Last spring, for the first time in 20 years, Indiana farmer Jim Benham planted his fields entirely with soybean seeds that hadn’t been genetically modified to withstand herbicides.It wasn’t because the 63-year-old suddenly had embraced the anti-GMO movement. Instead, he was drawn to a nearly 14% per-bushel premium for non-GMO soybeans offered by a local grain terminal.
Mr. Benham is among a small but growing number of Midwestern farmers moving away from biotech seeds developed by Monsanto Co. , DuPont Co. and other companies in response to lower crop prices over the past two years that have slashed farm profits....read full article
I’ve long pondered why my husband can eat the wheat I prepare at home, yet experiences negative digestive effects eating even a single roll in a restaurant. - Read Full Article here
A report by the Ministry of Health in Córdoba, Argentina reveals that deaths from cancerous tumours are double the national average in areas where genetically engineered crops are grown and agro-chemicals are used. Click here for full article
55 members of Congress and over 1.4 million people have submitted comments in support of the petition; yet, FDA has failed to take action to require the labeling of GE foods.....Read more.
86,105 signatures were needed to put GMO labeling on the November 2014 ballot. Colorado grassroots turned in 167,995 signatures to the Secretary of State yesterday. Colorado now joins Oregon in the GMO labeling ballot-initiative battlefront in November. Colorado and Oregon voters now have the opportunity to join Vermont, Connecticut and Maine in making mandatory GMO labeling the law. More.....
Advocates of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered crops in Oregon said they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot, and planned to submit them on Wednesday to state officials. Click here for full article
After contributing $450,000 to help defeat California's label GMOs ballot initiative in 2012, Ben & Jerry's has done a 180 degree turn, and have vowed to source GMO ingredients. No more Heath Bar; along with 110 changes will complete their transform their ice cream to non GMO. Click here for full article.
The ink was barely dry on Vermont's first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law when a national industry trade group declared it would seek to overturn it. Link to full article
The fermentation process uses naturally occurring bacteria to partially break down the food, improving its enzyme content and increasing its levels of vitamins B, C and K. It also makes food more digestible, and boosts the "usable" protein level by about 12 percent.....further info
Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause. The law would take effect July 1, 2016.
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