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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-08-29 |

Mexico: Monsanto Loses GMO Permit as Judge Sides With The Bees

A number of countries around the world have now completely banned GM food and the pesticides that go with them, or have severe restrictions against them. This comes after the world has experienced a massive resistance against Monsanto and other biotech giants that manufacture GMOs and pesticides.

2014-08-29 |

USA: Colorado GMO-labeling initiative likely to make fall election ballot

“Right to Know Colorado GMO” has collected approximately 167,995 signatures in favor of its ballot initiative requiring manufacturers to disclose which foods contain genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”). The number of signatures obtained is more than enough to present the initiative to the Colorado Secretary of State. Despite this success, the Colorado initiative must still surmount several obstacles.

2014-08-29 |

USA: Refuges to discontinue GMO crops by 2016

By 2016, national wildlife refuges across the country will discontinue their use of genetically modified crops and certain pesticides.

2014-08-29 |

On two views of GMOs: Michael Specter vs. Vandana Shiva and Gary Hirshberg

Michael Specter’s article “Seeds of Doubt” in the current issue of The New Yorker is a critical profile of India’s Vandana Shiva and her active opposition to genetically modified foods.

2014-08-29 |

ISAAA Biotech Crops Adoption Report Launched in Pakistan

The launching ceremony of ISAAA report on global status of GM crops (ISAAA Brief 46) was organized by the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) in collaboration with PABIC Lahore chapter at Forman Christian College on August 19, 2014. Renowned biotechnologists of Pakistan, Dr. Kauser Abdullah Malik and Dr. Tayyab Hussain, delivered talks at the event and said that that agriculture is the backbone of national economy.

2014-08-29 |

Glyphosate Herbicide Sales Boom Powers Global Biotech Industry

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global glyphosate herbicides market was valued at USD 5.46 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 8.79 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 7.2% over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. In terms of volume, the global glyphosate market demand was 718.6 kilo tons in 2012.

2014-08-29 |

India: Concerns about BT Brinjal

There is a raging debate in the country about BT brinjal which is poised to become India’s first GM food if the biotech industry has its way. Its entry is resisted by scientists and civil society groups that question its safety.

2014-08-27 |

USA: Why Liberals Are Turning Against GMO Labeling

Europeans and many other countries that consider themselves “liberal minded” scratch their heads over why there is such a big controversy in the United States over the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Sixty-four nations around the world have enacted mandatory labeling laws.

2014-08-27 |

USA: Why Liberals Are Turning Against GMO Labeling

Europeans and many other countries that consider themselves “liberal minded” scratch their heads over why there is such a big controversy in the United States over the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Sixty-four nations around the world have enacted mandatory labeling laws.

2014-08-27 |

China gives genetically modified corn and rice the boot

Genetically modified (GM) rice and genetically modified corn used to have a place in China, as one of Monsanto's, and other bio-tech companies, main growing regions. In a program that was believed to reduce the use of pesticide use and boost production leading to a boost in revenue, a program was started, a few years ago, in China that included growing of GM rice and GM corn. On August 17, 2014, China, during a meeting to possibly renew this program halted the production of GMO rice and corn in its country, effectively kicking the bio-tech companies to the curb.

2014-08-27 |

India to have indigenous genetically engineered mosquitoes

India will soon have an army of indigenous genetically engineered mosquitoes which are sterile and unable to reproduce, thereby wiping out deadly dengue and malaria spreading wild vectors.

2014-08-27 |

USA, Brazil nearing approval of genetically engineered trees

The United States and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.

2014-08-26 |

Argentina: Cancer deaths double in GMO agribusiness areas

Sharply increased levels of crop spraying in Argentina's most intensively farmed areas have resulted in a public health disaster, writes Lawrence Woodward, with large increases in cancer incidence. And it's all the result of the widespread use of GMO crops engineered for herbicide resistance.

