TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement between European Union and the United States under negotiation since July 2013, have led to many concerns being raised regarding food and environmental safety standards. One of the most contentious issues is whether TTIP will weaken Europe’s rules over genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a long-time target for US exporters who claim these rules hamper their profits. Meanwhile, the biotech industry is pushing for the products of the ‘next …

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

… meat and poultry products in respect of animal-based organic food products are yet to be approved and notified. Food safety officer posted in Indore, Manish Swami said, “Various consumer organisations/NGOs have recently raised issues that meat-producing animals/poultry birds are fed feed containing meat/bone meal including internal organs, blood meal and tissues of bovines and porcine-origin materials”. He said that concern was expressed about presence of veterinary drugs including …

Goodall on GMO’s: “I Truly Believe We’re Poisoning Ourselves” | KUER

… health issues when consuming genetically engineered crops. “Have we been affected? What about the rise of certain illnesses and complaints in the human community, what about the increase in allergies, what about the increase of some kinds of mental disorders?” she asked. Randy Parker, CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, says Goodall and Druker are doing a disservice to the people of Utah and around the world. “To me this is all about extremism and scaring people,” Parker says. He …

The organic way: Finland organization branches out to Mexico | Lake County News Chronicle

… her husband worked in Washington, D.C., lobbying against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), particularly vegetables, fruits and other crops which have had their genes altered artificially. Such efforts at the policy level are important, Welch said, but she and Cummins saw the need for an organization that tackled similar food issues using a grassroots approach. “When we first started out, there wasn’t an organization that dealt primarily with consumers and organics,” she …

5 ways Congress could affect S.D. farmers

… Olympics,” said Dale Moore, executive director of public policy with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the country’s largest farm group. “It comes around every five years, and everybody focuses on it, but what gets lost in the process … are (other) issues that affect farmers daily in different ways.” The new GOP-led Congress could help local farmers and ranchers by pushing back against growing efforts to overhaul a renewable fuels mandate that is enormously popular in rural America …

AGL’s Camden coal seam gas claims spark transparency fears

AGL told government officials in September that up to 100,000 standard cubic feet of gas were emitted over about two hours. Photo: Rob Homer The amount of coal seam gas thought to have gushed from a well near homes at Camden last year was up to 10 times more than the figure energy company AGL later made public, government documents show, prompting claims the public was kept in the dark. Documents obtained under freedom of information laws also revealed a series of safety issues and accidents …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

… to and govern by the simple No Disadvantage principle in the next parliament when it enacts policy and introduces legislation.” Mr Stiller has urged party leaders and independent candidates to adopt a “simple no disadvantage principle” through legislation. He said this would allow all Queenslanders to benefit from resource development and defuse the current resentment. “Most landowners accept that the resource industries are necessary, however with significant issues …