The five roadblocks to labeling GE foods in the US

When polled, the vast majority of Americans favor requiring food companies to label genetically modified foods. Yet the public has been thwarted on this front, leaving the world’s largest democracy to stand alone among advanced (and emerging) nations in keeping consumers in the dark about GMOs. What happened to transparency and consumer choice in America? Let’s take a look.

The backlash against GMO crops in America

Like so many David and Goliath fights, the battle over the safety of our staple crops was initially defined by the big chemical companies that began producing seeds. These Biotech/Chemical/Seed companies claimed that their new genetically engineered or modified (GM or GE) crops would be more productive, have higher yields, require less pesticide and enable farmers to “feed the world”…

The secret life of GM sweet corn

Monsanto’s new GM sweet corn is either a boon to farmers that will help them feed the planet or an ominous new edible in a line up of genetically modified foods that consumers are being force fed. Actually, it could be both, or parts of each. We don’t really know, because there’s not a lot of information on GM sweet corn, or maybe there’s enough information. Take a ride with us through the corn maze to try to find out.

There’s still hope for our food system….here’s why

On any given day, environmental headlines can really drag you down. The latest on pesticides alone brings up a raft of bleak stories, from the spreading dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico to rampant bee die offs worldwide. Thankfully, citizen groups are pushing back, fighting GMOs, pestcides and corporate control of the food system.

Food labeling proponents blame loss on well-funded opposition, and vow to continue the fight

California’s ballot measure Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of genetically modified foods, a precursor to probable labeling across the U.S., failed narrowly in Tuesday’s election.

The first major ballot-box test in the U.S. for labeling GMO foods was killed by a tidal wave of opposition spending by giant biotech firms and pesticide makers and multi-national food corporations, advocates of labeling said.

Organic farmers get their day in court against Monsanto

A lawsuit against Monsanto filed on behalf of 33 organic farmers and 14 independent seed businesses went before a judge Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, as Monsanto sought to dismiss the case.
The suit, Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGTA) et al. v. Monsanto, asks the court for relief from Monsanto’s tactic of suing organic farmers whose fields become contaminated with Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) seeds.

Got rBST-free milk?


(Photo: National Milk Producers Federation)

Milk does a body good, according to the advertising slogan and nutritional guidelines. But which milk does our bodies the most good? In order to reduce fat, many of us long ago switched from whole milk to low fat or skim. And a growing number of us now buy organic milk, even though it can easily double the milk budget.