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2014-12-19 |

USA: Hawaii new council members to consider GMO

With three new council members weighing in for the first time, the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to decide whether to appeal a federal court ruling overturning the county’s ban on growing genetically modified crops in open-air conditions.

2014-12-19 |

Costa Rica: Lawmakers begin discussions on bill that would place a moratorium on GMO crop production

A Legislative Assembly commission on agriculture on Tuesday will begin discussing a bill that would place a moratorium on the production of genetically modified crops in the country.

2014-12-19 |

China approves delayed GMO imports as U.S. ties warm

China has approved the import of a genetically modified corn strain it blocked last year, causing market turmoil, and has given clearance to biotech soybeans that had been waiting years for clearance, in a sign of improving relations with the United States.

2014-12-19 |

Technology is ready for synthetic foods. Are you?

Driverless cars? Half of all Americans would climb aboard. Brain implants? Nearly 30% are open-minded. In-vitro meat grown in a laboratory? Hold the burger.

2014-12-16 |

USA: Congress Gets it Wrong on GMO Labels

The FDA issued voluntary guidance for labeling GMO foods in 2001 and has basically been inactive on the topic ever since. Since the agency has for years neglected citizen petitions to require the mandatory labeling of GMOs, a movement is afoot to introduce bills on the state level. In 2012 and 2013,

2014-12-16 |

EU: Commissioner Andriukaitis welcomes provisional political agreement on GMO cultivation

I am glad to announce that yesterday evening the European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional political agreement on the draft legislation on GMO cultivation. The proposal, still subject to confirmation by Coreper and by the plenary of the European Parliament, will give Member States the possibility to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on their territory, without affecting the EU risk assessment.

2014-12-16 |

GM rice doesn’t address poverty, lack of biodiversity

Golden rice is a product of genetically modified technology that is offered as a solution to vitamin A deficiency for poor people in Africa and South Asia. On first glance it is a public relations dream for the GMO community, but I think there are far more benefits in an organic, ecosystem approach.

2014-12-16 |

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Profit, Power and Geopolitics

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world [1,2], but if they were to lead to increased productivity, did not harm the environment and did not negatively impact biodiversity and human health, would we be wise to embrace them anyhow?

2014-12-16 |

Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker

A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker.

2014-12-15 |

Europe revises its stance on GM crops

A new agreement in the European Union allows genetically engineered crops to be approved without member-state votes. This represents a U-turn for before all member states needed to agree. The new policy will allow several GMO foods to enter the market.

2014-12-15 |

Off-patent GMO soybeans: What happens now?

The development, testing, and regulation of genetically engineered crops usually takes a significant investment of time and resources, and it comes as no surprise that these crops are patented so that their developers can recoup their investments.

2014-12-15 |

Kenya: GMO debate polarizes Kenyans, threatens investments in research

The debate over the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has polarized Kenyans from all walks of life and threatens huge investments in scientific research to re-invent food production in the country.

2014-12-15 |

China's hard line on biotech burns US hay

China’s tough new stance on imports of genetically modified crops is shaking up a little-noticed U.S. industry: hay.

2014-12-12 |

USA: L.A. backpedals on proposal to ban growing genetically modified crops

Los Angeles lawmakers reversed course late Monday on a proposed ban on the growth of genetically modified crops that had previously faced nearly zero resistance within City Hall.

2014-12-12 |

USAMRIID using genetically engineered cows to fight virus

Cows are best known as providers of meat and milk. At Fort Detrick, genetically engineered cows are the cutting edge of vaccine research.

2014-12-12 |

USA: British Company Oxitec’s Proposal to Release Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in the US

Last Thursday, a town hall meeting at Harvey Government Center in Key West drew a large crowd that erupted in opposition to a proposal to release genetically modified mosquitoes this coming Spring. It’s a proposal from a seemingly strange choice – the United Kingdom.

2014-12-12 |

USA: Nutrition, Safety Key To Consumer Acceptance of Nanotech, Genetic Modification In Foods

New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods – but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food.

2014-12-10 |

EU makes move to let member states block genetically modified crops

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.

2014-12-10 |

Norwegian Authorities Ban GM Fish Feed over Antibiotic Resistance Fears

According to the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has stopped approving (on a yearly basis) GMOs for use in fish feed that contain genes coding for antibiotic resistance. According to the Advisory Board, this applies to 8 out of 19 GMOs which the fish feed industry had previously been given permission to use since 2008.

2014-12-10 |

USA: Judge denies restraining order, declines to halt certification of state recount on GMO measure

Backers of Oregon's measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods have lost a court fight they hoped would help them garner enough votes to pass the measure in an ongoing recount of ballots.

2014-12-10 |

IFOAM Joins Global GMO Free Coalition to Protect Farmers from Biotech Control

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has joined the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC) in a move that has added to the pressure currently being applied on the Biotech industry worldwide.

2014-12-10 |

German Poultry Industry Giant Returns to GMO-Free Production

Wiesenhof, the largest German poultry producer, has announced that it will turn back to using GM-free animal feed due to consumer demand.

2014-12-08 |

USA: Big crowd tells Mosquito Control no to modified mosquitoes

Keys residents sounded off against the proposed release of genetically modified mosquitoes Thursday at a town-hall meeting held by Oxitec and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District at the Harvey Government Center in Key West.

2014-12-08 |

USA: Illegal pro-GMO observers accused of disrupting Oregon labeling law vote count

Amid a recount of Oregon’s ballot initiative over labeling of genetically-modified foods, the pro-agribusiness contingent, known as the No on 92 Coalition, tried to illegally place out-of-state election observers in at least four counties, opponents say.

2014-12-08 |

RNAi report: preparing EFSA for the next generation of GMOs

EFSA organised an international scientific workshop in June 2014 to discuss potential risks associated with ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi)-based genetically modified (GM) plants and to identify issues unique to their risk assessment.

2014-12-08 |

EU: new deal allows countries to ban GMOs without asking industry

EU states will find it easier to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territories, under a new EU agreement.

2014-12-02 |

India: Govt may ignore pressure and back GM-crop field trials

Certain states may have reservations against Genetically Modified (GM) crops, but the Centre has backed field trials of such varieties in "national interest" and even asked investors to look at the potential of transgenic seeds-driven business opportunities in India.

2014-12-02 |

Thai govt to study genetically modified crops, despite opposition

The Department of Agriculture (DoA) has come up with the initiative to launch this study because we need to boost the country's trade opportunities, said the department's deputy director-general Suwit Chaikiattiyos.

2014-12-02 |

Sudan: Genetically Modified Cotton

In the news concerned authorities lauded the high productively of the genetically modified cotton in the areas where it was planted in accordance to the Gezira Scheme. They affirmed that its production exceeded the traditional cotton production in those areas.

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