March 4th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A change in the way the USDA rules on regulatory reviews of genetically modified foods spells good news for biotech companies. The new changes will speed up the review process phase in approving plants and animals created through genetic modification.
Read More:Want More GMOs? No Problem! USDA to Cut Approval Time in Half
February 14th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
With genetically modified seeds dominating the U.S. agricultural corn industry—from food to fuel—the incidents of farmer violations are also on the rise according to recent data released by the Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee—a coalition of multinational corporations dominating the GMO industry including Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and DuPont.
Read More:GMO Corn Farmer Violations Triple Over Last Year
February 2nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates came to the defense of genetically modified organisms and the potential they hold to “feed the world” and help relieve global poverty issues in a recent annual letter released on his foundation’s website.
Read More:Bill Gates’ Newest Favorite Technology? Genetically Modified Organisms
January 14th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The founder and CEO of the world’s leading organic yogurt company, Stonyfield Farms, announced that he has stepped down from the company he founded and will be focusing instead on food regulatory issues, came along with the news that he has co-authored a consumer guide e-book designed to help Americans better understand genetically modified foods.
Read More:First-Ever Consumer Guide e-Book on GMO Foods Co-Authored By Stonyfield Yogurt Founder
January 10th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Genetically modified organisms have come to be synonymous with corn and soy (and the brands behind the recent proliferation of GMOS such as Monsanto). But the practice of altering DNA and cellular structures doesn’t stop at plant seeds; researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Centre at Oregon Health and Science University have successfully genetically modified monkeys.
Read More:Shock the GMO Monkey? Lab Creates Genetically Modified Rhesus
December 2nd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
A ban on planting genetically modified crops in France was annulled last week, shocking a nation that prides itself on being known as the world’s gourmand with a focus on fresh and whole foods. The decision to overturn the ban came as the government cited a failure in being able to establish the reason for the rushed initial ban and the lack of any conclusive scientific evidence that genetically modified foods pose human health or environmental risks.
Read More:Pardon? Monsanto GMO Ban Overturned in France
November 28th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Claims that the Naked Juice Company is falsely advertising its products as ‘all natural’ despite a number of synthetic ingredients, has landed the Monrovia, CA-based company with several class action federal lawsuits.
Read More:Naked But Not Transparent: Hidden GMOs Land Juice Company with Lawsuits
November 25th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
New warnings in a report published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center caution against the proliferation of biofuels, citing major habitat loss as a result of converting pastures, savannas and forests into cropland for the gasoline alternative.
Read More:‘Environmentally Friendly’ Biofuel Cropland Destroys 80 Percent of Species, Study Finds
November 20th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Nepal’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is battling the U.S. Agency for International Development and Monsanto, the largest seed company in the world, over the development of a hybrid corn crop intended for planting in the Nepalese regions of Chitwan, Nawalparasi and Kavre.
Read More:Nepal Pushes Back Against Monsanto’s Hybrid Seeds
November 16th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Efforts to make the FDA finally require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods appear to be well on their way to becoming a reality. In just over one month, more than 350,000 people have signed on to support the Just Label It – We Have the Right to Know campaign.
Read More:350,000 Sign On to Demand Labeling of GMOs