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Monsanto, Big Agriculture Spend Millions Fighting Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 28.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts. Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform consumers. Advocates of Prop 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon say GMO foods can be harmful to human health due to pesticide residues and the altered crop genetics. Opponents say the effort to label genetically modified food is overly cumbersome and will spread misinformation. Leading corporations opposing the labeling measures include Monsanto, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Kellogg Co. and Coca-Cola. By some accounts, opponents of labeling have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, ...
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Dow Chemical and Monsanto Are At It Again as EPA and USDA Approve "Agent Orange" Crops 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a long overdue effort, the U.S. is currently spending millions of dollars to help the Vietnamese clean up the tragic legacy of our use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The effort to remove the remaining contamination caused by the toxic mix of herbicides is expected to be completed in the next few years. Agent Orange was primarily manufactured by Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and these two companies are at it again. This time, they've teamed up to unleash a mixture of their chemical herbicides on the American farmland. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave Dow Chemical approval to manufacture and sell next generation, genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy that can withstand massive dosing of the herbicide 2,4-D. The gene altered crops are also resistant to Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide, Roundup. The new combined GE crop systems are given the appropriately military name "Enlist Duo." We know what the coupling of Dow and Monsanto did to ...
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'Stop the Toxic Treadmill': EPA Sued for Approving Controversial Herbicide 23.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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China’s GMO Stockpile 21.10.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.

It is a hot, smoggy July weekend in Beijing, and the gates to the Forbidden City are thronged with tens of thousands of sweat-drenched tourists. Few make the trek to the city’s east side and its more tranquil China Agricultural Museum, where several formal buildings are set amid sparkling ponds ringed by lotus plants in full pink bloom. The site, which is attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, promises that it will “acquaint visitors with the brilliant agricultural history of China”—but what’s missing from the official presentation is as telling as what’s on display.

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Chicago is a rat's kind of town 17.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Chicago is a rat's kind of town
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EPA Approval Highlights Need for GE Labeling 16.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Wednesday, in a quiet but profound decision to approve a dangerous weed killer, the EPA chose the rights of Dow Chemical Co. and the biotech lobby over those of the American people, particularly our children. While the decision will now be litigated, our real hope as citizens to protect ourselves from such potentially carcinogenic herbicides is to get our government to approve mandatory federal labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Explaining the connection requires that I get down into the, um, weeds. The EPA approved the herbicide Enlist Duo to kill weeds in corn and soybean fields. In the months leading up to the decision, more than 500,000 citizens, 50 congress-people and dozens of eminent physicians, weed scientists and public health experts had urged the EPA not to approve Enlist. Enlist Duo is the combination of two different chemicals, glyphosate and the even more toxic 2,4-D, created by Dow AgroSciences to be used in tandem with their genetically engineered Enlist Duo seeds, which ...
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Failing Humans and Planet, EPA Greenlights 'Agent Orange' Herbicide 16.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Whole Foods Stepping Up for Bees Where Feds Fail 16.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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EPA Approves New 2,4-D Herbicide Blend, Paving Way for Controversial GE Crops 16.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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EPA approves new pesticide combination Enlist Duo, NRDC files suit 16.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sylvia Fallon, Senior Scientist, Washington, DC: Today the EPA approved the use of a new pesticide that is a combination of both glyphosate (better known as Roundup) and 2,4 D for use on genetically engineered corn and soy.  Glyphosate, the most widely used weed killer in...
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Question answered - EPA approves Enlist Duo 15.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kristi Pullen, Staff Scientist, Washington, D.C.: Despite ample evidence illustrating the ability of 2,4-D (also known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) to impact the delicately balanced thyroid system, and the uncertainty associated with the levels at which humans might be exposed to its increased use, the Environmental Protection...
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NRDC Sues EPA to Block New Pesticide That Threatens Monarch Butterflies, Human Health 15.10.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (October 15, 2014)—The Natural Resources Defense Council today filed suit to block the use of a powerful, newly approved weed killer that will wreak further destruction on monarch butterfly populations already devastated  by agricultural chemicals and poses risks to human health.
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Organic Consumers Condemns EPA Approval of Dow Enlist Duo Herbicide 15.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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EPA Approves 2,4-D Weed Killer Enlist Duo For Engineered Crops 15.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans. The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It is designed to be used on corn and soybeans grown with engineered seeds approved by the Agriculture Department last month. When used together, farmers can spray the fields after the plants emerge, killing the weeds but leaving crops unharmed. The agriculture industry has anxiously awaited the approvals, as many weeds have become resistant to glyphosate, an herbicide commonly used on genetically modified corn and soybeans now. Enlist includes a combination of both 2,4-D and glyphosate. Critics say they're concerned the increased use of 2,4-D could endanger public health and more study on the chemical is needed. The USDA has said that if both the seeds and herbicide are approved, the use of 2,4-D ...
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EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops 15.10.2014 Health
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.
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Whole Foods to roll out rankings for produce 15.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.
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Whole Foods to roll out rankings for produce 15.10.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.
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Whole Foods to roll out rankings for produce 15.10.2014 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," "better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices....
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Whole Foods to roll out rankings for produce 15.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming ...
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Whole Foods Is Now Ranking Produce By Eco-Friendliness 15.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices. Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy usage. The program will start appearing in the nearly 400 Whole Foods stores in the U.S. and Canada starting Wednesday, with the rankings being noted on signs where prices are listed. Not all produce and flowers that Whole Foods sells will qualify. The standards were developed by Whole Foods and are not an official government designation. The move signals how Whole Foods is trying to draw a sharper distinction between itself and its competitors, in part by making shoppers feel more empowered about their purchasing decisions. The grocery chain, which has about 400 locations, already has ranking systems for meat ...
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