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Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling Bill, Sends It Back to House for Final Vote

Members of the Vermont Senate voted 28-2 on Wednesday for a bill that, if the Vermont House of Representatives concurs with the Senate’s changes, would make it the first state in the country to require labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill, H. 112, passed the Vermont House last year but… Continue Reading

Washington State’s GMO Labeling Initiative Appears Headed for Defeat


With all of Washington state’s counties reporting in late Tuesday night, voters appear to be turning down ballot initiative I-522, which would require labeling food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The complete vote results may not be available until December, but nearly 1 million voters have already turned down the initiative by 55 percent… Continue Reading

Trade Group, Biotech Giants Spending Big Bucks to Stop GE Labeling in WA



This editorial was originally published on Sept. 17, 2013, by the Center for Food Safety. The nation’s largest food makers’ trade group, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), is donating big money to oppose I-522, but on whose behalf? Even if you haven’t heard of the GMA, you know its members: the nation’s largest food makers… Continue Reading

Monsanto Steps Out of Europe’s GMO Line


St. Louis-based Monsanto has permanently stepped out of Europe’s application line for growing new crops using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Instead, the world’s largest seed company is going to work on increasing its sales of non-GMO seed and other farm products in Europe. Jose Manuel Madero, Monsanto’s president and managing director for Europe, said the… Continue Reading

GMO Wheat Found in Oregon Was Isolated Incident, Says USDA


While the reaction from trading partners was immediate with a significant impact on markets and Monsanto opponents did not miss an opportunity to crow, USDA says genetically modified wheat plants found in Oregon was an isolated event. “As of today, USDA has neither found nor been informed of anything that would indicate that this incident… Continue Reading

Some of Monsanto’s GE Wheat Found Alive in Oregon


It’s unlikely the discovery of a few plants of a genetically modified variety in a farmer’s field in Oregon will depress U.S. wheat exports as was experienced a decade ago with beef exports after a single Mad Cow was found. But USDA is taking no chances. The agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)… Continue Reading

Corn Growers Turn to Pesticides After Genetically Modified Seeds Fail


The $1 billion pest has done it before. It beat crop rotation during the 1990s when a new strain of the western corn rootworm began breeding opposite fields so they’d be ready for corn planting in the following year. “Up until then rotation of corn and soybeans was a pretty good control strategy,” University of… Continue Reading

Monsanto Teams Up with Congress to Shred the Constitution



Our founding fathers, white maleness aside, did get a few things right. One of them was the concept of “separation of powers,” which ensures a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. But a dangerous provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in Congress upends… Continue Reading

Hawaii Senate Committees Hear Then Kill GMO Labeling Bill


Three committees of the Hawaii Senate Thursday heard the House proposal to require labels on genetically modified food produced outside the state, and then they voted to table the bill for the current legislative session, effectively killing the bill. Once again. Just two days earlier, House Bill (HB) 174 was considered dead after the Senate… Continue Reading

Supreme Court to Hear Monsanto Seed Patent Case Today


Today, the Supreme Court will hear a patent case that’s been billed as the one to determine who owns the rights to seeds in the ground: the farmer who planted them on his land, or the company that invested resources in designing and selling them. Bowman v. Monsanto centers on the conflict between 75-year-old Vernon… Continue Reading