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2015-03-27 |

GMO Science Deniers: Monsanto and the USDA

Perhaps no group of science deniers has been more ridiculed than those who deny the science of evolution. What you may not know is that Monsanto and our United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are among them. That's right: for decades, Monsanto and its enablers inside the USDA have denied the central tenets of evolutionary biology, namely natural selection and adaptation.

2015-03-27 |

Global health experts say glyphosate probably carcinogenic to humans

On March 20th, a scientific working group consisting of seventeen experts from eleven countries released their evaluation of the herbicide glyphosate and four organophosphate insecticides for the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The group classified Monsanto’s glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

2015-03-27 |

Mexico: Four February court victories uphold ban on GMO corn

The legal battles over the existing ban on the planting of transgenic maize in Mexico continue to unfold with a string of four important court victories by anti-GMO activists. On February 28, 2015, the collective of social movement organizations known as Acción Colectiva del Maíz announced that they had secured four more favorable court decisions involving amparo (shelter) corporate challenges seeking to end the GMO corn ban in Mexico.

2015-03-27 |

Canada: Arctic Apples Receive Canadian Approval

Nonbrowning Arctic® apples have been approved for commercial sale in Canada, as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC) have concluded their respective reviews. In a letter sent to OSF by the CFIA, the Agency concludes that Arctic® apples "are as safe and nutritious as traditional apple varieties..." and states that their official decision document will become publicly available on their website at a later date.

2015-03-27 |

FDA says Arctic Apples and Innate Potatoes are safe for consumption

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its evaluation for two varieties of apples genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., and for six varieties of potatoes genetically engineered by J. R. Simplot Company and concluded that these foods are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.

2015-03-25 |

EU: Do the new GMO rules comply with its WTO obligations?

On March 2 2015 the Council of the European Union (consisting of representatives of all 28 member states) adopted new rules with respect to the approval of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of GMOs in their territory, even if such cultivation has been approved at EU level.

2015-03-25 |

Monsanto Will Pay $350K to Settle More GM Wheat Lawsuits

Genetically-modified food giant Monsanto said it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over tainted wheat.

2015-03-25 |

Canada: the pressure for GMO labelling continues

Lucy Sharratt envisions a world in which consumers know where every ingredient in every food comes from and how it was grown, from farm to fork.

2015-03-25 |

Zimbabwe: Farmers Up in Arms Over GMO Imports

Government should protect local farmers from cheap agricultural imports, which undermine their viability and compromise the land reform, farmers unions have said.

2015-03-23 |

Roundup weedkiller 'probably' causes cancer, says WHO study

Roundup, the world’s most widely used weedkiller, “probably” causes cancer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

2015-03-23 |

Philippines: Battle on the Campaign to Launch Golden Rice

A campaign to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin A deficiency in children, was launched on March 16.

2015-03-23 |

FDA says genetically modified, bruise-resistant apples and potatoes are safe to eat

The FDA said this week that new varieties of genetically modified fruits and vegetables are safe for consumption, The New York Times reports. The safety review covered six varieties of potatoes engineered by J. R. Simplot Company and two varieties of apples from Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

2015-03-23 |

Are the Pro-GM Debaters Playing Fair?

The only conclusive statement that can be made about the raging controversy over the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods is that the scientific discussion of this matter is still not settled. Indeed, there is no consensus among scientists as to whether GM foods are safe.

2015-03-19 |

Netherlands: Fewer GMO subsidies for Dutch horticulture

An increasingly smaller proportion of Dutch horticulture benefits from European GMO subsidies. Growers choose associations that are not recognized as a producer organization, or take marketing into their own hands.

2015-03-19 |

Monsanto mounts an aggressive GMO PR campaign

Monsanto and other opponents of the GMO labeling movement have launched a charm offensive, enlisting science figures like Bill Nye and Neil de Grasse Tyson. But the debate over GMOs isn't just about GMOs.

2015-03-19 |

China: Genetically modified food, time to reap what scientists sow?

Genetically modified food is a field in which China is globally competitive, but researchers say government hesitation is slowing growth.

2015-03-19 |

Vietnam approves commercial crops of GMO corn to cut imports

Vietnamese farmers nationwide are now able to plant three varieties of genetically-modified (GM) corn from the Swiss firm Syngenta, according to a new government's rule announced Wednesday.

2015-03-19 |

Plot to profit off Africa's seeds

A meeting is to be held in London on March 23 by predominantly whites with a handful of Africans, some of whom represent private seed companies, to discuss how to make a killing off Africa's seed systems.

2015-03-19 |

German government quarrels over GMO cultivation ban

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but leave them up to the regions. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, meanwhile, is insisting on a national GMO ban.

2015-03-16 |

USA: GMO Peaches, Pears, Berries, Bananas, And Oranges Are In The Works

Over the past decade, certain foods that were originally grown organically have been replaced by replicas promoted to be better than what nature has provided. These genetically modified organisms, backed by Monsanto, came with fantastic promises of easier farming, higher yields, and optimized nutrition. However, independent studies have now shown genetically modified organisms may be causing more harm than good.

2015-03-16 |

Science, Democracy and Choice: Responding To A Pro-GMO Scientist

The following is in response to an open letter published on the AgBioWorld Facebook page by Professor Tony Trewavas of Edinburgh University.

2015-03-16 |

USA: Anti-GMO, Biotech Factions Clash at Food Summit

The debate between the pro-biotech and non-GMO camps increasingly looks more like scorched earth than common ground. Biotech seed makers like Monsanto and Syngenta, along with farmer groups, argue that genetically modified crops are critical to feed a growing global population.

2015-03-16 |

Philippines: Row over campaign to launch golden rice

A campaign is set to be launched on March 16 in the country to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin A deficiency in children.

2015-03-13 |

Ireland: Review of GMO import legislation to take place in April

The Health and Food Safety department of the EU Commission is expected to review legislation governing Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crop imports on 22 April.

2015-03-13 |

The Promises and Perils of Synthetic Biology

A mile from the Mexican border, on a patch of scrubland where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the low-slung mountains of New Mexico, lies $104 million worth of government investment in the form of 78 concrete pits.

2015-03-13 |

How Healthy Is Genetically Modified Soybean Oil?

Soybean oil accounts for more than 90 percent of all the seed oil production in the United States. Genetically modified (GM) soybean oil, made from seeds of GM soybean plants, was recently introduced into the food supply on the premise that it is healthier than conventional soybean oil.

2015-03-13 |

UK: S&T Committee Urges Change to EU Rules for GM Crops

The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee released a report saying that current EU regulations that prevent GM crop adoption in the UK are not fit for purpose and should be changed to a trait-based system for regulating biotech crops.

2015-03-13 |

South Africa: Transgenes Found in Small Farmers’ Maize Seed Supplies

Genetically modified (GM) crops were introduced in South Africa in 1997. By 2013, South Africa had 2.3 million hectares of GM crops under cultivation, 78% of which was insect-resistant and/or herbicide-tolerant maize.

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