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Appeals court knocks down Hawaii’s local prohibitions on GMO seed industry

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Hawaii’s genetically modified seed industry and about 1,000 jobs that go with it were big winners in a 30-page ruling handed down Friday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco. In the ruling, the appellate court found that Hawaii’s pesticide laws are sufficiently comprehensive and preclude counties from regulating either pesticides… Continue Reading

Arctic Fuji apple gains approval despite anti-GMO opposition

Neal Carter founded Okanagen Speciality Fruits in 1996 in Summerland, British Columbia. The company has developed and gained approval for genetically modified apples that have non-browning properties.

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

Neal Carter founded Okanagen Speciality Fruits in 1996 in Summerland, British Columbia. The company has developed and gained approval for genetically modified apples that have non-browning properties.

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

Compromise bill on GMO labeling lands on president’s desk

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The Senate compromise bill for labeling food with genetically modified ingredients is on its way to President Obama’s desk after gaining a solid 306-117 bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives early this afternoon. Passage of S. 764 came with 101 Democrats joining 205 Republicans in a vote that pre-empts any state labeling of food produced… Continue Reading

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

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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

How my dinner’s story has helped to shape my own

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When I look back through photos of my childhood, the momentous occasions, including my baptism, birthday parties, riding a two-wheeler or the triumph of successfully completing kindergarten, it’s hard not to notice the pictures are all of food. Food? Where are the photos of me, or of my friends and family, beaming with pride? My… Continue Reading

Report: Mandate Food Process Labels Only if Product is Harmful

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A report by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) published Monday states that “process labels” for food should only be mandated when the product has been scientifically demonstrated to harm human health. Whether voluntary or mandatory, labels such as “Certified Organic,” “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “rbST free,” “Fair Trade,” and “Free of Genetically Modified… Continue Reading

More Food Safety Issues Popping Up on WTO Committee Agenda

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China, Costa Rica, and the European Union earlier this month put new food safety-related issues on the agenda at the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures. China told the SPS Committee that it plans to amend its safety assessment of agricultural genetically modified food and feed, sometimes referred to as biotech… Continue Reading

Bill Banning State GMO-Labeling Laws Moves to House Floor

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The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has approved a bill that would put an end to state-level laws regulating the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The bill, H.R. 1599, or the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, would require a national standard for labeling laws related to GMOs — one that did… Continue Reading

Organic Industry Wants Biotechnology Regulated By Process, Not Product

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About 40 activist organizations that usually can be counted upon to rally with the organic industry against genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals did just that on Monday. They weighed in with a letter to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the federal regulation of biotechnology products. APHIS has been inviting such comments, even… Continue Reading