Friday, June 26, 2015


Center for Research on Globalization - ‎3 hours ago‎

Russian President, Vladimir Putin has led a strong stance against biotech and their cultivation of GM crops in his country. Now, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, has announced at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that ...
Axis of Logic - ‎Jun 24, 2015‎

Bill Freese, science policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety, told Common Dreams that it was important to note that France only banned the use of Roundup for homeowners, rather than the agricultural sector.

EcoWatch - ‎1 hour ago‎

Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Destroying the Earth's 'Complex Web of Ecosystems'. Lori Ann Burd, Center for Biological Diversity | June 26, 2015 11:04 am | Comments.

International Business Times - ‎6 hours ago‎

The head of a leading U.S. consumer group has called for mandatory labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients. In this photo, employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in ...
Tech Times - ‎19 hours ago‎

The wheat strain had been genetically engineered to give off pheromones mimicking insect alarms to scare away pests such as aphids while attracting their natural predators, and while successfully tested in the laboratory it failed to repel the damaging ...

teleSUR English - ‎7 hours ago‎

The World Health Organization ruled this week that a chemical in an herbicide used on genetically engineered corn and soy crops is “possibly” cancer-causing for humans.

EcoWatch - ‎21 hours ago‎

“More than 300,000 people from across the country are asking Costco not to sell genetically modified salmon. Costco, a seemingly progressive company, is located in our backyard. (press release) - ‎Jun 25, 2015‎

UNIONVILLE, C.T., Jun. 25 /CSRwire/ - GMO Free USA will be joining Neil Young + Promise of the Real during their upcoming tour to promote their new studio album, The Monsanto Years. - ‎8 hours ago‎

Backers of GMO corn are pushing for security certification from Chinese government authorities. If approved, GMO corn could be industrially planted in as little as three years, according to the financial and business website caijing.

CJAD - ‎Jun 25, 2015‎

A recent article in Forbes magazine examined the use of pesticides in connection with genetically modified crops and concluded that the introduction such crops has not reduced overall pesticide use.

Pioneer News - ‎9 hours ago‎

One major purpose of genetically modified crops is to make our grains and fruits and vegetables more resistant to disease and pests.
Manufacturing Business Technology - ‎2 hours ago‎

A recent study of genetically modified salmon led scientists to conclude that commercializing the altered fish would inherently pose some risk to the environment.


Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Destroying the Earth’s ‘Complex Web of Ecosystems’

| June 26, 2015 11:04 am
popfmo650Pope Francis’s encyclical didn’t just cover climate change, he also denounced pesticides and genetically engineered (GE) crops, declaring “the spread of these crops destroys the complex web of ecosystems, decreases diversity in production and affects the present and the future of regional economies.”
Biotech companies claim their products are key to solving hunger, but the Pope knows this isn’t true. No commercial GE crops are engineered for increased yield. Five of every six acres of GE crops are engineered for herbicide-tolerance, i.e. to survive being drenched with what would normally be a toxic dose of herbicide, usually Round-up, or glyphosate.
The Pope’s message couldn’t come at a better time. Pesticide use is at an all-time high. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says glyphosate use on corn and soy increased from 10 million pounds in 1995, the year Roundup Ready crops were introduced, to 204 million in 2013. The U.S. Geological Survey routinely finds glyphosate in our water. The Word Health Organization just declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen.
The Pope observed that pesticide use “creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further.” He said, “many birds and insects die out as a result of toxic pesticides created by technology … [and this] actually causes the Earth we live in to become less rich and beautiful, more and more limited and gray …”
Pesticides have already made our Earth less rich and more gray by nearly wiping out monarch butterflies, which have declined by 90 percent, largely because increased glyphosate use has wiped out the monarch’s sole host plant, milkweed. Pesticides are a leading cause of our current pollinator collapse. With one-third of the bites we eat requiring bee-pollination, many world leaders, including President Obama, are waking up to the need for action.
Like Pope Francis, I believe protecting the Earth is our moral imperative. With this encyclical, the Pope reminds us that our fates are intertwined with all species, and calls us to action.