The European GMO “ban-wagon” is on a roll

Victory is sweet.  Let’s have a shout out to all the European non-GMO advocates and environmentalists!  Congratulations! As of the October 3rd cut-off date, the European Commission reported receiving a total of nineteen requests from member states to opt-out of the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Under the new rules passed by the European… Read More The European GMO “ban-wagon” is on a roll

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

November 04, 2014: Two Wins, One Loss, and One Cliffhanger

Still a chance The slimmest of chances that Oregon’s Prop. 92 might still pass raises the pulse even though the probabilities are such that obtaining another 6900 YES votes from the remaining uncounted ballots portend otherwise.  Huffington Post live results as of 7 am EST, 11-11, show the current standing at a difference of 1… Read More November 04, 2014: Two Wins, One Loss, and One Cliffhanger

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

Russia Rejects GMOs, Will Grow Organic Food Instead

Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food. Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday.… Read More Russia Rejects GMOs, Will Grow Organic Food Instead

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

Non-GMO Sweet Valentine’s Day Recipes

The following delicious, healthy recipes were all sourced from www.NourishingMeals.com. Huge thanks go out to Tom and Ali Malterre of Whole Life Nutrition for sharing them with us!   Raw Vanilla White Chocolates (dairy-free, vegan) Here is a special Valentine’s treat for you—a healthy recipe for raw white chocolate! This recipe uses just a few ingredients and… Read More Non-GMO Sweet Valentine’s Day Recipes

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 Sejoyia.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.