Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

By Shannon Van Hoesen | June 23, 2015 WASHINGTON – The decision by an organization of the world’s leading cancer experts to classify the herbicide 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen underscores the risk posed by the U.S. government’s recent approval of 2,4-D for use on genetically engineered, or GMO, crops, EWG said in a statement. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, said 2,4-D is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” because …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

… insecticide,” he said. Mr Lewington grew organic macadamia nuts on a different property for several years before heading back to his first love of geology. “I was driven to change businesses because using something natural like this as an insecticide is exciting to me,” he said. The diatomaceous earth exists in a three metre seam underneath a large amount of basalt rock. What to do with the basalt proved a problem for Guy until he gained approval to sell it to Main Roads for …

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

… are inferior, and that GMOs address the problems of drought and pestilence that lead to reduced yields, and in some cases food shortages. But the science behind these claims is lacking, and many scientists and researchers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who were tasked with reviewing GMO safety and effectiveness prior to their commercial approval vocalized this. As explained in Druker’s book, the concerns of these FDA scientists were largely ignored, and GMOs were rammed …

FDA Approves Some Genetically Modified Apples and Potatoes – WSJ

… Idaho-based french fry maker J.R. Simplot Co., is designed to have fewer black spots from bruising and produce lower levels of acrylamide, a potential carcinogen that forms in potatoes when cooked at high temperatures. The FDA’s approval removes the last regulatory hurdle for both products in the U.S. It could be several months, if not years, before the Arctic apple is available to consumers, but the Innate potato could be introduced in the next few months. Both the apple and the potato differ …

US Agencies, Gates Foundation, and Monsanto Trying to Force Unwilling African Nations to Accept Expensive and Insufficiently Tested GMO | Global Research

… assisting African nations to produce biosafety laws that promote agribusiness interests instead of protecting Africans from the potential threats of GM crops,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety, which authored the report commissioned by Friends of the Earth International. The new report also exposes how agribusiness giant Monsanto influences biosafety legislation in African countries, gains regulatory approval for its product, and clears the path for products such as GM …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

… apples its seal of approval, it took less than two weeks for the company that produced them, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, to enter into an acquisition agreement with Intrexon Corp. Thomas R. Kasser, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of Intrexon’s food sector has high hopes for the acquisition. In a press release, Kasser said, “Okanagan is a world leader in the development of fruit-bearing plants to express enhanced, advantageous traits with tremendous potential to revolutionize the …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

By Karl Mathiesen, The Guardian, Posted 3rd March 2015 The company planning to build a series of massive tidal lagoons in the UK claim their project can generate electricity that will be competitive with offshore wind and nuclear power. But experts have urged the government to take a cautious approach to the massive capital investment. The world’s first tidal lagoon power station is ready to begin construction in Swansea, Wales should it attain planning approval. The project has been …