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Beach Beat: Del Monte’s pretty in pink with OK for GMO

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You’ve gotta give it to those marketing magicians at Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. Back in the 1990s when they introduced the phrase “golden extra sweet pineapple” they stated the obvious with fabulous flair. I can’t help myself. I have to write down the entire phrase when drafting a shopping list. That brilliance will no… Continue Reading

Three new GMO spuds earn permission from USDA

Two companies have green lights from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their non-browning potato varieties that have had their genes altered. Calyxt, a company based in New Brighton, MN, got the go ahead for its cultivar known as “PPO_KO” and the J.R. Simplot Co. of Boise, ID, has permission for its “X17” and “Y9”… Continue Reading

Arctic Fuji apple gains approval despite anti-GMO opposition

A third genetically modified apple variety, the Arctic Fuji, has gained U.S. approval and the grower responsible for it plans next to seek approval for genetically modified Arctic Gala apples. Developed by bioresource engineer Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. in Summerland, British Columbia, the Arctic Fuji joins the Arctic golden… Continue Reading

Public comments so far show support for third GMO apple

There are 18 days remaining in the public comment period on the Arctic Fuji as Okenagan Specialty Fruits Inc. seeks permission to market its third variety of genetically modified, non-browning apple. Bioresource engineer Neal Carter, founder and president of the fruit company in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, already gained permission from the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

Just Label It takes a victory lap after losing; opts to move on

Just label It is throwing in the towel. The never-ending campaign by the organic industry’s top political players to force GMO labeling on the entire food industry says its time to move on. After a 63-30 vote late Friday for a national GMO labeling scheme that was opposed by Just Label It, Stonyfield Farm’s Gary… Continue Reading

Senate easily invokes cloture on GMO label bill; final vote next

After being showered with handful of paper money thrown over the gallery rail by a single protestor, the U.S. Senate invoked cloture on a GMO-labeling bill by a 65-32 vote Wednesday, meaning that the compromise proposal for a federal law on how grocery products will be labeled when they do and don’t contain genetically modified organisms is… Continue Reading

Ag secretary can’t find common ground for activists, industry on GE/GMO labels

Activists and industry reps sat down twice with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to see if they could find a compromise about labeling food processed with genetic engineering. No compromise could be found, and it’s unlikely there will be a third meeting. That the negotiations broke down hardly came as a surprise. The two sides… Continue Reading

Witnesses Tell House Agriculture Committee GE Foods are Safe, Don’t Need Labels

All six witnesses at Tuesday’s House Committee on Agriculture hearing argued against mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Most of their testimony praised the efficiency they believe GE crops provide to farmers and enumerated the costs they say labeling would inflict on farmers, manufacturers and consumers. But they also brought up the safety concerns surrounding GE food…. Continue Reading

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Label Genetically Engineered Food

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) reintroduced legislation Thursday to label genetically engineered (GE) food. The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to label GE food and foods containing GE ingredients. “Consumers have a right to know what is in the… Continue Reading

Congressional Hearing Looks at FDA’s Role in GE Food Regulation

The question of how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should approach the regulation of genetically engineered (GE) food — and particularly its labeling, or lack thereof — was the topic of a hearing by the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The biggest question of the day: Should a federal law be passed… Continue Reading