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

… GMO crops, this herbicide is slated to explode in use much the way glyphosate did with the first generation of GMO crops. And we know from experience – and basic biology – that weeds will soon grow resistant to these herbicides, making GMO crop growers only more dependent on the next chemical fix.” 2,4-D is one of the two active ingredients in Enlist Duo, a toxic weed-killing cocktail marketed by Dow AgroSciences, which the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved for use in 15 …

The prison garden supplying organic ingredients to Bali’s healthy eateries

By Jewel Topsfield | June 7, 2015 Bali: While high-end hotels in Bali often insist on importing foie gras, wagyu beef, salmon and truffles, Ubud’s Locavore is the sort of right-on restaurant that has slow food movement devotees salivating. Locavore chef Eelke Plasmeijer sources most of his ingredients in Indonesia, including from his own vegetable garden. (Locavore, the 2007 word of the year in the Oxford American Dictionary, means a person who eats food grown locally.) Critics on the …

Abbott facing lawsuit over “non-organic” Similac | Food Industry News | just-food

By Hannah Abdulla | June 3, 2015 Abbott Laboratories is facing a class action lawsuit over its Similac infant formula that alleges the US group is “misleading” consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. The case was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on 15 May by three consumers and accuses Abbott of “false and misleading misrepresentations on its private-label Similac Advance Organic Infant Formulas”. The complaint …

Do you want healthier food? Start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

From www.kansascity.com | June 7, 2015 Can Big Food turn over a new, healthier leaf? Perhaps — if the marketplace demands it. The real power to eat healthily lies in the hands of consumers, but some help from retailers can go a long way. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Subway recently announced they would cut back on the use of artificial flavors, colors and other ingredients “where possible.” No more Yellow No. 6 or Blue No. 1 dye for the taco cheese and avocado ranch dressing. Taco Bell will …

Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

… for food without biotech ingredients. For Dammann and other Midwest farmers, the burgeoning interest in non-GMO foods has increased how much they get paid to grow crops in fields once populated exclusively with genetically modified corns and soybeans. The revenue hike is a welcome benefit at a time when lower commodity prices are pushing farm income down to what’s expected to be the lowest level in six years. “We never really thought we would go back to (non-GMO). But the consumer, …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… Genetically modified foods have also generated much alarm in many sectors of the health industry. Scientists, doctors, and health educators have long cautioned the public about the injurious effects of GM crops on the health of animals and humans. As it stands now, we have about a 70-75% chance of picking a product with GMO ingredients without even realizing it! To date, the biggest GM crops are soybeans and corn, from which thousands of processed foods are made. While washing and rinsing may …

WHO Says Roundup is “Probably” Cancer-causing | Crozet Gazette

… GE/GM ingredients. It would continue a failed 14-year “voluntary” labeling policy.  No companies have voluntarily labeled GMO’s in 14 years. Cancer, ugh, scary. I’m all for finding a cure for cancer and I ran for the cure until my knees couldn’t take it any more. I believe in cancer cure research but I also believe in society’s responsibility to identify and limit cancerous pollutants in the environment. Cancers can be decreased if we limited and/or eliminated chemicals like …

What Food Labels Really Mean

… decisions regarding their food,” Massey said, “and part of that is learning to better understand food labels and sift through the claims on the labels.” Check out the following terms found on food labels: All natural. Products labeled all natural must be free of artificial colors and ingredients, and must be minimally processed. But since there are no national standards to define minimally processed, the label doesn’t carry a lot of weight and is almost meaningless. A …

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

By Ethan A. Huff | March 31, 2015 The sordid sequence of events that opened the floodgates for the genetic takeover of the American food supply — that is, the mass introduction of untested genetically-engineered (GE) food ingredients on the sly — is outlined in an eye-opening new book by American public interest lawyer Steve Druker, entitled Altered Genes, Twisted Truth. Drudging up several decades’ worth of historical facts surrounding genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and the way …

Biotech foes keep up the pressure for GMO labelling

… genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Every ingredient in certified organic and non-GMO verified products is traceable to its origin and segregated from conventional foods, though such efforts likely contribute to reduced economies of scale and higher prices. “Companies already (trace their ingredients) and many commodities have been this way for a long time,” she said. “GM crops and all foods need to be traced from fork to farm, because people want to know where their food comes …