Category: GMO

USDA Wants Deceptively Cute Images for GMO Labels, But Cuts the Phrase Genetically Modified

By Andrea Germanos “The images are just as insulting to consumers as the law, which the chemical and junk food industry lobbyists spent $400 million to pass.” –Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association The public comment period is now open on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s just unveiled proposal for…

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Proposed GMO Food Labeling Could Leave 100 Million Americans in the Dark

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “bioengineered foods.” The regulations come out of a 2016 law signed by President Obama prohibiting existing state GE labeling…

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EU Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides in Huge Win for Pollinators

By Jessica Corbett The European Union on Friday voted to ban agricultural pesticides that are harmful to bees and which scientists have warned could have a broader impact on the global food chain. Faced with mounting scientific evidence that bee-poisoningneonicotinoids, or neonics, could cause an “ecological armageddon,” European regulators…

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California Defeats Monsanto in Court to List Glyphosate as Carcinogen

A California Appellate Court sided with the State of California and Center for Food Safety (CFS) on Thursday, affirming that Monsanto’s glyphosate pesticide can be listed as a known carcinogen under Proposition 65. Monsanto’s lawsuit challenged the 2015 announcement by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment…

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Environmentalists and Farmers Seek Court Decision Halting Use of Dow’s ‘Agent Orange’ Pesticide

By Earthjustice Late [last] Wednesday, a coalition of environmental organizations and farmers represented by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed new legal papers in federal court seeking the reversal of Scott Pruitt and the Trump Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of Dow Chemical’s toxic pesticide, Enlist Duo. The…

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Merger From Hell Approved by DOJ, Warnings of Agrichemical Chokehold on Food System

By Andrea Germanos Watchdog groups sounded alarms on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the proposed mega-merger of Bayer and Monsanto has cleared its final regulatory hurdle in the United States. The reported approval from the Justice Department came “after the companies pledged to sell off additional…

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EPA Relaxed Dicamba Regulations Following Monsanto Research, Records Show

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze In case anyone might be surprised to learn that the EPA eased regulations on the toxic and volatile herbicide dicamba after receiving industry research from Monsanto, reports are surfacing that the government agency did just that. Indeed, the agency weakened protections the agency itself…

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Alarm Sounds After EU Regulators Greenlight Bayer-Monsanto #MergerFromHell

By Jessica Corbett After weeks of speculation, chemical giant Bayer and biotech behemoth Monsanto have cleared a significant regulatory hurdle in their bid to consolidate into one company through a multibillion-dollar deal that critics are calling the “merger from Hell.” “The coming together of these two is a…

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European Commission Clears Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto With Conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties’ overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition…

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