A federal judge has deemed the continued planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets, supplied solely by Monsanto, to be in violation of a previous court order, and ruled that the current GM crop should be plowed under. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White of San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had permitted Monsanto to plant the beets despite a previous ruling by him requiring that USDA complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the beets before planting.

Rockville, MD—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to amend the regulation of health claims on food labels.  In 2000, Unilever submitted a petition to the FDA requesting permission to label products containing phytosterols as beneficial for cardiovascular health.  Now, in 2010, the FDA is finally making a proposal to amend to regulation of this particular food additive and allow manufacturers to make disease-related claims on product packaging. 

SOHO NPA

Orlando, FL—The 2010 SOHO Expo, celebrating 39 years, was held during the first weekend of December.

Pullman, WA—A recent study conducted at Washington State University shows that whey protein helps lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure in young, pre-hypertension individuals. Often associated with physical fitness and muscle growth, whey protein appears to have additional applications for its effective abatement of hypertension in its early stages.

Staffordshire, U.K.—For the first time, a connection between changes in newborn babies’ DNA, prenatal folic acid supplementation and birth weight has been unearthed by a team of UK scientists.

omegas eyes

Baltimore, MD—New research, led by Sheila K. West, PhD, suggests age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be affected by regularly eating fish and seafood with omega-3 fatty acids. 

climate change

The 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16, for short) was held recently in Cancun, Mexico.

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