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Lyra & Jeremy Bloom We live in the northwest, where being green sorta comes naturally. We write about sustainability, good food, and politics (because the personal is political, and vice versa)



Author Archives: Lyra & Jeremy Bloom

It’s official. Monsanto’s Roundup causes birth defects

June 10th, 2011 | by Lyra & Jeremy Bloom

A new report by some top scientists has nailed it down, and Monsanto isn’t going to be happy. The Agri-giant has built its entire business model, including genetically modified (GMO) crops that dominate the US market, around its Roundup brand herbicide. They last thing they want to admit is that it causes birth defects


Organic Farm Group Sues Monsanto, Seeking Protection From GMO Contamination

March 30th, 2011 | by Lyra & Jeremy Bloom

Acting on behalf of more than 50 organic farmers and seed dealers, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) has brought suit against biotech agricultur giant Monsanto. It's a preemptive suit, designed to ensure that Monsanto can't sue the farmers and seed dealers once the inevitable happens and genetically modified (GMO) pollen contaminates their crops. The USDA has recently approved GMO sugar beets and alfalfa; upwards of 90 percent of the US corn and soybean crop were already


In Iowa, exposing animal cruelty could be a crime

March 29th, 2011 | by Lyra & Jeremy Bloom

People don't like animal cruelty. And they sure don't want to eat meat that comes from animals that have been subjected to inhumane and abusive treatment. In Iowa, they've found a way to solve that problem: criminalize folks who expose cruel and inhumane animal treatment. Last week the state House of Representatives passed HF 589 (pdf), and it's poised to pass the State Senate (as SF 431) as well


Monsanto Will Go Back To Court Over GMO Alfalfa

January 31st, 2011 | by Lyra & Jeremy Bloom

It’s not over yet. The Center for Food Safety has announced an immediate challenge to the USDA’s unregulated approval of Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GMO) alfalfa. Widespread GMO contamination of organic fields under the plan could lead to the end to our current system of organic food production


Not Dead After All – Zombie Food Safety Act Resurrected by Senate

December 20th, 2010 | by Lyra & Jeremy Bloom

Industry must really want the Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510). It was dead, dead, dead – the clock had run out, and considering the gridlock in Washington and the fact that Tom Colburn (R-OK) had promised he would personally filibuster this bill, there was no way that was going to change


Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) Dies in Senate

December 18th, 2010 | by Lyra & Jeremy Bloom

t’s dead for good. Despite passing both houses by wide margins of bi-partisan support, the controversy-laden Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) has died, a victim of end-of-session Senate gridlock and a resurgent GOP that is perfectly happy to see nothing much get done before they take back the House of Representatives in a few weeks



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