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2015-04-23 |

Kenya: GMO debate outdated, argues food security lobbyist

Agricultural campaign organisation Green Peace Africa has called on the government to move away from the Genetically Modified Foods debate and invest in ecological farming techniques.

2015-04-23 |

China to Strengthen Regulations on Genetically Modified Plant Seeds

China is set to strengthen supervision of genetically modified plant seeds in an amendment to the country's existing Seed Law. As CRI's Wang Wei reports, the draft amendment has been proposed in the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.

2015-04-23 |

USA: GMO labeling bill stalls amid interagency, committee tussle

House Agriculture Committee lawmakers want more control over deciding which government agency -- the Agriculture Department or the Food and Drug Administration -- would control the regulation of labels for genetically modified foods.

2015-04-23 |

Vanuatu threatens to deport anti GMO group

The Vanuatu government has confirmed that it threatened the New Caledonian NGO Stop GMO Pacific with deportation if it continued to spread what the government is calling unneccesary propaganda about the danger of GM plant material.

2015-04-23 |

EU: Commission explains new rules that allow Member States to decide on the GMOs use for food & feed

The Commission presents the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed. This review derives from the Political Guidelines presented to the European Parliament in July 2014, on the basis of which this Commission was elected.

2015-04-21 |

EU clears path for 17 new GM foods

Seventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade, the Guardian has learned.

2015-04-21 |

UK: Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council says to let the customer decide

I was recently speaking to a member of the animal feed supply chain who informed me that the amount of animal feed (most of which is genetically modified) to Europe equated to the combined weight of every person in the European Union – an almost unimaginable weight of 33 million tonnes.

2015-04-21 |

US forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic non-GM food

A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering.

2015-04-21 |

US farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

This is an interesting article about a small but significant farmer shift from GMO to non-GMO crops in the GMO heartland of Iowa.

2015-04-21 |

Taiwan: GMO wheat imports not allowed by FDA

Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration on Friday dismissed concerns of genetically modified wheat grown in the United States entering Taiwan's market, saying Taiwan bans imports of such wheat.

2015-04-21 |

Ukraine a Vector for GMO Poison's Spread Through EU

When the Washington Post chooses to pen an insulting, condescending editorial targeting entire nations speaking up against Western impropriety, one can just as well assume the precise opposite of whatever narrative the Post is trying to push forward is true.

2015-04-16 |

Genetic Engineering of Food Is Not the Answer

In January 2001, I went to California's Monterey coast for the Asilomar ecological conference. About 300 people met in Watsonville to take a bus tour through farms in the prosperous Pajaro Valley near Watsonville.

2015-04-16 |

USA: 2015 The Year GMO Labeling Began

March 2015 was an eventful month for the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The two tempests stirred up by recent news and all the other issues in this long-running debate look to be headed for some kind of resolution this year – although the two sides are no closer today than they’ve ever been.

2015-04-16 |

Brazil: Global Week of Actions Against GMO Trees Ends in Success

This morning 300 peasants organized by La Via Campesina occupied the meeting of the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) in Brasilia, which was convening to discuss the release of three new varieties of transgenic plants in Brazil including a request by FuturaGene to legalize their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. The CTNBio meeting was interrupted and eventually cancelled.

2015-04-16 |

Australia: Monsanto Admits Paying for GMO Farmer's Legal Defense in Court Case

In what can only be described as a public relations disaster for Monsanto, the company has been forced to admit Wednesday that it financially supported the legal defense of the farmer who contaminated Steve Marsh’s farm in Western Australia.

2015-04-16 |

Africa: Greater GM protection urged for small-scale farmers

African governments must do more to control the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops that could affect smallholders, says a report by Friends of the Earth International.

2015-04-16 |

Foreign markets loom large in GMO litigation

Litigation over China's rejection of a biotech trait could set an important precedent, experts say.

2015-04-15 |

EU: Broken promises on GM food

A leaked proposal from the European Commission for changes to regulation of genetically modified food and feed has been met with heavy criticism today.

2015-04-14 |

A view on the latest genetic engineering techniques

The Crispr-Cas technique for editing single genes offers huge potential. But scientists must take care not to go too fast for public opinion

2015-04-14 |

USA: EPA proposal could be tipping point on GMO battle

South Dakota farmers represent the nation's most ardent supporters of genetically modified organisms, but proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations could curb the state's heavy use of modified seed.

2015-04-14 |

Brazil govt approves GMO eucalyptus trees: Groups denounce illegal decision

Today the Brazilian Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio) formally approved an industry request to release genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees. The application was made by FuturaGene, a company owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano.

2015-04-14 |

A review of WTO rules and GMO trade

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continue to be hot button topic on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. What rules govern international trade in GM food?

2015-04-14 |

Seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback

Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised. What can we do about this?

2015-04-09 |

Monsanto employee says there's an entire department fighting anti-GMO research

The giant company Monsanto has an entire department focusing on discrediting any information out there that makes them look bad, including a recent report that said their popular herbicide Roundup is probably carcinogenic, so says the news website The Daily Kos.

2015-04-09 |

Uganda: Scientists upset over MPs consulting the public on GMO Bill

The protracted debate on the National Biotechnology and Biosafety (or GMO) Bill returned to the spotlight on Tuesday, with scientists blaming politicians for consulting constituents instead of experts on such technical issues.

2015-04-09 |

Vietnam licenses genetically modified corn amid scientists concerns

While local consumers and scientists are concerned about the commercialization of genetically modified corn in Vietnam, two companies have received the most important nod to distribute the maize in the country.

2015-04-09 |

Synthetic biologists seek standards for nascent field

Synthetic biologists have a vision. Researchers in this young field, who build ‘devices’ from engineered genes and other molecular components, imagine a future in which products such as drugs, chemicals, fuels and food are manufactured by microbes. These devices could even be wired up to create cellular computers, much as electronic transistors are wired up to make microprocessors (see Nature doi.org/3fz; 2013).

2015-04-09 |

Argentine farmers accuse Monsanto of abusing dominant position in GMOs

Producers in the breadbasket country say the US agribusiness giant clinched accords so that exporters charge farmers an additional fee for royalties.

2015-04-09 |

Azerbaijan may imprison GMO distributors

Azerbaijan can jail any person - importers or salespersons – engaged in sale of genetically modified products in the country. The naturally rich country prohibits the import and trade of genetically modified plants, as well as use in food of genetically modified elements.

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