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Agriculture Minister in India Says No to GMO Mustard

WTF NEWS A report out of India suggests that GMO mustard will not happen in India after significant protests. Punjab’s Agriculture Minister Tota Singh has ordered the cancellation of all approvals or any future field trials for genetically modified (GM) mustard. The minister has taken the decision as he was…
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Monsanto Posts Fourth Quarter Loss, to Eliminate 2,600 Jobs to Cut Costs

ABC Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will eliminate 2,600 jobs as part of a cost-saving plan designed to deal with falling sales of its biotech seeds and herbicides, which pushed its quarterly losses deeper into the red. The job cuts will reduce the company's 22,500-employee workforce of by about 12…
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Russia: Government decides to ban GMO food production

A senior Russian government member told reporters the cabinet decided that any food production in the country will completely exclude any genetically-modified organisms or parts thereof. “As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions,” Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich said…
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New England Journal of Medicine Asks FDA to Reconsider Labeling GMO Foods

ECOWATCH Here’s an excerpt from what The New England Journal of Medicine said in its recent post “GMOs, Herbicides and Public Health”: The application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive. The vast majority of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are now genetically engineered. Foods produced…
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Monsanto Lives: Judge Overturns Mexico GMO Corn Ban in Tragic Ruling

SUSTAINABLE PULSE Mexico’s XII District Court has overturned a 2013 ruling that prevented biotech companies, including Monsanto and Syngenta, planting genetically modified (GM) maize in Mexico. The decision has been appealed by Acción Colectiva del Maíz and will not come into force until the appeal/s have been heard and ruled…
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House Passes Bill Banning Labeling of GMO’s by States

Derrick Broze July 23, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) - On Thursday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed a controversial bill that would ban state and local food labeling laws in favor of a federal standard for voluntary labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. In a vote of 275-150, the House approved House…
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Here Comes GMO Wheat: Monsanto just opened its “Wheat Technology Center”

Genetically modified wheat has had a dubious history so far but last week, Monsanto announced the grand opening of its new research facility. ST. LOUIS (July 16, 2015) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony today in Filer, Idaho, marked the grand opening of Monsanto’s Wheat Technology Center, which will serve as the…
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Historic: Vermont clears obstacles, confirms first law requiring mandatory GMO labels on food

| WTF News | Vermont has officially enacted a law to require labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO), which takes effect July 1, 2016. The confirmation comes after a long battle that saw the state sued by lobby groups like the Grocery Manufacturers Association who are backed…
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Processed food giants Kraft, Heinz to merge after deal involving Warren Buffett

| WTF News | Kraft Foods Group Inc. will merge with Heinz Co. in a deal with global investment firms 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The new company Kraft Heinz will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America. It is the latest in…
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75% of Air and Rain Samples Contain Monsanto’s Round Up

Natural Society A new study proves just how invasive Monsanto’s best selling chemicals are, revealing how herbicide toxins are appearing in 75% of rain and air samples. Take a deep breath. Thanks to the massive use of herbicides across the planet, you likely just inhaled a dose of Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide,…
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Victory: Hershey to Remove GMO Ingredients from Milk Chocolate

Natural Society Joining the lineup of companies that are kneeling to public pressure, candy-maker Hershey has recently announced that it will soon remove genetically modified ingredients from its milk chocolate and Kisses by the end of 2015. What’s more, the company is pledging to shift to ‘simple ingredients,’ which will exemplified…
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Health Ranger unveils 3-D printed home hydroponics system that does not need electricity – VIDEO

| WTF News | The Health Ranger presented a new 3-D printed hydroponics system meant for home use that does not use electricity. Through a new site, , Mike Adams is promoting the system as a do-it-yourself solution to the processed food monopoly dominated by GMO ingredients. Adams unveiled the…
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Monsanto is now the leader in corn in Ukraine and 7 other ways they are killing the 5 year plan

| WTF News | Monsanto's reported 34 percent earings decline, which was hinted at last quarter as we reported, was released during the media frenzy after the terror attacks in Paris. AP Monsanto said Wednesday that its earnings fell 34 percent in its first fiscal quarter as South American farmers…
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Kauai County’s environmental impact study on pesticide usage in GMO cultivation

| WTF News | The Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Kauai County are splitting the cost of a joint fact-finding process to examine the health and environmental effects of pesticide use on genetically modified crops. The study is part of the ongoing controversy over Kauai County's proposed restrictions on GMO…
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Russian President Putin Signs GMO Labeling Liability Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs. Putin signed the new bill on the last day of 2014 TASS news agency reported.…
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Traces of GMO Alfalfa, Unapproved by Beijing, Wreak Havoc With a Formerly Booming U.S. Crop

