2014-10-21 |

Vancouver kicks off GMO-food awareness campaign

The City of Vancouver will kick off a week of events on Tuesday morning for Non-GMO Awareness Week in an effort to promote better understanding of the issues raised by genetically modified organisms in our food system.

Consumers are generally wary of GMOs when asked by pollsters, but many people hold serious misconceptions about GMOs and the risks they pose, especially to the environment, said Trish Kelly, a member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

“People are concerned about GMOs, but they don’t necessarily have all the facts, so the attention of having the city make this proclamation — the first one in Canada — allows us to have conversations about a pretty complicated issue,” said Kelly.

2014-10-20 |

Create GMO-Free LA on Food Day

We said we wanted the Right to Know in CA.
They spent $48 million to deny it to us.

We said Yes on 522!
They spent $22 million to deny it to Washington State.

We said Yes on SB-1381!!
They bought the last two votes in the CA State Senate to kill it.

We are back.

We will not be denied again.

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell introduced a motion to curb the growth and proliferation of GMO seeds and plants within the city, to protect local gardens and city-grown food from current future contamination from GMO seeds.

2014-10-16 |

Stop GMO 2,4-D Tolerant Crops

CBAN: Canada has approved 2,4-D and dicamba tolerant GM corn and soy. On October 15, 2014, the US government also approved Dow's 2,4-D/glyphosate herbicide mix, to go along with GM 2,4-D tolerant crops. Now Dow AgroSciences has all the approvals it needs to start marketing these GM herbicide tolerant crops in Canada and the US.

Center for Food Safety: CFS condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to approve Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a new blend of 2,4-D and glyphosate intended for use on Dow’s patented 2,4-D resistant (Enlist) genetically engineered corn and soybeans. EPA’s approval was the final hurdle for the heavily criticized new crop system and paves the way for commercialization and planting.

2014-10-13 |

Anti-TTIP demonstrations seize European capitals

Some 400 activist groups marched all over Europe on Saturday (11 October) in protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), as the EU-US trade deal crystallises opposition to a wide variety of issues – from shale gas to corporate finance.

"TTIP, we don’t want it!"

The slogan of the numerous events held on October 11 in several European cities was plain simple.

Hamburg, Berlin, Madrid, Ljubljana, Helsinki, London, Vienna and Paris – all became the theatre of protest against the EU-US free trade agreement, but also other subjects.

2014-10-10 |

Renewed concern over new risk assessment of glyphosate

Report by German authorities on the most commonly used herbicide criticised as inadequate

Friday, 10. October 2014
In a report published today, Testbiotech is highlighting the ongoing inadequacies in the risk assessment of the herbicide, glyphosate. The weed killer is sold under brand names such as Roundup. At the beginning of this year, German authorities published a Renewal Assessment Report (RAR) as part of an EU reevaluation process for the most widely used weed killer. According to the German authorities, there were no risks to health, and it was even suggested that the acceptable daily thresholds for long term exposure (ADI) to which consumers could be exposed might be raised.
In contrast to these findings, the Testbiotech analysis shows that the German assessment report is untenable in light of new scientific evidence and cites evidence from studies published in 2013 and 2014. Testbiotech concluded that risks associated with glyphosate must be examined much more closely than has been the case so far.

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