A year or two from now, Monsanto—that company millions of Americans love to hate—may be nearly unrecognizable. In fact, there’s a small chance that the name “Monsanto” might not even exist anymore. Before you pop a bottle of organic bubbly, wait: there’s more to the story.
As early as this Wednesday or Thursday, the Senate could vote on whether to pass a compromised version of a bill that food makers and some members of Congress claim will make our food more transparent, but really would do the opposite.
Move over Triticum aestivum—einkorn and emmer want their moment in the limelight. After all, typical bread wheat has hogged the scene for too many millennia.
In many American families, a canister of Quaker Oats oatmeal is a pantry staple. After all, oatmeal is a quick, easy, and nutritious breakfast choice, beloved by kids and adults alike. And for more than a century and a half, that beloved Quaker on the package has communicated kindness and trust to shoppers.
If you’ve picked up a bag of Thrive Market superfoods, you’ve probably noticed a small warning label on the package. It might look off-putting, but the reason it’s there isn’t frightening at all.
Earlier this month, the Portland, Ore. City Council passed a unanimous resolution to allow a city attorney to sue Monsanto for producing the chemical PCB, which Portland officials allege has contaminated the city’s waterways for years.
As we reported last week, the Senate defeated a bill that would have made the labeling of genetically modified products optional for food companies while nullifying state laws regulating GMO transparency. Had it passed, the so-called Denying Americans the Right to Know, or “DARK.” Act would have been a huge win for biotech companies like Monsanto ...
Ask 10 people on the street about Monsanto, and chances are seven or eight of them will respond with some variation of, “they make the toxic chemicals that we don’t want on our food” or “they genetically modify our food system.”
The food companies and their political proxies are relentless.
You’ve probably heard the most common critique about organic agriculture: “It’s great, but it can’t feed the world.”
Almost all scientists agree: Climate change poses some of the globe’s most serious long-term threats, and humans are largely to blame for causing it. But we can also take significant steps toward slowing the impacts of climate change by reducing our footprint in the world—as individuals, cities and towns, and nations.
In the United States, GMO crops make up a majority of our agriculture.
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