Tag: Andrea Germanos

New GMO Labeling Rule from USDA Would Do the Exact Opposite of Transparency

By Andrea Germanos Critics pounce on new GMO labeling rule calling it a “disaster.” “It is obvious that this rule is intended to hide, not disclose, information about genetically modified foods.” Food safety advocates are expressing sharp disappointment with the final federal GMO labeling rule, released Thursday by…

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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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“Victory” for Animals as Federal Court Smacks Down Parts of Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law

By Andrea Germanos The industry-crafted law was “in large part, targeted at speech and investigative journalists,” appeals court found. A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down key provisions of Idaho’s ag-gag law—which criminalizes those who secretly document abuse of animals at agricultural facilities—saying they violate…

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Met With Dow CEO Just Before Killing Effort to Ban Toxic Pesticide

By Andrea Germanos The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Scott Pruitt, sparked outrage in March when he rejected his agency’s proposed ban on a pesticide shown to harm children’s brains. New reporting by the Associated Press Wednesday prompts further question about his decisions…

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EPA Acknowledges Neonics’ Harm to Bees, Then ‘Bows to Pesticide Industry’

By Andrea Germanos ‘This is like a doctor diagnosing your illness but then deciding to withhold the medicine you need to cure it’ The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published two bee-related announcements, but with both, say environmental groups, the agency has failed the pollinators. One…

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New Report Says It’s Time for Big Pharma to ‘Play or Pay’ to Tackle Superbugs

By Andrea Germanos A new plan for tackling the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes, or so-called superbugs, addresses the unnecessary use of antibiotics and includes a call on Big Pharma to “play or pay” to help bring successful treatments to the market. The report, commissioned by…

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Zika Virus Used As Pretext to Pass “Zika Vector Control Act” Supporting Pesticide Use Near Waterways

By Andrea Germanos The Republican-controlled U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation—newly rebranded with the word “Zika” in it—that Democrats say is in fact not at all about the addressing the threat of the virus but making it easier for pesticides to contaminate the nation’s waterways….

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