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Why Dr. Bronner's is on a Soapbox for GMO Labeling

Why Dr. Bronner's is on a Soapbox for GMO Labeling

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On November 5, citizens in Washington State will vote on whether to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, also known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Win or lose, The Washington Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act is driving the national push on GMO labeling in states around the country as well as at the federal level—just as the narrowly defeated Prop 37 in California did last year.

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The 'Monsanto Act' and the Threatened Future of Food

Congress passed a bill last week that "protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks." What does that really mean?

Congress passed a bill last week that included a provision which "protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks." This provision is now called the "Monsanto Act." This provision was snuck into an "emergency" bill (its always an emergency, isn't it?) which prevented the shutdown of the government, and many of those who voted for it may not have actually read it.

We don't know the eventual consequences of genetically engineered food—we don't even know the current consequences of it. I keep thinking back to the invention of plastics, which must have seemed like a magical solution, but now pollute every ecosystem in the world and also our bodies, causing hormonal changes, cancers, and other effects. There are often unintended and unforeseen consequences in the implementation of new technologies that become obvious only decades or even generations afterward. We are currently running an uncontrolled experiment on the entire population of this country, and other parts of the Earth, without any agreements or controls.

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OMG GMOs! How Can You Tell If Your Produce Is Genetically Modified?

The new AquAdvantage salmon is forcing a public debate about the safety of genetically modified foods, and what the public should know about them.

If you walk into a grocery store, how can you tell if something's been genetically modified? The current labeling is neither obvious nor uniform, but that could be changing.

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Genetically Modified Salmon: Everything You Need to Know

Taking inspiration from the dozens of faux Q&As sent to me throughout the year by the PR departments of the corporate food world, I thought I...



Taking inspiration from the dozens of faux Q&As sent to me throughout the year by the PR departments of the corporate food world, I thought I would produce my own Q&A about corporate food's most recent contribution—the AquaBounty AquAdvantage™ salmon.

Q: AquaBounty calls the AquAdvantage™ an "advanced hybrid" fish and the company's president Ronald Stotish said recently on CNN that there is not "any material difference between the AquaBounty salmon and an Atlantic salmon." Is this fish an Atlantic salmon? And is it a hybrid or a genetically modified animal?

A: The AquAdvantage™ salmon is an Atlantic salmon with a Chinook salmon growth gene inserted into its DNA. In addition, a regulator protein from a fish called an ocean pout has been added to the Chinook growth gene turning the gene permanently in the "on" position. It is a genetically modified animal.

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The genetically modified organism debate continues this week after a federal judge in California ruled today that the government must conduct a more thorough Environmental Impact Statement before genetically engineered sugar beet seeds can be planted.

GMOs are seeds or plants that have had their DNA altered in a lab in order to be more resilient or to grow in certain conditions (such as in smaller fields or in a drought climates), thereby resulting in higher crop yields. The beets in question (which are processed to make sugar) are genetically engineered by Monsanto to be "Round-up Ready." In other words, the beets themselves will be left unharmed when sprayed with the powerful Round-up herbicide, killing only unwanted weeds and pests.

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