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

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