FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… that licensing of slaughterhouses may be taken care by the FSSAI and state governments as per current regulations, but the enforcement of the rules and correct practices should be checked by local urban bodies. So far, slaughter house license is issued by local urban bodies, which FSSAI aims to take under its ambit. A committee has, comprising of the food safety commissioners from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir, to work on a set of good business and regulatory practices …

Legislature considers banning microbeads: Oregon environment news | OregonLive.com

… of public land. California’s drought has gotten so bad, the state’s governor is imposing mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the restrictions Wedesday at a snow survey where surveyors the lowest level of Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. The restrictions include mandatory curtailments for campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large users. It also calls upon local governments to replace lawns with drought-resistant landscapes and charge …

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

… maize (corn). Only four African countries -South Africa, Egypt, Burkina Faso and Sudan- have released GM crops commercially but the issue of genetically modified maize is deeply controversial, given that maize is the staple food of millions of Africans. Unlike Europe and other regions where strong biosafety laws have been in place for years, most African countries still lack such laws. Only seven African countries currently have functional biosafety frameworks in place. “African governments …

Slippery slope? Heated debate in Uganda over super crops | Zee News

… surrounds the development and use of new foods whose DNA has been manipulated to incorporate traits not found naturally. Backers claim that engineered strains offer a future of plentiful crops, resistant to drought and disease. Their opponents insist that the long-term health risks and environmental impacts are not known, and warn that global corporations behind GMO foods exercise undue influence over governments and farmers. With his banana crop under threat, Semakula is among those who want …