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Traditional crop breeding cultivates drought tolerance faster and more efficiently than genetic modification

11/4/2014 - Traditional plant breeding techniques are dramatically outperforming genetic engineering in the quest to develop crop verities that can be grown in more marginal conditions, according to researchers from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico City. Researchers have...

California crop harvests plummet as drought takes toll on national food supply

10/20/2014 - The end of September marked three straight years of severe drought for California, with the state receiving less than 60 percent of its average precipitation. The lack of rainfall has resulted in immense suffering throughout the state, leaving low reservoirs, fallowed farmland, rising unemployment...

GM corn offers no benefits for Vietnamese farmers, top scientist says

10/1/2014 12:20:11 PM - Prominent Vietnamese scientists have publicly stated that genetically modified (GM) corn will not solve any of the country's agricultural problems and indeed offers no benefit over varieties already being grown. These statements fly in the face of the government's policy of aggressively promoting...

Global famine by 2050 as pest explosion overtakes world's food crops

9/7/2014 - Some regions of the world could starve while others fight for their remaining food as pests overwhelm crops in less than 40 years, a new study has found. Many of the world's leading crop-producers are likely to be inundated if current trends continue, the study concluded. As reported by Britain's...

Glyphosate - The silent danger causing lead poisoning in pregnant women

8/29/2014 - The fight taking place doesn't always involve guns on the battlefield. Sometimes the battlefield is something quiet and innocent like a field of crops. The gun is sometimes the chemical pesticides and herbicides soaking into the plants, loading up in the soil. The pesticides and herbacides fire back...

New experimental GMOs cause Public outrage after USDA colludes with biotech industry

8/26/2014 - Despite a groundswell of opposition from watchdog groups, doctors, scientists, 50 members of Congress and thousands of members of the general public, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to move forward with approval for three new genetically modified (GM) crops designed to be sprayed...

British think tank downplays GMO failures, claims unproven benefits in report urging Africans to submit to biotech

8/25/2014 - A new report by British foreign policy think tank Chatham House says Africa should open wide its doors to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), claiming that they offer incredible advantages over conventional crops. But the report is riddled with flat-out lies, revealing its true agenda to craftily...

National Research Council fails to design serious GMO study capable of answering biotech safety questions

8/22/2014 - Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Senior Scientist at Pesticide Action Network, was recently notified by the National Academy of Sciences that the National Research Council (NRC) was assembling a provisional committee of experts tasked to complete a new, novel study on genetically modified (GM) crops. According...

Biotech firms sue local Hawaii government for protecting citizens and environment from GMOs

8/15/2014 - Organizations in Hawaii are attempting to block efforts by biotech firms to roll back regulations on GMO crops. In early August, a coalition of local farmers and environmental groups filed a motion in court to intervene in a lawsuit aimed at overturning a Hawaii County ordinance that imposes a moratorium...

7 ways GMOs are destroying humanity and the planet

8/7/2014 - No matter what personal views you might have on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), these relatively new biological creations are wreaking havoc on both the environment and human health, as thoroughly demonstrated in the scientific literature. And here are seven concrete examples of why: 1) GMOs...

Bollworms develop resistance to Bt cotton, destroy GM crop fields in Pakistan

7/30/2014 - Biotech giant Monsanto promises farmers that, if they buy genetically modified (GM) seeds, their crops will exhibit herbicide-, insect- and drought-tolerant characteristics. Through time, research and field trials, this has proven to be a false promise. All over the world, plants and insects are...

The Agricultural Holocaust explained: the 10 worst ways GMOs threaten humanity and our natural world

7/27/2014 - Why are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a serious threat to humanity and the environment? The reasons span the realms of science, social justice, economics and the environment, and once you understand this, you'll readily understand why so many environmentalists, humanitarians, responsible scientists...

Nearly 300,000 suicides in India so far from GMO crop failures

7/27/2014 - The Western media is steeped in denial about the true damage being caused by genetically modified (GM) crops, especially in the developing Third World. But despite the lies you may have heard from mainstream news sources, nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995 as a direct result...

