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News:  Organic Consumers has a petition to label GMOs

News: Organic Consumers has a petition to label GMOs

Garden Snob Wed Jun 8 2011, 7:29am ET Byline: Marilyn Renaker Getting everyone you meet to join the Millions Against Monsanto (NYSE:MON) campaign should be easy - upwards of 90% of the public already agrees that foods made with genetically modified organisms should be labeled - but if you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than these 10 scary reasons [Read More...]
News: Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic

News: Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic

The New York Times Thu Jun 9 2011 Byline: GARDINER HARRIS and DENISE GRADY; William Neuman contributed reporting. WASHINGTON — Farmers have for decades fed chickens an arsenic- containing drug that promotes growth, but after a government study found trace amounts of this poisonous carcinogen in chickens, its maker will suspend its sales. Officials at the Food and Drug Administration said the amounts found were [Read More...]
Feeding the world; The solution to world hunger is cost-effective classical crop-breeding techniques, not genetic engineering

Feeding the world; The solution to world hunger is cost-effective classical crop-breeding techniques, not genetic engineering

Waterloo Region Record Wed Jun 22 2011 Byline: Margaret Mellon and Doug Gurian-Sherman Source: McClatchy-Tribune By 2050, the world will have to feed nine billion people, adapt to climate change, reduce agricultural pollution, and protect fresh water supplies - all at the same time. Given that formidable challenge, what are the quickest, most cost-effective ways to develop more productive, drought-, flood- and [Read More...]
News: Messing with nature.

News: Messing with nature.

By John Miner London Free Press June 21, 2011, 9:57pm FOOD FIGHT: Genetically modified with material from a mouse, Enviropig could be headed for a dinner plate near you. Supporters argue genetically engineered food is the best way to feed the planet’s growing population. Nonsense, opponents counter. It sounds like a plot for some weird science fiction flick, cooked up by an overly lubricated campus film club. Take [Read More...]
News: Grocers mislabel foreign produce as local

News: Grocers mislabel foreign produce as local

CBC.CA News Tue Apr 26 2011 A major western Canadian grocery chain has been selling produce advertised as “B.C. Grown” that came from the United States or elsewhere, CBC News has found. Several examples were discovered in two Save-On-Foods locations in the Vancouver area, as well as at other stores. “It’s annoying, it’s very annoying,” said Linda Delli Santi, executive director [Read More...]
News: E. coli: Economic impact on the agriculture industry

News: E. coli: Economic impact on the agriculture industry

By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News Angry demonstrations in Spain provide ample evidence of the dramatic impact of the E. coli outbreak on the livelihoods of farmers. Tens of thousands of kilos of fresh fruit and vegetables in the country are being destroyed as consumers across Europe and beyond shun these staples for fear of contracting the potentially deadly bacteria. There are no official figures, but producers’ [Read More...]
Editorial: Hiding the Truth About Factory Farms

Editorial: Hiding the Truth About Factory Farms

The New York Times Wed Apr 27 2011 A supermarket shopper buying hamburger, eggs or milk has every reason, and every right, to wonder how they were produced. The answer, in industrial agriculture, is “behind closed doors,” and that’s how the industry wants to keep it. In at least three states — Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota — legislation is moving ahead that would make undercover investigations [Read More...]
News:Canada fleabane glyphosate resistance confirmed

News:Canada fleabane glyphosate resistance confirmed

Better Farming.com May 3, 2011 Wind-borne seeds more likely to spread quickly than giant ragweed First came glyphosate resistant giant ragweed. Now Ontario’s farmers will have to prepare for the reality of dealing with glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane. On Tuesday, Monsanto announced that the weed with the small white and yellow flowers, also known as marestail or horseweed, is the second weed in Ontario [Read More...]
News: Feces in imported food a concern: U.S. scientists

News: Feces in imported food a concern: U.S. scientists

Postmedia News Mon May 23 2011 Byline: Derek Abma Importing food from less developed countries increasingly leads to people literally eating more crap, according to scientists in the United States. Michael Doyle, a microbiologist with the University of Georgia, was to address that topic Monday while making the keynote address at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans. Doyle and [Read More...]
News:Organic farmer has some new ideas

News:Organic farmer has some new ideas

Northumberland Today.com Fri May 13 2011 Byline: TED AMSDEN NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY GARDENHILL — Deana Huntbarger’s food stand at the Port Hope Farmer’s Market stands out. Unlike traditional farmer presentations with lots of raw food in ready containers and rough scripts on mason jars, there’s a muted, but balanced note to her display. It sets her apart from the competition. Maybe it’s her [Read More...]
News: Industry, activists tangle on pesticide data

News: Industry, activists tangle on pesticide data

The Washington Post Mon May 16 2011 Byline: Lyndsey Layton Every year for two decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an annual report on the amount of pesticide residue it detects from samples of fresh fruits and vegetables around the country. The Environmental Protection Agency uses the data to monitor exposure to pesticides and enforce federal standards designed to protect infants, children and other [Read More...]
News: Canadians are increasingly concerned about the source of their groceries

News: Canadians are increasingly concerned about the source of their groceries

Of great import; First tainted milk, now exploding watermelons. With such tales coming from abroad, Canadians are increasingly concerned about the source of their groceries. Meanwhile, local farmers are growing exotic vegetables Wency Leung reports The Globe and Mail Wed May 25 2011 Byline: Wency Leung Leanne Palmerston was about to buy a can of condensed milk at her local grocery store to make soup for her family. [Read More...]
News: Health Canada saw problems with fortified junk food two years ago: documents

News: Health Canada saw problems with fortified junk food two years ago: documents

Postmedia News Thu May 19 2011 Byline: Sarah Schmidt OTTAWA - Health Canada identified “consequential” problems around safety and consumer confusion two years ago because of a loophole in government rules that allow food companies to sell snacks and drinks fortified with vitamins and minerals, internal records show. The federal department settled on a proposal in 2005 to give the food and beverage [Read More...]
News: States lead debate over labeling food genetically modified

News: States lead debate over labeling food genetically modified

The controversy comes as Americans show increased interest in their food - where it is grown, how it is produced and what it contains. The Washington Post Fri May 20 2011 Byline: Lyndsey Layton In the absence of a federal law requiring labels for genetically modified food, 14 states are debating whether to mandate labeling for modified foods sold within their borders. The discussions, taking place from Albany, [Read More...]

News: China farmers face ‘exploding’ watermelon problem

17 May 2011 Last updated at 04:49 ET Farmers in eastern China have been left perplexed after their watermelons began to explode one by one. An investigation by state media found farms in Jiangsu province were losing acres of fruit because of the problem. The overuse of a chemical that helps fruit grow faster was blamed in one report by China Central Television. But agriculture experts were unable to explain why chemical-free [Read More...]
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