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Vermont AG asks for dismissal of labeling lawsuit

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss the lawsuit brought by food manufacturer trade association seeking to invalidate Vermont’s Act 120 requiring labeling of genetically engineered food. Sorrell said the his motion makes the case that Vermont’s labeling law withstands all five challenges […]

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Colorado campaign delivers signatures for GMO labeling ballot

On Aug. 4, the Right to Know Colorado campaign to label GMO foods delivered 167,950 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State in support of placing a GMO labeling initiative (Initiative 48) on the November ballot. Although the signatures still need to be certified, campaign supporters are confident the initiative will qualify for the fall […]

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States pass “right-to-farm” laws that may protect GMO crops

Last week, voters in Missouri approved a “right-to-farm” amendment to their state Constitution (although with less than a half percent vote differential, a recount is likely). This amendment attempts to protect farmers and ranchers from any new laws that would change or outlaw farming practices they currently use. Many are concerned that laws like this will make […]

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Fish and Wildlife Service to phase out GE crops for feed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said it will phase out the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops to feed wildlife nationally by January 2016. In addition, the agency has indicated it will ban the use of neonicotinoid insecticides from all wildlife refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. This action builds on a […]

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OTA represents organic on a biotech panel

For the first time, the organic industry was represented last week on a panel about biotechnology offered as part of a Foreign Service officer training. The goal of the panel was to educate State Department employees on the complexities of biotechnology uses here and abroad. Included in the panel were representatives from the Center for Science […]

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GMO labeling on Oregon’s November ballot

Voters in Oregon will have the chance in November to determine whether the state should require labeling on genetically modified (GMO) foods. On July 23, the Secretary of State’s Office certified 118,700 signatures on petitions to place the initiative on the ballot—far surpassing the 87,213 needed. If passed by voters, the labeling law would take […]

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OTA’s new GMO labeling position

The Board adopted an official position on the Labeling of USDA NOP certified products and Non-GMO claims, shaped by OTA’s Organic = Non-GMO Plus Task Force in response to growing concern about competing and confusing “non-GMO” claims in the marketplace. The position highlights USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certification as the primary and sole messaging […]

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Oregon Right to Know campaign gets needed signatures

Obtaining over 150,000 signatures from Oregon residents, the Oregon Right to Know Campaign will be submitting a petition to the state this Wednesday, July 2, requesting a GMO labeling measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. The effort, undertaken over the past six weeks, vastly surpassed the needed goal of 87,213 signatures by a July 3 […]

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Séralini study is re-published after three rounds of peer review

Findings from a chronic toxicity study of the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and commercialized genetically engineered (GE) corn led by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini that was first published in September 2012—then retracted in November 2013—from Food and Chemical Toxicology, have been re-published by Environmental Sciences Europe after additional rounds of peer review. The study found severe liver […]

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Kyrgyzstan bans all GE crops

On June 11, Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament voted to become one of the first countries in the world to ban all GE crops as well as the sale and importation of genetically modified organisms (GMO). According to the approved bill, “Food grown within the borders of the country as well as food being imported will be checked […]

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