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Friday, October 9, 2015

Ripped from the pages of an obscure science fiction novel, millions run screaming from the threat of a toxic algal bloom blanketing almost 650 miles of the Ohio River. Regrettably, this story isn’t made up. Officials in the Ohio River basin are scrambling to deal with poisonous slime that may compromise the safety of drinking water, suffocate aquatic life and halt recreational activity for much of the region.

 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Farmers sprayed 2.6 billion pounds of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide on U.S. agricultural land between 1992 and 2012, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Glyphosate has been the go-to weed killer for use on genetically engineered, or GMO, crops since the mid-1990s, when Monsanto introduced its “Roundup Ready” corn and soybeans.

 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

One reason nine out of 10 Americans want genetically engineered, “GMO,” food to be labeled is their concern over the escalation of herbicide spraying on hundreds of millions of acres of GMO crops.

 

 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s widely used herbicide Roundup – is a colorless, odorless chemical and might seem innocuous to those who spray it on crops. But in the past few months the truth has come out: This chemical can be dangerous to farmers who are exposed to it and to people living close to farming areas.

 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Should GMO foods be labeled? Legislation passed by the House would block state GMO labeling laws and make it virtually impossible for the FDA to ever craft a national GMO labeling system.
 

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

California officials want to add glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, to the state’s official list of known carcinogens. This could significantly curb the weed killer’s use – not just in California but nationwide – but expect Monsanto to wage a fierce fight against the proposed regulation.

 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

As the New York Times reveals today, the “science” being served up to legislators considering whether to block state and federal GMO labeling has been cherry-picked by GMO labeling opponents.

 

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Labeling food that contains genetically engineered ingredients, or GMOs, can help a company’s bottom line, reduce risk and build trust with consumers, an MIT researcher says.

 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hawaiians have seen firsthand that people near agrichemical companies’ test plots of genetically engineered (GMO) crops are at increased risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals that drift off the fields. And they’re fighting back.

 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

An article published today in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine by two of the nation’s most respected experts on pesticides and children’s environmental health calls for the Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) food.

 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Clean water is vital to sustaining life. Why aren’t we protecting it?
 

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

When President Obama stepped off Air Force One in Kenya last month, he could automatically enjoy the right to know what is in his food... a right Americans don't have in the U.S.
 

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Boston Globe ran an editorial yesterday (August 3) supporting a bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representative to block states and the federal government from requiring foods to be labeled if they contain GMO ingredients.

 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will consumers view a GMO label on food packages as a “warning?"

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

The hysterical arguments being made by some food companies to fight GMO labeling should sound familiar: they’ve made the same claims to combat food safety and food labeling laws for decades.

 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

As EWG pointed out last week, the version of the DARK Act passed by the House Committee on Agriculture could block or “preempt” many state and local regulations related to GMOs.

 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency recently pledged to spend the next five years studying the effects of glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. and the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, on 1,500 endangered species.

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As the fight over the DARK Act heats up in the House this week, new survey data underscore what polls by The Washington Post, The New York Times and Consumer Reports have been showing for years: nine of every 10 Americans want genetically engineered foods, or “GMOs,” to be labeled.
 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It’s getting harder and harder for opponents of GMO labeling to ignore the mushrooming opposition to the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK Act. This anti-environment and anti-farmworker bill would block states and local governments from passing GMO labeling laws to give Americans more information about their food. More than 300 organizations, companies, food industry and social justice leaders are working together to defeat this legislation, which Big Food and Big Ag are spending millions to pass.

 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

An EWG survey of athletic fields and parks in a six-state sample of small-town America shows that more than 90 percent of these recreational areas are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers could well be sprayed, meaning that anyone playing there is likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent were within 200 feet.
 

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