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US pressures El Salvador to buy Monsanto’s GMO seeds

As one of the preconditions to authorizing close to $300 million in aid, the United States is pressuring El Salvador to purchase genetically modified seeds from Monsanto instead of non-GM seeds from local farmers.

According to Sustainable Pulse, a website covering developments related to genetically modified organisms and sustainable agriculture, the US will reportedly withhold [...]

Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops

The main cause of the monarch butterfly’s decline is the loss of milkweed — its food — in its U.S. breeding grounds, a new study has found. That all but confirms that the spread of genetically modified crops is indirectly killing the monarch.

This past winter, the number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico fell [...]

U.S. egg industry rocked by consumer demand for healthier, cruelty-free eggs

Rising consumer interest in healthy eating and animal welfare is beginning to scramble the US egg business.

The price of egg whites has nearly tripled to record levels since early 2013 following moves by McDonald’s and other fast-food giants to introduce egg-white menu items to appeal to cholesterol-focused customers.

Meanwhile, egg producers are spending millions [...]

Backyard chicken farmers cry fowl over bans

HOWELL, N.J. — John Rivera-Ramos is finding out the hard way what happens when your chicken crosses the road — or in his case — a yard.

“Why don’t neighbors talk to each other these days?” said a disheartened Rivera-Ramos, 62, of Howell.

There has been a trend in recent years of chickens moving back [...]

Kentucky sues federal government over hemp seeds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Agriculture Department sued the federal government Wednesday, seeking the release of imported hemp seeds that have been held up by customs officials.

The state said it needs to get the seeds in the ground for the spring season and each day they are held up jeopardizes the yield.

The 250-pound [...]

Will Vertical Farming Kill Monsanto Company and Help Whole Foods Market?

Food production in the United States is currently dominated by two methods: organic farming and traditional farming that incorporates the benefits of engineered seeds. If early successes are any indication of the future, then it may soon be time to make room for a third: vertical farming. There are numerous benefits to vertical farms, which [...]

Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’s Roundup, other toxicity risks

Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide.

The Prosecutor General’s office is also pursuing bans on the herbicide 2,4-D and seven other active herbicide ingredients [...]

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It

One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification.

After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms [...]

Report: FDA allowed antibiotics in animal feed despite human health risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed dozens of antibiotics used in animal feed to stay on the market despite findings by its own researchers that the drugs will likely expose people to antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a report released Monday by an environmental advocacy group.

The FDA reviewed 30 different types of antibiotics that [...]

DDT exposure linked to Alzheimer risk

Exposure to the banned pesticide DDT may play a role in the development of Alzheimer disease, results of a small case-control study suggest.

Levels of the main metabolite of DDT, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE), were 3.8-fold higher among individuals with an Alzheimer disease diagnosis than controls, Jason R. Richardson, PhD, of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School [...]

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