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Labeling Initiatives Fall in 2014 Elections; Maui Farmers Brace for Legal Fight

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The ag, biotech and food communities watched closely as the results of ballot initiatives in Colorado (Proposition 105) and Oregon (Measure 92) unfolded in the wake of the November 4 elections. Like previous ballet initiatives in California in 2012 and Washington State in 2013, the Colorado and Oregon proposals would have required the mandatory labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients. Voters in both Colorado and Oregon voted against the labeling initiatives, with the Colorado measure Read More >

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GMOs and Infant Formula: What Parents Need to Know

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As part of the debate around the Oregon ballot initiative to require the labeling of any foods containing genetically modified ingredients (called GMOs), an Oregon paper ran an unfortunate article that misleads readers about the safety of infant formula. A noted opponent of biotechnology, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) tested formulas and found that some brands contained soy that was grown using biotechnology. Noted scientific expert Kevin Folta on the Illumination Blog says the Read More >

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GMO Policy in La La Land

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Urban Dictionary says the term “La La Land” often refers to Los Angeles or a state of mind that is out of touch with reality and focusing on frivolous endeavors.  Regarding policies around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the term refers to both. The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to ban the sale and growth of seeds and plants bearing genetically modified organisms within city limits. While the law would be largely symbolic because Read More >

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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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