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"Cloned food. GMOs and rBGH. Oh my! Interesting how swiftly these food technologies were rushed to market, when organic fought for 13 years to become federal law. Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our food supply; today an astounding 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs. Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance against these and other modern, lab-produced additions to our food supply, and the only food term with built in inspections and federal regulatory teeth." www.organic.org

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Last modified: 2011-07-07 21:00:19

European Union lawmakers voted on Tuesday to strengthen proposals to let governments decide whether to grow or ban genetically modified (GM) crops, designed to break a deadlock in EU GM crop approvals.

Keywords: EU lawmakers give backing for national GM crop bans, Reuters, GM, regulations, law,
Last modified: 2011-07-07 20:57:08

A solid shift to green technologies in world farming is vital if endemic food crises are to be overcome and production boosted to support the global population, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Keywords: New green farming vital to end global hunger: U.N.,Reuters, small farmers, sustainable agriculture,
Last modified: 2011-06-19 19:00:21

US scientists claim to have discovered a dangerous new plant disease linked to genetically modified crops and the pesticides used on them.

The research, which is yet to be completed, suggests the pathogen could be the cause of recent widespread crop failure and miscarriages in livestock.

Keywords: Indonesia, GM, plant diseases, genetically modified crops, pesticides, GM gene, Monsanto
Last modified: 2011-06-19 18:56:20

"The extensive use of antibiotics in the agricultural sector has turned farms into sources of resistant microbes," the study says. "The resistance selected for in the agricultural setting may be a direct threat as zoonotic agents become resistant or it can be indirect as it is eventually transferred from animal commensals to human pathogens."

Keywords: Indonesia, antibiotics, animals, agriculture, drug industries
Last modified: 2011-06-19 18:53:11

Many farm animals spend 20 per cent of their lives on antibiotics

Intensified farming can create the perfect conditions for disease to spread and for animals to become more susceptible to illness, campaigners warn.

And as disease sweeps through a farm or the animals become less resistant to illness, farmers find themselves using more antibiotics to keep their livestock healthy.

Keywords: Indonesia, intensive farming, livestock diseases, antibiotics, superbugs
Last modified: 2011-06-12 21:09:36

NEW DELHI (Commodity Online) : Many farmers organizations across India continued their campaign against the proposed seed bill by saying it will increase the domination of multi-national seed companies in the country and may force farmers to pay royalty on hybrid seeds.

Keywords: opposition to seed control, India, seeds, GMO, transgenic, commercialization of seeds
Last modified: 2011-06-12 19:58:28

From Pesticide Action Network:Chemical Trespass! RoundingUp Birth Defects - PAN

An international team of highly respected scientists has just released a stunning report, Roundup and Birth Defects, proving that Monsanto and industry regulators have known for decades that Monsanto's top-selling weedkiller, Roundup, causes birth defects in laboratory animals.

These findings are so shocking that I double and triple checked its findings.

Keywords: PAN, Roundup, birth defects, chemicals, Monsanto
Last modified: 2011-05-19 18:59:29

Why Is Damning New Evidence About Monsanto's Most Widely Used Herbicide Being Silenced?
It turns out that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide might not be nearly as safe as people have thought, but the media is staying mum on the revelation.

Keywords: Why Is Damning New Evidence About Monsanto's Most Widely Used Herbicide Being Silenced?, RoundUp Ready, Monsanto
Last modified: 2011-05-19 18:15:19

Bosco Acope and his family tend their farm in Atek, Uganda, where the government's use of DDT has threatened their livelihood.

Keywords: As an Insecticide Makes a Comeback, Uganda Must Weigh Its Costs, DDT, chemical, mosquito, organic, farming
Last modified: 2011-02-24 20:23:52

"AGROECOLOGY OUTPERFORMS LARGE-SCALE INDUSTRIAL FARMING FOR GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY," SAYS UN EXPERT
22 June 2010

BRUSSELS - "Governments and international agencies urgently need to boost ecological farming techniques to increase food production and save the climate," said UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, while presenting the findings at an international meeting on agroecology held in Brussels on 21 and 22 June.

Keywords: ecological farming, food security, food production, United Nations, Agroecology, Global Food Security,
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