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GMO Bans in the News

Touch the Soil News #597 (feature photo – Chris English – CC SA 3.0) The controversy over GMOs is alive and well. Following are recent bans on GMOs and Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate):   Bermuda’s Environment Minister is not lifting a ban on weed killers containing glyphosate. The ban came into effect almost two years ago – May of 2015. Weed killers containing the controversial chemical glyphosate will be banned from being sold in the nation of Malta come April 2017. The ban comes days after the release of a study showing that the herbicide Roundup caused liver disease in rats. A European Union Citizens Initiative is being accepted by the…

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GMO Industry – In Triple Retreat

Touch the Soil News #337 Retreat #1: The U.S. House passed a bill prohibiting individual states from requiring labeling of GMO ingredients in foods – an effort heavily lobbied and funded by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto and other GMO interests. The bill then went to the U.S. Senate. After several months of reviewing the bill, the Senate rejected the bill which is now dead. This was the first national-scope legislation promoted by GMO interests that failed. Approximately 88 percent of Americans wanted this bill to fail and want GMO labeling – making the defeat of this bill a major victory for the American public.   Retreat #2: With the…

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A Wrench in the Spokes of Monsanto’s Bike

Touch the Soil News #333 Organizations and movements around the world have been fighting the likes of Monsanto and GMO foods that rely on heavy chemical use – particularly glyphosate – aka Roundup. Come to find out, the European Commission of the European Union had planned to rubber stamp a new 15-year license for the chemical. But not so fast, the nations of Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands decided to step in and block the approval. This international wrench in the spokes is being praised by Greenpeace and other anti-GMO organizations. International pictogram used to designate hazardous substances like glyphosate. So what was the reason we are we putting…

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Move Over Monsanto – Make Room for Syngenta

Touch the Soil News #315 Monsanto, arguably one of the most hated corporations in the world, is not alone in the GMO realms of dissatisfaction. Syngenta, an agrochemical company equal in size to Monsanto is being accused of leading tens of thousands of farmers in the U.S. astray by encouraging them to raise Vipter – a GMO corn. According to a report by Food Democracy Now, at the heart of the controversy is that Syngenta led farmers to believe that this variety of GMO corn would be accepted in China – a large importer of corn. Unfortunately for Syngenta, that was not the case and China backwashed on the American…

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The GMO War

Touch the Soil News #284 Monsanto – Global overproduction in corn and soybeans coupled with continued growth of anti-GMO sentiment is hurting Monsanto profits. In response, the company plans to cut 3,600 jobs over the next two years – 16 percent of its global workforce.   Recently it came to surface that a 2009 federal spending bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered salmon. Would you buy GMO salmon?   President Obama’s family avoids conventional soy and corn – 90 percent of the world’s soy and corn products are GMO products with concerns about allergies and digestive issues.   In…

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News Round-up

Touch the Soil News #271   Are You A Climatarian Eater? New terms are emerging that identify what kind of eater you are. A climatarian is one who eats with climate change in mind. This generally includes eating locally, choosing pork and poultry over beef and lamb to limit gas emission and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds) to limit food waste.   The Expansion of Food Banking We recently reported on the trend to locate food pantries on college campuses as polls reveal over 35 percent of freshman are food-insecure. On a new front, the Iowa Food Bank has started a new program to quash hunger…

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