September 30th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A recent L.A. Times poll suggests California’s Proposition 37, which would make it the first state to require mandatory labeling on foods containing genetically modified ingredients, is likely to pass by more than a 2-to-1 margin this coming November.
Read More:Polls Show Californians Will Pass GMO Labeling Law in November
September 27th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
While no stranger to the pharmaceutical industry, genetically modified organisms could be used to mass-produce enzymes in treatment for rare diseases.
Read More:Could GMO Corn Be A Medical Breakthrough?
September 10th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Genetically modified glow-in-the-dark Electric Green Tetra fish pose a risk to non-GMO native species and have raised concerns with environmental advocacy groups, reports the Washington Post.
Read More:One Fish, Two Fish, Glow in the Dark Genetically Modified Pet Fish?
July 25th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Provisions to the Farm Bill that could support speedy approval of genetically engineered foods has incited outrage from groups and activists concerned over food safety.
Read More:Farm Bill Could Allow Faster Approval of ‘Illegal’ GMOs
July 15th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Aside from the controversies routinely surrounding genetically modified (GMO) foods, the biotech industry’s other elephant in the room may just be a mouse in a cage, according to new data released by the UK’s Home Office division. While the report shows a decline in tests involving monkeys, experiments involving other test animals, particularly mice, are actually at 30-year high, reports the BBC.
Read More:Biotech Animal Testing in UK Climbs to 30-Year High in 2011
July 5th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A new report details plans by the genetically modified soybean industry to expand its livestock feeding of GMO soybeans to the massive amounts of aquaculture fish raised in open ocean pens located in federal waters. While soy is already being fed to some farmed fish, if this happens to the scale the industry hopes, it could mean devastating consequences for the world’s oceans and consumer health, reports Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe, the organizations behind the report.
Read More:Sea Soy Monsters: GMO Industry Taking Over Farmed Fish Feed, Cites New Report
July 2nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
After documenting a number of health problems that his pigs developed on a diet made up mainly of genetically modified soy, Danish farmer Ib Borup Perderson transitioned his animals to a GMO-free diet, with noticeable changes appearing after just two days, reports the farming magazine Effektivt Landbrug.
Read More:Pigs’ Health Improved Drastically After Switching to a GMO-Free Diet
June 27th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Kellogg’s Kashi cereal division announced the launch of two new certified organic cereals on Tuesday: Simply Maize and Indigo Morning. The announcement comes just weeks after a photo condemning the cereal company for hidden genetically modified ingredients went viral on the Internet.
Read More:Too Soon? Kashi Launches Certified Organic Cereals Weeks After GMO Backlash
June 26th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Hybridized African Bermudagrass is being blamed as the culprit in the mysterious sudden death of a herd of cows in central Texas. The cattle, owned by rancher Jerry Abel reportedly began bellowing and convulsing after being let out to feed on the fresh grass. Fifteen of the 18 cattle died within several hours.
Read More:Keep Off the Grass (If You Want to Live): Toxic Hybrid Bermudagrass Kills Cows
June 21st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
What’s being called “mysterious cattle deaths” in Hesse, Germany, has led to criminal charges filed against Switzerland-based multinational biotech company, Syngenta, for allegedly covering up animals’ deaths recorded in trials that resulted from the ingestion of the company’s genetically modified Bt176 corn variety.
Read More:DOA: Cows Fed GMO Corn Died, Syngenta Faces Criminal Charges