Over half of the European Union’s 28 countries, representing two thirds of the population, want nothing to do with GMOs

Industry reps cry that Europe could soon become a “graveyard” for biotech products; environmentalists rejoice.  The mass rejection of the GM technology means that approximately two-thirds of Europe’s arable land will remain GMO free. Legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their… Read More Over half of the European Union’s 28 countries, representing two thirds of the population, want nothing to do with GMOs

Brazilian Research Provides Clue to Jump in Leukemia Rates at Huazhong Agricultural University in Central China?

Is genetically modified rice linked to a sudden rise in the leukemia incidence rate among students at Huazhong Agricultural University (HUA) in central China, in one of the country’s three top rice-producing regions? “When we entered the University, the school required all students to promote genetic modification (GM), upon entering the University, our teacher told… Read More Brazilian Research Provides Clue to Jump in Leukemia Rates at Huazhong Agricultural University in Central China?

USDA Gives Monsanto the Green Light

Once again, the USDA gives the nod to the biotech seed and agrochemical industry over protests from organic farmers and other specialty crop growers.  This latest “technology” from Monsanto—that’s what they call their patented seeds—is genetically engineered to survive new and more potent weed killer combinations. January 15.  The USDA has given final approval for… Read More USDA Gives Monsanto the Green Light

The Color Orange: Monarch butterfly threatened with extinction

Orange is beautiful on pumpkins and butterflies.  Every summer, the familiar beauty of the Monarch butterfly with its striking orange color graces lawns and gardens and fields across the U.S.  But this iconic butterfly now faces possible extinction due to severely shrinking areas of natural habitat that have been converted to fields of GMO corn and… Read More The Color Orange: Monarch butterfly threatened with extinction

CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY SUES THE USDA FOR RELEASE OF MISSING DOCUMENTS TO EXPLAIN SUSPICIOUS GMO ALFALFA APPROVAL

by Shicana Allen On March 13, 2014, the nonprofit Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit against the USDA, demanding the release of nearly 1200 federal documents from its Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The official pages would detail the agency’s decision-making process in a very puzzling change of heart on… Read More CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY SUES THE USDA FOR RELEASE OF MISSING DOCUMENTS TO EXPLAIN SUSPICIOUS GMO ALFALFA APPROVAL

Crop Contamination Takes its Toll on non-GM and Organic Farmers

by Shicana Allen Genetic drift, or the spread of genetically modified DNA into the environment, is now reaching near epidemic proportions. In addition, the advent of herbicide-resistant plants like Roundup Ready soy and corn has guaranteed that there are also multiple amounts of poisons to go around, as chemical drift from conventional GMO crops to… Read More Crop Contamination Takes its Toll on non-GM and Organic Farmers

Supermarkets Safeway, Kroger don’t take the bait over GMO Salmon

by Shicana Allen AquaAdvantage salmon, the new genetically engineered fish developed by Canadian company AquaBounty, is poised to become the first biotech animal allowed for human consumption. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still weighing whether to offer its official approval, the nation’s two largest grocery chains—Kroger and Safeway—have already made up their… Read More Supermarkets Safeway, Kroger don’t take the bait over GMO Salmon

Indulging the Non-GMO Sweet Tooth

by Shicana Allen In order to be classified as being free and clear of genetically engineered ingredients, sweeteners must be certified in at least one of the following categories: Organic (by an approved certification board such as the USDA, Oregon Tilth, or CCOF—California Certified Organic Farmers) Non-GMO Project Certified  If a food product is neither… Read More Indulging the Non-GMO Sweet Tooth

14 SWEET WAYS TO BE GMO-FREE

by Shicana Allen Once upon a time, sweets became associated with love and romance, as well as terms of endearment: sweetheart, sweetie pie, sugar lips, honey bun. However, most sugars and sweeteners on the market today have taken a deadly turn, being highly refined and processed, artificially produced, chemically induced, or genetically modified to withstand… Read More 14 SWEET WAYS TO BE GMO-FREE

Organic Chocoholics United

by Shicana Allen After centuries of being merely a decadent culinary indulgence and proposed aphrodisiac, chocolate has come of age. It has experienced a sort of rebirth and renewal, achieving the status of both delicacy and “socially responsible, functional” citizen on the world stage…or so states the wrappers of Good Cacao chocolate bars. The company,… Read More Organic Chocoholics United

GMO free sweets

Here is a complete list of GMO-free companies that make candies, chocolate, and other sweet concoctions, as listed on  www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com. This guide features brands with products verified by the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project verifies… Read More GMO free sweets

Shining the Spotlight

Shining the Spotlight on a Non-GMO Project Certified Company: Wonderfully Raw Gourmet Delights by Shicana Allen   COMPANY PROFILE: WONDERFULLY RAW GOURMET DELIGHTS Organic, GMO-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-Glycemic Products Location: Watsonville, California Owners: Sequoia and Jack Cheney, Eric and Carly Hara Founded: 2011 Phone #: (831) 786-8773 www.MyCocoroons.com For those deciding not to indulge the… Read More Shining the Spotlight

Insect Invasion: GMO Seeds Cause Brazilian Caterpillars to Eat Up Profits

BY SHICANA ALLEN GMO soy, corn, and cotton crops in Brazil, along with non-GMO crops such as tomatoes, beans, and sorghum, are being devoured by voracious caterpillars that were not a problem prior to the use of genetically modified seeds.  Brazilian farmers are facing huge losses (now totaling ten billion REAL’s, the national currency) as… Read More Insect Invasion: GMO Seeds Cause Brazilian Caterpillars to Eat Up Profits

Across the Board, European Farms Planting Non-GMO Seeds More Successful than GMO Crops in the U.S.

BY SHICANA ALLEN On its website, Monsanto uses the slogan “Producing more, Conserving more, Improving Lives” and celebrates the five-year anniversary of its 2008 Sustainable Yield Initiative.  Calling itself a “sustainable agriculture company…developing better seeds and systems to help farmers with productivity,” the biotech giant boasts that, despite anti-biotechnology activist claims to the contrary, “GM… Read More Across the Board, European Farms Planting Non-GMO Seeds More Successful than GMO Crops in the U.S.