October 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A coalition of environmental organizations is urging the executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to enact a global ban on the industrial planting of genetically modified trees.
Read More:Where’s the Lorax When You Need Him? Global Ban Called for on GMO Trees
October 9th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Monsanto will face farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman in front of the Supreme Court, the justices announced last week, agreeing to hear the dispute brought about by an appeal from Bowman—an Indiana soybean farmer targeted by the biotech industry giant.
Read More:Soy Farmer and Monsanto Head to the Supreme Court Over Patent Rights
October 7th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New data published in the recent issue of the journal Environmental Sciences Europe finds that U.S. farmers are using significantly more applications of toxic pesticides than in 1996 when pesticide intensive genetically modified crops were first widely introduced, reports Reuters.
Read More:GMOs Put Pesticide Use On the Rise, New Study Finds
October 6th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A controversial television ad in opposition to Proposition 37, the bill that could make California the first U.S. state to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, was pulled earlier this week.
Read More:Anti-Prop 37 TV Commercial Pulled in California
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
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 21st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made its support of genetically modified foods no secret over the years, and the recent $10 million grant awarded by the foundation to a team of British plant scientists makes it even more apparent.
Read More:Gates Foundation Gives $10 Million to GMO Research
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 13th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
It was only a matter of time before Monsanto and the biotech industry at risk of being forced to label genetically modified ingredients pushed back against The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. They’re targeting Californians where it hurts most: their wallets and the state’s poor communities.
Read More:Biotech Industry Pushes Back Against California GMO Labeling Initiative
July 11th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In efforts to protect themselves and their farms from a potential legal backlash by Monsanto, more than 300,000 individuals and family farms have taken “preventative” legal action against the multinational GMO seed and chemical company, which has a history of suing farmers for patent infringement.
Read More:300,000 Farmers Seek Legal Protection from Monsanto’s GMO Seeds