Pharmaceutical and meat companies are using similar tactics as the cigarette industry in an attempt to confuse consumers and hold off regulation, despite the fact that the rapidly growing risk of anti-microbial resistance is one of the biggest health concerns of our time. It’s estimated that, by 2050, 10 million people might die a year because we have overused antibiotics. A recent poll released by Just Label It determined Americans are more familiar with the word “GMO” than “bioengineered,” which the Department of Agriculture proposed for its disclosure rule. In a victory for environmental campaigners, Europe’s highest court said that crops created by “mutagenesis,” or gene editing, should fall under laws restricting the use of genetically modified organisms. In Ireland, the cabinet has agreed to enable Ireland to prohibit or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified organisms. Also in the news, certain types of dairy fat may help guard against having a severe stroke, researchers reported. New data suggests that the average person in the United States wastes about a pound of food per day.
Americans more familiar with ‘GMO’ label
Polling conducted on behalf of the Just Label It campaign found that while many Americans remain uncertain about the term “bioengineered food,” nearly three out of four are familiar with term “genetically modified food.” The polling comes as the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalizes a rule implementing a 2016 mandatory genetically modified organism (GMO) disclosure law.
Top EU court: GMO rules cover plant gene editing technique
In a victory for environmental campaigners, Europe’s highest court said today that crops created by “mutagenesis,” or gene editing, should fall under laws restricting the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Government Approves Ban on the Cultivation of GMOs in Ireland
The Cabinet has agreed to enable Ireland to prohibit or restrict the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ireland.
Man Dying of Cancer Testifies in Landmark Case Against Monsanto
Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company is considered a “bellwether” case. If Johnson is successful, it could open the door for roughly 4,000 other similar lawsuits against Monsanto. Conversely, if he loses, it could discourage the other cases.
The man who haunts Europe’s food safety watchdog
Lingering doubts in Europe over whether glyphosate, the world’s most ubiquitous herbicide, causes cancer in humans are in no small part due to the efforts of one man: Christopher Portier. Since 2015, food safety agencies across the globe from the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. to the Australian Pesticides Authority have concluded that glyphosate — whose license for use in the EU was narrowly approved last year — does not cause cancer in humans.
To Ease Pain of Trump’s Trade War: $12 Billion in Aid for Farmers
The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would provide up to $12 billion in emergency relief for farmers hurt by the president’s trade war, moving to blunt the financial damage to American agriculture and the political fallout for Republicans as the consequences of President Trump’s protectionist policies roll through the economy.
Diversion tactics: how big pharma is muddying the waters on animal antibiotics
Slick industry PR campaigns about antibiotics in food are muddying the water around a serious public health risk, say critics. Pharmaceutical and meat companies are using similar tactics to the cigarette industry, in an attempt to confuse consumers and hold off regulation, despite the fact that the rapidly growing risk of anti-microbial resistance is one of the biggest health risks of our time. It’s estimated that by 2050 10 million people might die a year because we have overused antibiotics.
New research could banish guilty feeling for consuming whole dairy products
The study, published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no significant link between dairy fats and cause of death or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke — two of the country’s biggest killers often associated with a diet high in saturated fat. In fact, certain types of dairy fat may help guard against having a severe stroke, the researchers reported.
The staggering environmental footprint of all the food that we just throw in the trash
“Our data suggest that the average person in the United States wastes about a pound of food per day,” said the University of Vermont’s Meredith Niles, one of the study’s authors, along with researchers at the Department of Agriculture and the University of New Hampshire.