Rice farmers in the Philippines destroyed about ten acres of golden rice growing in an experimental field. Golden rice is a genetically engineered rice that creates its own vitamin A. [ … ]
Genetically modified wheat has been found growing wild in a farmer’s wheat field in Oregon. Japan has already blocked some imports of US wheat and the European Union has announced they will begin testing US wheat and blocking any that contain GMOs.
In a temporary spending bill designed to keep the U.S. government running until September, a rider was slipped in that has nothing to do with government spending at all. It’s informally called the Monsanto Protection Act. There seems to be a lot of confusion over what the rider says and doesn’t say. I hope this will clear up a few things.
Heather mentioned on Saturday that October is Non-GMO month and she has pledged to not eat GMOs (or processed foods) for the whole month. Good luck to you, Heather!
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is participating in Non-GMO month too, of course. It had a great intro to the month, that first starts with some highlights (and lowlights) of the year so far and then predicts how October is going to change things up. Also, Food & Water Watch has just released a big report on GMOs.
When you let the GMO industry police itself and evaluate the safety of its own products, you are bound to get something different than if you had (or let) independent scientists do so. I’ve covered the scientific limitations of GMO studies commissioned or conducted by the GMO industry before, as well as 13 scientific studies that have identified a link between GMOs and organ disruption. News is out now that may be even more disturbing.
One of the biggest weapons in GMO companies’ arsenal is the claim they make repeatedly that genetically modified (GM) crops are needed to help feed to world in the face of global climate change. There’s one problem with this claim, though — it’s total greenwashing and untrue.
The USDA continues to ignore the message and ruling of the court and makes it easier for GM crops (like Monsanto’s GM sugar beets) to be approved and planted without true government oversight.
I felt tremendously disheartened and somewhat shocked last year when I reported on the European Commission’s approval of BASF’s GM Amflora potato (aka the ‘Frankentstein potato’), the first authorization of a GM crop in 12 years and the second overall.