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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-07-31 |

Australia: Food and agribusiness survey on GM crops

On balance, respondents think that consumers are becoming more receptive to genetically modified food. Sentiment appears to be shifting in the developed world, certain parts of which, for example the EU, have shown firm resistance to GMOs over the years.

2014-07-31 |

UA-Led Team Decodes African Rice

An international team of researchers led by the University of Arizona has sequenced the complete genome of African rice.

2014-07-31 |

UK: Edinburgh festival fringe puts GM food on the menu

It promises to be one of the most unusual pairings to perform at the Edinburgh festival fringe this year. Two scientists from Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute, the birthplace of Dolly the sheep, will argue passionately in favour of the widespread consumption of genetically modified meat.

2014-07-29 |

GE Wild Populations Could Be Just Around the Corner

Imagine someone told you that they had a way to maybe wipe out malaria, create safer herbicides and pesticides and even eliminate those carp destroying the Great Lakes. You’d be interested right?

2014-07-29 |

USA: Big lobbying dollars flow in engineered food fight

The way that consumers would be informed when the food they buy has been genetically engineered—and perhaps whether they'd be informed at all—is being battled out in Congress and among industry and advocacy groups, with millions of dollars in play and some well-known, publicly traded companies acting as the key players.

2014-07-29 |

Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests

Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday.

2014-07-29 |

China State Media Reveals Unapproved GM Rice Is on the Market

CCTV, China's state broadcaster, has discovered genetically modified rice being sold in two southern provinces, the second such allegation it has made in two years at a time when public opinion seems to have hardened against the technology.

2014-07-25 |

India: why it must say no to GM crops

When the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) on July 18 decided that open field trials of 21 new varieties of genetically modified (GM) crops should be permitted, the arguments contra and pro became considerably more intense. That a single committee is seen to have the experience and foresight to judge the consequences of allowing open field trials of genetically modified rice, wheat, maize and other food crops can hardly be believed, but that is the state of what passes for ‘regulation’ these days.

2014-07-25 |

USA: Roundup ready alfalfa

Most of the lush, green fields seen in Valencia County are alfalfa crops, leafy plants with small purple flowers. It is a high-protein hay used to feed livestock, horses and dairy cows. What is not visible is that some of those alfalfa fields are genetically-modified crops.

2014-07-25 |

EU Lawmakers Advance GMO Restrictions

The European Union moved a step closer to tighter controls on genetically modified organisms, after the EU Council voted Wednesday to give member states the power to restrict or prohibit GMOs for any reason.

2014-07-25 |

USA: Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of superweeds

Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive "superweeds" that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.

2014-07-25 |

Czech Republic: GM corn production down one-third in 2013

The area of genetically modified maize (corn) decreased in the Czech Republic by nearly a third to 1,754 hectares of land last year, mainly due to the high bureaucratic burden, tough rules for growing and expensive seeds.

2014-07-25 |

GMOs Have NOT Been Proven Safe

The resounding claim of GMO proponents is that GMOs have been proven safe. Some scientists are quite emphatic about this, such as Dr. Pamela Ronald from UC Davis, who says: "Genetically engineered crops currently on the market are as safe to eat and safe for the environment as organic or conventional foods."

2014-07-25 |

Zimbabwe: why it should continue to say NO to GM crops and food

GMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African farmers is the alternative that Zimbabwe should adopt

2014-07-25 |

USA: Maryland seeks to lure anglers to join Frankenfish battle

Maryland officials are hoping that the prospect of landing a record fish will enlist anglers in the battle against the northern snakehead, a voracious newcomer dubbed "Frankenfish."

2014-07-25 |

China: new feed grain rule unworkable says U.S. export group

The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a GMO corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

2014-07-25 |

USA: Oregon GMO labeling measure certified for November ballot

An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

2014-07-23 |

USDA withdraws GMO disclosure rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is backing down from a GMO disclosure rule that would have provided state regulators with critical information about the genetically modified organisms that farmers use to spray their crops.

2014-07-23 |

USA: Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.

2014-07-23 |

UK: Independent safety reviews will foster trust in GM technology

The topic of releasing genetically modified (GM) products into food and the environment is highly polarised. But are we making any progress with it?

2014-07-23 |

Africa's GM-phobia hinders agricultural development - report

The “dysfunctional” debate surrounding genetically modified crops is stifling agricultural development in Africa, experts said on Monday.

2014-07-23 |

China: Beijing Researchers Use Gene Editing to Create Disease-Resistant Wheat

Advanced genome-editing techniques have been used to create a strain of wheat resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen—called powdery mildew—that is a major bane to the world’s top food source, according to scientists at one of China’s leading centers for agricultural research.

2014-07-23 |

U.S. researchers call for greater oversight of powerful genetic technology

In 2011, experiments that allowed the potentially deadly H5N1 flu virus to spread between mammals ignited intense discussions about whether such research should be done at all, much less published. But most of the debate occurred after the research had been carried out.

2014-07-23 |

US-EU trade talks sour amid chlorine chicken fears

Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified “Frankenfood” invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28-country bloc.

2014-07-23 |

Are silent farmlands the canary in the coal mine?

The size of private donations given to universities by big agribusiness is astounding. From grant money to construction of research labs and even the funding of actual positions, corporate influence is firmly rooted in this once sacred world.

2014-07-21 |

Nigeria to adopt GM crops, says agency

A disclosure Thursday came from the National Agricultural Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) that the Federal Government has put in place necessary regulatory guidelines to fast track the adoption of Genetically Modified Organisms (crops) (GMO).

2014-07-21 |

Do Not GM My Food!

Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have prompted world-wide criticism by environmental, nutritionists and agriculture experts, who say that protecting and fomenting biodiversity is a far better solution to hunger and malnutrition.

2014-07-21 |

Tasmania: Beef farmers fear lifting of ban on GM animal feed

Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot. They are being fattened up for the Japanese market where marbled Angus beef is in high demand.

2014-07-21 |

GM debate: A postscript

GM is still contentious two decades on, and our live debate shows a need to dig deeper into people’s responses. When, earlier this year, SciDev.Net decided to host a live online debate around genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, it was because we knew the topic elicits strong views.

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