A Cornfounding Situation: Bioengineering Brought Us Super Weeds, Now Wonder Worms. What is Next from the Labs of Monsanto and Dow?

Advocates for genetically modified crops have never relied on logic to advance their cause. And the same holds true for the government officials who give their blessings to new bioengineered plants. Just look at what has been playing out in the corn industry over the past month or so. Just before Christmas, the U.S. Department [...]

Turnabout is Fair Play: Organic Groups and Small Farmers Haul Monsanto into Court over Contamination by GMO Crops

Tearing a page out of Monsanto Co.’s own playbook, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), an advocacy group whose mandate is to represent the public’s interest in the patent system, filed suit on behalf of 60 organic farmers, small farm organizations, and seed businesses this week against the litigious agrichemical and GMO-seed giant. In a press release, [...]

Obama Administration Allows Unrestricted Planting of GMO Alfalfa. Bye-Bye Organic Milk and Beef

On Thursday, the Obama administration showed whose side it is on in the battle between proponents of sustainable, organic agriculture and the big businesses that profit from conventional, chemical agriculture. Big Ag won. It wasn’t even close. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the unrestricted planting [...]

Proof That Organic Milk Is More Healthy than Conventional; Hatching a GMO Chicken; Eat Bugs: Save the Earth–Meal-Worm Quiche, Anyone? Fourteen States Flunk Foodborne Illness Test. Is Yours One?

    Greener Pastures: Study Shows Organic Milk More Healthful than Conventional A recent study published in the Journal of Dairy Science by a group of British scientists showed that organic milk had higher percentages of heart-healthy fatty acids than the regular stuff. Gillian Butler of Newcastle University, who led the study, told Sustainable Food [...]

The Beltway’s Biggest Scofflaw: The USDA Repeatedly Violates its Own Rules on GMO Crops

 If you want to understand the Obama administration’s cynical, schizophrenic, attitude toward agricultural issues, consider Tom Stearns. He is the founder and president of High Mowing Seeds, a small Vermont company that sells 100 percent organic fruit and vegetable seeds, primarily to commercial growers. The seeds sown in the First Lady’s chemical-free White House garden [...]

Newsbites: Judge Rules GMO Sugar Beets Illegal; Trouble is Non-GMO Seeds Have Vanished. BPA May Soon be a Thing of the Past Thanks to Corporations, not Government Food Safety Bureaucrats. Big Ag Picks Up Its Marbles and Leaves Sustainability Discussions. Three Cheers! The USDA Gets Inorganic Hops out of “Organic’ Beer

The Sour Taste of Success Bye-Bye BPA? An Unsustainable Discussion Organic Hops: I’ll Raise a Mug to That The Sour Taste of Success Sugar beet farmers should have been more careful when they wished for a genetically modified future. Two years ago, after the United States Department of Agriculture gave its blessing—pre-maturely it turns out—to [...]

Newsbites: Seafood’s Dirty Dozen; Farm Life is Making American Women Sick; Sharing the Wealth: A New Management System is Good News For Pacific Ground Fish; FDA is Gung Ho to OK GM Salmon–Maybe it Ought to be Dealing with Other Matters First, Like Contaminated Eggs

Seafood’s Dirty Dozen Seafood guides tend to focus either on those species that should be avoided for reasons related to environmental health (overfishing) or those species should be avoided for reasons related to human health (their flesh is contaminated with chemicals). Food and Water Watch, an environmental group based in Washington, D. C., publishes a [...]

Newsbites:Big Ag and the Obama Administration: A Who’s Who; Wheat Rust Could Cause Widespread Famine; Finally, the FDA Comes out Against Needless Antibiotic Use in Livestock; Government Body Chooses Wrong Side in the Organic/Conventional Debate

Big Ag’s Big Pal in the Oval Office The World’s Bread Basket in Danger of Rusting Away FDA Takes a Anti-Antibiotic Stance—Finally Federal Dietary Guidelines: Organic no Better than Conventional           Big Ag’s Big Pal in the Oval Office Even as a journalist who is supposed to follow matters related to [...]

Monsanto Claims Victory in Supreme Court GM Seed Case, But Who Really Won?

A lawyer friend of mine who once served as a small claims magistrate said that he knew he had handed down a fair ruling when both parties came away a little mad at him.  I don’t know what he would think about the Supreme Court’s 7-to-1 decision to nullify a lower court ruling that imposed [...]

Newsbites: GMO Arms Race Pits Superherbicides Against Superweeds. Snap, Crackle, STOP! FTC Tells Kellogg to Remove Health Claims from Rice Krispies Boxes

●GMO Arms Race: Superherbicides vs. Superweeds ● Snap, Crackle, STOP! FTC Castigates Kellogg’s Health Claims Superherbicides vs. Superweeds             Last week I noted that agribusiness giant Monsanto was scaling back its profit projections in the face of generic competition for its weed killer Roundup. Now, it turns out that the popular herbicide is getting some [...]