Washington, D.C.—In the case of Bowman v. Monsanto, the Supreme Court has ruled that farmers cannot legally save patented genetically modified seeds for replanting. Monsanto had sued Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman for replanting pesticide-resistant Roundup Ready soybeans, and he now owes $84,456 in damages.

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 On April 24, the “Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act” was introduced in congress with bipartisan support. If passed, it would require all food products containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as such in the United States. The bill’s main sponsors are Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

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Washington, D.C.—Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has brought back the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, a bill which would help support farmers, increase access to healthy foods for consumers, and provide funding to programs that support local agriculture. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced in the Senate companion legislation to the House of Representatives bill, which was first introduced in 2011 but not enacted.

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Washington, D.C.—When President Obama signed the latest budget appropriations bill at the end of March, ensuring that the government would be funded through the end of fiscal year 2013, section 735 of that bill became law. Many sought to stop this 22-line provision, dubbed the “biotech rider” by opponents, on the grounds that it removes judicial authority over the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops.

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Austin, TX—Products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as ingredients will require special labeling in all Whole Foods Market stores by 2018, the company announced at Natural Products Expo West. It becomes the first national grocery chain to take such a step.

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hemp farming

Washington, D.C.—A bill was introduced to legalize the production of industrial hemp in the United States by a group of Senators in February.

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mediterranean diet

Spain—It’s time to emphasize all of the olive oil and nut products you have on your shelves. The heart health benefits of these foods, staples of the Mediterranean diet, were on display in a major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or tree nuts was shown to reduce the risk of a major cardiovascular event, including heart attack and stroke, by 30%.

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GMOs washington

A public hearing, held in February in Olympia, WA, saw a debate over the merits of Initiative 522, which would label all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) sold in that state.

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Grocery

Whole Foods Magazine is here to inform and educate consumers about not only natural products but also health current events, the two go hand in hand. Our editors are constantly researching new information about hot topics, such as organic food brands, health and beauty products, and even health current events that are happening in the media. While we may not think that the all-natural realm isn’t ever changing, it is. There are new laws that are currently being passed and more scientific evidence that supports how awful some of the food on the grocery store shelves can be.  

 

In addition to grocery items, our health current events focus on what is happening throughout congress to address the ever growing issues that surround non-organic and processed foods. In more recent news, the media highlighted the issues presented with a bill that requires labeling of any product with genetically engineered ingredients. Whole Foods Magazine was right in the action to report on the facts of this issue and will continue to report for any new information that arises. Learn more about this issue and many more below!