Reuters reported last week that the Delaware Audubon Society, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Center for Food Safety have banded together and sued the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and its parent department, the U.S. Department of the Interior, for illegally growing genetically modified crops in a national wildlife refuge located in Delaware. (I promise I don't make this stuff up.)
Balou at Gebloggte Welten recently blogged about Seeds of Change: Farmers, Biotechnology, and the New Face of Agriculture. Produced by two researchers at the University of Manitoba, the "publicly-funded, farmer-focused research video" was blocked from release by the U of M for three years.
Today I want to write about a bill that has gotten very little press coverage except in a few farm-heavy states: the National Uniformity of Food Act, which was passed in the House last week and will be taken up by the Senate in the near future.
Another WordPress.com blog, gebloggte Welten, has published some excellent research on anti-GMO/anti-globalism activist Jose Bove’s recent denial of entry into the US. Now, all you English-only speakers (that includes me!), don’t be discouraged from reading this post because it’s in German.
Research by a biochemist at UT-Austin shows that the nutritious value of fruits & vegetables has decreased over the last few decades. Based on data from the US Dep’t of Agriculture, the study looked at the levels of 13 nutrients in fruits and vegetables and found that the values of 6 of them (protein, calcium, vitamin C, phosphorus, iron, and riboflavin) had decreased by up to 38 percent.