GMO pushers horrified at idea of being held responsible for their role in farmer suicides, crop failures and environmental devastation

7/27/2014 - The single greatest fear of GMO pushers has just been revealed. In the days after I wrote my now-famous article comparing GMO advocates to Nazi collaborators, the blogosphere erupted with a heated discussion of Monsanto, journalism, the scientific dictatorship of the Nazi empire and the parallels with...

Herbicide-resistant crops threaten global environment, says intergovernmental report

7/14/2014 - The adoption of crops genetically modified (GM) for herbicide resistance leads to a dramatic increase in herbicide usage and herbicide resistance, and is a major threat to global biodiversity, according to a joint scientific report by the environmental agencies of Austria and Switzerland and the German...

Glyphosate decreases yield, seedling quality of Roundup Ready soybeans; increases rate of fungal disease

7/10/2014 - The blockbuster herbicide glyphosate (marketed as Roundup) causes toxic effects even to plants supposedly engineered to resist it, according to a study conducted by Brazilian researchers and published in the journal Planta Daninha. The researchers found that use of glyphosate on Roundup Ready soybeans...

GMO advocates ignore failure of golden rice, quietly move on to GM bananas

6/20/2014 5:39:31 PM - Scientists in Australia think they know better than God what levels of vitamins and minerals should exist in food, and they are on a mission to engineer new varieties that achieve these unnatural levels. Despite the recent failure of genetically modified (GM) "Golden Rice" with artificially elevated...

EU law would give biotech companies final say on national GMO bans

5/26/2014 - A new proposal under consideration by European Union politicians would essentially give biotechnology companies the final say over whether member states can ban some of the very products they make -- GMO crops. According to the anti-GMO activist organization Stop the Crop, environmental ministers...

Neonicotinoid pesticides harm honeybees while failing to improve crop yields

4/27/2014 - The immune systems of honeybees are being compromised. Bees are being slaughtered in droves. Piles of these pollinators are gathered by the handfuls at farms across the Western Hemisphere. This isn't a small-scale problem that the bee populations can easily adapt to and overcome. This has been a growing...

Canada decides not to allow release of GM alfalfa this spring

4/21/2014 - Roundup Ready alfalfa will not be available to Canadian growers this spring. Farmers from Ontario to Manitoba have decried the release of this genetically modified strain of alfalfa into agriculture, citing contamination problems. The National Farmers Union of Canada has brought forth valid concerns...

GMO cultivation declining in developed nations, despite industry promotion suggesting the opposite

4/1/2014 - For the first time since their initial commercialization in the mid-1990s, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are on the decline in the industrialized world, says a new report by the pro-biotech lobbying group International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, or ISAAA. Despite...

Decreasing crop variety threatens global food security

3/16/2014 - Industrial agriculture that focuses on growing just a few isolated crops in large supply rather than an array of diverse crops on a smaller scale is threatening the global food supply in ways that might shock you. A new report by the agricultural research organization CGIAR has found that entire food...

GMOs will unleash global killer 'ecocide' across the planet, warns prominent scientist

3/11/2014 - A top scientist and "risk engineering" expert is now publicly warning that GMOs pose a dire, genuine threat to the continuation of life on Earth. Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness, says that GMOs have the potential to cause "an irreversible termination of life at some scale,...

Why are taxpayers subsidizing bad food choices?

3/2/2014 - One quick perusal of the recently passed agricultural bill in Congress will show you what is inherently wrong with it: Taxpayers are being forced to heavily subsidize some of the worst crops in terms of our health. According to The Washington Post's Tamar Haspel, two of those crops -- corn and soy...

Australian organic farmer files lawsuit after crop ruined by GMO contamination

2/13/2014 - More organic farmers these days are being invaded by the transgenic seed and pesticide industry. Genetically modified organisms, developed in a lab, are cross-contaminating real seeds, real crops and real whole food. GMO industry is a bully that scrapes real food off people's plates, replacing nutrition...

GM crop ban extended indefinitely in Tasmania

1/29/2014 - Tasmania recently extended its ban on GMO crops indefinitely. This move will enable the Tasmanian island state of the Australian Commonwealth, located 150 miles off the southeast coast of mainland Australia, to maintain export leverage to European nations and others that won't import GMO foods. The...

