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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

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 |

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 |

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 |

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.

2014-10-13 |

The Ongoing Propaganda War Behind GMOs Exposed

The United States has been paying farmers for over two decades to NOT produce food, yet biotech would have us believe that genetically modified organisms are necessary to feed the world.

2014-10-10 |

India: Gujarat government to not join field trials of GM crops

Joining ranks with nearly ten other big states, Gujarat government has now decided not to allow field trials of any Genetically Modified (GM) food crops within its boundaries. The decision is a significant one as it comes from the home state of prime minister Narendra Modi which he was leading till few months ago.

2014-10-10 |

Australia: Review of competition policy on GM crops calls for lifting of restrictions

The Harper Review of Australia’s competition policy has fired a warning shot at the South Australian and Tasmanian governments restricting farmers’ access to genetically modified (GM) crops.

2014-10-10 |

How Many Regulators Does It Take to Kill A Mosquito?

A British company’s genetic engineering technology could be the Next Big Thing in the control of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya–if regulators don’t erect unreasonable barriers.

2014-10-10 |

Genetic engineering leads to glow-in-the-dark plants

When it gets dark, we use streetlights to light our way, but what if we could replace them with a greener alternative -- like glowing plants? Thanks to science, this unusual concept could one day become reality.

2014-10-10 |

EU: EFSA provides further advice on performing 90-day feeding studies

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) presents further details on how to design and conduct a 90-day feeding study as part of an application to place a genetically modified organism on the market in the European Union (EU). The explanatory statement builds on the principles set out in EFSA’s previous guidance document on 90-day whole food/feed studies in rodents published in 2011.

2014-10-08 |

Open-source seed released to nurture patent-free food

An ‘open-source’ seed initiative has released 36 varieties of 14 food crops, which the project’s leaders say could help poor farmers get access to better quality seeds.

2014-10-08 |

EU: Software tool delivers GM data analysis with a single click

New software from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides stakeholders with a tool for carrying out complex data analysis as part of the risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants. The user-friendly program, which can be downloaded free of charge from EFSA’s website, allows stakeholders such as Member States and industry applicants to analyse field trial data with a single mouse click.

2014-10-08 |

USA: Labeling GMOs Would Cost Each Consumer $2.30 Annually

The median cost of labeling genetically modified ingredients on grocery products would equate to an additional $2.30 per consumer each year, according to a new report sponsored by Consumers Union and conducted by ECONorthwest, an economics consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest.

2014-10-08 |

Syngenta GM Corn Ruined US Corn Exports To China, Farmers Say

American farmers in three states are suing seed giant Syngenta AG in billion-dollar lawsuits, alleging that the company harmed U.S. corn markets when it released a new genetically altered strain of corn that wasn’t approved by Chinese authorities.

2014-10-08 |

China Rejects U.S. Hay Exports Due to GM Alfalfa Contamination

The Chinese used to be quite confident that their hay was GMO free, but all that is about to change. Hay exported to the country from the U.S. is currently in quarantine due to the detection of GMO traits, specifically of genetically modified alfalfa, according to a USDA spokesperson.

2014-10-08 |

USA: Discovery of GM wheat creates stir among supporters, critics

It was revealed last month that regulators are trying to figure out why a rogue patch of genetically modified wheat popped up on a Montana farm. The news startled GMO critics and supporters — although for different reasons.

2014-10-06 |

Conventional plant breeding outperforms GM in drought resistance

Reports show that traditional breeding techniques are years ahead of GM technologies in developing crops to withstand drought and poor soils, writes Lawrence Woodward. Yet GM advocates are sticking rigidly to their script even as the evidence mounds against them ...

2014-10-06 |

Oxitec Wants to Release GMO Moths in New York

Will the crazy GMO-creations ever come to a halt? Are our crops not enough for biotech? GM mosquitoes developed by Oxitec, a UK company, were already released in other countries as a means to control disease. The company is also trying to release them in the Florida Keys, while working to release GM olive flies in Spain. But it gets even more bizarre – now Oxitec wants to release GM moths in New York.

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