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Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels for Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The idea is part of an attempt to block mandatory labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification would be voluntary, says Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican who is including the idea in legislation he plans to introduce Wednesday.

IDFA Applauds Introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | by International Dairy Foods Association | News | Comments

The International Dairy Foods Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation...

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe,...

Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools...

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GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop on Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture convened a recent "coexistence" workshop in North Carolina in an effort to bridge the wide gulf between proponents and critics of genetically modified crops.

Consumers Will Pay More For Safer Potatoes

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer.

Maui GMO Ban Hearing May Be Delayed

March 11, 2015 9:40 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday said she would consider delaying proceedings for a lawsuit challenging Maui's ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms because of legislation that could affect the outcome of the case.

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GMO Corn Spreads Reach Domestically; Is India Next?

March 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Genetically modified corn is steadily gaining prominence in the U.S. grain market, while China has lifted one of its ban on imports of modified seeds. Now, agribusiness companies also have high hopes for introducing modified corn in India.

Regulating Genome-Edited Crops That Aren't GMOs

March 2, 2015 9:10 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified organism (GMO) regulations.

Apples Move to Forefront of GMO Labeling Debate

February 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The National Co+op Grocers on Wednesday expressed a continued objection to the lack of mandatory federally enforced labeling of genetically modified organisms in light of the deregulation announcement last week for Arctic apple varieties developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses.

Farmers File More Than 360 Corn Lawsuits Against Syngenta

February 6, 2015 2:15 pm | by David Pitt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward.     

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Offer of Legal Aid Over Big Isle GMO to be Considered

February 4, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hawaii County Council is scheduled to consider an attorney's offer for free legal representation to defend its new law restricting genetically modified crops. The county council is scheduled to hold an executive session at its Wednesday meeting in Hilo.

2015: The Year for Strategies to Mitigate and Defend Against Food Labeling Challenges

January 23, 2015 8:45 am | by David L. TerMolen, Freeborn & Peters LLP | Articles | Comments

Food companies continued to see significant risks associated with the labeling and marketing of food products in 2014, highlighted by the continued deluge of consumer class action lawsuits. Although these risks will remain substantial in 2015, the coming year should see significant breakthroughs in labeling and legal strategies to mitigate and defend against those risks.

Monsanto Gets US Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds are designed to increase yield, deter pests and tolerate weed-killing chemicals, particularly the company's Roundup, a staple for farmers worldwide.

GMOs With Health Benefits Have Large Market Potential

January 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by GHENT UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

Over the last few years, various GM crops with health benefits have been developed in which genes, mostly originating from other organisms, have been added. Examples include rice enriched with pro-vitamin A and folate-enriched rice, developed at Ghent University.

EU Parliament Approves New GM Crops Planting Rules

January 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's legislature has approved by a big margin a new law giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc. 

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Latest Poll Shows Consumers Have a Big Appetite For GMO Labeling

January 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A new poll reports that 66 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring food manufacturers to label any products that contain genetically modified organisms. That statistic is higher than the number of consumers who say it's important to know whether a food is organic. 

Food Year in Review: 2014 — A Year of Battle Lines Drawn Over Dinner

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

If there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or debating how healthy is too healthy for school lunches, or scolding one another for our gluten choices, this year our collective culinary consciousness seemed mired in disputes.

15 Top Diet Trends For 2015

December 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by Pollock Communications | News | Comments

Nutrition experts say that consumers still look to gluten-free eating, while low-fat diets have fizzled. They also agree that consumers care about GMO-free, along with locally grown food and high quality protein.      

Oregon Certifies Recount Results: GMO Labels Lost

December 17, 2014 11:15 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea.       

Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 12, 2014 9:10 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The proponents say they drew strength after coming close to victory but stopped short of promising another attempt in the 2016 election.

Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling GMO's to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling.  

EU Makes Move to Let Member States Ban GM Crops

December 4, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their countries even if it's been approved by the 28-nation bloc.           

Nutrition, Safety Key to Consumer Acceptance of Nanotech, GMO in Foods

December 3, 2014 9:15 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

New research shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods — but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food.     

Maui GMO Ban Supporters Seek to Dismiss Lawsuit

November 25, 2014 1:25 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of moms and environmental groups are among those who are asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging a new Maui ban on genetically modified organisms. The coalition filed a motion to either dismiss the lawsuit or let a state court decide the issue.

Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.     

Vermont Fights Attempt to Block Food Labeling Law

November 18, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block the state's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Association of Manufacturers are suing to overturn the law.

McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — has not. The fast-food giant says it does not use genetically modified potatoes. 

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