Industrial agriculture has reached its 'peak,' say scientists; time for a return to small-scale organics

1/23/2014 - The era of large-scale monoculture, with all of its toxic pesticides and untested genetically modified organisms (GMOs), could finally be coming to an end. Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) discovered recently that yield expansion rates for most major industrial food crops are...

Federal government funds research into how organic farming naturally deters pests without chemicals

1/13/2014 - The federal government has awarded a $750,000 grant to Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman to investigate the merits of organic farming in eradicating pests without the use of chemicals. Inspired by a survey conducted by researchers at nearby Oregon State University, the research project to...

Hemp - The ultimate cash crop, health food and environmental savior rolled into one

12/4/2013 - A new ecovillage in Scotland has utilized an innovative material within its structures - namely, negative carbon hemp. While most environmentally progressive buildings strive for a carbon neutral rank, these houses take eco-friendly a step further, literally pulling carbon dioxide from the air. But...

Golden rice exposed as fraud: Genetically engineered crop nothing more than biotech battering ram to crush GMO regulations

9/27/2013 - Everywhere you turn in the media, GMO propagandists are invoking so-called "Golden rice" as part of a false narrative that claims GMOs will save the world. Golden rice will save a million lives, blared the cover of TIME Magazine. Golden rice will give poor people critical nutrition and end suffering,...

Farmers' lawsuit against Monsanto headed to U.S. Supreme Court

9/19/2013 - A lawsuit challenging biotech giant Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) seed patents is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. The St. Louis-based chemical company, known for its Round-up glyphosate herbicide and the patented GM crops bred to withstand glyphosate use or to create their own pesticides...

Failure of GMO crop technologies leads to huge increase in herbicide, pesticide use

8/19/2013 - Since the time when genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) were first introduced into the American food supply back in 1996, there has been a dramatic increase in pesticide use rather than the decrease we were all promised by the biotechnology industry as a supposed benefit of GMO technology. A new research...

14-year-old teen GMO activist schools ignorant TV host on human rights, food labeling

8/4/2013 - Her name is Rachel Parent, and she's suddenly an internet sensation for her cool-headed debate about GMOs on a popular Canadian TV show. (She's also the founder of the Kids Right to Know GMO Walk.) As you'll see in the video below, Rachel calmly argues for the basic human right to know what's in our...

How GMOs are to blame for the rampant overuse of pesticides in modern agriculture

7/20/2013 - It's no secret here, Natural News has long reported what the mainstream media generally has not regarding the risks of GM foods and how they are creating a host of dangers to our food supply. Now, it seems, science is making it much more difficult to ignore these facts. A new study has found that...

Down with GMOs

6/15/2013 - Recently, In one of Hawaii's only newspapers that is for the people and free, The Honolulu Weekly, an article written by Tiffany Hervey put the GMO issue in an incredible, proper perspective. The problem is that before any change can take place, we have to somehow negate the efforts of Monsanto's "hooker"...

Industrial hemp returns to America: Colorado to plant first new major crop on US soil in 60 years

6/2/2013 - The recent passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado, which legalizes the cultivation and recreational use of marijuana throughout the state, is having a major impact on the state's agricultural sector. But the biggest potential for economic growth may actually come from marijuana's non-psychoactive cousin...

Monsanto: The worst of the worst

5/30/2013 - Monsanto lies about everything and will commit any atrocity against the people to ensure profits. Recently, the Cornucopia Institute reported about the French farmer that was poisoned by one of Monsanto's "safe" pesticides. Read it for your self. A French farmer who can no longer perform his routine...

GMO multi-toxin crops continue to backfire as more insects become resistant to crop chemicals

4/29/2013 - Promises made by the biotechnology industry about the alleged robustness of its genetically modified (GM) crops are proving to be false, as research out of the University of Arizona (UA) uncovers a growing resistance by pests to even the most advanced crop chemical technologies in use today. Published...

Organic rice farmer in India yields over 22 tons of crop on only two acres, proving the fraud of GMOs and Big Ag

4/3/2013 - Despite all the claims made by industry-funded hacks that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and other industrial agricultural methods are necessary for the future of humanity, it is the traditional growing methods that continue to shine through as the real sustainers of life. As reported by Gaia...

