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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-09-18 |

USA: What's the Big Deal about GMOs?

Genetically engineered foods are in almost all processed food products in the United States. A simple reading of the label will reveal one or more of the following ingredients in every one of them: corn or corn oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil (made from rapeseed oil, a GMO product), soy and/or soybean oil, and/or high fructose corn syrup.

2014-09-18 |

South Africa: Woolworths to halve own-label GM goods

Woolworths aimed to reduce by 50 percent the number of its private-label products that contained genetically modified (GM) ingredients, the food and fashion retailer said last week. It would do this within 12 months.

2014-09-18 |

Australia: Senator says GM politics stifling good policy

South Australian Liberal Senator Sean Edwards says an outbreak of beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers in his home State this season.

2014-09-17 |

Indian government still flip flopping on GM trials

Public opposition to GM trials is fuelling government indecision, stranding India’s food research in the lab.

2014-09-17 |

USA: Potential settlement of some claims in works over Monsanto's GM wheat

A potential settlement appears to be in the works on some claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field.

2014-09-16 |

Genetically Modified Wheat, Without The GMO Drama

Researchers have discovered "the most famous wheat gene," a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat, which clears the way for wheat varieties with disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses.

2014-09-16 |

Cargill sues Syngenta Seed over China shipments

The company said it lost $90 million after corn grown from genetically modified Syngenta seed was refused by China.

2014-09-16 |

USA: Can Genetic Engineering Save the Florida Orange?

Citrus greening, the plague that could wipe out Florida's $9 billion orange industry, begins with the touch of a jumpy brown bug on a sun-kissed leaf.

2014-09-16 |

USA: Why GMO Labeling May Finally Win Voters Approval in Colorado and Oregon

After efforts to label genetically modified food have failed in most states, there’s reason to think things will go differently in November in Oregon and possibly Colorado.

2014-09-16 |

USA: GMO safety, weed control top concerns as US study kicks off

Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday.

2014-09-15 |

EU: GMO lobby sees new Juncker Commission as bad news

The Juncker Commission has promised to be “more political” than its predecessor, something GMO backers see as a negative development for the approval of genetically modified crops in Europe.

2014-09-15 |

Philippines: SC allows biotechnology group to intervene in Bt eggplant case

The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines (BCP) to intervene in the Bt eggplant case as the Bt eggplant “ban” threatens other genetically modified (GM) crops that contribute to food security, the biotechnology group announced Tuesday.

2014-09-15 |

An open source future for synthetic biology

If the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) tells us something indisputable, it is this: GMO food products from corporations like Monsanto are suspected to endanger health. On the other hand, an individual’s right to genetically modify and even synthesize entire organisms as part of his dietary or medical regimen could someday be a human right.

2014-09-15 |

An open source future for synthetic biology

If the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) tells us something indisputable, it is this: GMO food products from corporations like Monsanto are suspected to endanger health. On the other hand, an individual’s right to genetically modify and even synthesize entire organisms as part of his dietary or medical regimen could someday be a human right.

2014-09-15 |

EU educates Thai exporters on GMO regulations

European Union (EU) experts on genetically modified organisms (GMO) were training Thai exporters and academics today to prevent exports of GMO-contaminated products.

2014-09-15 |

India: GM field trial monitoring committees exist only on paper, members unaware of its existence

The apparatus responsible for monitoring field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops is in a shambles, an investigation by The Statesman has revealed. The State Biotechnology Coordination Committee (SBCC) in Maharashtra, which is supposed to monitor these trials, has not met in years, with some members being unaware even of its existence. The situation in neighbouring Gujarat is also similar. On the other hand, the District Level Committee (DLC), which is supposed to monitor trials as well as prepare off-site emergency plans, is virtually non-existent. In effect, the story of monitoring of GM crop trials is a story of monitoring and regulation falling through the cracks of laid-down procedures on paper and functioning of processes on the ground.

