Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pennsylvania House Bill 944

What farming methodologies do you think should be included in agricultural education in PA?

The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) on June 19, 2017 that would “develop and disseminate agricultural education materials for school entities or private or nonpublic kindergartens, elementary or secondary schools in this Commonwealth.”

The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education to be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Read More

Brazil Approves First Commercially Available GM Sugarcane

In December, 2016, Gustavo Leite, Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) CEO, stated that the first variety of transgenic sugarcane would be released commercially in the first half of 2017.

Six months later, as reported by Reuters on June 8, 2017, it’s here.

Reuters also reports that the variety of genetically engineered sugarcane approved “is resistant to the insect Diatraea saccharalis, known locally as ‘broca-da-cana’ (cane borer)” and that this variety of GM cane contains the Bt gene widely used in other crops including corn, cotton, eggplant, potato and yet to be commercially available tomato and soybean. Read More

Action Alert – email or write the FDA on how you want to define Natural

The GMA wants Natural defined to included genetically engineered material.  Here is the letter they wrote to the FDA in 2013.  But is genetically engineered ingredients, natural?  

We all know that the “natural” label really means nothing, and if DARK Act legislation does get passed, it would most likely allow genetically engineered ingredients to be listed as “natural”

The FDA is currently taking comments on the use of the word NATURAL on food labels.  Let the FDA know what you think. Read More

ACTION ALERT: Oct 31- Nov 1 Please attend Public Rallies with Signs for Senator Casey

Dear GMO Free PA Supporter,

We just found out that our Senator Bob Casey will be appearing at public rallies across the state this weekend. (He will be helping Governor Wolf get out the vote for this Tuesday’s election, November 3.) Please check the rally schedule below and attend at least one rally with friends and big, clear signs for Senator Casey to read.

Here’s a couple of suggested messages for signs:
Sen. CASEY and Gov. WOLF: We need MANDATORY GMO LABELING NOW!!!!

or
SEN. CASEY
: LABEL ALL GMOs in FOOD! Stand up for consumers in Senate Ag bill NOW!

or
Sen CASEY, NEED to Know if its GMO!! Mandatory Labels on GMOs

BACKGROUND:
Sen. Casey is on the Senate Agriculture Committee, which is right now writing the senate version of the DARK Act.
House Bill H.R. 1599, which Denies Americans’ Right to Know how our food is produced, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in July. For more info about the DARK Act, please go to our website GMOFreePA.org.)

Many members of GMO Free PA have met with Senator Casey’s staff across the state and in Washington DC, providing information about GMOs and asking the Senator to represent consumers’ interests in senate GMO labeling legislation. Read More

What to Know and Do About GMOs

By Charmaine Rusin

On May 25, 2013, an estimated 2 million people in 436 cities of 52 countries worldwide participated in the global March Against Monsanto to protest genetically engineered foods and their agricultural chemical companions. Currently, of crops grown in the United States, approximately 91 percent of corn, 95 percent of soy, 90 percent of cotton and canola and 95 percent of sugar beets are genetically engineered. Yet, what is most alarming is how little Americans seem to know about genetically modified organisms (GMO), the products of laboratory manipulation of a plant’s DNA. Read More

Growing Fatter on a GM Diet, 2012 Norwegan Study of GMO Salmon

By: Arild S. Foss

Since genetically modified (GM) food started to appear in shops in the early nineties, large quantities have been sold for human consumption – without any harmful effects, as far as we know. But is there a risk of a long-term impact?

An international research project is exploring the effects of GM food, studying the impact on rats, mice, pig and salmon. The wide-ranging study includes researchers from Hungary, Austria, Ireland, Turkey, Australia and Norway.

“We are trying to identify which indicators we need to measure in order to explore unintentional effects from GM food,” explains Professor Åshild Krogdahl of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. Read More