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California’s Proposition 37 for GMO labeling makes the news in Britain

Californians vote today on whether they want GMO-containing foods labeled as such.

From Suzanne Goldenberg in The Guardian (UK):

“Monsanto and other agribusiness and food companies have spent more than $45m (£28m) to defeat a California ballot measure that would require labelling of some GM foods.

The measure, proposition 37, is one of the most contentious initiatives on California‘s election ballot on Tuesday.

If it passes, it would require labels on GM food sold in supermarkets, but would not cover restaurants. It also has a number of gaping loopholes. For example, the law would not require labels on meat from animals that were fed GM corn. Continue reading

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UK considers revising raw milk rules

From Food Safety News:

“…England and Wales have about 100 registered cow operations selling raw milk for human consumption, as well as 27 registered producers of raw milk from goats, and three from sheep.

Not since 2002 have any of those raw milk producers had a product associated with an outbreak of illness. In the 10 years prior to 2002, there were 20 outbreaks — mostly of E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Typhimurium  DT12 — which sickened 242 people and sent 36 to hospitals. There were no deaths.
Except for Scotland — where all raw milk sales are banned, the UK limits sales to the farm where raw milk is produced.    Continue reading

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The Monsanto leaving Britain story was apparently from 2003, details below:

From Mike Adams at Natural News.com:

“(NaturalNews) Editor’s note: We regret to inform our readers that this story is based on a Daily Mail article that we have now been informed is from 2003, not 2012. In their own search engine, Daily Mail mistakenly listed their own story as being published on February 3, 2012. We have a screen capture of this search to prove this, taken from the Daily Mail’s website search engine:
http://www.naturalnews.com/images/GMO-Site-Screen-2012.jpg

A second source, Investors.com, had also reported Monsanto’s withdrawal from the UK. In a story dated February 3, 2012 that was sourced from UPI (United Press International), Investors.com reported: (http://news.investors.com/Newsfeed/Article/140895211/201202030212/Mon…) Continue reading

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Monsanto calls it quits in Britain

Monsanto has failed to establish a beachhead in Britain, according to this story from British newspaper The Mail Online:

“The giant bio-tech firm Monsanto yesterday announced a major withdrawal from the UK amid intense opposition to genetically modified foods.

The company, the leading multinational behind the production of GM crops, is closing its wheat growing operation, based in Cambridge.

Officials said the move was partly due to the opposition to GM crops which has inspired the Daily Mail’s campaign against so-called “Frankenstein Foods”. Continue reading

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Raw milk vending machines in the U.K.

From The Guardian:

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“A major London department store is giving consumers the chance to buy unpasteurised milk, despite the government food watchdog’s claim that the move is illegal on public health grounds. Continue reading

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Off-grid U.K. couple faced with prison

From The Mid-Devon Gazette, via Gordon Watson:

British off-gridders Stig and Dinah in their garden. Photo via "This is Devon"

A COUPLE living an “off-grid” lifestyle say they face prison unless they move from their own land in Willand England and return to an existence in the benefits trap.

Stig and Dinah Mason bought Muxbeare Orchard after a sudden windfall allowed them to quit their impoverished lives on a Hertfordshire council estate two years ago

The Masons have transformed what they described as a derelict four-acre plot into a haven of self-sufficiency boasting a 400 sq m allotment, a polytunnel and greenhouses to grow fruit and vegetables, chickens for egg production and an orchard they have regenerated by planting around 14 new apple trees of various species. Continue reading

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There is a cocktail of 20 chemicals in your glass of milk — the Daily Mail

From David Derbyshire at the Daily Mail UK:

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“A glass of milk can contain a cocktail of up to 20 painkillers, antibiotics and growth hormones, scientists have shown.

Using a highly sensitive test, they found a host of chemicals used to treat illnesses in animals and people in samples of cow, goat and human breast milk.  Continue reading

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