2014-09-15 |

USA: Monsanto Settles Some GMO Wheat Cases

Monsanto has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest in a lawsuit over genetically modified wheat. But plaintiffs in the Midwest and other parts of the country are still in negotiations.

2014-09-11 |

Uganda: GMO Bill not withdrawn - Minister

The minister of state for Finance in charge of Planning, Matia Kasaija, has refuted claims that government has withdrawn the National Biotechnology and Bio safety Bill, 2012 (BSBT). He said government fully supports the Bill.

2014-09-11 |

Media Attacks Directed against the Critics of Biotechnology and GM Agriculture

Hot on the heels of a much publicised article in the New Yorker that set out to attack Vandana Shiva comes another on the Scroll.in website (on September 3). Girish Shahane mounts an attack on Shiva and what he believes to be her false and misleading statements about farmer suicides in India (access the article here). Shahane deems it necessary to question Shiva’s qualification as a scientist, claiming she has never been one. He says this could be overlooked if she was scientific in her approach to farmer suicides, but he claims that her approach is anything but scientific.

2014-09-11 |

Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale Is a GM Food

Food has become a battleground, and one of the fiercest fights involves genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. With the aid of genetic engineering, we have created corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops with specific genes that help them resist pests, diseases and herbicides. Supporters trumpet the reduced costs and increased yields, especially in the developing world. They also point to the ability of GMOs to prevent diseases from ruining entire industries, such as Hawaiian papayas and Florida oranges.

2014-09-11 |

Canada, You Have Two Days Left To Tell Health Canada to Label GMOs

You might recall that in my last two blog entries, I mentioned that Health Canada has given us Canadians an opportunity to voice our opinion on nutrition labels through their online survey. Have you participated in this survey yet? The deadline is just two days away --Wednesday September 11th

2014-09-11 |

Loss of habitat, milkweed cited in fall of monarch butterflies

As many as 50 people could attend the monarch butterfly tagging event on Saturday in Moraine State Park. Yet the group will be lucky if it tags a single one, park officials say.

2014-09-11 |

EU: Monsanto Lobby Pushes GM Food into Europe

Before beginning to read this article, bear in mind that we do not need GM food. The world is quite capable of feeding itself without GMOs: for example, look, here, here, here, here and here for the evidence. Now to the article…

2014-09-09 |

USA: Consumers call on Starbucks to stop sourcing milk from cows fed with GMO

Starbucks customers and activists came out to participate in a demonstration calling on the company to stop sourcing milk from cows fed genetically modified crops. GMO Inside, a campaign led by Green America, a national consumer advocacy group, held this demonstration as part of a national campaign to increase awareness and visibility around the issue of genetically modified crops used for animal feed.

2014-09-09 |

UK: Genetically modified crop harvested at Rothamsted

Britain’s first trial of GM crops enriched with nutrients to improve health has been successfully harvested.

2014-09-09 |

Mexico Had a Wealth of Corn; Now It's Left With a Genetically Boring Monocrop

Corn was first domesticated in Mexico and quickly spread throughout the Americas, beginning in about 2,500 B.C. Over the centuries, around 20,000 or more different varieties emerged as ears of corn were transported around the world.

2014-09-09 |

USA: GMO experiments receive questionable oversight

Worker Javier Alcantar tends to corn crops at the Monsanto Co. test field in Woodland, California, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Monsanto Co., an American multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate and the largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed.

2014-09-05 |

USA: Cornell University gets $5.6 million grant to promote science-based debate

A new international effort led by Cornell will seek to add a stronger voice for science and depolarize the charged debate around agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

2014-09-05 |

Russia to Introduce Fines for Failure to Mark GMOs

Russia’s Government Legislative Commission has approved consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor’s proposal to toughen sanctions and introduce fines for inappropriate marking of genetically modified food, according to an official statement on the Russian government’s website released Tuesday.

2014-09-05 |

China: Alleged Illegal GM Rice Trial on Students Leads to Leukemia Boom

According to reports from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, an alleged illegal GM rice trial on the University students has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to three times the normal rate in China.

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