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Connect with Our Experts: GMO Resources on Science, Politics, Ecology

Stacy Malkan  |  February 2014

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whose responsibleWhat’s going on with GMOs in our food? I was inspired to create the GMOs What You Need to Know virtual conference because it’s getting harder to find unbiased information about GMOs in the media. 

Why? As Monsanto’s director of communications Phil Angell told Michael Pollan in 1998, “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 1992 policy on GMO foods…

Scientists Discuss GMO Concerns

Press Release, Jan. 27 — Scientists with deep knowledge of genetic engineering discuss their concerns about the technology in a virtual conference now available for purchase, “GMOs: What You Need to Know.” Topics include GMOs and pesticides, warning signs in the science, the unintended consequences of genetic manipulation and why GMO labeling is urgent. 

  • Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist, Pesticide Action Network, has 14 years experience working in Asia and Africa developing farmer field schools in ecological pest management, sustainable agriculture and community-based rural development projects. “GMOs and the Pesticide Treadmill”
  • Michael Hansen, PhD, senior scientist, Consumers Union. Dr. Hansen represents Consumers International at Codex Alimentarius, the food safety standard setting body of WHO/FAO. “The Science of GMOs and Unintended Consequences”
  • Thierry Vrain, PhD, soil biologist and genetic engineer, as former head of Agriculture…

Did You Eat Monsanto’s Pesticide GMO Sweet Corn This Summer?

Stacy Malkan  |  First appeared in Civil Eats | November 2013 

monsanto-corn-blogAs we were roasting sweet corn over our barbecues this past summer, we wanted to know: Was this the same corn on the cob we'd been eating all our lives, or was it a new type of corn genetically engineered by Monsanto to contain pesticides and tolerate herbicides?

Until now, Monsanto's genetically modified organisms (GMO) have been commodity crops for processed food and animal feed. Very few GMO fresh foods are in stores — just papaya from Hawaii and a little bit of squash. While Syngenta has offered GMO sweet corn for about a decade, most farmers opted not to grow it.

But the DNA of sweet corn is changing. In 2011, Monsanto began selling seeds for its first direct-consumption vegetable product, a "stacked trait" sweet corn genetically engineered with two Bt-toxin genes that make the corn an insecticide,…

How to Find Safe Cosmetics in a Toxic World

baby-shampoo-safe-not-toxicStacy Malkan  |  First appeared in en*theos |  September 2013

How many products did you put on your body today? Shampoos, deodorants, lotions and soaps promise to make us feel shiny, fresh, soft and clean. But how clean are these products, really?

In 2002, I was part of a group of women who decided to investigate. Over the past decade, we’ve tested hundreds of personal care products at labs, researched the chemicals in cosmetics, and our partners built the Skin Deep database to score tens of thousands of personal care products for toxicity. 

We created the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and went knocking on the doors of the world’s largest beauty brands, asking them to stop using chemicals linked to cancer and…

3 Lessons of Walmart's New Chemical Policy

Stacy Malkan  |  First appeared in Huffington Post  |  September 2013

walmart-perfumeThe world's largest retailer has sent a loud and clear message to the market: People don't want to buy toxic products.

Walmart new rules requiring cosmetics and cleaning product companies to fully disclose ingredients and eliminate a priority list of hazardous chemicals are a bold challenge to business-as-usual. 

They haven't released the list of chemicals -- ironic, considering this is a transparency policy -- but we can guess at likely suspects from Procter & Gamble's announcement that it is dropping phthalates and triclosan,…