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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-11-27 |

Why is Bill Gates backing red banana 'biopiracy'?

The Gates Foundation has sunk $15 million into developing GMO 'super bananas' with high levels of pre-Vitamin A, writes Adam Breasley. But the project is using 'stolen' genes from a Micronesian banana cultivar. And what exactly is the point, when delicious, popular, nutritious 'red bananas' rich in caroteinoids are already grown around the tropics?

2014-11-27 |

The Sum of all China's Fears: Genetically Modified Food

Among the worries that keep Chinese leaders awake at night surely is food security. Li Keqiang's first priority upon taking the premiership in 2013 was agricultural modernization. Civil rebellions and wars throughout China's history were fueled by the Malthusian need to keep people fed. As the nation now urbanizes, the demands of keeping Chinese healthily nourished grow more acute. A spat over genetically modified (GM) food encapsulates the dilemma.

2014-11-27 |

USA: Maui GMO ban supporters seek to dismiss lawsuit

Groups of moms and environmentalists are among the organizations that want to help defend a new Maui County law that bans the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

2014-11-27 |

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice’ that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood.

2014-11-27 |

India: No ban on GM crop field trials, says envi minister Javadekar

There is no ban on GM crop field trials either by the government or the Supreme Court, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.

2014-11-27 |

USA: In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches

China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.

2014-11-24 |

EU: Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

UK’s chief scientist has said GM crops could provide plentiful food with less damage to the environment and at lower costs. But does that mean we should grow them? Karl Mathiesen investigates.

2014-11-24 |

New juiceless tomato ‘fantastic’ for foodservice, says Bayer CropScience

Bayer CropScience is hoping to increase the number of South American markets selling its newly developed juiceless tomato, while also promoting a color-changing melon.

2014-11-24 |

USA: Oregon GMO measure may be headed for recount

An Oregon ballot measure that would require labels for genetically engineered foods may be heading for an automatic recount.

2014-11-24 |

USA: Congress will soon be better positioned to OK ban on state GMO labels

Measure 92, which would have required labels for genetically engineered food products, appears to have failed this month, though a recount is possible. A similar measure failed in Colorado, too, extending a ballot-box losing streak that includes California (2012) and Washington (2013).

2014-11-24 |

China's GMO corn boycott: protecting consumers or protecting markets

For 42 years, Don Villwock has grown soybeans and corn on 4,000 acres in southwest Indiana. He has endured low prices, bad weather and trade embargoes. This year, however, he’s facing a new challenge: China.

2014-11-21 |

Australia: Grain growers unite to oppose GM farming

A group of Western Australian grain growers have formed a united voice to oppose genetically modified food production.

2014-11-21 |

This Worm Is Genetically Engineered to Spin Spider Silk

Spider silk is one of the strongest substances on the planet, tougher than Kevlar, incredibly lightweight and sought after by many branches of the armed forces. The only problem — good luck domesticating spiders to produce it. But what if we could get silkworms to produce spider silk?

2014-11-21 |

USA: New GM tater approved by USDA, loathed by GMO critics

A newly approved genetically modified potato may have growers and food purveyors who embrace the spud asking: Would you like RNAis with that?

2014-11-20 |

Breeding of GM Rice will Contaminate Genetic Pool of Non-GM Rice

Mr.Daniel Ocampo, Ecological Agriculture Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia says his organization supports varied food items that can be sourced from ecological nature to address the problem of Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD). He says encouraging a diet based on one staple - genetically-engineered "Golden Rice" - rather than an increasing access to the many vitamin-rich vegetables is not a viable solution for treating VAD. He explains how breeding of GE "Golden Rice" will harm the environment and pose risks to human endurance. He concludes that governments should aim at addressing the real cause of VAD - malnutrition and food insecurity - instead of promoting and adopting an ecologically unsafe GE product.

2014-11-20 |

USA: Here’s why Hawaii’s anti-GMO laws matter

On Election Day two weeks ago, Maui County, which includes the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai, approved a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. This decision, by one small county, could throw a monkey wrench into the entire production system for genetically engineered seeds.

2014-11-20 |

Monsanto uses Indian farmers to contaminate world with GMO crops

By persuading Indian farmers to buy genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds Monsanto spreads its genetically engineered crops around the world so that no one can compete with pure non-GMO products after that, anti-GMO activist Jeffrey Smith, told RT.

2014-11-19 |

McDonald's refuses to use Simplot's genetically modified spuds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato - thought business partner McDonald's has not. The fast-food giant said it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, The Idaho Statesman reported on Saturday.

2014-11-19 |

Germany and Bulgaria Confirm Strong Opposition to GM Crops

Germany’s Farm Minister Christian Schmidt and Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov both confirmed their countries’ strong opposition to GM crops on Friday.

2014-11-19 |

The Trouble With the Genetically Modified Future

Like many people, I've long wondered about the safety of genetically modified organisms. They've become so ubiquitous that they account for about 80 percent of the corn grown in the U.S., yet we know almost nothing about what damage might ensue if the transplanted genes spread through global ecosystems.

2014-11-19 |

Namibia: Groundwork Laid to Legalise GMO

A recent scientific workshop looked at drafting regulations to control the transfer, handling, storing and using of Genetically Modified Organisms as required by law. These regulations will from the framework within which GMOs may be legally deployed.

2014-11-19 |

Rice Yield Increase of 30 Percent Enabled by Use of a Photosynthesis 'Switch'

Scientists at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have found that they can harness photosynthesis – the process that plants use to convert light energy to chemical energy – to increase rice yields by up to 30 percent.

2014-11-18 |

Azerbaijan MP Mustafayeva: Sellers of GM Foods Should Be Fined

Azerbaijan should penalize those involved in the sale of food products containing genetically modified organisms, Member of Parliament, Head of the Research Institute on Human Rights, Ayten Mustafayeva said.

2014-11-18 |

Monsanto Settles With Farmers Over Genetically-Modified Wheat

Monsanto has entered into a settlement agreement with soft white wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest that resolves a number of lawsuits related to the discovery last year of genetically-modified wheat on a farm in Eastern Oregon and subsequent temporary limits on certain exports of soft white wheat.

2014-11-18 |

USA: Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. study

Crop-devouring armyworms are showing increasing resistance in some U.S. farm fields to a popular type of genetically modified crop that should kill them, scientists said on Monday.

2014-11-18 |

Nigeria: Genetically Improved Crops Will Develop Nigerian Agriculture Sector

Genetically Modified crops (GMC), GM Crops or Biotech crops, which DNA has been modified using genetic engineering techniques. It finds application in Agriculture. Ruth Tene Natsa writes on the downside of using GMCs to boost food production for poverty alleviation.

2014-11-18 |

USA: Syngenta facing dozens of lawsuits over GMO seed

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.

2014-11-18 |

EU's Chief Scientific Advisor Forced Out By Green Campaigners

Environmental lobby group Greenpeace has forced the European Commission’s chief scientific advisor out of her post – because she supports genetically modified crops. Professor Anne Glover’s post will be abolished in January following a letter sent to Commission President Jean-Claude Junker by Greenpeace and eight other campaign groups, the Times has reported.

2014-11-13 |

Russia: Duma approves tougher GMO labeling rules

The Russian Lower House has passed the first reading of a bill that introduces fines for businesses which sell products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) without warning customers on the packaging.

2014-11-13 |

European Parliament Strengthens Countries' Rights to Say No to GMO

The European Parliament’s environment committee today voted on a proposal for a new scheme for the authorisation of genetically-modified organisms in the EU (1). The vote by MEPs strengthens the grounds on which member states or regions could opt-out from GMO authorisations under the proposed new system.

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