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

… generation’ biotech crops to escape the EU’s legislation on GMOs and therefore to go unregulated. Is there a link between this new push, and TTIP? Emails obtained via a Freedom of Information request show this might indeed be the case. Responding to public concerns, the European Commission has fervently denied any claims that EU food safety standards, or other standards for that matter, would be lowered as a result of TTIP. In early 2013, for example, the New York Times reported …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

By Lydia Wheeler | 28 March 2015 The fight over the labeling of genetically engineered food is heating up on Capitol Hill, as safety advocates mount a campaign to beat back industry-backed legislation that would leave the nation without a mandatory labeling standard. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 last week with lead co-sponsor Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The bill would create a voluntary federal labeling standard, while pre-empting …

Defining organic – Parksville Qualicum News

… value, and with that came the need for developing standards for organic farming. “Unfortunately it sounds like the legislation is going to tell those organic farmers that don’t follow the certified organic business model that they are no longer organic,” he said. “The problem is the standards for organic farming are being written for global trade interests not for the local community.” To finish reading this article, click on this link: via Defining organic – Parksville Qualicum …

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 …

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 …