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2015-07-27 |

WTO Committee Agenda: More Food Safety Issues Popping Up

China told the SPS Committee that it plans to amend its safety assessment of agricultural genetically modified food and feed, sometimes referred to as biotech products.

2015-07-23 |

New Zealand: Concern over environmental standard for tree plantations

Anti genetic engineering lobbyists are concerned about a proposed new national environmental standard for plantations which is going through its third round of consultation.

2015-07-23 |

Non-GMO product use rising across all age groups

Products labeled as non-G.M.O. are increasing in use among millennials — and among baby boomers, people in Generation X and pretty much all age groups in the United States, according to data from the Natural Marketing Institute.

2015-07-23 |

EU: MEPs object to draft law allowing national bans, call for plan B

A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by MEPs from all political groups in a debate on Wednesday. Members were concerned that the draft did not include an impact assessment, that member state measures might not be compatible with single market or WTO rules and that the proposal might prove unworkable.

2015-07-23 |

El Salvador Farmers Successfully Defy Monsanto

The perils of ingesting food that has any contact with a Monsanto-produced product are in the news on nearly a weekly basis.

2015-07-23 |

IndieBio kicks off with nine new synthetic biology startups

A peanut without allergens, a yogurt to help people live longer and an ocean-friendly fish-farming feed are just some of the projects being developed at a synthetic biology accelerator programme in Cork.

2015-07-23 |

USA: DARKer Act Blocks State and Local GMO Safety Rules

The anti-labeling DARK Act sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) is now also an anti-environment, anti-farmworker and anti-public health bill.

2015-07-21 |

New Zealand: TPPA threatens GE-free status

As an organic producer I can see what the Investor State Clause will involve. It will be corporations pushing for more GMOs and New Zealand will not be protected. We know that GMOs are disastrous for human health.

2015-07-21 |

Let Americans decide for themselves on GMOs

America has a proud tradition of empowering consumers. You can walk into any grocery store in the country, pick up a product from the shelf, and immediately learn the calorie count, the amount of protein per serving, and the full list of ingredients.

2015-07-21 |

USA: House Agriculture Committee Says "No" to GMO Labeling, What's Next?

With no debate and only a voice vote, the US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture (July 14, 2015) passed out of committee HR 1599, a bill to preempt states' rights to label GMOs. Within hours, it was announced that the bill will go straight to the House floor, as early as the next week, with no vote in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

2015-07-21 |

Ireland: EU GMO proposals would have a disproportionate impact on Ireland

The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has called for an impact assessment of the European Commission’s proposal for a EU Regulation to permit Member States to ban the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory.

2015-07-17 |

UK Survey Shows Public Lacks Trust in BBC over GMOs

As the BBC faces an uncertain financial future, a new survey reveals that nearly 70% of the public do not trust the independence of experts featured on BBC programmes.

2015-07-17 |

US Soy Study Invalidates FDA 'Substantial Equivalence' Regulations on GMOs

A new study published today in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences reveals genetic engineering of soy disrupts the plant’s natural ability to control stress, and invalidates the FDA’s current regulatory framework of “substantial equivalence” used for approval of genetically engineered food (GMOs).

2015-07-17 |

EU: Speaking points on Regulation on Genetically Modified food and feed - Council of the EU - Agriculture and Fisheries

This proposal stems directly from the set of political guidelines on the basis of which this Commission was appointed. Therefore, we are delivering on our mission to review the existing decision making process so that the Member States have more freedom of choice.

2015-07-17 |

UK: Research with genetically modified diamondback moth for pest control purposes

Scientists in Britain say they have developed a way of genetically modifying and controlling an invasive species of moth that causes serious pest damage to cabbages, kale, canola and other similar crops worldwide.

2015-07-14 |

Bangladesh activists hit selling of genetically-modified crops without proper labeling

People in Bangladesh could hardly know whether or not what they eat on their tables are genetically- modified (GM) varieties of vegetable as the authorities allowed farmers to sell a variety of brinjal, modified under a U.S.-funded project, violating biosafety regulations.

2015-07-14 |

Georgia: does the country import genetically modified food?

The Georgian market is free from genetically modified products imported from abroad, says a new report by the National Food Agency.

2015-07-14 |

Malaysia: GM food the silent threat

Restrictions or outright bans on the production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) exist in many countries worldwide. Yet Malaysia has approved eight genetically modified (GM) maize/corn products and six GM soybean products for food, feed and processing purposes.

2015-07-14 |

EU: Non-GMO labels are on the rise in Europe – but why?

Non-GMO labels are on the rise in European countries – but unlike the US, EU legislation requires all food containing above trace levels of GM to be labelled. So is there even a need for GMO-free?

2015-07-14 |

USA: After lengthy wait, effort begins to update GMO safety rules

By almost any measure, the U.S. system that judges the safety and effectiveness of genetically modified ­organisms is out of date.

2015-07-14 |

USA: Anti-GMO Labeling Bill Just Got DARKer

This week the House Agriculture Committee is expected to mark up and vote on a bill that would take away the right of states to label food with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs.

2015-07-09 |

Pakistan: Cotton growers’ woes traced to ‘secret agreement’ on GM seeds

Cotton growers’ current woes with the genetically modified (GM) Bt seeds have been traced to an agreement that a national research institute signed with a multinational biotech seed producing company in 2006 over the head of Pakistan government, according to knowledgeable sources.

2015-07-09 |

Obama Administration Announces Revamping Of GMO Regulations – Wants Monsanto To Be More Transparent

For many years, Monsanto along with many other companies that specialize in biotechnology, have been given free reign to set the rules and standards on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

2015-07-09 |

Iran imports $5 billion worth of genetically modified crops despite restrictions

Iran imports $5 billion of genetically modified crops a year despite government restrictions on the production of biotech products, local media said on Monday.

2015-07-09 |

Ireland: scientists claim government's GM policy is bizarre

The Irish Government's stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been slammed by some of the country's top agriculturalists.

2015-07-09 |

UK: New GM cereal crop produces fish oil in its seeds

A genetically-modified cereal crop that produces fish oil in its seeds has been grown successfully for the first time in Britain, scientists have announced

2015-07-09 |

Canada Close to Allowing Unapproved GM Food Contamination in Imports

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) has denounced the federal government’s proposal to allow exceptions to Health Canada’s safety assessment of genetically modified (GM) foods.

2015-07-07 |

EU: EFSA updates advice to protect butterflies and moths in protected habitats

EFSA has updated its previous risk management recommendations to reduce the risk of exposure to Bt-maize pollen for the larvae of non-target butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) in protected habitats.

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