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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...

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...

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...

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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.     

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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. 

Monsanto Sues Hawaii County Over GMO Ban

November 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit filed by Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit in federal court in Honolulu asks a judge to immediately prevent a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms from taking effect.       

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Monsanto Reaches $2.4M Settlement With US Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. said it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, but it was found in Oregon in 2013. 

Maui GMO Opponents Sue County, Seed Companies

November 13, 2014 9:54 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The drafters of a new Maui County law imposing a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops sued the county to ensure it implements the law. The plaintiffs want the county to involve the community and be more transparent about the law. 

VIDEO: A Doctor's Breakdown of GMOs

November 12, 2014 8:40 am | by Healthcare Triage | Videos | Comments

Since our first episode, you've begged us to cover Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. Honestly, I often can't tell if those of you who are asking us to do this expect us to tell you're they're awesome or the worst thing to happen to humanity. 

EU Nations Could Get Power to Block GMO Crops

November 11, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc.                 

USDA Approves a Genetically Modified Potato

November 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals.               

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Ingredion Debuts Non-GMO Ingredients Video

November 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Ingredion | News | Comments

The video, which features interviews with farmers growing Ingredion corn for over 40 years, walks the viewer through the company’s traceability standards and practices that provide the industry with one of the broadest, most secured sources of non-GMO ingredients available today. 

Grocers Association Applauds GMO Labeling Campaign Efforts

November 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by National Cooperative Grocers Association | News | Comments

The National Cooperative Grocers Association wishes to thank the Right to Know Oregon and Colorado GMO campaigns for their hard work to pass Measure 92 and Proposition 105 to label GMO foods. The campaigns drew support from a broad range of grassroots organizations.

Despite Losses, GMO Label Backers Aren't Quitting

November 6, 2014 9:30 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon is the fourth state in the West that has failed to pass a GMO labeling measure. A similar proposal also flopped Tuesday in Colorado, which joined Washington state and California as other states that have said no.        

Maui Votes to Ban GMO's

November 5, 2014 9:12 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maui County voters opted to temporarily ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops after a hard-fought campaign featuring $8 million in advertising The ban passed by a narrow margin, with 50 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed. 

Smucker's Removes Anti-GMO Posts From Social Media Sites

November 4, 2014 9:15 am | by Green America, Washington, DC; GMO Inside, Washington, DC | News | Comments

Green America's GMO Inside campaign is calling out the J.M. Smucker Company (Smucker's) for removing anti-GMO posts and posts critiquing the company's funding of opposition to GMO labeling ballot initiatives in Oregon and Colorado. 

Jimmy Kimmel: What's a GMO?

October 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Jimmy Kimmel Live | Videos | Comments

What's a GMO? Is it good for you? Is it bad for you? Is it just OMG backwards? Television host Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew to a local farmers market to ask real people why they try to avoid GMOs and, more importantly, what GMO even means.

No Settlement Reached For Wheat Claims Against Monsanto

October 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prospects are dimming for a settlement on remaining claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field. Growers of soft white wheat who sued apparently have reached a tentative deal with the company.

Maui GMO Debate Heats Up as Election Nears

October 27, 2014 9:26 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dueling campaigns over a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would prohibit the growing of genetically modified organisms until studies show they're safe isn't just a local issue in a county of only 160,000 residents in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Colorado GMO Labeling: Food Giants Spend Big Money to Defeat Measure

October 24, 2014 9:17 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado and Oregon are battlegrounds in a national war over genetically modified organisms, or organisms that have been altered at the molecular or cellular level. So-called GMOs now make up almost the entirety of many staple crops, such as corn and soybeans, which are used in many items on grocery store shelves.

Food Giants Funding State Ballot Initiatives

October 23, 2014 9:34 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures to be considered next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Food industry giants Monsanto, the J.M. Smucker Co., Coca-Cola and Pepsi are spending $3 million opposing an Oregon ballot measure that would require vendors to label genetically modified foods.

Ban on GMO Plants Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants, including varieties of corn and other crops that are designed to resist pests or pesticides. Critics say genetically modified crops haven't been proven safe.

Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's attorney general's office released some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The regulations include using a "clear and conspicuous" label.           

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