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

… cereal, for instance — that mistakenly ends up on store shelves. The law is due to take effect next year. “Even with the best of intentions, excellent supply chain logistics and herculean efforts, product will be in the wrong place at any given time, resulting in millions upon millions of dollars in potential fines,” said GMA President Pamela G. Bailey. She estimated more than 100,000 items sold in the state would require Vermont-specific labels, a companies could quickly amass …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

… forest including a fruit orchard. His volunteer group met with some resistance when the city gave him a citation for gardening in the public space. But with a bit of press coverage and 900 signatures on a petition, they fought it and won. And why shouldn’t they? South Central LA has many vacant and unsightly lots, as we do in the Valley. What better way to use that land for something positive and productive. Finely’s prophetic voice has touched millions of people. He “preaches” that …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… director of government affairs for the Center for Food Safety. “I think we’re going to get to that rubber meets the road point where members realize they are being sold on a bill that doesn’t solve anything consumers are asking for, which is a mandatory labeling standard.” Still opponents fear the sway — and vast resources — of the bill’s industry backers. Groups representing major agriculture and biotechnology interests have poured millions of dollars into battles over state …

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 …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… labeling movement, and it’s especially hard to disassociate his reversal from this PR blitz since it coincided with Nye’s recent trip to Monsanto’s headquarters. We’ll never know what actually went down during Nye’s visit, as Tom Philpott at Mother Jones notes, but we do know that Monsanto has poured millions of dollars into public relation efforts to sell the public on GMOs. Because that’s what you do when you are a corporation with deep coffers and a product that the public …

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

… energy-efficient housing upgrades, and new affordable housing. ‘There will likely be millions and millions of dollars made available to communities throughout San Diego,” said Alvarez. “This is all new money…without increasing taxes.” The funding comes from a process known in environmental circles as “cap and trade.” The state sets a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, then sells permits — the “trade” — that allow industries to release pollutants. Industries that find …