Syngenta Targeted Scientist Over Findings That Herbicide Caused Sexual Deformities

By: Friday February 7, 2014 8:30 am

According to a new report in the New Yorker, agribusiness giant Syngenta waged an underhanded campaign to destroy scientist Tyrone Hayes after his research showed that the company’s lucrative herbicide, atrazine, impeded sexual development in frogs. Atrazine is an extremely popular herbicide and is reportedly applied to more than half the corn in the United [...]

Monsanto’s Rogue Wheat Still A Mystery

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 10:37 am

Agribusiness monopoly Monsanto is facing class action lawsuits after its genetically modified wheat was found in areas it was never approved to be in. Monsanto still claims it is mystified and that all its experimental GMO wheat was destroyed. The search for the rogue wheat is still ongoing. The GMO wheat, labeled MON 71800, was [...]

What Does It Mean When the Farm Bill Expires?

By: Friday September 28, 2012 12:52 pm

This Sunday, the deadline will expire on the current farm bill. Many programs will revert back to the 1949 permanent legislation. However, provisions in the continuing resolution will keep food stamps, crop insurance, farmer subsidy programs and other funding streams moving through the system. That continuing resolution sets the USDA budget and will allow full [...]

Study Finds Tumors, Organ Damage in Lab Mice from Exposure to Genetically Modified Food

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 7:35 am

Lab mice fed Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and water exposed to their herbicide Roundup led to tumors and organ damage, reports a French study that could have resonance in the debate over GMOs. The peer-reviewed study, the first of its kind to show potential damage from lifetime exposure to GMOs, appeared in the journal Food [...]

Congress to Hightail it Out of Washington With Major Priorities Unfinished

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 6:54 am

Congress is in session this week for the final time this year before the election. I sort of shrugged this off as fairly typical for an election year, but it’s not. Usually, Congress stays in session until about a month before the election. Here they’re leaving with seven weeks to go. The do-nothing Congress has [...]

Libya, US Cannot Agree on Origins of Benghazi Attack

By: Monday September 17, 2012 9:47 am

Libyan authorities have now arrested over 50 suspects in the killings of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and 3 other Americans in what the Libyan interim assembly President has called a planned attack by Al Qaeda, affiliates and sympathizers. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, however, contradicted this view, holding to the theory that [...]

Report: 18 Million Americans Cannot Find Enough Food

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 9:35 am

Most political speeches are pitched directly at the broad segment of the population that considers themselves middle class. The speeches over the last two weeks at the RNC and DNC have broadly fit along these lines, with the glaring and important exception of Bill Clinton talking cogently about Medicaid, a huge fault line in this [...]

Drought Will Raise Food Prices in What Could Be an Endless Cycle

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 8:55 am

The drought conditions in the Midwest show no sign of letting up, and if you believe the overwhelming amount of evidence on climate change, amounts to something approaching a new normal. So the first thing I’d say about this projection of food prices as a result of the drought is that, in a constantly warming [...]

Workers for Wal-Mart Supplier Forced Into Slave Labor

By: Friday June 15, 2012 9:54 am

Wal-Mart is under fire after guest workers at a seafood supplier of theirs in the Gulf Coast went on strike, alleging slave labor conditions and 24-hour work shifts. The workers are in the United States with H-2B visas, which allow foreign nationals to work temporary, non-agricultural jobs if the employer can demonstrate that “there are [...]

FDA Seeks “Voluntary” Limits on Antibiotics in Livestock

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 10:18 am

I think you have to look at this new FDA announcement, that they will seek “voluntary” limits for antibiotics in animal feed, must be seen in a few different contexts. First, here’s Ezra Klein convincing me about the importance of this issue: This might not seem like a huge deal to you. But it is. [...]

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