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Safeway

Shareholders Ask Safeway to Label GMOs

Safeway shareholders will urge the company to label store brand products that contain genetically modified organisms. Green Century Capital Management filed a shareholder proposal with Safeway, citing public demand for GMO labeling as a reason for Safeway to voluntarily provide this information. At Safeway’s annual meeting today consumer advocacy group … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Fracking Diesel, GM Corn, Fukushima

The EPA yesterday released revised underground injection control permitting guidance, along with an interpretative memorandum, for fracking wells that use diesel fuels. EPA developed the guidance to clarify how companies can comply with a law passed by Congress in 2005, which exempted hydraulic fracturing operations from the requirement to obtain a … Read more »

Ben & Jerry's

Food Brands, Organic Farmers Urge Federal GMO Labeling Law

Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Farms, Annie’s and some 200 other food companies, organic farming and environmental groups have signed a letter to President Obama urging mandatory labeling laws for genetically engineered foods. “While we will continue to support state-level labeling efforts, we believe there should be a mandatory national labeling system. … Read more »

corn

Technology Aims to Produce More Corn Using Less Water

Agricultural tech company Arcadia Biosciences and Genective, a joint venture between Group Limagrain and Group KWS, have signed an agreement that will allow Genective to develop new corn hybrids incorporating Arcadia’s Water Use Efficiency (WUE) technology. The partners say Arcadia’s WUE technology may enable corn to produce high yields using … Read more »

Grape Nuts

No More GMOs in Grape Nuts, Post Foods Says

Post Foods, which will roll out a non-GMO verified Grape Nuts in January 2014, has become the second food company this month to cave to pressure from an environmental group and the public and stop using genetically modified ingredients in a cereal. GMO Inside, an anti-GMO campaign organized by members of … Read more »

GMO-free label

Food Companies Want Single GMO Labeling Standard

The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, Kraft Foods and the other 300-plus food companies that are members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association will soon lobby the US food safety regulator and Congress for a single federal standard covering oversight and labeling of new genetically modified foods, Reuters reports. The legislation would … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Storage Overhaul, Rail Safety, Hydropower

The Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group is considering a major overhaul of handling and storage for volatile substances, The Hill says. The group’s latest report asks for comment on an array of options, including mandatory safeguards and a third-party audit system. President Obama formed the working group in response to the … Read more »

No GMO

GMO Decisions Hinge on Public Ire – Not Fact

Two stories today highlight how decision-making over GMOs hinges on widespread public outrage. The scientific consensus is often besides the point. General Mills has stopped using genetically modified ingredients to make original Cheerios, following a yearlong effort by the GMO Inside campaign, which rallied consumers to post more than 40,000 … Read more »

corn

GMOs: the Future of Sustainable Agriculture?

Genetically modified crops — that can feed 9 billion by 2050 and tolerate heat, drought and disease — are the future of sustainable agriculture, writes David Rotman, editor of MIT Technology Review. Crops yields have slowed, Rotman says. Wheat yields are growing at about 1 percent annually; they need to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: AZ Solar Ruling, GMO Veto Override, China’s ‘Red Lines’

The Arizona Corporation Commission has agreed, 3-2, to preserve the state’s net metering system for distributed solar power but to levy a 70 cents per kW charge to help compensate utilities. That is between one-eight and one-tenth of the charge the utilities had sought. Regulators also told the utilities to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: IPCC Errors, Ethanol Promises, EPA at Hearings, Green No. 3

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has raised certain estimates of past greenhouse gas emissions, and lowered others, in revisions to its September report. But the IPCC said the errors did not make a significant difference to its overall findings. The IPCC now says 515 billion tons of carbon have been emitted … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Climate Czar, Carbon Capture, CDM

White House deputy director for climate Dan Utech has become President Obama’s top energy and climate change advisor, The Hill reports. Utech replaces Heather Zichal, whose last day was Friday. The Department of Energy will invest nearly $84 million in 18 projects to research second-generation technologies for carbon capture from coal-fired power … Read more »