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 2nd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Adding to the controversy over the sustainability of genetically modified organisms comes news that some bugs are now becoming resistant to GMO corn with pesticides built into their DNA marketed by Monsanto.
Read More:Bugs Outsmart Monsanto, Adapt to GMO Corn
August 24th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Efforts to make California the first state to require mandatory labeling of all genetically modified foods are underway with growing support from organizations including the Organic Consumers Association and the Right2Know March.
Read More:California Voters Hope to Have a Say in GMO Labeling in 2012
August 15th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled last month that chemical pesticides used by conventional farmers that cross property lines contaminating neighboring organic farms could be considered trespassing, nuisance and negligence, entitling organic farmers to retributions.
Read More:Victory for Organic Farmers: Court Rules Drifting Pesticides are Trespassers
August 10th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
The California Department of Food and Agriculture estimates that 93 percent of soy, 86 percent of corn and 93 percent of cotton and canola planted in the U.S. in 2010 were genetically engineered, and more than 70 percent of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain some sort of GM ingredients, a majority of which is the result of Monsanto, the largest biotech seed company in the world. Now, Monsanto’s controversial GMO seeds will no longer be just an ingredient on a label, the company will begin selling genetically modified sweet corn in supermarket produce sections.
Read More:Sweet? GMO Corn on the Cob, Courtesy of Monsanto
July 12th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Just before the July 4th holiday, the USDA announced that it is not the duty of the regulatory agency to determine whether or not genetically modified glyphosate resistant Kentucky bluegrass is safe to approve for planting.
Read More:Genetically Modified Kentucky Bluegrass Sets New Precedent for Biotech Industry
June 30th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Monsanto, the world’s largest biotech manufacturer of widely controversial genetically modified seeds and companion pesticide, the glyphosate-based Roundup, announced that it is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for offering customers of its pesticide financial incentives.
Read More:Monsanto Under Investigation By The SEC
June 8th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
In a recently released report by an international group of scientists funded by Earth Open Source, the team of researchers conclude that as far back as the 1980s, regulators knew that exposure to the glyphosate-based pesticide commonly marketed as Monsanto’s Roundup causes birth defects.
Read More:Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Link to Birth Defects Hidden from Public