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GMO Bans in the News

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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News Roundup

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Touch the Soil News #214 Beer Breweries Illustrate Public Demand for Diversity The demand for a more diverse supply of agricultural products is not just in food, but drink as well. The Brewers Association recently announced that the U.S. now has over 4,000 breweries. That last time this was so was in 1873. California Leads in Curtailing Antibiotics in Farm Animals According to Reuters, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that sets the strictest government standards in the United States for the use of antibiotics in livestock production. The bill, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, will restrict the regular use of antibiotics for disease prevention…

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Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Monsanto

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Touch the Soil News #206 Many are familiar with Bob Dylan’s song – Knocking on Heaven’s Door. The lyrics of the song talk about getting close to knocking on heaven’s door. So, is Monsanto having problems that are serious? We’ll let you be the judge. Inspecting a Monsanto facility in the Netherlands (photo – Luther Bissett – Licensed under Creative Commons Share Alike 2.0) Following are a number of problems/issues that Monsanto is currently plagued with. Together, all of these items carry a real punch. Monsanto made several “desperate” attempts to buy Syngenta. Syngenta is a Swiss company in similar lines of business with success in geographic areas not dominated…

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GMO Crops Take a Lethal “Credibility” Blow

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Touch the Soil News #199 The controversy over GMO crops has brought division in the European Union. To settle the matter, EU nations were given the right to opt out of any previous EU laws and policies that allow GMO crops. So far, 15 EU nations, including the largest, have opted to ban the growing of GMO crops within their borders. In addition, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – of the United Kingdom – and the Wallonia region in Belgium have also formally notified the EU of their decision to opt out. The 15 EU nation nations opting to ban GMO crops are Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia,…

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News Roundup – Food Chain News You Might Have Missed

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Touch the Soil News #169 8/24/15 │ Germany and Scotland to Ban GMO Crops Nations in the European Union have the right to accept or reject GMO crops. The have until October 3, 2015 to decide. Germany has decided to ban the growing of GMO crops. German Agriculture Minister – Christian Schmidt – will inform the EU of Germany’s decision. Fourteen days earlier, Scotland also banned GMOs. 8/25/15 │ Turkey Bacon Feared to be Unfresh The newly formed food mega-giant Kraft Heinz got its dates mixed up on turkey bacon packages. Seems that some of the product is at risk of going bad before the “pull date.” To limit the…

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