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GMO Food Label Bill Passes Congress

Pro-labeling groups are calling it a sham

(Newser) - A bill requiring food packages to carry information on genetically modified ingredients has passed Congress—and NPR reports that neither side of the debate is thrilled about it. Farm groups and food industry lobbyists are opposed to any kind of mandatory labeling, while those calling for GMO labels complain that... More »

Vermont Begins First Major Test of GMO Labels Today

But it doesn't look like it's going to be a totally smooth transition

(Newser) - Starting Friday, most foods made in Vermont with genetically modified organisms must be labeled to indicate that—the first state to legally require it. Food Safety News provides a quick Q&A on what the law is, which food items are covered by it (pretty much most packaged foods in... More »

FDA Approves 1st Genetically Altered Animal for Eating

It 2 decades for the FDA to approve what opponents decry as a 'frankenfish'

(Newser) - The FDA made history Thursday when, for the first time ever, it approved a genetically altered animal for human consumption, the Washington Post reports. After two decades of what the FDA calls "exhaustive and rigorous scientific review" the AquAdvantage salmon will be hitting supermarket seafood cases. According to ABC... More »

Chipotle Goes GM-Free Today

First major fast-food chain in US to stop serving genetically altered fare

(Newser) - If you're looking to scarf down a GMO burrito anytime soon, you won't be able to get it from Chipotle. As of today, customers won't find any genetically modified organisms lurking on the fast-food Mexican chain's menu, after it spent two years working to decimate GMOs... More »

Dr. Oz to 'Aggressively' Go After Critics

In his sights Thursday: doctors with links to genetically modified food industry

(Newser) - Last week a group of doctors penned a complaint to Columbia University about Dr. Mehmet Oz, griping he shouldn't be vice chair of the college's surgery department due to his questionable medical advice and "outrageous conflicts of interest." Now Oz is planning to "aggressively" take... More »

Here Comes the First Genetically Modified Apple

It doesn't brown as fast when cut or sliced

(Newser) - People leery of genetically modified crops will soon have to look a little more carefully when they reach for an apple. The Agriculture Department today gave the go-ahead to a Canadian company to sell GMO apples in the US, reports Reuters . They've been doctored to resist browning when cut... More »

USDA Finds Mystery 'Franken-Wheat' Crop

'Rogue' wheat discovered beside old Monsanto testing field

(Newser) - A tremor is rippling through the US wheat industry as officials say they are investigating another crop of "rogue" genetically modified wheat—this one in Montana. The US Agriculture Department announced the find Friday at the same time it declared an earlier so-called "franken-wheat" scare in Oregon an... More »

Vermont Poised to Roll Out US' Toughest GMO Rules

Governor expects battle over 'common-sense legislation'

(Newser) - Vermont's governor is set to sign a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified food, a move that sets it apart from other states, the New York Times reports. While Connecticut and Maine have instituted similar requirements, their versions depend on state legislatures to take action first, the Wall ... More »

GMO-Free Cheerios Have Fewer Vitamins

Same with Grape Nuts, says Food Navigator

(Newser) - The makers of Cheerios and Grape Nuts hope to win over health-conscious consumers by ditching genetically modified ingredients in their cereals. The problem is that Food Navigator read the fine print on the new boxes and found that each has fewer vitamins. With Cheerios, for instance, the cereal went from... More »

Scientists Build a Better Potato

... or at least one that seems resistant to blight

(Newser) - It's about 175 years late for those who perished in the Irish Potato Famine, but British researchers think they've created a potato resistant to blight, reports the Irish Times . They borrowed a gene from a South American spud and added it to the common Desiree potato. After three... More »

Now, You'll Know if Your Meat Has Been Eating GMOs

USDA approves new label

(Newser) - Let's say you're the sort who avoids genetically modified food. How do you know your steak has been exercising the same restraint? Until now, you didn't, but now the USDA has approved a non-GMO label for meat and "liquid egg products," the New York Times... More »

GMO Feed Alters Pigs' Stomachs

Pigs fed genetically modified grain had higher stomach inflammation: study

(Newser) - If the thought of eating genetically modified food makes you a bit sick in the stomach, you're not alone. A new study has found that pigs who were fed a diet of GM corn and soy had a higher rate of stomach inflammation than those who strictly ate regular... More »

New Conn. Law: We'll Label GMOs If Everyone Does

Governor says he'll sign watered down bill

(Newser) - Connecticut passed the nation's first law requiring all genetically modified foods to be labeled yesterday—but it's going to need some peer pressure to implement it. Gov. Dannel Malloy said he'd only sign the bill if it included a provision dictating that it wouldn't take effect... More »

Top Supermarkets: We'll Boycott FDA's Frankenfish

Trader Joe's, Aldi, and Whole Foods among chains swearing off frankenfish

(Newser) - A cadre of major US supermarket chains say they want no part of the genetically modified salmon the FDA is currently considering approving, or any other frankenfish the food industry might devise. The FDA is in the final stages of approving a fast-growing fish from AquaBounty Technology that combines two... More »

Whole Foods to Label All Genetically Modified Food

Chain sets 5-year deadline in what could be a 'game changer'

(Newser) - In an industry first, Whole Foods promises that all genetically modified food sold in its stores will be clearly labeled as GMO products by 2018, reports NBC News . The chain says there's a growing demand by consumers to choose, but it's difficult to do so because current law... More »

Anti-GMO Crusader: I Was Wrong

Mark Lynas: Science convinced me to stop fighting GMO crops

(Newser) - In the 1990s, environmental activist Mark Lynas helped start the anti-GMO movement, fighting against genetically modified food crops. But now he's done a complete 180, telling the Oxford Farming Conference earlier this month that he was wrong to "demon[ize] an important technological option which can and should be... More »

Here Comes 'Frankenfish'

Genetically modified salmon clears FDA hurdle, likely to be approved soon

(Newser) - Americans will likely be digging into the first meal from a genetically modified animal—a salmon—in about a year. The FDA has declared that salmon engineered by AquaBounty Technologies is safe to eat and poses no threat to the environment, reports the AP . The ruling makes it all but... More »

LA Voters Pass Law Requiring Porn Stars to Wear Condoms

They also reject 'Frankenfood' labels

(Newser) - Californians voted yesterday in a pair of hot-button referendums, passing a law mandating that porn stars wear condoms while striking down another that would require the food industry to label genetically modified foods. The former means that adult performers in LA County not only have to wrap up, reports the... More »

Calif. 'Frankenfood' Bill in Death Spiral After Ad War

Opponents spend $46M in GMO labeling battle

(Newser) - At first, advocates for California's Proposition 37 seemed to be skipping off to victory—but with the vote approaching, it now appears that opponents have engineered a stunning turnaround. Monsanto, DuPont, and Pepsi have spent some $46 million against the measure, which would require the labeling of genetically-modified food.... More »

'Frankenfood' Labels: 'We Have a Right to Know'

California leading the way with Proposition 37: Mark Bittman

(Newser) - Genetically engineered foods are labeled as such in America, right? Not so, and Californians will vote on a November proposition about it that's "unquestionably among the most important non-national votes this year," writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times' Opinionator blog . He trumpets Proposition 37, which... More »

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