the two entities and to tout the creation of U.S. jobs if the deal goes through, people with direct knowledge of the matter tell the FOX Business Network.
GMO grass that 'escaped' defies eradication, divides grass seed industry
After more than a decade of unsuccessful efforts to eradicate the genetically modified grass it created and allowed to escape, lawn and garden giant Scotts Miracle-Gro now wants to step back and shift the burden to Oregonians.
Conagra made several other arguments against class certification, arguing that most consumers didn’t rely on the 100 percent natural claim to buy Wesson vegetable oils and that they didn’t expect “natural” to mean the produce was free of genetically engineered ingredients.
The amendment, filed by the Senate (upper house) in the course of ongoing adjustments of Polish seeding laws to EU directives, allows the government to issue a trade ban on GMO seeds on grounds of their unsuitability for Polish agriculture, threat to the health of people, animals and plants, and for environmental reasons.
Asia Minute: South Korea Tightens GMO Labeling Law
Starting next month, producers need to indicate if there is any genetically modified DNA or protein within the food. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety unveiled the changes late in December saying that they are aimed at “beefing up consumers’ right to know.”
Japanese cash helps grain firm The Healthy Grain grow
The funds will be used by the company, which specialises in the contract growing and sale of non-genetically modified grain varieties with special health and nutritional properties, to expand the markets for their niche high-value products in the US, Europe and Asia.
The significance of these findings of substantial non-equivalence, which was long expected, and proven in other ways in other studies, provides more evidence that the FDA is not doing their job to protect the American people and livestock. This evidence shows that the FDA should immediately put a moratorium on all GMOs until proven safe.
It is astonishing that the FDA has been bullied and/or bribed into overlooking the studies showing harm and have allowed GMO products in our food supply. Yet, they have: GMO products have expanded into corn, soy, sugar from sugar beets, cotton seed, canola, Hawaiian Papaya, some zucchini and yellow squash, potatoes, apples, pineapples, salmon, and soon, bananas. Hundreds of varieties of GMO wait in the pipeline.
(Beyond Pesticides, January 9, 2017) After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its recent human health risk assessment for the organophosphate insecticide (OP) tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) on December 21, 2016, the agency announced it was allowing the continued use of the neurotoxic chemical to which children are widely exposed through pets’ flea collars and other flea treatments. According to EPA, ” TCVP is used as a direct animal treatment to livestock (i.e., cattle, horses, poultry and swine) and their premises, in kennels, outdoors as a perimeter treatment, and as a flea treatment [including flea collars] on cats and dogs.”
In its announcement on January 4, 2017, EPA states, “We advise consumers to take certain precautions when handling TCVP products in residential areas. These precautions are listed on TCVP product labels, including:
Results of Food tested for glyphosate - Tony Mitra - Canada
On 5th of December 2016, I had opened a fresh ATI (Access to information) application with the government, this time with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, or CFIA, for results of all Canadian grown and imported foods, including plants, grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, poultry, meat, oils or processed food tested from 1st Jan 2008 till date, for presence of glyphosate to be sent to me.
These Foods Aren’t Genetically Modified but They Are ‘Edited’
“We’ve never been against any of this technology,” said Michael K. Hansen, a senior staff scientist at Consumers Union. “We don’t say it’s inherently bad or these crops are inherently dangers. It’s just they raise safety issues, and there should be required safety assessments.”
While the gene-editing templates match a specific sequence, it is possible that the same sequence occurs elsewhere in the genome or they will match similar sequences, and the DNA will be sliced in those places, too, with unknown consequences. “They make it sound very exact,” Dr. Hansen said. “It will have off-target effects.”
Dr. Hansen said unregulated gene-edited crops could also create trade havoc if traces of them accidentally mixed into exports to countries that prohibited them.
More Evidence Neonics Inhibit Social Behavior and Pollination Skills in Bumblebees
(Beyond Pesticides, January 10, 2017) Exposure to neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides leads to a decrease in pollination frequency and fewer social interactions in bumblebees, according to research published by scientists from Harvard University and University of California, Davis. The study, released last year but presented this week at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s annual meeting, underscores the need for regulators and policy makers to eliminate use of these chemicals, not only to protect honey bees, but also wild pollinators like the bumblebee.