September 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
As California heats up over Proposition 37, the November 2012 ballot initiative that could see the state adopt mandatory labeling for all foods containing genetically modified ingredients, new research adds startling cancer concerns to the discussion.
Read More:Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Causes Cancer in Study
September 7th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The Environmental Protection Agency now says there is “mounting evidence” that Monsanto’s genetically modified corn is losing its ability to resist insect infestations such as the Western rootworm, despite increased applications of pesticides.
Read More:EPA Acknowledges Roundup Resistant Pests; Monsanto Denies
August 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Farmers are battling “superweeds” and pests like the rootworm that have developed tolerance to Monsanto’s chemical pesticide Roundup in recent years. As an alternative, farmers began relying on stronger herbicides, including 2,4-D—a major ingredient in Agent Orange. But that too has recently begun to show signs of pest resistance, a new study finds.
Read More:Super Pests Becoming Resistant to Roundup and Agent Orange
August 4th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
As the battle over labeling genetically modified foods heats up in California with Proposition 37 scheduled for a November vote, news that Wal-Mart will begin selling Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn adds more fuel to the fire.
Read More:Wal-Mart to Sell Monsanto’s ‘Sustainable’ GMO Sweet Corn
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 23rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
After years under consideration by the USDA, the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has finally approved the deregulation of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified sugar beets.
Read More:Monsanto’s GMO Roundup Ready Sugar Beets Get Final USDA Approval
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
June 24th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
After much debate and input, the Senate has finally passed the Farm Bill: a five-year, $500 billion bill that is rife with controversy, including major cuts to farm subsidies, land conservation efforts and rejecting a measure that would allow states the rights to require the mandatory labeling of foods or beverages that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Read More:Senate Approves Farm Bill, Rejects Mandatory GMO Labeling Amendment
June 10th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Monsanto, the Missouri based biotech and chemical company, is in the throes of a lawsuit brought about by 5 million Brazilian farmers seeking retribution totaling near $8 million for what they claim is unfair collection of royalties on crops by Monsanto.
Read More:Staggering: 5 Million Brazilian Farmers Sue Monsanto Over Royalties