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industrial agriculture

Corporations Against GMO Labeling


These companies are fighting labelling initiatives of genetically engineered ingredients in food by collectively spending millions to create misleading messages in the media. Why? Cheap ingredients; enormous profits. Ref: Good Food Gone Bad: Busting the GMO Myth

Why Labeling GMO Foods Matter

Genetically engineered food is chemically treated and heavily processed. Seven out of 10 foods on grocery shelves contain questionable transgenic ingredients, yet they require no label identification. Industrially processed cows, pigs and chickens are usually fed genetically modified crops but animal products like milk, eggs and meat do not require warning labels. Genetically engineered salmon is becoming a reality yet it will require no identifying label.

France Calls on Commission to Ban Monsanto GM Corn

The French Government have called on the European Commission to suspend the authorization to grow Monsanto's genetically modified MON810GM corn seeds in the EU.

The French ecology ministry said in a statement that it had asked European regulators to overturn the authorization for the use of genetically modified MON 810 maize crops produced by US agriculture and biotechnology giant Monsanto.

Climate Change May Create Price Volatility in the Corn Market

A study published April 22 in the journal Nature Climate Change shows for the first time climate change's influence on year-to-year swings in corn prices.

Researchers from Stanford and Purdue universities found that climate change's impact on corn price volatility could far outweigh the volatility caused by changing oil prices or government energy policies mandating biofuels production from corn and other crops.

GMO Foods Not Welcome

Countries in Europe and North America are taking a stand against the cultivation of transgenic (GMO) crops. France will reinstate a ban on the cultivation of Monsanto’s MON810 maize (corn) just in time to prevent the genetically modified grain being sown this year.

The French public is fiercely opposed to genetically modified organisms (GMO). The French government's request to the EU Commission was based on "significant risks for the environment" shown in recent scientific studies, mainly one by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) in December on "bt11" GMO maize which said its conclusions also apply in some respects to the MON810.

Nitrogen Overdose

"Altogether, human activities currently contribute twice as much terrestrial nitrogen fixation as natural sources…"
Paul Falkowski, Researcher, Rutgers University

Bill C-474

The debate over Bill C474 has demonstrated exactly how the partnership of Canadian politics and agribusiness now work. Bill C474 called for the amendment of the federal Seeds Regulations to require that an “analysis of potential harm to export markets” be conducted before federal permission is granted for the sale of a new GM seed. The private Members Bill C-474 was introduced by Alex Atamanenko, NDP Agriculture Critic and MP for BC Southern Interior in November 2009.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Most of us would be surprised to learn that the majority of sweeteners used in processed food comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Developed in the 1970s, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has the same sweetness and taste as an equal amount of sucrose from cane or beet sugar but it's considerably cheaper to make than sugar.

Attack of the Jellyfish

No Brain...no heart...no lungs... and they're taking over. No, this isn't a Stephen King tale of horror, but it's no less scary. In the early fall of 2007 billions of jellyfish attacked a salmon farm in Northern Ireland destroying more than 100,000 fish. In Japan, the number of jellyfish has risen so dramatically they are devastating the livelihoods of fishermen. Mass jellyfish sightings are now common along the Mediterranean coast, off southern Africa, the west coasts of England, Wales and Scotland, the beaches of Waikiki, and the Gulf of Mexico.

These giant jellyfish can grow up to 2 meters (6 ft 7 in) in diameter and weigh up to 200 kg (440 lb). And, they pack a wallop. Over 19,000 stings were reported in the Mediterranean last summer including resorts in Italy and France. Twelve thousand pounds of jellyfish were scooped up in three days off the Costa Tropical last year.

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