Organic food advocacy Cornucopia Institute has released this list of companies that opposed labeling GMO foods in the recent initiative in Washington state known as I-522.
As American resistance to genetically modified (GMO) foods appears to grow — with several states proposing labeling laws and Internet chatter on the issue at an all-time high*– a new GMO surprise has sprouted.
Genetically modified foods are everywhere, having crept into processed foods as key components, such as corn oil, corn flour, high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, soy isolate, invert sugar and on down the food label. How can a consumer cope? Until GE foods are labeled, shoppers have to ferret out the non-GMO foods and ingredients.
Despite opposition from farm and food groups, and a petition on SIgnOn.org, Congress passed the controversial Monsanto Protection Act on Thursday, freeing the giant biotech firm, and others like it, from annoying oversight by the USDA. Read about this window into how Washington works, for companies that are big enough.
Like most Americans not involved in agriculture, the massive 2013 Farm Bill falls into the realm of ho-hum government business that’s a) complex beyond belief and b) is going to happen with or without your input.
And Monsanto — the world’s biggest pesticide maker and owner of seeds (and by extension food) — is counting on that.
With Thanksgiving and the winter holidays upon us, we’re continuing our guide to the potential chemical and genetic engineering hazards in the holiday feast.
We looked at the Turkey (and faux turkeys) in Part 1. Now on to the veggies! One bright spot about vegetables is that medical research continues to verify the power of eating veggies in protecting against illnesses, even cancer.
Graphic artist Rosemary Pant sent over her take on the California Right to Know campaign last week, and I’m posting a portion of it below.
Ms. Pant described herself as a person who “knew little to nothing” about Prop. 37, the campaign to label genetically modified foods.
On Nov. 6, California voters will say yea or nay to Proposition 37, which would require labeling for genetically modified or GM foods.
The issue, which became a ballot initiative after getting nearly a million petition signatures this past spring, appears to have wide popular support, according to polls. But it faces stiff opposition from pesticide makers like Monsanto, food companies, and dozens of California agricultural operations and business groups. Led by Monsanto, the opposition has collectively spent more than $34 million in advertising and public relations efforts opposing Prop. 37.
Rats fed genetically altered GMO corn suffered numerous health effects, including mammary, kidney and liver tumors that shortened their lives, according to a two year study of the effects of Round Up-Ready GMO corn.
This month as I prowled the web getting educated on the GM food battle percolating in our capital and courtrooms (as farmers sue Monsanto, and vice-versa), I stumbled upon a useful little booklet: The “True Food Shopper’s Guide” to avoiding GMO foods.
Created by the Center for Food Safety, which has been all over this issue of genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) foods for several years, the guide is a lifesaver if you’re looking to reduce your exposure to edibles that have been genetically altered by Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Dow Chemical.
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Corn-based ethanol, once a star on the alternative energy scene, has fallen from favor in the past year, battered by reports that raising corn for fuel raids the world’s pantry and that corn ethanol has a heavier carbon footprint than originally thought.
Many now argue over whether the US should continue to grow corn for fuel or make the switch to grasses that can be grown on less desirable land, with fewer pesticides and fertilizers, or use plant waste to make fuel.
Now a new debate looms: Should the US allow genetically altered corn to be grown for use as biofuel?
The Union of Concerned Scientists wants to stop that genie before it leaves the bottle, because it believes that genetically modified corn will inevitably mix with and contaminate corn grown for food products.