|EPA Misses Key Deadlines for Analyzing Pesticides' Risks to People, Wildlife|
Common Dreams - 12/30/2015. Portland, Ore. - The Environmental Protection Agency missed its own deadlines for completing risk assessments in 2015 for atrazine, glyphosate and imidacloprid, three highly controversial, toxic and commonly used pesticides. The assessments are crucial to understanding the threats the pesticides pose to animals, people and the environment.
|USDA Appoints Members to the National Organic Standards Board|
USDA - 12/29/2015. By Sam Jones-Ellard - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed six new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) today, adding valuable perspectives to the 15-member advisory board. Appointees will begin their service on the NOSB on January 24, 2016.
|Non-GMO trend hits the seed industry|
The Organic & Non-GMO Report - 12/28/2015. By Ken Roseboro - The Non-GMO Project label is increasingly appearing on food products in the US, and now seed companies are starting to display the butterfly label. A few seed companies, seeing the growing demand for non-GMO products, are getting seed varieties Non-GMO Project verified though the numbers remain small compared with the number of non-GMO verified food companies.