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After watching several documentaries about our food supply and learning just how deficient in nutrients the food we consume has become over the past 30-years, our family has decided to make some serious changes. We are buying organic, eating in season and buying locally. Our meat is grassfed, our bread in homebaked and I feel good about what my family is eating.

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November 29, 2013

China rejected 60,000 tons of U.S. corn because the crops had been genetically modified in violation of regulations, Beijing's quality watchdog said Friday.

Authorities in the southern port city of Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong, found a variety of insect-resistant transgenic corn within more than 60,000 metric tons of maize imported from the United States, a spokesman for China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said. The agency is in charge of entry-exit commodity inspection and import-export food safety certification and accreditation.

by Kaye Toal

October 2, 2012

Being a jerk is always a bad idea, but it is an especially bad idea when a) you have no idea what you're talking about, and b) you choose to target someone who has the ability to completely break down your crap on her very own live show.

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by Kim Painter

May 11, 2009

When a bunch of pesky flies got into insect expert Art Antonelli's house, he did not reach for a can of insecticide. Instead, he got out a fly swatter and his shoes, which he used to walk outside his home to look for the source of the sudden fly infestati

He found it, under his house: "I had a dead rat and a dead possum," say Antonelli, an entomologist at Washington State University's extension center in Puyallup. His fly problem was solved and the use of a pesticide was averted - something that experts say still happens too infrequently, even among health-conscious, organic-food-buying, environmentally aware consumers.

by Christopher Doering

July 7, 2015

Egg and poultry groups Tuesday criticized the Agriculture Department's handling of the worst avian flu outbreak in U.S. history, with one Iowa turkey producer charging the response allowed the deadly virus to spread.

At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing about the bird flu outbreak that has devastated producers in Iowa and 14 other states, Brad Moline, a third-generation turkey farmer from Manson, Iowa, told lawmakers that state and federal officials were slow to sit down with poultry groups to outline how they planned to combat the disease and what would be required of the industry.

by Elizabeth Weis

May 31, 2013

Health officials have linked an outbreak of acute hepatitis A that has sickened at least 30 people in five states to a frozen berry and pomegranate mix.

Cases have been reported in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California. In a release Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the first victims fell ill on April 29 and the most recent case was May 17. It is believed more will come.

by Elizabeth Weise

February 6, 2012

U.S. farmers and those in developing countries helped drive a surge in new plantings of genetically modified crops around the globe in 2011, even in the face of resistance from Europe and from those who think such crops ought to carry special labels.

Worldwide, 395 million acres of farmland were planted in 2011 in biotech crops, 30 million more than 2010, say the figures in this year's International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications report, out Tuesday. The amount of land devoted to genetically engineered crops grew 8% last year, down from 10% growth in 2010. The first biotech crop was approved for use in 1996.

by Ted Purlain

July 19, 2012

Nearly 100,000 people have joined an online campaign against a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue fever in the Florida Keys.

The British biotech company Oxford Insect Technologies, known as Oxitec, hopes to release genetically altered male Aeges aegypti mosquitoes into the Keys to breed with wild females. Any offspring would possess a gene that would cause them to die before reaching adulthood, helping to eliminate the dengue-spreading population over generations, according to Mila de Mier, a Key West resident, launched a petition drive on asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to deny Oxitec's application authorizing the release.

February 8, 2011

Olive oil comes from olives. Sesame seed oil comes from sesame seeds. But what is a canola? Canola is actually a made-up word for a genetically modified product.

Canola stands for "Canadian oil low acid." It's (sadly) a Canadian invention and subsidized by the government. The subsidies make it very cheap to use, so almost all processed or packaged foods contain canola oil. Be sure to read the ingredients. Here's why you should:

November 18, 2014

One alarming aspect of the whole GMO debate is the fact that so many Americans are going about their daily lives completely unaware that they are consuming genetically modified organisms at just about every meal.

So what are GMOs and why should we be concerned about them? GMOs are unhealthy: Since the introduction of GMOs in the mid-1990s, the number of food allergies has sky-rocketed, and health issues such as autism, digestive problems and reproductive disorders are on the rise. Animal testing with GMOs has resulted in cases of organ failure, digestive disorders, infertility and accelerated aging. Despite an announcement in 2012 by the American Medical Association stating they saw no reason for labeling genetically modified foods, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has urged doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for their patients.

by David R. Just and Brian Wansink

February 8, 2012

Last fall, Los Angeles took a hard line on school nutrition. In an attempt to mold better eating habits in kids, the Los Angeles Unified School District eliminated flavored milk, chicken nuggets and other longtime childhood favorites.

But instead of making kids healthier, the changes sent students fleeing from school cafeterias. There have been reports of a thriving trade in black-market junk food, of pizzas delivered to side doors and of family-size bags of chips being brought from home. Garbage cans are filling up with the more nutritious food, even if kids aren't.


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