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

… former European Commission President Barroso as stating, “restrictions in Europe on genetically modified crops would not be up for discussion” in the negotiations.[1] The TTIP Q&A website set up by the European Commission, in reply to the question “Will TTIP force the EU to change its laws on genetically modified organisms?” says: “No. The EU basic law on GMOs is not up for negotiation. It will not change as a result of TTIP.” [2]The @EU_TTIP_team on …

City to push for more organic recycling | Capital New York

… 100,000 tons a year. The proposal is the first major iteration of a law passed in 2013 that allows the city to selectively assess where and when to impose organics recycling. Environmental groups said the proposed rules are a long time coming. In a statement, Marcia Bystryn, head of the New York League of Conservation Voters, commended the move—and Garcia in particular—but said the city needed to better assess where the organic waste would go. To continue reading this article, please click …

Vermont’s GMO labeling law could cost grocers up to $10 million per day in fines – Business Insider

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation’s grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. The letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, dated Wednesday, said companies could be fined up to $1,000 a day per unlabeled item — a can of soup or a box of …

Genetically modified food in the UK and TTIP | openDemocracy

By Linda Kaucher | April 2, 2015 Unless we act to prevent it, we are likely to have genetically modified food on our supermarket shelves, soon. Following on from the anti-GM activism of the late 1990s and early 2000’s, it is widely believed that there is a ban on GM foods in the UK. However law changes in the EU, potential international trade law tie-ins via the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) and the UK political climate combine to make us very vulnerable now to …

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

… truths about GMOs, including that they have never undergone appropriate safety testing; have never been shown to be safe for human consumption; and were not even approved in accordance with federal law. GMOs are illegal: Their secret introduction into the food supply was an illicit con from the very start When they were first being developed back in the early 1980s, GMOs were hailed as the solution to world hunger. Their proponents argued, and still do, that conventional and organic food crops …

‘Cap and Trade’ Could Bring Millions for Environmental Projects – Times of San Diego

With the busy City College trolley station as a backdrop, local government leaders on Tuesday called attention to $2 billion in new funding for environmental projects under California’s innovative “cap and trade” law. Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez and San Diego Unified Board Member Richard Barrera gathered in support of Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which will provide $2 billion in funding for transit, …

German Environment Ministry seeks unconditional GMO ban | EurActiv

… conservative Christian Social Union (CSU). The Ministry also supports a national ban on cultivation. In a position paper from the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Minister Barbara Hendricks outlines that she does not want to leave any backdoors open for genetic engineering. The GMO law must be changed, so that controversial green genetic engineering cannot be used under any pretext in Germany, she states in the document, according to a report in the Süddeutsche newspaper. “Green genetic …