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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-10-24 |

USA: Vote yes on Measure P for safe crops

We are writing to voice our support for measure P, the ballot initiative which would ban the growing of GMO crops in Humboldt County. If passed, it will join similar efforts in Mendocino and Trinity Counties, and will create a large zone that protects organic farming. GMO issues are complex, and having spent time considering both sides of the debate, we believe that Measure P is a step in the right direction.

2014-10-24 |

USA: In GMO Labeling Initiative Fight, Those Against Are Spending All the Money

Colorado’s voters continue to be pounded by multi-million dollar political advertising campaigns, often with the two candidates or issue opponents fairly evenly matched, with no respite in sight until Election Day.

2014-10-24 |

New Zealand: Anti-GE group supports call for review

The national farming lobby group's call for a rethink on genetic engineering in New Zealand has been echoed by an unlikely ally - but with the opposite outcome in mind.

2014-10-24 |

EU: Copa Cogeca calls for no further delays on GM grain decision

Copa-Cogeca urged the EU to make a decision on authorization of 8 new varieties of genetically modified grain for import, food and feed processing which have scientifically proved to be safe, to avoid a further threat to the EU food and feed supply and market balance.

2014-10-24 |

USA: Dow Herbicide Approval Challenged by Environmentalists

U.S. approval of Dow Chemical Co. (DOW)’s Enlist Duo weed killer for treating genetically modified crops should be reversed because the government failed to adequately review its effects on human health, farmers and environmental groups said in a lawsuit.

2014-10-23 |

New Review: Not Enough Evidence that GM Crops are Safe to Eat

A recently published review by researchers at two universities has suggested that there is not enough evidence that GM crops are safe to eat.

2014-10-23 |

India: Giving GM crops a chance

Nothing sells like fear. And nothing illustrates this better than what China is encountering in trying to promote genetically modified (GM) crops. The country is trying to promote GM food to expand its food supplies.

2014-10-23 |

USA: Battles rage in Oregon, Colorado over GM foods

Voters in two Western states are caught in fierce battles over whether consumers will know what is deep inside their food.

2014-10-23 |

China's GMO Research Juggernaut Prepares for Climate-Changed Future

With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.

2014-10-23 |

Thailand: Dept cleared in papaya case

The Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday upheld an earlier ruling by the Central Administrative Court, clearing the Department of Agricultural (DOA) of allegations that it was negligent in the management of its genetically modified papaya field trials in Khon Kaen province in 2003.

2014-10-21 |

EU: Biotech crops in Europe could be dead and buried if anti-GM groups succeed

It’s an unfashionable thing to admit, but sometimes what happens in the European Parliament really matters. This week, unnoticed by almost everyone, MEPs will consider proposals by the European commission and member states to overturn a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe. But it’s a step that could be undermined if anti-GM lobbyists get their way.

2014-10-21 |

USA: Colorado voters asked to decide about GMOs

With Proposition 105 on the statewide ballot, Colorado voters are being asked to decide how much information they want about their foods.

2014-10-21 |

Syngenta lawsuit against Bunge over GMO corn revived on appeal

A federal appeals court has opened the door for Syngenta Seeds to revive a lawsuit it brought against Bunge North America in 2011 over the agribusiness company's refusal of a type of genetically modified corn.

2014-10-20 |

GE plants to replace airport security checkpoints?

Imagine if passing through airport security could be as pleasant as a stroll through a park. Scientist June Medford is working to harness the innate sensing abilities of plants, genetically engineering them into lean, green bomb-and-drug detecting machines. Medford is a “synthetic biologist” (not to imply she’s artificial, but to clarify that she dabbles in the re-design of existing, natural biological systems in attempt to find new useful purposes).

2014-10-20 |

USA: California Bans Genetically Engineered Salmon

Production of genetically engineered fish is banned in California waters. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill; however, there is a loophole.

2014-10-20 |

Genetic modification can produce biofortified corn rich in provitamin A

A set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn kernels, a finding that could help combat vitamin A deficiency in developing countries.

2014-10-20 |

Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference

Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods (Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels, 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in US soil today: rather than reduce pesticide inputs GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity.

2014-10-20 |

USA: Attorney General drafts GMO labeling rules

The state Attorney General’s Office has released its proposed rules to enforce Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. The rules, announced Wednesday, will be the subject of three open meetings later this month.

2014-10-16 |

Organic industry confused by GMO vaccines

A lack of clarity about which livestock vaccines are made with genetically modified organisms is creating confusion in the organic industry.

2014-10-16 |

Genetic Engineering: A Military History

When most people think of "genetic engineering", they think of "Genetically Modified Organisms" and "Frankenfoods" and protests over Monsanto and "safety issues" with GMO foods. But the reality has always been that much of the genetic engineering research in the US has been carried out by the military, and the Pentagon was in on recombinant DNA technology almost from the ground floor, beginning way back in the 1970's.

2014-10-16 |

Ghana: CRI experiment cultivation of GM rice

The Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research at Fumesua near Kumasi has embarked on a trial cultivation of genetically modified rice.

2014-10-16 |

AFSA Slams Biotech Takeover of African Seed Companies

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is deeply concerned about the recent acquisitions by multi-national seed companies of large parts of SeedCo, one of Africa’s largest home-grown seed companies.

2014-10-16 |

USDA announces close and findings of investigation into the detection of GE wheat in Oregon in 2013

After conducting a thorough and scientifically detailed investigation into the detection last year of genetically engineered (GE) wheat growing in a single field on a single farm in Oregon, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has concluded that the presence of the GE wheat appears to be an isolated incident.

2014-10-16 |

USA: EPA gives go ahead to new weed killer for GM soy and corn

The Environmental Protection Agency today gave the green light to an herbicide designed for use with new genetically modified corn and soybeans.

2014-10-13 |

New Zealand: GM could put niche maize at risk

Any relaxation of rules allowing genetically modified crops into New Zealand could ruin small but valuable niche export markets for North Island maize growers.

2014-10-13 |

New Zealand: GM could put niche maize at risk

Any relaxation of rules allowing genetically modified crops into New Zealand could ruin small but valuable niche export markets for North Island maize growers.

2014-10-13 |

Monsanto is Most Common Funder of GMO Research

The pro-GMO advocacy group Biofortified announced in late August that the group’s much-hyped GENERA database of GMO research is now available for public review in a trial version. Though the database contains only a fraction of the GMO research available (400 of 1200 studies, according to Biofortified), this hasn’t stopped the group from drawing sweeping conclusions about what the science says.

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