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GMO LABEL BAN STALLS IN SENATE

Senate Republican efforts to stop mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods have stalled. The Senate on at 48-49 vote Wednesday, fell short of the necessary numbers to move ahead on legislation that would have barred states from requiring the labeling. Vermont is set to require such labels this summer, and other states are considering similar… read more

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CAMPBELL SOUP LABELS

The Campbell Soup Co. says it will start labeling its products for the presence of biotech ingredients, a landmark break from the rest of the conventional food industry. Campbell made clear that it still supported the use of genetic engineering in agriculture but said that there is a need for national labeling standards that would… read more

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GMO LABELS

Consumer concern has grown so strong that some vendors of products like blueberries and lettuce are paying for non-GMO labeling even though their products aren’t among the small number of crops that are genetically modified in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports.

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GMO Perceptions

More than half (57%) of U.S. adults believe that GM foods are generally unsafe to eat, while 37% say these foods are safe, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Women are more likely than men to view GM foods as unsafe (65% vs. 49%).

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

First impressions are important. So much so that even armed with new information, many people won’t change their minds about GMOs (genetically modified foods) and global warming, a new University of Florida study shows.

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PINK & PURPLE FOOD

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. That’s some of the new GMO foods awaiting approval at this time.

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GMO LABELING

Both the Washington Post and National Geographic have editorials saying GMO labeling is unnecessary. “Mandated labeling would deter the purchase of genetically modified (GM) food when the evidence calls for no such caution,” says today’s Washington Post. National Geographic in its March edition says “there’s no evidence that GMOs are harmful to human health.”

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BIOTECH REGULATIONS

U.S. regulators for the first time are proposing limits on the planting of some corn rootworm resistant varieties due to resistant bugs showing up in the eastern Corn Belt, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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SOYBEAN BATTLE

Bloomberg News reports Dow is losing out to Monsanto to develop the latest biotech soybean varieties. In a blow to Dow, two of its biggest rivals, DuPont Co. and Syngenta AG, say they don’t plan to sell Enlist seeds.  Enlist is resistant to 2,4-D and glyphosate, while Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend soybean seeds are engineered… read more

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CARGILL TURNAROUND

Cargill began selling seed containing the Agrisure Viptera trait last month and scrapped a policy that required farmers to give the company prior notice of deliveries that may contain Viptera corn. A Cargill spokesman says the firm eased its policies on Viptera corn after suing Syngenta AG over the trait last year, when China had… read more

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