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What Matters About California's GE Labeling Fight

(12) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Amidst the food movement’s flurry of post-election analysis and reflection, here are two salient facts about California’s ballot initiative fight over the proposed mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food:

1) Pesticide and processed food industries outspent a rag-tag citizen’s coalition of pro-labeling forces by 5-to-1, and still only narrowly...

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What Would Rachel Write: The Top 4 Untold Pesticide Stories

(6) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 4:02 PM

Silent Spring turns 50 next week, giving occasion for all manner of reflection on Rachel Carson's legacy as the author who catalyzed the U.S. environmental movement. The small, but vocal rightwing fringe continues in its campaign to paint Carson as the devil "responsible for more deaths than Hitler." But most...

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Organic Food Study 'Missed the Point'

(15) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 6:00 PM

This week’s controversy surrounding a Stanford study claiming to have established that organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic illustrates the pitfalls of talking about food issues in a consumer frame. And people all around the country are saying so.

Food issues are never solely or even mainly...

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20 Years Later, the Biotech Brigade Marches on...

(7) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 10:45 AM

Twenty years ago last week, Dan Quayle went against scientific consensus to publicly proclaim that genetically engineered foods were “substantially equivalent” to non-GE food, and that he would therefore work to ensure that GE food would not be “hampered by unnecessary regulation.” In the pivotal 1992 FDA ruling that...

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Bee Kills in the Corn Belt: What's GE Got to Do With It?

(39) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 9:31 AM

In the last few weeks beekeepers have reported staggering losses in Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio after their hives foraged on pesticide-treated corn fields. Indiana too, two years ago. What's going on in the Corn Belt?

No farmer in their right mind wants to poison pollinators. When I spoke with...

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Widely-Used Pesticides Killing Bees

(36) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Bees are still dying and EPA is still sitting on its hands. Luckily for those of us who like to eat, scientists have been hard at work cracking the "mystery" of colony collapse disorder (CCD). Today two new studies were published in Science, strengthening the case that neonicotinoid...

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