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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Biotech companies often claim that the only way to feed the world is through GMO crops. In a report released today, EWG refutes that claim and lays out a blueprint on how to feed the world without them.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The latest iteration of the DARK Act seeks to set a national voluntary GMO labeling system, which would only further consumer confusion.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Last week, the World Health Organization found that glyphosate, an ingredient commonly found in herbicides used in GMO crops, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Now is the time for the EPA to act on the findings. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yesterday, Congressman Mike Pompeo reintroduced the DARK Act, which would dismantle state and federal ability to allow labeling of GMO foods. If passed, this legislation would fail consumers in various ways.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Today, Congressman Mike Pompeo introduced legislation that would block a state’s ability to propose mandatory GMO labeling laws.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A common argument by the anti-GMO industry is that mandatory labeling would cause food prices to skyrocket. In reality, prices won’t change.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lavish new subsidies in the 2014 farm bill were sold as true reforms. But as it turns out, many of those new subsidies are only adding to taxpayer burden.

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week, a USDA summit in North Carolina has become ground zero for the debate between bioengineered and organic food industries.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A number of farmers nationwide seek ways to defraud taxpayers’ farm insurance dollars in order to game the system.

Monday, March 2, 2015

With much being made about the perceived abuse of the food stamp program; farm subsidy abuse remains a larger issue that grows by the year.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The harm that the nationwide corn ethanol mandate wages on our land and wallets is reason enough for Senators Diane Feinstein (CA) and Pat Toomey (PA) to seek repeal of the unpopular law.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Today, EWG released their annual Dirty Dozen Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which ranks conventional produce items on the amount of pesticides they still contain when consumed.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Today, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio joined lawmakers to reintroduce bi-partisan legislation, the Genetically Engineered Right-to-Know Act, which would lead to greater transparency in the market place.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Water polluted by agricultural chemicals is a major issue across the country.  Yet a simple solution in Iowa could provide a blueprint by reducing water pollution at little cost.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Obama Administration’s FY2016 budget suggested two key reforms for the nation’s broken crop insurance program.

Monday, January 26, 2015

As farming chemicals continue to pollute Iowa rivers, support is growing for a lawsuit to slow the pollution.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

In an attempt to avoid the government approval process, the chemical industry is now “editing” the genes of certain seeds. This loophole could lead to dire consequences for our land, water, and consumers.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

As pressure grows to reduce agricultural pollution in our water, common sense reforms can reduce farming pollution and improve the water supplies.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tired of heavily polluted water due to overuse of nitrogen fertilizers, water utility company Des Moines Water Works filed suit against three Iowa counties for their negligence in the matter. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

With an upcoming update to national Dietary Guidelines, the agencies put in charge of the project have fumbled an opportunity to show consumers the environmental impact of growing food.