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USDA Approves Apples Genetically Engineered to Resist Browning

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to approve new types of apples that have been genetically engineered not to brown as quickly after being cut. Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., the company that developed the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden varieties is currently engaging in a voluntary food safety assessment consultation with the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Label Genetically Engineered Food

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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

Bills to Label Produce for GMOs and Dairy for rBGH Back in Florida

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Two Florida Democrats are again trying to pass bills to label some foods containing genetically modified organisms. Similar efforts died last year in the House and Senate agriculture committees House Bill 351 and its companion, Senate Bill 416, would require 25 raw fruits and vegetables to carry labels if they contain GMOs. Wheat, corn, cotton, papaya, rice, zucchini… Continue Reading

Most Would Accept Nanotechnology, Genetic Modification in Food for Nutrition, Safety

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New research suggests that most consumers will accept nanotechnology or genetic modification technology in their food if it will enhance nutrition or improve safety. Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota conducted a nationally representative survey of 1,117 U.S. consumers. It asked about their willingness to purchase genetically modified (GM) food… Continue Reading

German Study Finds GM Crops Good for Farmers and the Environment

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The “pro” side in the debate over the benefit of genetically modified foods got a big boost from science this month, with an international study funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program FOODSECURE concluding that GM crops are good for the economy and… Continue Reading

Consumers Union: Labeling GMOs Would Cost Each Consumer $2.30 Annually

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The median cost of labeling genetically modified ingredients on grocery products would equate to an additional $2.30 per consumer each year, according to a new report sponsored by Consumers Union and conducted by ECONorthwest, an economics consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest. Consumers Union is the policy and advocacy branch of Consumer Reports. The organization… Continue Reading

Food Industry Associations Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Law

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National associations representing food and snack manufacturers are suing the state of Vermont over its law passed last month that will require foods produced with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such beginning July 2016. The lawsuit was filed jointly by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Keep the Libraries Open!

Opinion

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The Rogue River counties of Jackson and Josephine in Oregon were for years what they called “timber counties,” running their local public services with federal money paid “in lieu” of taxes. Drastic reductions in federal timber harvests were occurring about the time the whole economy tanked. So, Jackson and Josephine counties closed all their public… Continue Reading

Organic Mutagenic/Cell Fusion Hybrid Seeds are Genetically Engineered

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It is spring planting time for farms, and, if hybrid seeds are being planted, chances are some might be genetically engineered (GE) and technically genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to a growing movement in organic agriculture. High Mowing Organic Seeds, an organic seed company based in Wolcott, VT, bans the sale of hybrid seeds produced… Continue Reading

Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law: What it Really Means for Consumers

Opinion

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By substantial majorities, the Vermont legislature recently passed a bill to require labels on “genetically modified” foods. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed it into law on Thursday. Everyone paying attention expects a lawsuit (which VT is certain to lose). What is this all about? Spoiler alert: It’s not about safety, it’s not about choice, and it’s… Continue Reading