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2015-03-02 |

Opinion: On Global GMO Regulation

Advances in genome-editing technologies have made modifying crops easier than ever before. They’ve also clouded the already murky realm of genetically modified foods.

2015-03-02 |

The War on Genetically-Modified-Food Critics: Et tu, National Geographic?

Since when is the safety of genetically modified food considered “settled science” on a par with the reality of evolution? That was the question that jumped to mind when I saw the cover of the March 2015 National Geographic and the lead article, “Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?”

2015-03-02 |

German states want nationwide ban on genetically engineered plants

The majority of Germany‘s 16 federal states would like a nationwide ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, according to a survey carried out by dpa and published on Saturday.

2015-03-02 |

Maker of nonbrowning GMO Apples acquired by a US company

Soon, we’ll all say goodbye to the natural apples that turn brown after several minutes. United States biotech-focused company Intrexon announced that they’re acquiring the creator of the nonbrowing Apples from Canada.

2015-03-02 |

Swiss Merchant Banker Gives Backing to $ 25 Million "Factor GMO" Science Project

The world’s largest and most comprehensive study on GMO and pesticide safety – ‘Factor GMO’ – which held its public launch in November 2014 in London, announced on Wednesday that the Founder President of the international private Swiss Merchant Banking Advisory firm Najadi & Partners AG, Mr. Pascal Najadi, is its first official Public Board member and donor.

2015-03-02 |

Researcher says a gene may help reduce GM contamination

Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene might help farmers reduce the risk of GM contamination and quell arguments against the use of transgenic food crops, says the lead author of a new research paper.

2015-02-27 |

USA: Federal GMO Labeling Legislation Re-Introduced

Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore)–joined by chef-lebrity Tom Colicchio–announced the reintroduction of The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, a federal bill that would mandate the labeling of foods or beverages containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

2015-02-27 |

GMO debate ensnares state apple industry

The debate over genetically modified organisms didn’t end in 2013, when this state’s voters narrowly rejected an initiative that would have required labels on GMO products.

2015-02-27 |

IGEN pilot program to demonstrate GMO transparency in dietary supplement supply chains

After two years of development work, Nutrasource is starting to talk about its IGEN (International Genetically modified Evaluation and Notification) program, with William Rowe, President and CEO, giving a presentation at 12pm on Friday, March 6th at the Marriott Hotel during Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim.

2015-02-27 |

Hershey's pulls GMO ingredients from best-selling chocolate bars

Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars will start featuring 'simpler ingredients' this year, the company announced
It comes after pressure from anti-GMO activists, who claim the technology is environmentally suspect and a possible health threat

2015-02-25 |

US ag groups press EU on 13 pending biotech approvals

A consortium of U.S. commodity, seed and biotech groups has passed a letter to the European Health & Food Safety Commissioner asking for quick approval of more than 13 new biotech products, some of which have been waiting for the EU's OK for more than a year.

2015-02-25 |

EU: FEFAC urges European Commission to approve (more) GM imports

As Europe's feed production slumped to a three-year low, feed manufacturers there are demanding the European Commission to permit the importation of genetically-modified (GM) crops into the region.

2015-02-23 |

USA: Arkansas Farmers Say Syngenta Tainted Grain Supply To Promote GMO

At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media.

2015-02-23 |

Why the GMO debate is far from over

There has been a lot of discussion on the pros and cons of genetically-engineered food crops of late. But the vast majority of consumers are actually left in the dark over the safety of GMOs because the FDA, USDA and Monsanto say they are safe.

2015-02-23 |

USA: Anti-GMO Activist Seeks to Expose Scientists' Emails With Big Ag

The legal attack hit Kevin Folta in early February. After receiving a FOIA request from US Right to Know—a nonprofit dedicated to exposing “the failures of the corporate food system“—the University of Florida notified Folta, a food and agricultural science professor at the university, that he would have to turn over all of his e-mails relating to correspondence with 14 different firms involved in agribusiness.

2015-02-19 |

Would You Like to Grow Color-Changing Flowers?

A Colorado company is working to genetically engineer petunias that change colors throughout the day.

2015-02-19 |

USDA Approves GMO Apples Despite Opposition from Apple Industry and Consumers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples. The apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced.

2015-02-19 |

USDA Moving Toward Less Oversight, Regulation Regarding New GE Trees

Without regulatory oversight or public consultation, the USDA allows for the commercial production of a new GE pine variety. Yet opponents warn that the implications of introducing this GE product are unknown, and unknowable, without long-term studies.

2015-02-17 |

USA: K-State researchers develop transgenic heat-tolerant wheat

Hyeonju Lee, a technician at Kansas State University's Plant Transformation Laboratory, introduces a mix of rice DNA, which has been manipulated in the lab to enhance gene expression in wheat, and small particles of tungsten into embryogenic wheat callus, or a mass of plant tissue cells. A blast of helium is used to shoot the mixture into the callus tissue, which then genetically engineers single cells that each have the potential to grow into an individual cell.

2015-02-17 |

Demonizing Scientists and Opponents of GMOs: The Cheap Propaganda of the Pro-GMO Lobby

The pro-GMO lobby always demands that its opponents produce scientific evidence to back up their claims. Parts of this lobby smear and attack people like Vandana Shiva, Professor G.E. Seralini and others for supposedly being incompetent, ‘liars’ or ideological/politically motivated (for example, read this piece on Shiva that calls her a liar, especially the part on farmer suicides – then see the evidence that Shiva provides to back up her claims here).

2015-02-17 |

Ghana: abhor GMO scientists laden with conflicts of interest!

Africa's biotech establishment is deploying its biggest guns to attack NGOs opposed to GMO crops to help push through Ghana's corporation-friendly Plant Breeders Bill - a key element in the corporate enclosure of Africa's farming, seeds and agricultural heritage.

2015-02-13 |

Zero tolerance policies on GMO “contamination” hurt organic and conventional farmers alike

Prior to 2010, Steve Marsh and Michael Baxter were just friends and neighbors farming near Kojonup, Western Australia. But in 2010, Baxter decided to plant genetically modified canola. Marsh was an organic farmer.

2015-02-13 |

China to enhance public awareness of GM technology

China will step up its efforts in improving public awareness of genetically modified (GM) technology in agriculture in 2015, according to a key policy document released by the Communist Party of China and the government on Sunday.

2015-02-13 |

Ghana: Pressure group sues lawless authorities over genetically modified foods

A GHANAIAN civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has moved to court in Accra seeking to have the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the agriculture ministry prevented from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.

2015-02-13 |

USA: Biotech critics claim GMO loophole will backfire

GMO critics say a loophole in federal biotech regulations will backfire against major developers of transgenic seed.

2015-02-10 |

USA Non-GMO crops: hurdles and premium prices

The commercial sale of genetically modified organisms has been around since 1994. Farmers have grown these crops at a steadily increasing rate as well.

2015-02-10 |

China: Tide to turn for China to grow GMO crops

Research and commercialization of genetically modified organisms (GMO) are expected to gain momentum in China after years of GM crop decline amid public safety concerns.

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