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2016-05-01 |

Gary Ruskin and Jon Entine Tangle over the GMO Corporate Connection

Jon Entine is senior fellow at the University of California Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy.Entine is also a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Now comes Gary Ruskin of US Right to Know in Oakland, California. Ruskin says that Entine has a long history of defending corporate interests — chemical, nuclear, pesticides, GMO and fracking.

2016-05-01 |

USA: Study Finds GMO Labeling Won't Cost More

A study conducted for the U.K. Food Standards Agency has found that GMO labeling would increase a family’s food costs by 33 cents to $5.58 a year. And a study by Consumers Union reviewed research on GMO labeling and found the annual median cost per person would be $2.30.

2016-05-01 |

USA: Vermont Weighs Delay in Enforcement of Genetically Modified Labeling

As the food industry is well aware, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods are set to take effect on July 1 of this year, with a six-month “safe harbor” provision thereafter.

2016-04-21 |

China: Govt to crack down on illegal cultivation of GM crops

China will further step up its oversight of the seed market to prevent illegal commercial cultivation of unauthorized genetically modified varieties, an agricultural official said on Wednesday, after several cases of illegal cultivation were investigated by authorities last year.

2016-04-21 |

Global GMO cultivation dipped in 2015

The hectarage of genetically modified crops around the world went down for the first time in two decades, a new report says. People in African countries in particular seem newly wary of genetically manipulated seeds.

2016-04-21 |

French court hands symbolic win to GMO maize supporters

France's top administrative court overturned a 2014 ban on a type of genetically modified (GMO) maize in a symbolic victory for GMO supporters that will not allow such crops to be grown in France because of subsequent legislation reinforcing the ban.

2016-04-20 |

Ten Questions with George Naylor, Board Member for the Non-GMO Project

Food Tank, in partnership with American University, is hosting the 2nd Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 20–21, 2016. This two-day event will feature more than 75 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policymakers, government officials, and students will come together for panels on topics including food waste, urban agriculture, family farmers, farm workers, and more.

2016-04-20 |

CRISPR-Edited Button Mushroom Bypasses GMO Food Rules: USDA Explains Why

The CRISPR-edited button white mushroom bypassed the regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on genetically modified organisms (GMO's).

2016-04-15 |

Gene-edited CRISPR mushroom escapes US regulation

A fungus engineered with the CRISPR–Cas9 technique can be cultivated and sold without further oversight.

2016-04-15 |

Growth of genetically-modified crops slows for first time in 20 years

The growth of genetically-modified crops has dipped for the first time following two decades of steady increases, according to a study released on Thursday.

2016-04-14 |

China citizens protest ChemChina-Syngenta deal amid GMO worries

Around 400 Chinese citizens have signed a letter to protest the purchase of Swiss-based seeds and pesticides company Syngenta by state-owned ChemChina, saying the deal would eventually lead to genetically modified crops being sown across swathes of the country.

2016-04-14 |

The GMO Seed War Between Iowa Farmers and Chinese IP Thieves

The number of international economic espionage cases referred to the FBI rose 53% in 2015.

2016-04-14 |

USA: Florida Residents Fight to Stop Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Florida residents are launching an opposition campaign against the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to combat the Zika virus.

2016-04-14 |

Canada: AquaBounty, GMO salmon producer, applies to expand production on Prince Edward Island

The company that produces genetically-modified salmon has applied to re-purpose a 38-year-old fish hatchery in Rollo Bay West, P.E.I., as it looks to expand its commercial production.

2016-04-14 |

Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015

The world’s farmers have increased their use of genetically modified crops steadily and sharply since the technology became broadly commercialized in 1996. Not anymore.

2016-04-14 |

Burkina Faso phasing out GMO cotton, citing poor quality

Farmers in Burkina Faso are phasing out genetically modified cotton citing inferior lint quality of the crop.

2016-04-06 |

Hawaii Trifecta of GMO Cases Will Be Heard By Appeals Court In June

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may hold hearings in June on three cases related to genetically modified farming in Kauai, Maui and Hawaii counties.

2016-04-06 |

USA: Anti-GMO-Labeling Wall Crumbles as Major Food Companies Agree to Label

The wall of opposition to labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms is crumbling. After Campbell Soup created the first crack in January by agreeing to slap labels on its soup cans saying they contain GMOs, it was only a matter of time before more fissures would appear.

2016-04-06 |

US Environmentalists Sue to Overturn Approval of GMO Salmon

U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government's landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption.

2016-04-01 |

GMO Labeling Urgent As USDA Frees Growers to Use New Monsanto GMO Corn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week (March 23) it will allow farmers to plant a new strain of genetically modified (GMO) corn created by Monsanto to be tolerant of the weed killers dicamba and glufosinate without government oversight, a step likely to expand the use of these chemical herbicides.

2016-04-01 |

Canada deregulates Simplot GMO spud

Canadian officials have deregulated the first generation of Simplot Plant Science’s Innate line of genetically engineered potatoes, making them available to sell or plant in their country.

2016-04-01 |

USA: Inside the Big Pushback Against Big Ag Agenda to Sell GMO Seeds and Pesticides

When communities come together to build back soil and replace harsh chemicals with biology, they are very successful and create lasting solutions.

2016-03-22 |

USA: Boulder County to phase out GMO crops on public land

Boulder County authorities have decided to stop allowing genetically engineered crops to be grown on county-owned farmland.

2016-03-22 |

USA: General Mills To Label Products With Genetically Modified Ingredients

American food manufacturer General Mills announced on Friday that it will begin labelling all its products in the United States that has genetically modified organisms as ingredients. The move was prompted by a new state law in Vermont, which requires companies to put such information starting July 1.

2016-03-22 |

USA: GMO Labelling Law Roils Food Companies

The U.S. food industry is fighting one of its fiercest regulatory battles in years over labels for ingredients made with genetically modified organisms. And it is losing—to Vermont.

2016-03-14 |

USA: Big Food Illegally Hid Funders of Anti-GMO-Labeling Effort, Judge Says

The nation’s largest food industry group broke the “spirit and letter” of the law when it concealed the backers of a multimillion dollar campaign to kill a food-labeling initiative, a state of Washington Superior Court judge ruled on Friday.

2016-03-14 |

India: Why Monsanto's Biotech-Food Business Isn't Growing in India

In a research laboratory surrounded by acres of arid land in western India, Bharat Char showed off tiny sprouts of rice, wheat and okra in glass bottles.

2016-03-14 |

USA: A Vote On Controversial DARK Act Looms On The Horizon

A bill that would “amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods,” passed the Senate Agricultural Committee by a vote of 14-6.The legislation, introduced by Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) in late February, create a federal voluntary standard for labeling genetically modified or engineered ingredients, and block mandatory labeling efforts by states.

2016-03-14 |

USA: FDA Grants Approval to GMO Mosquitoes In Order To Fight Zika Virus, Is This A Good Idea?

The United States FDA has granted approval for GMO mosquitoes to be released in Florida in order to combat the Zika virus. These genetically modified mosquitoes have had their genes manipulated in such a way that a lethal gene will be passed on to all of the offspring that are made by the GMO mosquito.

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