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Global agriculture report says GM crops not a solution
May 14, 2008 08:22 AM - , The Organic and Non-GMO Report
A landmark assessment of global agriculture says industrial agriculture has failed and that genetically modified (GM) crops are not a solution for poverty, hunger, or climate change.
Battle lines drawn over GM sugar beets
March 6, 2008 05:29 PM - , The Organic and Non-GMO Report
Thousands of acres of Roundup Ready genetically modified sugar beets will be planted this spring with sugar from the GM crop entering the food supply. Consumer and organic groups are suing to block production of GM sugar beets. In January, farmers, food safety advocates, and conservation groups filed suit in federal court challenging the deregulation of genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant Roundup Ready sugar beets by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Attorneys from the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice are representing plaintiffs Organic Seed Alliance, Sierra Club, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and the Center for Food Safety in the lawsuit, which seeks a thorough assessment of environmental, health, and associated economic impacts of the deregulation as required by federal law.
Battle over rBGH-free labeling continues in US states
February 27, 2008 10:50 AM - , The Organic and Non-GMO Report
In a setback to Monsanto and supporters of its genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, rBGH, Pennsylvania and Indiana refused to pass laws prohibiting dairy manufacturers from labeling their products rBGH-free, while Ohio has put restrictions on such labeling. Meanwhile, Kansas recently introduced a bill banning the labels.
Zero GMO Organic candy, New Trend
November 4, 2007 03:35 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN, Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report
After years as a marketer and broker in the candy industry, businesswoman Luna Roth has found work that is truly sweet. In April 2006, she launched the first organic candy product of Pure Fun Confections, Inc.— starting with a tub of cotton candy made from organic evaporated cane juice and flavored with natural fruits, such as licorice, cinnamon, and root beer.
It started with an illness. After experiencing the profound healing benefits of pure food while recovering from an illness, Roth is now poured all of her passion into creating and managing Pure Fun. Conceived in 2003 and fueled by the unflagging enthusiasm of Roth’s “food purist” daughter Amanda, the candy company introduced a brand new category into the confectionery market.
Monsanto’s rBGH Profits Down; More Dairies Go rBGH-Free
November 3, 2007 11:23 PM - Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report
Monsanto Company recently announced that profits from its genetically modified bovine growth hormone, Posilac, also known as rBGH, will fall 16% in 2007 due to “pressure in the dairy business,” according to chief financial officer, Terry Crews.
Protecting Organic From GMO's - New Standards Proposed
November 3, 2007 11:15 PM - Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report
Baltimore, MD - A draft standard for verifying the non-GMO status of natural and organic foods was introduced at a meeting held at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore in September. The Board members of the Non-GMO Project, an industry initiative to verify the non-GMO status of natural and organic foods, discussed the draft non-GMO standard.
Should Organics be Tested for GMOs?
October 4, 2007 07:18 PM - Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report
Iowa - A recent disturbing incident of GMO contamination of organic soybeans raises the question of whether organic foods should be tested for genetically modified material. The US National Organic Program rules prohibit GMOs in organics but don't require methods to prohibit GMO contamination or establish thresholds for adventitious GM presence. The Organic & Non-GMO Report surveyed organic industry experts to obtain their thoughts on the question of testing.
According to Billy Hunter, an Iowa-based organic inspector, many organic food companies are ignoring the genetically modified food threat. "Many companies have their heads in the sand about the issue," says Hunter, who conducts organic inspections for certifiers such as Quality Assurance International and Oregon Tilth, as well as audits for a non-GMO certification firm.
"Heads in the sand doesn't solve the problem"
How "Organic" Is Organic? New Calls For Testing Organic Foods For GMO's
September 18, 2007 11:12 AM - Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report
Should organics be tested for GMOs?
A recent disturbing incident of GMO contamination of organic soybeans raises the question of whether organic foods should be tested for genetically modified material. The US National Organic Program (NOP) rules prohibit GMOs in organics but don’t require methods to prohibit GMO contamination or establish thresholds for adventitious GM presence. The Organic & Non-GMO Report asked organic industry experts if organics should be tested for GMOs.
GMO Contamination Sometimes Not So Obvious
August 29, 2007 05:18 PM - Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report
IOWA - In spring 2000, Greg Matteson was preparing documents for the annual inspection of his organic farm in Shelby, Montana, when he noticed something disturbing. The label on a seed inoculant called “Dormal PLUS” that he had used on yellow blossom sweet clover said “genetically modified.”
GMO To You, May Not Be For Them, Organic Co's Debate "Non-GMO" Thresholds
August 29, 2007 01:12 PM - Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report
US organic and non-GMO grain suppliers say an initiative to verify the non-GMO status of organic and natural foods is worthwhile, but express concerns about GMO thresholds, costs, GMO testing, and impacts on organic farmers. Many suppliers of organic and non-GMO grains support The Non-GMO Project, but are concerned about the details. “Non-GMO verification is certainly doable and practical,” says Rick Brandenburger, president, Richland Organics, Breckenridge, MN. “The key is ”what defines Non-GMO’?”