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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: 2011-08-04 00:35:34

What the USDA Doesn't Want You to Know About Antibiotics and Factory Farms

Here is a document the USDA doesn't want you to see. It's what the agency calls a "technical review"-nothing more than a USDA-contracted researcher's simple, blunt summary of recent academic findings on the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections and their link with factory animal farms. The topic is a serious one. A single antibiotic-resistant pathogen, MRSA-just one of many now circulating among Americans-now claims more lives each year than AIDS.

Keywords: What the USDA Doesn't Want You to Know About Antibiotics and Factory Farms, resistant, bacteria, FDA, Mother Jones, antibiotic,
Last modified: 2011-07-19 23:49:56

Governments must work towards a major shift towards small-scale farming if endemic food crises are to be overcome and production boosted to support the global population, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

In its annual World Economic and Social Survey, it said a transformation from large-scale and intensive systems of agriculture was vital if growing environmental and land degradation was to be avoided.

Keywords: Food Crisis, environmental degradation, food shortage, security, small farmers, change, United Nations: Small farms key to global food security, Reuters
Last modified: 2011-07-07 21:50:12

In April 2009, it became illegal to sell or apply pesticides for cosmetic lawncare in Ontario, Canada. It seems like a no-brainer risk versus benefits analysis: the benefit is ...hmmm, just cosmetic...while the risks are real, documented, and pervasive. But somehow the allure of a green, weed-free lawn keeps conquering rationality. A year later, does the preliminary data on the effectiveness of Ontario's cosmetic pesticide ban prove it is a good idea?

Keywords: One Year After Ontario Ban: Over 80% Decline of Most Common Pesticides in Surface Waters, Treehugger, watershed pollution, water pollution, cosmetic pesticides, restrictions, alternative herbicidal treatments, ban on cosmetic pesticides
Last modified: 2011-07-07 21:36:42

A new report finds that chemicals can affect the development of mammary glands in fetuses and infants. Scientists believe these changes may lead to breast cancer. Bruce Gellerman talks with Dr. Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program, about implications for chemical testing in the future.

Keywords: Chemicals Role in Breast Development, Living on Earth, breast cancer, exposure to chemicals, susceptible to cancer, fetal development
Last modified: 2011-07-07 21:31:16

Hundreds of people have marched in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, against government plans to import genetically modified (GM) maize.

They were protesting at reports that Kenya would lift its restrictions on GM crops following a recent drought, leading to maize shortages.

Keywords: Kenyans protest over GM maize imports, BBC News, GM, small-scale farmers, protest, African Biodiversity Network, Unga Revolution, drought, hunger, Africa food crisis
Last modified: 2011-07-07 21:22:23

Monsanto is under federal investigation for using cash incentives to persuade distributors to buy the world's top selling herbicide -- Roundup.  Monsanto's Roundup herbicide was a blockbuster for years. Then China made a generic knockoff. To counter that, Monsanto started a program to give distributors cash incentives to buy Roundup.

Keywords: Monsanto, GM, Monsanto's cash incentives program under federal investigation, Marketplace, Roundup, incentives
Last modified: 2011-07-07 21:17:29

A Bayer AG unit will pay $750 million to settle claims with about 11,000 United States farmers who said a strain of the company's genetically modified rice tainted crops and ruined their export value.

Keywords: Bayer Settles With Farmers Over Modified Rice Seeds, Bloomberg News, Bayer CropScience, GM, biotech rice, LibertyLink
Last modified: 2011-07-07 21:12:36

In eastern Orissa state's tribal hinterlands about 200 ‘seed-mothers' are on mission mode - identifying, collecting and conserving traditional seed varieties and motivating farming families to use them.

Keywords: 'Seed-Mothers' Confront Climate Insecurity, IPS, traditional seeds, traditional varieities, knowledge, indigeneous seeds, biodiversity conservation
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,
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