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How to Avoid GMO Food

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At Ultraculture, Jason Louv offers up eight steps that ensure you're not eating genetically engineered food

Only a few months ago, most Americans had never heard of Monsanto, or fully understood the dangers of genetically modified (transgenic) food. With the passage of the Farmer Assurance Provision (“Monsanto Protection Act”), that’s a situation that’s changed: Now we’ve seen 2 million people marching globally to demand transparency and choice in the food they......read more

Golden Rice: Good or Bad?

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A group of activists destroy a 'Golden 'Rice' crop in the Philippines, adding fuel to the GMO debate

Earlier in August, a group of protestors descended on a rice field in the Bicol region of the Philippines, smashing down the fence surrounding it before uprooting the crop. Their target: "Golden Rice," so-called because its yellow tint belies the presence of beta carotene, which it has been genetically engineered to produce. Beta carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A, deficiencies of which are......read more

The GMO Clampdown

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Monsanto and GMO lobbyists are feeling the heat from governments

Ocean Robbins for The Huffington Post: It hasn't been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry. Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no......read more

New Year's Resolutions For Big Food

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Among them: GMO labeling, seafood mislabeling, ingredient disclosure

Alison Spiegel for the Huffington Post: It was a big year for Big Food. More fast food chains pledged to stop using gestation crates. Country of origin rules -- mandating that meat suppliers label where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered -- took effect. A major food corporation and a fast food chain announced they would stop using artificial dye in some of their products. Despite......read more

Separating GMO Facts from Fear

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In a brilliant article for The New York Times, Amy Harmon explores the fascinating fight over genetically modified crops in Hawaii

In the Sunday edition of The New York Times, Amy Harmon delivers a riveting long read about the battle over banning genetically modified crops on the island of Hawaii. The story follows the case of Greggor Ilagan, a Big Island councillor who supported the ban along with his liberal constituents. Wary of GMO scare stories, Ilagan sets out on a quest for the truth. Harmon traces the path of......read more

Vermont Approves GMO Labelling Law

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Trailblazing bill is expected to face major legal challenges

In a major victory for consumers who say they have a right to know what's in their food, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin last Thursday signed a bill that puts the state on the path to be the first to require labelling of genetically modified foods. The law would take effect in two years. Shumlin also announced an online fundraiser to battle expected legal challenges from the food industry, including......read more

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