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2015-05-22 |

GMO debate shows big opinion gap between scientists, public over safety

A major restaurant chain eliminating foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was sure to be controversial. Chipotle Mexican Grill continues to get pilloried in mainstream and social media, accused of shrugging off the views of most scientists who say that foods that contain GMOs are generally safe to eat.

2015-05-22 |

Scientists develop new 'kill switch' to destroy genetically-modified organisms that escape

Genetically modified organisms hold a lot of promise for creating hardier crops and faster growing fish, but even supporters are concerned about invasive organisms running wild. If a faster, better, stronger strain of bacteria escaped the lab, how would we stop it? Now, scientists have come up with a new solution: self-destructing DNA.

2015-05-22 |

Taiwan: New rule on genetically modified packaged food to be implemented

Packaged foods that contain more than 3 percent genetically modified (GM) raw materials will have to be labeled as GM products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday.

2015-05-22 |

Indian scientists to submit genetically modified mustard report to govt

Indian scientists have completed final trials of a genetically modified (GM) variety of mustard and will submit a report to the government in a month, hoping to win over stiff opposition to make it the country's first commercial transgenic food crop.

2015-05-19 |

Bulgaria: Verbal clashes at pro-GMO presentation at Sofia Science Festival

Question time following Irish scientist Padraic Flood’s presentation entitled “Why we need GMOs” saw raised voices as he came under sustained verbal attack from members of a Bulgarian anti-GMO organisation.

2015-05-19 |

Nigeria: Group Berates FG Over Bio-Safety Law

A group, Nigeria Against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has faulted the recently signed National Bio-safety Agency Bill into law by the outgoing-President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, describing it as a ruse, scam, charade and a veil under which Monsanto, Dupont, Sygenta and similar foreign Bio-tech companies can achieve a strong foothold in the country.

2015-05-19 |

Sudan: Genetically Modified Food Issue Revisited

In the last few weeks the concerned authorities seized a shipment of imported genetically modified foodstuffs which were in its way to the Sudanese markets.

2015-05-19 |

EU: WHO findings on weed killer will not speed up safety review

EU regulators will not accelerate a decision on whether to restrict use of the world's most widely used weed killer, even though it has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization (WHO), officials said on Tuesday.

2015-05-19 |

GMO Contamination Risk is Too High, Say Groups from Canada, Australia and Japan

Civil society organisations from Canada, Australia and Japan have jointly issued a warning about contamination risks from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), after the recent EU commission authorisation of 17 new GMOs for food and feed.

2015-05-13 |

USA: Gene labelling campaign

Effective July 2016, Vermont in the US will be the first to require products to be so labelled if they contain GMO. Grocery manufacturers have been challenging attempts to mandate GMO labelling. The main reason, of course, is anticipated consumer resistance.

2015-05-13 |

March Against Monsanto to Launch Worldwide Protests on May 23

On May 23, 2015, hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign.

2015-05-13 |

Armenia: Officials says genetically modified food under control amid consumer concerns

The possible presence of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food is becoming a matter of concern as well as debate in Armenia lately. Environmentalists say genetically modified (GM) food may be detrimental to public health, but proponents of the idea insist that such products are good to welfare as they help solve food supply and security issues.

2015-05-13 |

Ghana: Farmer Association joined to GMO case

An Accra Fast Track High Court, has granted the application for the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen (GNAFF) to be joined to the law suit filed by Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG).

2015-05-13 |

GMOs? Not So Fast: developed to satisfy certain values

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have become a hot political issue. Thirty states have considered legislation that would label food containing GMOs. Two states, Maine and Connecticut, have passed GMO labeling laws that will go into effect if nearby states pass GMO labeling laws.

2015-05-11 |

Uganda ruling party greenlights superbananas and other GMO

Uganda's ruling party has approved a bill that will give the green light to superbananas and other genetically modified foods.

2015-05-11 |

GMOs, Pesticides, and Megacompanies Behind Your Food

Want to ruin a pleasant holiday dinner? Bring up GMOs. They’re right up there with politics and religion on the list of Thanksgiving conversation destroyers.

2015-05-11 |

Syngenta rejects unsolicited Monsanto deal offer

Syngenta AG rejected an unsolicited takeover offer valued at roughly $45 billion from U.S. rival Monsanto Co., saying the proposed deal undervalued the Swiss agrochemical giant.

2015-05-11 |

New wave of conventional retailers wants natural, organic, non-GMO

Retailers want growth, and CPG giants such as Heinz and Kraft are no longer delivering it, said Hain Celestial bosses this week.

2015-05-11 |

Canada: Anti-GMO policy request growing into hot debate

The call for Courtenay to adopt an anti-genetically modified organism procurement policy is beginning to germinate into an issue that could grow out of hand.
A motion that directs staff to look at the economic implications and impact of creating the policy narrowly passed in Monday's regular council meeting.

2015-05-11 |

Mothers Unite to Inspire Healthy GMO Free World

Mothers will unite in homes or community centers across the globe, connected by a live video call, inspiring actions to create healthy communities.

2015-05-07 |

USA: Chipotle's Non-GMO Policy Changes Everything

Yesterday’s announcement by Chipotle that it start serving food only made with non-GMO ingredients was not a surprise. After all they have built their brand based on a consistent messaging plan that set them apart from their competition by positioning themselves as doing what is best for the land, farmers, animals, and of course their customers.

2015-05-07 |

USDA seeks input on new GMO rules

The USDA is soliciting public input on its biotech authority.

2015-05-07 |

Hungary to promote GMO-free soya production with subsidy

The government will provide subsidies to promote GMO-free soya production in Hungary, a Farm Ministry official said.

2015-05-05 |

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Goes GMO-Free and Gives Consumers a Real Food Choice

On Monday, Chipotle Mexican Grill said it was G-M-Over It. All 1,800 or so restaurants would stop serving food that had been genetically modified, making Chipotle the first national chain "to cook only with non-GMO ingredients." And the Internet lost its mind.

2015-05-05 |

The latest in GMO panic: Human engineering

When the news broke last week, suddenly we were there: the future. Scientists had edited human DNA, both breaking a long-standing research taboo and crossing yet another thing off the sci-fi-IRL to-do list.

2015-05-05 |

USA: GMO lobbyists are poised for a big victory in DC

When a US district court judge in Vermont ruled against powerful food industry groups on Monday, allowing the state’s plans to require food labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to move forward, it felt like a victory to the many groups advocating for US consumers’ right to know what goes into their food.

2015-05-05 |

USA: Genetically Modified Foods Grown and Eaten in the U.S.

Since GMOs were approved for commercial use, and then first planted into U.S. soil in 1996, their production has increased dramatically. More than 90% of all soybean cotton and corn acreage in the U.S. is used to grow genetically engineered crops.

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