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
November 15th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
As the debate over what the term ‘natural’ means when it comes to foods, the Natural Products Association has announced plans to develop a seal for natural foods to begin appearing in 2012.
Read More:Foods Labeled ‘Natural’ to Get Certification, Finally
November 11th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
New testing methods are being implemented for fish raised on farms that have a greater chance of becoming contaminated with pesticides due to the unnatural plant-based diet now becoming a replacement for oceanic food sources, according to an article in Science Daily.
Read More:GMO Food Leaves Toxic Pesticides in Farmed Fish
October 29th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Leading organic cereal manufacturer, Nature’s Path, has made a significant contribution—$500,000—to the Center for Food Safety’s campaign for mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.
Read More:Nature’s Path Donates Half A Million to Support Mandatory GMO Labeling
September 22nd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
The late comedian George Carlin once elucidated the word “natural”: “Everything is natural. Everything in the universe is part of nature. Polyester, pesticides, oil slicks, and whoopee cushions. Nature is not just trees and flowers. It’s everything. Human beings are part of nature. And if a human being invents something, that’s part of nature, too.”
Read More:Naturally… GMO Foods Labeled ‘Natural’ Land Manufacturers in Court
September 12th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Despite the strict regulations making genetically modified foods scarce in the EU, France is not allowed to extend a ban on GMO food and animal feed using the emergency safeguard clause it originally cited, according to a ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Read More:Monsanto Gains Big Ground in GMO-Banned France
September 9th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
New findings released by the U.S. Geological Survey show the presence of pesticides—notably Monsanto’s pervasive glyphosate-based Roundup—as well as its degradation byproducts and trace amounts of antibiotics routinely fed to livestock, in watersheds and rainwater samples throughout the Mississippi Basin.
Read More:Run for Cover, Monsanto’s Roundup Found in Raindrops
September 7th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Widespread use of illegal counterfeit pesticides throughout Europe may be more harmful to consumers, farmers and the environment than the also toxic legal versions, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.
Read More:Counterfeit Pesticides Sweeping Through Europe