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2015-01-28 |

USA: Arizona Considering Labeling Law for Genetically Modified Food

Advocates for GMO labeling are getting another shot in the Arizona Legislature. Six representatives submitted a bill to require food containing even just one genetically engineered ingredient be labeled as such.

2015-01-28 |

South Korean Institute Discovers 'Mystery Plants' from Imported GMOs

The reason genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sparked such fears in South Korea isn’t just about safety issues without clear facts, or irrational labeling practices.

2015-01-28 |

Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.

2015-01-28 |

Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control

New findings could improve management practices for current biotech crops and promote development of new varieties that are more effective and more durable. Despite extensive planting of transgenic cotton that produces two toxins active against the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa zea), insecticide sprays against this voracious caterpillar pest have increased in the United States, experts say.

2015-01-26 |

USA: FDA debates releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into Florida Keys

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

2015-01-26 |

Russian Government Commission Approves Bill to Increase Security on GMOs

The Russian Government’s Commission on Legislative Activities has approved a bill introduced by the Ministry of Science and Education aimed at improving Russia’s regulation of genetic engineering.

2015-01-26 |

South Korea: Imported GMOs found disrupting local ecosystem

NGOs say government needs to institute measures to protect ecosystem from potentially harmful or invasive plant species.

2015-01-22 |

Hungary Set to Initiate EU Alliance to Reject GM Crops

Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states rejecting the use of genetically modified organisms in farming with the aim to make the entire European Union free from GMO crops, Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas said on the sidelines of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin at the weekend.

2015-01-22 |

New EU GMO Directive: Strengthening the biotech companies to the detriment of the legal framework, public health and the environment

The new GMO directive passed by Parliament opens the floodgates of GMO authorizations, without actually strengthening the power of the member states, and also assigns a monopoly of expertise to EFSA which is unacceptable, given the infiltration of lobbyists within the health agency.

2015-01-22 |

Everyone loves a genetically modified mosquito- right?

When I first learnt of the idea to genetically modify mosquitoes (GMMs) as a strategy for controlling the diseases transmitted by these much-maligned insects, I thought it was refreshingly innovative. Little did I know that scientists had been fiddling with mosquitoes, and other insects, for the same reason long before I was born.

2015-01-20 |

EU: Agriculture Commissioner promises GMO labelling, despite TTIP

If a product contains genetically modified corn, it will still be labelled as such in the future, assured EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, seeking to dispel fears that consumer protection standards could suffer under planned trade agreements with the US and Canada. EurActiv Germany reports.

2015-01-20 |

Mexico: International Court Calls on Mexico to Ban Genetically Modified Corn

Mexico is desperately trying to avoid a bioterrorism takeover by Big GMO, which is insistent upon ushering in genetically modified (GM) maize to replace the dozens of native corn varieties already grown throughout the country.

2015-01-16 |

Costa Rica: court hands GMO opponents a victory by declaring permitting process unconstitutional

In a ruling Thursday lauded by Costa Rica’s anti-GMO activists, the country’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck down the government’s regulatory framework on genetically modified organisms, declaring the process of approval for GMO projects unconstitutional.

2015-01-16 |

EU's harvest of genetically-modified corn falls

European Union production of genetically modified corn fell last year, even as output of conventional maize soared to a record high – but there is no sign of imports of biotech products slackening off.

2015-01-16 |

Peru: Transnationals Accused of Interfering With GM Food Laws

Civil society groups denounced on Monday the intervention by transnational corporations like Monsanto in stopping the implementation of a genetically modified (GM) foods prohibition law.

2015-01-16 |

EU: Genetically modified feed may be less likely after EU vote

European Union (EU) meat and livestock producers are less likely to worry that their animals have fed on fodder contaminated with genetically modified (GM) material following a European Parliament vote to allow EU member states more power to block the cultivation of GM crops.

2015-01-16 |

UK: GM crops to be fast-tracked following EU vote

GM crops could be speedily brought to the UK market after MEPs voted to allow countries to choose whether to grow the crops on Tuesday. The new EU law, which comes into force this spring, will allow states to cultivate GM crops that have already been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa).

2015-01-16 |

German Environment Ministry seeks unconditional GMO ban

Germany’s Environment Ministry is hoping for a complete ban on green genetic engineering, but a Green party assessment warns that upcoming free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA could still bring genetically modified plants to the European market. EurActiv Germany reports.

2015-01-14 |

EU Parliament backs GMO opt-out for EU member states

New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs on Tuesday.

2015-01-14 |

USA: Comment Today on the next Genetically Engineered Potato

There’s always a little catch-up to do when coming out of the Holiday season. Back in December, the USDA public comment period opened up for a next-generation transgenic potato variety developed by Simplot.

2015-01-14 |

USA: Montclair State Researchers Examine New Jersey Consumers Attitudes Toward GM Food Products

Study finds that GMO labeling, such as that required by a recently proposed New Jersey bill, would help consumers make more fully informed purchasing decisions

2015-01-14 |

Nigeria: Experts enumerate what Nigerians need to know about biosafety bill

The Nigerian biosafety bill is one bill that has suffered a lot of legislative setback over the years, the bill was first presented to the parliament in 2006, and was passed eventually in 2010, during the sixth assembly, but failed to get presidential accent before the expiration of the last administration.

2015-01-14 |

How the Great Food War Will Be Won

By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods.

2015-01-12 |

Genetic engineering on the cheap

Klavs Jensen spent years in his lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology trying to find a better way to get stuff into cells without killing them.

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