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USDA Recommends Deregulation of 2,4-D Resistant GMO Crops: What’s the Big Deal?

January 10th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Last week the USDA released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on newly developed 2,4-D resistant genetically modified corn and soybean traits. As the internet exploded with pro-biotech advocacy celebrating the move towards deregulation of yet another GMO product line, I couldn't help noticing the number of straw men participating in the debate! Just so the 'no thank you' side of the unfolding 2,4-D debacle is fairly represented, here's why some sustainability enthusiasts don't consider this potential 'alternative' even a little tiny bit preferred


Top News from the Food Front: Righteous Research, Processed Poison, AgriBiz Aggro, and a Vegetarian Ruckus

November 16th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's top stories bring some nifty research to the table: meat and diabetes, school lunches and student health, Alzheimer's and herbs! The FDA tries some more baby steps towards regulating dangerous stuff in our food -- what a neat idea! -- and processed foods reach a new low, sending children to the emergency room. GMO apples that resist turning brown won't save the world; but they're the hot new biotech item, and the USDA seeks public comment about it. Also, cattle ranchers hate Joan Jett -- read on to find out why!


Pesticide Labels for Protecting Bees

August 27th, 2013 | by Heather Carr

The EPA has introduced new pesticide labeling rules in order to protect bees and other pollinators. The new labels will prohibit use of some pesticides when bees are present


Bt Toxin From Genetically Modified Corn Found in U.S. Streams

October 4th, 2010 | by Rachel Shulman

As if industrial agriculture wasn't polluting water enough with manufactured chemical pesticides, now researchers have discovered that U.S. streams are also contaminated with insecticides genetically engineered into plants. According to a study published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Bt toxin from GMO corn is finding its way into streams



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