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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-04-17 |

USA: Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling

The Vermont Senate voted 26-2 vote earlier this week, approving a bill to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, the Burlington Free Press reports, speculating that Vermont could be the nation’s first state to enact such a law.

2014-04-16 |

USA: President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology

The dedication of Dr. Norman Borlaug's statue in the U.S. Capitol last month brought together an amazing array of Democrats and Republicans, united in highlighting his accomplishments in feeding the world. The event also prompted the president of the United States to give his clearest endorsement to date of the important role biotechnology plays in agriculture.

2014-04-16 |

UK: Owen Paterson refused Freedom of Information request about 'Frankenfood' talks

Ministers are trying to cover up secret briefings with GM companies hoping to push ‘Frankenfood’ on to dinner tables.

2014-04-16 |

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

2014-04-16 |

Russia Could Ban Import of Untested GMOs

The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited should such products fail to pass inspections, according to a draft law published on the Russian government’s legal web portal.

2014-04-15 |

UK: Experts urge change to GM regulation

Europe's stringent regulation of genetically modified crops has no rational basis and should be revamped to allow countries who want to opt out and grow GM foods to do so, British scientific advisers said on Friday.

2014-04-15 |

New Zealand: Greens attack AgResearch GE spend

The Green Party is criticising AgResearch for what it says is its un-natural level of spending on genetic engineering experiments on livestock and forage crops.

2014-04-15 |

Germany: Market Realities Showcased by Turn to GM Soybean Meal

The availability of, and preference for, non-genetically modified (non-GM) soybeans as an animal feed is again being debated in Germany.

2014-04-15 |

EFSA observers welcome ongoing open plenary initiative

EFSA’s open plenary meetings demonstrate how the Authority is working to serve consumers, promote open science and provide a forum for dialogue and debate. These are the views of observers who came from across Europe to attend the latest open meeting on GMOs at EFSA’s headquarters in Parma, Italy.

2014-04-09 |

Monsanto gives a bad name to GM products

In recent years, Missouri-based chemical company Monsanto has generated nearly-endless negative press associated with their genetically modified Roundup Ready crops.

2014-04-07 |

UK: Princess Anne clashes with Charles Prince of Wales over GM crops

Genetically modified crops 'have a role to play' in helping feed the world, the Princess Royal has said - putting her at stark odds with her older brother Prince Charles. Her acceptance that the development of GM crops is 'inevitable' is staunchly opposite to the Prince of Wales who is on the anti-GM side of the debate.

2014-04-07 |

India: Punjab starts selling unapproved cotton seeds

The Punjab government has started selling genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds that have never been field tested in Pakistan and approved for commercialisation.

2014-04-07 |

Big Ag squelching research showing RNAi GMOs may be dangerous

After nearly 30 years studying how plants use their genes to defend against viruses, Vicki Vance, a professor at the University of South Carolina, doesn’t see genetically modifying plants as a malevolent or arrogantly God-like endeavor.

2014-04-07 |

Tanzania: Firms call for GMO national debate

An alliance of 20 local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and exporters has called for a national debate to determine safety of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods.

2014-04-07 |

GE Trees Make It Easier To Produce Paper

Researchers have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel, a breakthrough that scientists say will mean using fewer chemicals, less energy and creating fewer environmental pollutants.

2014-04-07 |

GE fish or meat may be a tough sell for already wary consumers

Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon — or any other engineered fish or meat — on store shelves anytime soon. The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.

2014-04-07 |

GE fish or meat may be a tough sell for already wary consumers

Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon — or any other engineered fish or meat — on store shelves anytime soon. The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.

2014-04-07 |

Russian Officials Propose New Restrictions on GM Organisms

The certification of non-agricultural genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) could be restricted to ten years, according to a draft law by Russia's Ministry of Education and Science revealed on Thursday.

2014-04-07 |

Genetically engineered trees hailed as ecological

Researchers have genetically engineered poplar trees with lignin that breaks down more easily, opening the door to cheaper biofuels and wood pulp that require only a fraction of the energy and chemicals to produce.

2014-04-07 |

New approach to detecting changes in GM foods

Does genetic manipulation causes unintended changes in food quality and composition? Are genetically modified (GM) foods less nutritious than their non-GM counterparts, or different in unknown ways? Despite extensive cultivation and testing of GM foods, those questions still linger in the minds of many consumers. A new study demonstrates a potentially more powerful approach to answering them.

2014-04-03 |

Kyrgyzstan debate genetically modified crops

Some Kyrgyz officials are concerned about foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which they fear endanger public health and agricultural bio-safety. That anxiety in March moved parliament to debate a bill aimed at prohibiting the cultivation, production, import and sale of GM crops in Kyrgyzstan.

2014-04-03 |

rEVO Biologics starts trials of drug from GM goat milk

A French biotechnology company that runs a farm for genetically altered goats in Charlton has started pivotal trials of its drug ATryn in pregnant women who develop preeclampsia.

2014-04-03 |

Genetic ID Announces the Definitive 'International Guide to GMO Standards and Regulatory Policy'

Genetic ID announced today the upcoming release of The International Guide to GMO Standards and Regulatory Policy. The Guide is the international food industry's only publication that contains essential and complete information that food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers need to bring non-GMO products to market around the world.

2014-04-03 |

USA: GE fish is losing the PR war

With the genetically modified foods labeling debate raging, it’s not surprising that consumers are not showing a lot of love for AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon right now.

2014-04-03 |

USA: Animal Health Biotechnology in the Industry Market Research Report

The Animal Health Biotechnology industry is heavily dependent on external funding to drive the technologically sophisticated research that produces new animal healthcare products and services.

2014-04-03 |

Monsanto Beats Expectations on Strong Corn, Soybean Demand

Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its corn and soybean businesses expanded globally. The company, which specializes in developing genetically engineered crops that withstand herbicides and ward off insects, also affirmed its fiscal-year forecast.

2014-04-03 |

Philippines: Farmers ask SC to reverse CA ruling stopping field testing of GM eggplants

Saying their right to their livelihood is being threatened, a group of 11 farmers from Bukidnon and Pangasinan on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to reverse a Court of Appeals ruling that stopped the field testing of genetically modified eggplants in the country.

2014-04-03 |

USA: Opal apple verified non-GMO

FirstFruits Marketing of Selah, Washington, has announced that the Opal apple variety that it markets for Broetje Orchards has been verified as a non-genetically modified organism, in order to distinguish it from a genetically modified apple that is awaiting approval to go onto the market in the United States.

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