GMO plague: Charts show worldwide GE crop fields cover entire size of U.S., and then some

4/1/2013 - The amount of land currently being used to cultivate genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is the highest it has ever been throughout the world, according to a new report. Data compiled by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), a pro-GMO group whose stated...

CO2 myth busted: Why we need more carbon dioxide to grow food and forests

3/31/2013 - If you talk to the global warming crowd, carbon dioxide -- CO2 -- is the enemy of mankind. Any and all creation of CO2 is bad for the planet, we're told, and its production must be strictly limited in order to save the world. But what if that wasn't true? What if CO2 were actually a planet-saving...

Can you trust Whole Foods?

3/14/2013 - Whole Foods has announced that, by 2018, all GMO products sold in their stores will carry GMO labels, so customers know what they're buying. Whole Foods has also asserted they are working with their suppliers to find non-GMO raw ingredients, so that current GMO products sold in the stores can become...

USDA approves Monsanto alfalfa despite presence of infertility-causing pathogens

3/7/2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently deregulated Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa, but two weeks before the department's chief, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, made his decision, a senior soil expert alerted USDA to a newly discovered, microscopic pathogen that had been found in high concentrations...

US farmers flood fields with dangerous poison to fight Monsanto superweeds

2/25/2013 - You're a farmer. Season after season, you watch your fields being taken over by Monsanto superweeds, which are resistant to the herbicide Roundup. What are you going to do? You're locked in. You're buying your GMO seeds from Monsanto, and the food crops that grow from those seeds are supposed to...

U.S. farmers may stop planting GMOs after horrific crop yields

2/19/2013 - Some farmers across the United States may stop planting genetically modified crops after poor yields are increasing costs beyond what they can absorb. According to Farmers Weekly, those farmers are considering returning to conventional seed after increased pest resistance and crop failures have meant...

Yes on Prop 37's biggest supporter was... Monsanto?

12/11/2012 - We've all heard about hidden agendas, divide and conquer, controlling the narrative, and problem-reaction-solution. These are certainly time-honored and effective strategies for political elites. To get simpler, we could just say lie-cheat-steal-kill. But let's approach all this from a somewhat...

Oregon court temporarily halts GM canola plantings after determining crop will cause 'irreparable harm' to important growing region

11/8/2012 - Efforts by the biotechnology industry to begin planting genetically-modified (GM) canola, also known as rapeseed, in Oregon's prized Willamette Valley have been thwarted, at least temporarily, thanks to persistent opposition from farmers and farmer advocacy groups. The Oregonian reports that the Oregon...

Organic chia seeds available once again after year of global crop failures due to extreme weather

11/5/2012 - Organic chia seeds are back! They've been very difficult to find for the past year due to a wave of global crop failures caused by floods and drought. These crop failures, coupled with increasing awareness and demand for chia seeds, has caused chia supplies to dwindle while prices tripled. In the...

Family orchard ransacked by hungry mobs after owners generously offer undersized peach crop free to public

10/20/2012 - A Colorado fruit orchard was ransacked by locals recently after its generous owners decided to open up their private peach grove to the public for a free picking. Don and Marilyn Schanaman were horrified to learn that their benevolent efforts to salvage an undersized peach crop resulted in what can...

Ancient agricultural traditions like seed saving could replace disastrous GMO practices

10/16/2012 - Practically everything we have all been told about the supposed benefits of biotechnology is false, at least as far as its necessity and usefulness in agriculture is concerned. As it turns out, traditional methods of agriculture, which include things like seed saving, seed sharing, selective breeding,...

GMOs and pesticides create super-pests

10/10/2012 - One of the expected advantages to genetically modified crops is their proposed ability to withstand onslaughts from weeds and other pests that could damage or destroy crops. Unfortunately, that's not the way mother nature works. Yes, these crops may be resistant to the original stains of weeds and pests...