Wall Street Journal China’s tough new stance on imports of genetically modified crops is shaking up a little-noticed industry: hay. Over the summer China began testing imports to detect the presence of hay made from a biotech alfalfa that Beijing hasn’t approved. Consequently, shipments to China have plunged since midsummer…
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USDA to deregulate new Monsanto soybean, cotton crops

The Department of Agriculture has published its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), concluding that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend™ soybeans and Bollgard II® XtendFlex™ cotton should be fully deregulated. “The final EIS moves us one step closer to the introduction of Bollgard II® XtendFlex™ cotton and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™…
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How Monsanto’s GMO Creations Caused 291,000 Suicides In India

Natural Society BY MIKE BARRETT It is no secret that Monsanto is making life difficult for countless farmers in America with its parented seeds. After all, the biotech giant has already filed 145 lawsuits (or on average about 9 lawsuits every year for 16 straight years) against farmers who have “improperly reused their patented seeds.” But did…
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Oregon GMO label vote alive, margin down to 0.3%, lobbyists spend over $2,000 per winning vote

| WTF News | The GMO label bill in Oregon is coming down to an even smaller margin than previously thought. Updated totals from Oregon officials show the difference is now just percent. Nearly million votes have been recorded for ballot Measure 92 and the margin has remained less than…
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Monsanto, Dow Chemical File Lawsuit to Destroy Maui County’s GMO Ban

Common Dreams Lawsuit comes just one day after supporters of GMO planting ban in Hawaii filed a motion of their own with local courts seeking "transparency and proper implementation" of the moratorium approved by voters on Election Day Though not unexpected, the suit exposes the threat posed to the agrochemical…
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Singer Neil Young boycotts Starbucks over Vermont GMO label lawsuit, over 300,000 sign petition

| WTF News | UPDATE: Starbucks releases statement clarifying that they are not a party to the lawsuit but members of the GMA, who's actions are "separate" which they have not officially pledged support for though their funds benefit as members. Singer Neil Young has announced that he is boycotting…
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GMO labeling undecided in Oregon, down by 6,634 with 13,000 ballots contested, 15,000 uncounted

| WTF News | The GMO labeling ballot question is still alive in Oregon despite some media outlets calling the vote in favor of No on 92, against labels. The Yes on 92 campaign is still working with other activist groups to ensure the opportunity does not slip away. Via…
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End Of Organic? Report Says GMO Crop Contamination Cannot Be Stopped

Natural Society BY MIKE BARRETT With each passing year, an increasing number of states are attempting to adopt GMO labeling laws amid the federal government’s resistance to allow you to know what’s in your food. With each victory, or even loss, we get stronger — and closer to making GMO labeling…
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Election 2014: Mixed results on GMO labeling, cannabis initiatives

| WTF News | 2014 was seen as a year of significant opportunity for various liberty friendly ballot initiatives with major battle lines drawn for the issues of GMO labels and the legality of cannabis. Hopes for success remained high for the variety of initiatives despite early news that GMO…
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Colorado votes no on Prop 105, against labels on GMO food

Early indications are that proposition 105 to label GMO foods has been defeated in Colorado. The measure has been voted against approximately 62 to 38 percent in early reporting. It is estimated that over $11 million was spent by large food corporations opposing the Colorado label proposal. Listen to the…
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Kellogg’s Cereals: Double Dose of GMO Pesticides & Antibiotics

Natural Society by Christina Sarich There is a good reason that Kellogg’s spent over $1,012,552 on media propaganda in California & Washington to defeat voter ballot initiatives that would have required the labeling of GMO foods, and now are contributing again to the defeat of labeling initiatives in Oregon (contributing $250,000).A consumer recently sent…
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Former Pro-GMO Biotech Scientist Admits GMOs Aren’t Safe, Refutes Claims by Monsanto

Natural Society by Christina Sarich For how long will we need to go back and forth in this GMO battle before a sound conclusion is finally met? If you have been following the GMO debate at all, you probably realize that this issue will likely never rest, as numerous studies…
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Drudge Report sticks its nose in Colorado GMO label fight, supports Big Food, status quo

Why would one of the biggest news websites align its support with the Big Food industry to prevent GMO labels in Colorado? Good question. Drudge Report does not just allow any ads to run on its site. On October 26th, the site ran ads for the No on 105 campaign,…
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GMOs may be to Blame for Spike in Kids Suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Natural Society by Christina Sarich One of the largest studies to date conducted by researchers from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UH) Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital has found a dramatic increase in inflammatory bowel conditions (IBD) in children in the in the last decade, likely due to eating the incidence…
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McDonald’s considers ‘organics’ after worst monthly sales growth in a decade

| WTF News | The team at McDonald's is trying to lure in customers who seek out organic food choices as company metrics are declining partially due to more people choosing healthier alternatives. The company recently reported earnings which disappointed again. McDonald's reported its September global retail sales dropped ,…
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Victory: Judge Deprives Monsanto of GM Planting Permit in Mexico, Protects the Bees

