Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

… positioned exactly at the tip of the penis. This condition arises during fetal life, and is surgically corrected after birth. This study shows that mothers who report eating organic food within one or more of six food categories, had less than half the probability of delivering boys with hypospadiascompared with women who reported “never or seldom” eating organic food. From the data, organic vegetables emerge as the food category with the greatest impact on the result. The analyses …

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 …

Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer | June 28, 2015 WHITEFIELD — A national shortage of organic milk – the result of changing American diets – is fueling interest in Maine among dairy processors eager to increase supplies and meet growing demand. As many dairy farms in the West struggle under drought conditions that have dried up pasturelands, Maine is seen as promising territory. Its abundance of water and land gives the state an advantage because organic dairy cows spend much of their lives …

Russia confirms GMOs won’t be used to boost agriculture | Genetic Literacy Project

From www.geneticliteracyproject.org | June 24, 2015 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has announced that Russia will not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase productivity in agriculture, while he was speaking on Friday at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. As a result of this decision Russian products will be “one of the cleanest in the world” in terms of technology use, Dvorkovich continued. “Of course, we must and will use the …

Cebu City farmers oppose ban of GMO crops | Cebu News, The Freeman Sections, The Freeman | philstar.com

By Kristine B. Quintas/FPL (The Freeman) | June 8, 2015 CEBU, Philippines- Citing possible adverse impact in their livelihood, farmers in Cebu City are opposed to the idea of eliminating genetically modified organism crops in the market. Emilio Secretaria, chairman of the Cebu City Federation of Farmers Association and Cooperatives, said banning GMO crops would result to low production of agricultural products in the city. “Kaming tanan nagtanum na niini. Tungod niini dili hugot ang among …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

… organic under U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. Organic poultry and dairy operators shun feed made with seeds from Monsanto Co. and other domestic suppliers in favor of foreign products even as the U.S. remains the world’s top grower of corn and soybeans. As a result, imports to the United States of Romanian corn rose to $11.6 million in 2014 from $545,000 the year before. Soybean imports from India more than doubled to $73.8 million. Sales of foods certified by the U.S. as free …

Vietnam approves commercial crops of GMO corn to cut imports | Business | Thanh Nien Daily

… be supplied to regions with European corn borers, NK66 GT for places with strong weeds and the other for farms susceptible to both the borers and weeds. Pham Dong Quang, director of the Department of Crop Production, said the three varieties can resist pest and herbicide as well as produce higher yields. “GM corn will be used for animal feed only and thus, it does not require special labeling,” he said. Earlier, the agriculture ministry has approved result of tests for impacts to the …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

… were linked to the listeria outbreak, and at least three out of the seven deaths reported involved listeriosis. As a result, Malaysia and other Asian countries put restrictions in place on U.S. apple imports, including varieties that were not part of the recall. Apple associations lament that this “hysteria” was due in part to no follow-up announcements following the initial outbreak announcement by the FDA. Jim Bair, president and CEO of the U.S. Apple Association, told The Packer, “(We …