Dawn of a new depression - Half of U.S. counties now designated disaster areas, financial fallout undeniable

9/20/2012 - Persistent and unrelenting drought conditions across much of the nation have all but destroyed about half of the entire corn crop for this year. And according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a whopping 50 percent of the nation's counties are now considered to be disaster areas as a result...

Nearly all conventional food crops grown with fluoride-laced water, then sprayed with more fluoride

9/10/2012 - The average American today is exposed to a whole lot more fluoride than he or she is probably aware. Conventional produce, it turns out, is one of the most prevalent sources of fluoride exposure besides fluoridated water, as conventional crops are not only irrigated with fluoride-laced water in many...

Is there fluoride in your grapes?

8/9/2012 - Most of the talk concerning fluoride exposure these days centers around the chemical's forced presence in many public water supplies, and how this is causing an epidemic of chronic health problems. But little do many people realize that fluoride exposure is also problematic throughout the food supply,...

Bill Gates dumps another $10 million into researching new GM crops for agricultural takeover of Africa

7/23/2012 - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is once again busy funding efforts to promote the spread of the agricultural cancer that are genetically-modified (GM) crops, this time in the form of a $10 million grant it recently issued to a group of British scientists working on new GM crops that require no fertilizer....

'Monsanto Protection Act' to grant biotech industry total immunity over GM crops?

7/15/2012 - While millions of Americans were busy celebrating freedom from tyranny during the recent Independence Day festivities, Monsanto was actively trying to thwart that freedom with new attacks on health freedom. It turns out that the most evil corporation in the world has quietly attached riders to both...

The 'Monsanto Rider': Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law?

7/10/2012 - While many Americans were firing up barbecues and breaking out the sparklers to celebrate Independence Day, biotech industry executives were more likely chilling champagne to celebrate another kind of independence: immunity from federal law. A so-called "Monsanto rider," quietly slipped into the...

The corruption of the Farm Bill, and why clean, organic food remains more expensive than conventional

7/6/2012 - If you have ever wondered why junk food is almost always artificially cheap compared to healthy food, you need look no further than federal agriculture policy. Little do most people know that the federal government funnels billions of taxpayer dollars via the "Farm Bill" into large-scale crop systems...

Nature fights back - bugs devour GM Monsanto corn with a vengeance

6/22/2012 - Corn genetically engineered by Monsanto to kill western corn rootworm is reportedly being devoured by those pests with a vengeance. Thanks to heavy reliance on the genetically modified (GM) crops, the tiny rootworm pest has overtaken fields, outsmarting the genetic engineering that was supposed to keep...

NYT distorts GMO labeling issue, tries to make it a debate about crop yields

6/11/2012 - The American people are tired of being lied to about the ingredients that are present in the foods they eat, which is why many of them have helped launch or support grassroots efforts to require mandatory labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). But corporate agriculture interests and their...

'Agent Orange' crop chemicals challenged by coalition of US farmers and food companies

4/22/2012 - It is getting down to the wire for the potential deregulation of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D, aka "Agent Orange," and its associated crops, and food freedom advocates everywhere are turning up the heat on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop...

Leaked documents reveal US diplomats actually work for Monsanto

1/11/2012 - Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world's food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government. With leaked reports revealing how U.S. diplomats are actually...

Rep. Kucinich proposes legislation to ban open-air cultivation of pharmaceutical-producing GE crops

1/10/2012 - A long-time advocate of protecting the food supply from the detrimental, and most-likely irreversible, effects of genetically-engineered (GE) crops on the environment and humans, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has proposed new legislation to ban the open-air cultivation of GE crops programmed to produce...

Genetically modified alfalfa and Roundup herbicides may create an agricultural disaster

11/29/2011 - Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been extended to alfalfa. This could be the beginning of a disastrous domino effect on our food crop and livestock systems. The GMO hazards have gone beyond the need for labeling our consumption needs. Genetically engineered alfalfa is a far more serious threat...

Scientists respond to overuse of agricultural chemicals by genetically engineering crops to produce their own fertilizer

8/24/2011 - A couple of researchers from the University of Alberta (U-A) in Canada say they have come up with a novel new way to eventually end the practice of having to apply environmentally-harmful fertilizer chemicals to commercial crops. Unfortunately, though, the plan has nothing to do with eliminating...

