It can be done.  It is being done.  On April 18, 2017, San Juan Capistrano became the second city in Orange County, California to adopt an organics-first policy to control weeds and pests in parks and open spaces following the lead of Irvine.  It all started with one woman’s action. Kathleen Hallal is the mother… Read More

Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moths

A permit application has been filed with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the release of genetically engineered diamondback moths in New York.  To comment, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/19/2017-07840/availability-of-an-environmental-assessment-for-the-field-release-of-genetically-engineered United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in response to an environmental release… Read More Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moths

Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

ArborGen, Inc.  with headquarters in Ridgeville, South Carolina, wants “non-regulated status” for their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees.  As required by law, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published the draft Environmental Impact Statement with a public comment period.  To comment, go to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2012-0030. To read more about the threat of industrial tree plantations,… Read More Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Genetically Engineered Apples Debuting in Midwestern Stores February 2017

Deep concerns about safety are raised once again following Okanagan Specialty Fruits recent announcement that their genetically modified non-browning Arctic® Golden sliced apples will be placed in select midwestern U.S. stores starting in early 2017.  Watch for Arctic® Golden sliced apples in the cooler section with other grab-and-go packaged fruit and veggie snacks. In an interview for Capital Press,… Read More Genetically Engineered Apples Debuting in Midwestern Stores February 2017

GMO maize NK603 is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart

By Claire Robinson, VIA GM WATCH: A new analysis using cutting-edge molecular profiling methods shows the genetic engineering process caused large increases in two potentially toxic compounds in a Monsanto Roundup-tolerant maize.  A GMO maize variety that has been in the food and feed supply for years is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart,… Read More GMO maize NK603 is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart

Glyphosate in Breakfast Cereal But US EPA Postpones Review

These best-sellers were reportedly found to contain higher than average traces of glyphosate – a widely used weedkiller used on commercially genetically modified (GM) crops.  The results were uncovered by campaigning groups Food Democracy Now and The Detox Project.  According to the report, the herbicide residues were found in cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals and… Read More Glyphosate in Breakfast Cereal But US EPA Postpones Review

Florida officials want to enlist ‘frankenskeeters’ in Zika fight

Jeffrey Smith explains why this is NOT a good idea in his interview with Michael Carroll from Aminewswire.com: “Scores of Florida state lawmakers last week urged federal health officials to allow the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Opponents of the idea, however, fear that the genetically altered insects, which… Read More Florida officials want to enlist ‘frankenskeeters’ in Zika fight