Meet Monsanto’s Dangerous Bioengineered Plant That Never Dies

Originally published in AlterNet by George Kimbrell Creeping bentgrass can cross-pollinate with related wild species and spread uncontrollably. Earlier this month, the Department of Agriculture quietly greenlighted the first-ever genetically engineered grass. The GE creeping bentgrass, a product of Monsanto and Scotts, is genetically engineered to be immune to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. You may not… Read More Meet Monsanto’s Dangerous Bioengineered Plant That Never Dies

FDA OKs first U.S. genetically engineered salmon facility, at Albany

Originally published in Star Press by Seth Slabaugh The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced its approval of the first U.S. facility for production of genetically engineered salmon. However, an “import alert” for genetically engineered salmon remains in place, preventing U.S. production for now. “With the facility now approved, commercial production of AquAdvantage… Read More FDA OKs first U.S. genetically engineered salmon facility, at Albany

Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or Their Families Sick

Originally published in EcoWatch by Ken Roseboro Some farmers transition to organic production to earn premium prices paid for organic crops. Others switch to make their farms more sustainable. But for some farmers transitioning to organic is a necessity to save their health—and even their lives. Blaine Schmaltz, who farms in Rugby, North Dakota, is… Read More Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or Their Families Sick

Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show

Originally published in the Guardian. US government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a freedom of information request show. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food samples for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in hundreds of widely used herbicide products, for… Read More Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show

Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science

Introduction. On February 6, 2018, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is scheduled to hold a hearing entitled, “In Defense of Scientific Integrity: Examining the IARC Monograph Programme and Glyphosate Review.” The chemical glyphosate is a herbicide most commonly found in Monsanto’s commercial weed-killer Roundup. Committee Chairman Lamar Smith scheduled this hearing after months… Read More Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science

Industry writes its own rules for assessing pesticides, GMOs

Originally published on GMWatch Eleven out of 12 EU pesticide and GMO risk assessment methods studied were developed or promoted by industry, a new report from Pesticide Action Network[1] (PAN) shows. The report says that harmful effects observed in animal safety studies on pesticides can be swept under the carpet by using these methods. For example, tumours… Read More Industry writes its own rules for assessing pesticides, GMOs

Monsanto Papers Lead to New European Parliament Pesticide Committee

Originally published on Sustainable Pulse. The Conference of Presidents, a governing body of the European Parliament, has Thursday endorsed the mandate of a Special Committee to analyse and assess the authorisation procedure for glyphosate and other pesticides, following recent revelations from the Monsanto Papers and the Great Glyphosate Rebellion, in which many EU states have vowed to phase… Read More Monsanto Papers Lead to New European Parliament Pesticide Committee

These pre-sliced apples may be a short-cut to health risks.

Everyone loves time-saving short cuts, but you really should read this before you grab that bag of pre-sliced apples.  10-oz. bags of Arctic brand pre-sliced genetically engineered non-browning apples are now on sale in grocery stores in the Midwest according to a news release from The Packer. To accomplish the non-browning effect, scientists at Okanagan… Read More These pre-sliced apples may be a short-cut to health risks.

SHAPE, #1 Women’s Fitness Magazine Headlines Survey Results

“The Possible Health Risks of GMO Foods, According to the Latest Research” The ’90s brought us a lot of amazing things, like Britney Spears, Friends, butterfly clips, and millennials—but the era also brought us a little thing called genetically modified organisms (or GMOs). Even though at this point, the technology and GMO foods have been around… Read More SHAPE, #1 Women’s Fitness Magazine Headlines Survey Results

Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon speaks out against trade deals that favor multinational corporations like Monsanto

IRT applauds Congressman DeFazio’s action as a champion of the people vs. Big Food. “Call it the smoking gun,” said DeFazio. “Proof that fast track and massive free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are written by and for multinational corporations such as agriculture giant Monsanto. Instead of using trade deals as an opportunity to… Read More Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon speaks out against trade deals that favor multinational corporations like Monsanto