Farmers speak out: GMOs are a trap that Monsanto is using to take over agriculture

8/19/2011 - Most Americans have no idea just how pervasive genetically-modified organisms (GMO) have become throughout the food supply. Predatory marketing practices have lured many farmers into converting over to GMOs, and craftily-designed, proprietary growing systems have kept them there. Meanwhile, multinational...

Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields

8/3/2011 - Purveyors of conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops -- and the pesticides and herbicides that accompany them -- are finally getting a taste of their own legal medicine. Minnesota's Star Tribune has reported that the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that a large organic farm surrounded...

Deadly new disease linked to recent crop failures and animal miscarriages caused by GM crops, pesticides

7/19/2011 - The recent upswing in crop failures and spontaneous animal miscarriages appears to be the result of a deadly new plant disease, suggests a prominent researcher. According to ongoing research being conducted by Emeritus Professor Don Huber from Purdue University in Indiana, this disease is likely a result...

GM crop cultivation a symbol of death to natives whose loved ones killed by pesticides

5/9/2011 - Cultivation of genetically modified (GM) soy in the South American country of Paraguay has risen dramatically in recent years, currently topping nearly 6.5 million acres. With this rise has come massive deforestation, the conversion of formerly diversified polyculture into a system of monoculture, and...

USDA team identifies improved bacterial strain that helps control crop, garden pests naturally

4/17/2011 - Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have made an interesting and noteworthy discovery concerning the use of soil bacteria in controlling crop pests. Michael Blackburn, an entomologist at the ARS Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory...

Eco-farming outperforms GMOs at improving crop yields and growing more food, says report

4/1/2011 - A new United Nations (UN) report blows a major hole in the modern myth that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are the answer to improving crop yields and ending world hunger. A UN Special Rapporteur explains that small-scale eco-farming reliant on natural growing methods works better than GMO and...

Local and organic food, farming: Here's the gold standard

2/28/2011 - More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of "local" foods, often described as "sustainable," "healthy," or "natural." According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food News, "local" as a marketing claim, has grown by 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, and it's likely that number...

Roundup, GMOs linked to emergence of deadly new pathogen causing spontaneous abortions among animals

2/23/2011 - In a shocking warning letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, a highly experienced, ex-military pathogen researcher warns that the use of Roundup via GMO crops is resulting in the emergence of a deadly new pathogen -- previously unknown to science -- that's causing widespread spontaneous abortions among...

Organic giants Whole Foods, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield accused of compromising on GMOs

2/11/2011 - Some of the nation's largest and most widely known producers and retailers of natural and organic products have decided to push for a compromise with the Monsanto-influenced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the issue of genetically-modified organisms (GMO). In the wake of the recent decision...

Monsanto nation: Exposing Monsanto's minions

2/9/2011 - My expose last week, The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now? (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm) has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto's earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing rampage. Should we basically resign ourselves...

The Organic Elite Surrender to Monsanto - What Now?

2/1/2011 - "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." - Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011 In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto's Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's 25,000 organic farms and...

Global food security at risk as crop biodiversity is lost

1/29/2011 - Global food security may be in peril unless immediate measures are taken to stem the dramatic loss of genetic diversity among food crops and their wild relatives, according to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is largely the genetic diversity found in both...

Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health

1/28/2011 - The following article reveals the devastating and unprecedented impact that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is having on the health of our soil, plants, animals, and human population. On top of this perfect storm, the USDA now wants to approve Roundup Ready alfalfa, which will exacerbate this calamity....

USDA deregulates GE alfalfa; opens door to new era of widespread genetic pollution of crops

1/28/2011 - After months of pretending to review public feedback on the issue of GE alfalfa, the USDA has announced a surprise lifting of all restrictions on the genetically engineered crop, effectively allowing anyone to plant GE alfalfa anywhere, without any restriction. This is the USDA's surrender to Monsanto,...

Food bubble collapse threatens survival of human civilization

1/18/2011 - The following article originally ran on NaturalNews in 2008 but was shifted over to Counterthink.com which ultimately got replaced with political cartoons. In light of today's sudden attention on the food bubble and the possible collapse of human civilization as described by author and environmentalist...

