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Genetically Modified Food

Monsanto CEO: 'Elitism' Fuels Our Critics

Posted 05.16.2013 | Business

It's not controversial pesticide-resistent crops that fuel Monsanto's critics, according to the company's CEO; it's their own desire to keep poor peop...

A New Diet for the Planet?

Mark Tercek | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

You might expect me to say that environmentalists should say no to meat, and that we should focus on changing what people eat in the interest of saving the planet. But it's not quite so simple.

Joe Satran

Bill Introduced To Congress To Mandate Labeling Of GMO Foods

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 04.25.2013 | Green

On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced bills to the Senate and House of Representatives that would req...

Go GMO-Free

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

April 22 is Earth Day, featuring advocacy, action, and resources to support a sustainable Earth. One way we can celebrate Earth Day is to choose an organic, GMO-free diet.

Is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Committed to Telling Americans the Truth About Genetically Modified Foods?

Carole Bartolotto | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Carole Bartolotto

The American people who are the losers in this situation because they will probably not get clear, unbiased and balanced information about what to eat from the organization that represents the largest group of nutrition-related health professionals in the country.

Tenth Anniversary of the Mapping of the Human Genome: What It Means for Us All

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

These miraculous discoveries present us with countless dilemmas and are far outpacing our abilities to grasp and address their ethical, legal and social implications. We need more public and professional education and attention to how it is affecting our lives and how it should affect our lives.

Who Snuck A Rider Into The Ag Bill That Ordered The USDA To Ignore Judges?

Mother Jones | By Tom Philpott | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

As I reported a couple of weeks ago, a recent Senate bill came with a nice bonus for the genetically modified seed industry: a rider, wholly unrelated...

Lucia Graves

'Monsanto Protection Act' Foes Find Unusual Ally

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.02.2013 | Green

The so-called "Monsanto Protection Act," a controversial provision protecting the biotech giant from litigation, has found an unusual critic in the te...

Go, Frankenfish! Why We Need GM Salmon.

Tamar Haspel | Posted 05.28.2013 | Taste
Tamar Haspel

Genetic modification raises hard questions that need thorough answers. But, given finite resources to feed a growing population, wouldn't it be great if science could help us grow more nutritious foods with less time, effort, land and money? I'm a farmer, and I say yes.

Monsanto Teams Up With Congress to Shred the Constitution

Michele Simon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

A provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in Congress upends our political system. Without any hearings on the matter, the Senate included language that would require the USDA to essentially ignore any court ruling that would otherwise halt the planting of new genetically engineered crops.

Whole Foods, Others To Shun Genetically Modified Seafood

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green

By Lisa Baertlein March 20 (Reuters) - Whole Foods Market Inc, Trader Joe's and other food retailers representing more than 2,000 U.S....

Whole Foods Makes Huge Announcement

The Huffington Post | Carey Polis | Posted 03.08.2013 | Green

Whole Foods has announced that by 2018, all products in U.S. and Canada stores must be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). ...

Why GE Labeling Makes Sense

Gary Hirshberg | Posted 05.07.2013 | Green
Gary Hirshberg

Our government's failure to require labeling, and to be engaged in developing the science supporting GE food risk assessment is an absolute breach of its responsibility to the American public.

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows What Americans Think Of GMOs

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green

Americans are largely uncertain over whether genetically modified foods are safe for the environment or safe to eat, but the vast majority say that fo...

Nine Reasons to Hope

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

It is easy to become discouraged in the face of what the media reports all around us. Hope or despair is a choice we make as we interpret what we notice in the world. Here are nine reasons to choose hope.

Is the Dietitians' Trade Group in Bed With the Junk Food Industry?

Ocean Robbins | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ocean Robbins

Could there be any connection between the millions of dollars in sponsorship the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics receives from junk food manufacturers, and a seeming lack of initiative on behalf of the public welfare?

Seed Giants Sue U.S. Farmers In Shocking Numbers, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 02.13.2013 | Green

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 19 in "Bowman v. Monsanto Co.," a landmark court battle that has pitted farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman against t...

GM Salmon: Why You Should Care!

Andrew Gunther | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Andrew Gunther

As someone who puts animal welfare and the environment front and center in my food choices, AquaBounty's claim that their GE salmon will reach a marketable weight in half the time immediately set alarm bells ringing.

Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever?

Michele Simon | Posted 04.08.2013 | Food
Michele Simon

I am not opposed to federal labeling on GMO food. I agree this is where the problem must ultimately be solved. However, any federal standard must set a floor and not a ceiling, and not hand preemption over to industry.

Telling the Truth About Food Ingredients Helps the Consumer, the Economy and the Environment

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used to raise chickens, pigs, cows and other livestock, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs, despite growing alarm over antibiotic resistance.

Is Genetically Engineered Salmon Safe?

Ocean Robbins | Posted 03.23.2013 | Green
Ocean Robbins

But there are massively disturbing ethical, environmental, and health concerns that make the introduction of Frankenfish highly controversial.

Monday Tracks: GMO Debate Rages On After Prop 37 Failure

Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.16.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome again to my (relatively) new blog: Toxic Tracks. Here, I'm posting short bits of daily news and commentary on environmental health topics. Ple...

Genetically Modified Food: One Step Closer to Your Plate

David Ropeik | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

The FDA recently announced its decision about the safety of salmon genetically engineered to grow faster, saying the fish are safe for consumption and would have "no significant impact on the environment." Sure enough, the anti-GM folks reacted with almost knee-jerk predictability.

Mark Lynas and the GMO Debate

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.09.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

Lynas had been a leading voice against using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in farming. When he found that a careful reading of the scientific evidence revealed that his previous opposition was untenable, Lynas said he was, in a word, sorry.

GMO Labeling Measure Heads To Washington State Ballot

Reuters | Rachel Tepper | Posted 03.09.2013 | Food

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan 4 (Reuters) - A measure to require special labeling of genetically modified foods appeared vi...