2014-08-26 |

India: GM crops could put food security goal at stake

A common fear that lurks in the minds of people around the world is that if a country’s food production relies excessively on supply of seeds and other inputs from a handful of multinationals that have virtual monopoly over genetically-modified (GM) crop technology, the nation will be forced to compromise on food security.

2014-08-26 |

USA: GMO foes, farmers clash at meeting in Keaau

A small group of anti-GMO activists and organic food proponents was ejected Tuesday afternoon from a talk-story session in Keaau aimed at helping farmers recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle.

2014-08-26 |

Ukraine: GMO Food Crops On Behalf of Monsanto

Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention. On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.”

2014-08-26 |

Zimbabwe: GMO Policy Needs Clarity

In the interest of public health and the environment, Government should clarify the ambiguity surrounding its anti-genetically modified organisms (GMOs) policy and the continued, uncontrolled influx of such foods from neighbouring South Africa.

2014-08-25 |

GMOs: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

If social media existed around 8,000 B.C., I have a feeling our food supply would look a lot a different than it does today. Cereal grains would be far less abundant. Strawberries would be the size of M&Ms. Almonds would either be too bitter or too poisonous to eat. Ears of corn would be about an inch long. We would be snacking on cabbage and lettuce heads not much bigger than Brussels sprouts.

2014-08-15 |

Genetically modified flies could save crops

A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off could be an effective method of pest control, according to new research.

2014-08-15 |

GM mosquitoes to stop Dengue Fever?

Researchers seeking to end the scourge of dengue fever have a new 'champion' in their corner - genetically-modified mosquitoes, which may finally put an end to this disease, that kills tens of thousands of people every year.

2014-08-15 |

Uganda: Scientists disagree on GMO Bill

Going by the contradicting views from various stakeholders including disagreements among scientists, Parliament will have an uphill task in refining the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill to especially safeguard the interests of Uganda against the interests of multinational seed giants like Monsanto.

2014-08-15 |

Genetically 'edited' fruit could soon hit supermarket shelves

Genetically ''edited'' fruit and vegetables could soon be appearing on supermarket shelves as experts have discovered how to stop apples going brown and give bananas more vitamin A.

2014-08-15 |

China: Shenzhen to impose fines on companies that mislabel GM food

Shenzhen has imposed the country’s highest fine yet against improper labelling of genetically modified (GM) food, with offenders facing up to 100,000 yuan (HK$126,000) in penalties.

2014-08-12 |

Australia: Laws to veto GM crops set to be scrapped

The State Government is moving rapidly to scrap laws that give WA the power to veto local farms growing genetically modified crops approved by Commonwealth authorities.

2014-08-12 |

USA: Label GMOs Texas grassroots campaign for food transparency

A grassroots campaign to require honest GMO labeling on food products has been launched in Texas. Called "Label GMOs Texas," the campaign follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Vermont campaign which achieved victory earlier this year.

2014-08-12 |

USA: The Rising Cost of Going GMO-Free

When we talk about the GMO fight, we talk about two things: (1) The ongoing and continuing battle over whether or not food labels should list GMOs; and (2) the ongoing and continuing battle over whether or not GMOs should be allowed in food at all. Today, we're going to focus on a third battle, that until now has been left mostly on the sidelines: The battle over the rising cost of trying not to eat GMOs.

2014-08-12 |

China is Rejecting GMO Corn and That Isn't Good for American Farmers

The industrial agribusiness has embraced GMOs in the United States, but it’s having a serious effect on farmers. Most recently, China began rejecting a variety of genetically modified U.S. corn, and the rejection is reportedly costing American farmers upwards of $3 billion, according to the National Feed and Grain Association.

2014-08-12 |

Monsanto Biotech Public Relations Makeover: Lubricating the Wheels of the GMO Trojan Horse

Monsanto believes it is having trouble getting its message across to the public. Last year, it began a makeover. It realised that it and GMOs have an image problem.

2014-08-12 |

The Future of Synthetic Biology Applications

The development of increasingly sophisticated techniques and tools to sequence, synthesize and manipulate genetic material has led to the rapidly maturing discipline of synthetic biology.

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