Natural Society by Christina Sarich Honoring the complaints of a small group of beekeepers in the state of Yucatán, who complained that Monsanto’s planned planting of thousands of hectares of GM soybeans made to withstand RoundUp would demolish their honey industry by decimating bees – a judge in Mexico has removed Monsanto’s…
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‘Leverage year’: Monsanto executives on why the $156 million earnings loss doesn’t matter

| WTF News | News that biotech giant Monsanto had lost $156 million in its most recent earnings report has prompted excitement at the possibility that the company is feeling the effects of recent activism campaigns and the GMO labeling campaigns across the country. The company actually increased sales by…
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Billion-Dollar Lawsuits Claim Syngenta’s GM Corn Ruined Sales to China

Three class-action lawsuits filed Friday claim that agribusiness power Syngenta is to blame for depressed corn exports to China since the seed company released a genetically-engineered variant of the crop before it was approved by Beijing. At issue is Syngenta’s 2009 release and distribution of its MIR162 genetically-modified corn known…
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Monsanto GMO wheat contamination discovered in Montana

RT Monsanto’s experimental genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in the second US field in Montana, about a year after the discovery of the company’s unapproved crop growing in Oregon disrupted US wheat exports. The plants were discovered at a test site at Montana State University, where back in…
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Roundup + Agent Orange: Dr. Oz calls out EPA over glyphosate, 2,4-D combo herbicide Enlist Duo

| WTF News | On Monday's show, the well known Dr. Oz called out the US Environmental Protection Agency over the proposed approval of Enlist Duo, a new herbicide mix primarily made of glyphosate (known as Roundup) and a new form of 2,4-D (Agent Orange). This is not the first…
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General Mills to Buy Annie’s for $820 Million in Cash

Dealbook (NY Times) Annie’s Homegrown, the organic food company known for its mac and cheese and earthy vibe, is joining the General Mills empire. General Mills, whose stable of brands includes Pillsbury, Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs and Nature Valley, said on Monday that it had agreed to buy Annie’s for about $820…
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Germany’s top supermarkets force the poultry industry to use safe, non-GMO feed again

Natural News European consumers do not want to eat food produced by animals that have been fed genetically modified (GM) feed. Unlike in the United States, the German market has been forced to adhere to consumer demand. One of the European Union's largest poultry producers, the Germany Poultry Association (ZDG)…
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Bill Gates Foundation Giving Millions to Top University In Order to Add a “Stronger Voice” to GMO “Debate”

Former Microsoft CEO and mega mogul Bill Gates has long utilized his vast fortune to push genetically modified organisms (GMOs) through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but Gates’ efforts have been met with sharp criticism from millions of grassroots activists both home and abroad. The debate around GMOs has…
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UK Supermarkets Told to Wake Up to GMO Environmental Damage

Sustainable Pulse GeneWatch UK called on supermarkets Wednesday to wake up to the environmental harm caused by genetically modified (GM) animal feed, imported from North and South America. Blanket spraying of Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready GM crops with the weedkiller RoundUp has destroyed the habitat of the Monarch butterfly in the…
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US, Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees

Common Dreams Governments weighing approval of permit for genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, which critics say would increase deforestation The and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the…
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GMO, pesticide syndicate wins, stops Kaua’i County law, may be ‘guidance’ in other Hawai’i cases

| WTF News | The biotech and pesticide industry achieved a significant victory in the messy GMO battle in Hawai'i. KITV HONOLULU —A federal judge has ruled that a Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren…
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We Are Change Colorado Protests Against Big Food Lobby GMA Leadership Forum, Leader Arrested

| WTF News | In response to the big food lobbyist group hosting a forum for leaders in the "consumer packaged goods" (junk food) industry, We Are Change Colorado organized a last minute protest at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. Hotel security deterred protesters while waiting for police to…
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Russia Approves Bill to Increase Fines for GMO Labeling Violations

Sustainable Pulse The Russian government’s legislative commission has approved a bill toughening penalties for GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling violations, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday. Source:  The bill which was submitted by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) imposes fines for vague or unclear labeling food…
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Tasmania to remain free of GMO for at least five more years, Jeremy Rockliff announces

Mercury Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff has announced the state will remain GMO-free for at least the next five : News Corp Australia The Bill tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday has received qualified support from the state’s peak farming body, beekeepers and the Greens. Primary Industries Minister Jeremy…
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New Zealand environment minister rejects proposed GM-free growing region

Genetic Literacy Project Environment Minister Amy Adams has told Hawke’s Bay growers they already have the ability to market their produce as free of genetically modified organisms and she doesn’t support a law change to make the region an official GM-free zone. Local growers lobby group Pure Hawke’s Bay challenged…
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