Monsanto connected to at least 200,000 suicides in India throughout past decade

1/4/2011 - When India's seed economy was forced by the World Bank to become globalized in the late 1990s, economic conditions within the nation's agricultural sector almost immediately took a nosedive for the worst. Much of the common Indian seed stock turned from saveable heirloom varieties to patented, genetically-modified...

California marijuana crop larger than grapes

10/25/2010 - The battle rages on over the legalization of marijuana in California, but a new report from NBC in California's Bay Area brings up a very interesting point about its cultivation in the state. According to the report, the state's marijuana crop is valued at seven times the amount of its grape crop, which...

Protestors of toxic GM crops resort to literally destroying them

8/24/2010 - Biotechnology giants like Monsanto continue to push their genetically-modified (GM) crop seeds on the nations of the world, in most cases bypassing the clear will of the people in the process. But some people have decided that enough is enough. For the second time in two years, a group of protestors...

Monsanto: The world's poster child for corporate manipulation and deceit

7/30/2010 - At a biotech industry conference in January 1999, a representative from Arthur Anderson, LLP explained how they had helped Monsanto design their strategic plan. First, his team asked Monsanto executives what their ideal future looked like in 15 to 20 years. The executives described a world with 100...

Over Two Hundred Thousand demand USDA ban GE alfalfa once and for all

3/13/2010 - A few weeks ago, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began accepting comments concerning the legality of planting Monsanto's genetically-engineered (GE), "RoundUp Ready" alfalfa. Over 200,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, organic producers, and regular citizens have...

U.S. government wants farmers to spread toxic powder from coal plant scrubbers on their food crop fields

2/19/2010 - The federal government is pushing farmers to use a toxic byproduct of the coal burning industry to fertilize and loosen the soil in their crop fields. Initiated under the Bush administration as a beneficial use for the substance, efforts by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction...

UCS Study Says Genetically Modified Crops Have Failure to Yield

9/19/2009 - A 43-page study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reveals that since the inception of genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops, no significant increases in crop yields can be attributed to them. This is directly contrary to what Monsanto and other seed-makers have often pointed out in...

How to Fight Back Against Genetically Modified Foods

8/25/2009 - With genetically modified (GM) foods dominating the United States' corn and soybean crop today, Monsanto - the company most responsible for GM foods - has also dominated most of South Africa`s seed crops as well. As reported by Barbara Minton here at Natural News in April, a huge crop failure there...

South African GMO Crop Failure Highlights Dangers of Food Supply Domination

4/3/2009 - Worry is building over the effects of the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2009, otherwise known as HR 875. This is the bill currently working its way through Congress that would effectively hand over control of America's food supply to such a nefarious giant as Monsanto and its lesser counterparts...

Organic Farming is a Relationship with the Land: Interview with Myra Goodman, Part II

2/21/2009 - This is part two of a three-part interview with Myra Goodman, co-founder, along with her husband Drew, of Earthbound Farm, which is perhaps the most well-known name in organic produce in America. With this article, we kick off an exciting, ongoing "Know the Growers" series, in which we will be interviewing...

Genetically Modified Food Researchers Want Crop Trial Locations Kept Secret

1/27/2009 - Scientists involved in the genetic modification of food crops have called on the British government to pass laws making experimental crop test sites secret. Currently, European Union rules require that all test plot locations for genetically modified (GM) crops be made public. According to senior...

Genetically Modified Crops Implicated in Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder

1/11/2009 - As the disappearance of honeybees continues, researchers are trying desperately to discover the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). General concensus at this point is that there is more than once cause and the latest culprit may be genetically modified crops. This is one area of research being...

Bringing the Culture Back in Agriculture

12/2/2008 - After the turn of the previous century there was a lot of experimentation with mono cultures. By that is meant growing only one field crop, e.g. corn or wheat. This is a principle that goes against nature, which works with ecosystems based on synergy and complex wholes, whereby plants work together...

Ancient Seeds: The Key to Feeding the World

11/3/2008 - All over the world, crops are failing because they are unable to cope with more frequent extreme weather changes. One day there could be a snap frost, while another day, it could be extremely hot. In these conditions, our modern day seeds are not able to produce the crops we need. The basis to our...

