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, […]

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: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 […]

Newsbites: Monsanto’s Last Roundup; There May be Something Worse than BPA in Your Bottled Water;Off-Shore Aquaculture–Here’s the Catch

●Monsanto’s Last Roundup ●There May be More than BPA in Your Water Bottle ●Off-Shore Aquaculture: Here’s the Catch Monsanto’s Last Roundup In 2003, after losing nearly $2 billion the previous year, Monsanto bet its corporate life on a genetically modified future, much of which would be built on GM seeds for corn, soybeans, cotton, and […]

Genetically Modified Justice: Why Did Elena Kagan Go to Bat for Monsanto’s GMO Alfalfa?

  It’s a good thing for Elena Kagan that there’s no non-GMO litmus test for Supreme Court nominees. She’d flunk. As Solicitor General, Kagan is supposed to represent the interests of the American people in matters that come before the Supreme Court. Instead, she has gone to bat for Monsanto Co. In a case that […]