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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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sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

November 9, 2016

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) - Voters in Sonoma County passed 18 of 23 measures in Tuesday's election. Four measures failed and one measure is still too close to call.

Measure M, a ban on genetically engineered organisms in the unincorporated area of the county, passed with 56 percent. It needed majority approval.

allgov.com

by June Williams

November 6, 2016

The grocery trade group hid donor contributions to oppose a voter measure that required labeling of genetically modified organisms. It spent $11 million to defeat the initiative, but refused to reveal actual donors such as Coke, Pepsi and Nestle.

The Washington D.C.-based trade group hid donor contributions to oppose voter Initiative 522, which required labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to Judge Anne Hirsch's November 2 ruling.

ecowatch.com

by Jason Best

November 2, 2016

Consumers seeking to satisfy their salty snack cravings sans genetically modified ingredients may soon have to get savvier about scouting out chips and other products made without the use of GMO potatoes.

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture formally approved two new types of genetically engineered potatoes, both of which were developed by Simplot, the Idaho-based spud giant. (A third GMO variety was previously approved by the department). Now, pending what amounts to a fairly cursory review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the company expects all three GMO strains to be available to farmers for planting next spring.

nytimes.com

by Chad Bray

November 2, 2016

Syngenta said on Tuesday that its takeover by the state-owned China National Chemical Corporation could be delayed until early 2017, as European authorities take a deeper look at a wave of deals among the biggest producers of seeds and chemicals.

European Union antitrust regulators briefly suspended, in September, their review of a proposed deal between Dow Chemical and DuPont after the companies failed to supply requested information. Margrethe Vestager, the bloc's commissioner in charge of competition policy, has also vowed to closely review Bayer's $56 billion proposal to take over Monsanto.

nytimes.com

by Danny Hakim

November 2, 2016

LONDON - The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat.

The promise of genetic modification was twofold: By making crops immune to the effects of weedkillers and inherently resistant to many pests, they would grow so robustly that they would become indispensable to feeding the world's growing population, while also requiring fewer applications of sprayed pesticides.

huffingtonpost.com

by Carey Gillam

November 2, 2016

Testing for residues of an herbicide developed by Monsanto Co. that has been linked to cancer has turned up high levels in honey from the key farm state of Iowa, adding to concerns about contamination that have triggered at least two lawsuits.

Research by FDA chemist Narong Chamkasem and John Vargo, a chemist at the University of Iowa, shows that residues of glyphosate - the chief ingredient in Monsanto's branded Roundup herbicide - have been detected at 653 parts per billion, more than 10 times the limit of 50 ppb allowed in the European Union. Other samples tested detected glyphosate residues in honey samples at levels from the low 20s ppb to 123 parts per billion ppb.

nj.com

by Tony Dearing

October 29, 2016

The "D" in vitamin D doesn't stand for dementia. Or does it? We know that many older adults don't get enough vitamin D, and that's a problem. It can leave your bones brittle and more easily broken if you slip and fall.

What we didn't know, until now, is that a lack of vitamin D may be every bit as bad for your brain as it is for your body. According to a spate of recent studies, people age 60 and older who have low levels of vitamin D are significantly more apt to suffer cognitive decline.

theguardian.com

by Ruth Michaelson

October 28, 2016

A shortage of basic goods and skyrocketing food prices are fuelling discontent in Egypt, where a currency crisis has hit imports. Sugar has all but vanished from supermarkets.

Egyptian authorities, who have blamed traders and suppliers for hoarding and smuggling goods, said they have so far seized 9,000 tonnes of sugar in raids on factories and warehouses, including facilities belonging to Pepsico and Edita, one of the country's largest manufacturers of confectionaries. The sugar is intended for resale to the public at subsidised prices.

kcra.com

by Natalie Brunell

October 28, 2016

A nationwide shortage of avocados has led to higher prices and less fresh eats in California and the Sacramento area.

The price of avocados is three times what it was two weeks ago. It's caused some Sacramento businesses like Taqueria Jalisco to stop serving the California staple. "It's just so expensive, and I don't think the consumers are willing to pay for it," Flores said. "As a small business owner, it doesn't make sense to carry it right now."

sbs.com.au

by Alyssa Braithwaite

October 28, 2016

Be prepared to pay more for your roast spuds, hot chips and potato salad. Australia is experiencing a potato shortage because of flood-affected potato crops in the southern states.

"The growers I've spoken to in Tasmania and Victoria in particular have had issues with the wet weather, meaning it's harder to get potatoes out of the ground," Lindhe tells SBS. The variety worst affected is the dirt-covered brushed potatoes, because of the way they are prepared for sale.

      

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