New Generation of Drug-Producing GM Crops Could Threaten Food Supply and Devastate US Farmers

9/11/2008 - A new generation of genetically modified (GM) crops, engineered to produce pharmaceutical or industrial products and ingredients, poses an even more serious threat to health and the environment than older GM crops, the Union of Concerned Scientists has warned. Presenting at the conference of the...

The Biofuels Scam, Food Shortages and the Coming Collapse of the Human Population

4/23/2008 - It was one of the dumbest "green" ideas ever proposed: Convert millions of acres of cropland into fields for growing ethanol from corn, then burn fossil fuels to harvest the ethanol, expending more energy to extract the fuel than you get from the fuel itself! Meanwhile, sit back and proclaim you've...

Interview With Dr. Wayne Coates: Chia Seeds (Part 2)

4/20/2008 - The following is part two of an interview with Dr. Wayne Coates, who is perhaps the world's foremost educator on chia seeds. Dr. Coates was among the first to grow chia seeds experimentally and later for commercial purposes. An expert in the field of new crops such as chia and jojoba, his career as...

The Truth About Honeybees Provide Clues to Their Disappearance

1/24/2008 - Honeybees are disappearing. Searching for likely causes leads us to find out about adulterated honey, poison in beehives and other shocking realities that few of us recognize. By now you've probably heard of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It sounds bad and it is. When a hive is affected by CCD, the...

Common crop herbicide Atrazine linked to reproductive mutations in amphibians

8/27/2007 - Pollutants such as pesticides and toxins damage the ecosystem and cause a variety of damaging ailments in humans. One particular herbicide, Atrazine, has now been found to turn male frogs into hermaphrodites, rendering them impotent by causing their gonads to produce eggs. A subject of great scientific...

Review: The Future of Food, a must-see documentary that exposes the biotech threat to life on our planet

5/3/2007 - There is a cabal of power-hungry corporations that are systematically destroying humanity's future. These companies have taken over the food supply, injected pesticides, viruses and invading genes into staple crops, engineered "terminator" genes that make crop seeds unviable, destroyed the livelihood...

Radical weather patterns devastate California crops, endanger residents with rare freeze

1/16/2007 - Millions of dollars worth of California crops were devastated Friday when an arctic cold snap hit the state, even in areas where such weather is rare, such as Montclair and Chino. A freeze watch was issued by the National Weather Service for the Santa Monica mountains and the San Fernando, San Gabriel...

Marijuana top cash crop; public policy analyst calls for legalization to aid U.S. economy

12/28/2006 - The biggest cash crop in the United States is not corn or wheat, according to public policy analyst Jon Gettman, as marijuana produces more annual revenue than those crops combined; nearly $35 billion. The report by medical marijuana advocate and former National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana...

Florida orange crop drops to lowest level in years due to weather changes

10/13/2006 - Along with its prediction Thursday that weather conditions would cause a drop in wheat production and stockpiles, the USDA also announced that this year's orange crop in Florida would be the smallest crop in more than 17 years. For the 2003-2004 crop, Florida orange production was 242 million (90...

Crops being engineered for biofuels production, but ecological concerns persist

9/11/2006 - Biofuels are just one renewable energy source being considered as the price of fossil fuels continues to soar, but a group of scientists has taken the idea one step further by developing genetically engineered crops for use as biofuels. The idea has been adopted by many big names in the chemical...

Genetically engineered crops contain latent pesticides that are activated when eaten by consumers

9/7/2006 - According to a recent article from the Institute for Responsible Technology, certain varieties of herbicides used on genetically modified (GM) crops -- though inactive inside the plants they protect -- can be re-activated after consumption and cause toxic reactions. Herbicide tolerance (HT) is a...

GM foods becoming an ecological disaster, warns institute

9/5/2006 - Genetically modified (GM) foods are out of control, according to an article by Institute for Responsible Technology reporter Jeffrey M. Smith. In his article, Smith notes that the bright future promised by the makers of GM foods has turned into a disaster that threatens human health and the environment. Unintended...

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