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2015-07-01 |

UK: Gene-modified wheat at centre of row fails to repel aphids

A genetically engineered wheat that gives off a special smell designed to repel aphids has flopped in field-scale tests, underscoring the difficulty of harnessing the controversial technology.

2015-07-01 |

EU Health Commissioner says current gridlock on GMO decisisons must not continue

EU Health Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, has called on EU negotiators to engage in talks on reforming rules on the use of GM animal feed imports, saying the current gridlock must not continue.

2015-06-29 |

Why does Monsanto want Syngenta?

Monsanto made two very public offers to buy Syngenta, its Swiss rival in the global GM seed-ag chem business. The offers weighed in at a fat $45 billion.

2015-06-29 |

Biotech Industry Association Name Change Betrays “PR Despair”

The name change comes in the wake of a proposed name change for biotech giant Monsanto, should it merge with Syngenta.

2015-06-29 |

European attitudes towards GMO – an overview of the current opinions

At the beginning of this year, the European Union chose to allow its member states to ban genetic modification in their respective agriculture industries.

2015-06-25 |

German farming group KTG sows more soybeans in Europe, sees growing demand

German farming company KTG Agrar AG has expanded its soybean sowings in Europe for the 2015 harvest, with large demand being experienced for crops free of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the company's chief executive said.

2015-06-25 |

Vietnam: Genetically modified corn trial in Phu Tho

Six genetically modified (GM) corn varieties are being trialed in a midland commune in northern Phu Tho Province.

2015-06-25 |

Ghana: Smallholder farmers kick against GMOs

The role of agriculture remain the pillar for development, supporting livelihoods of many families, guaranteeing food security, reducing poverty in rural areas and promoting growth and national development; however, the mirage of challenges confronting small holder farmers cannot be overlooked.

2015-06-24 |

Costa Rica: Scientists Oppose GMO Biocolonization

Personalities from the eco-scientific and organic agriculture environments are speaking up against the letter from the American Embassy, in which the Costa Rican government is put under pressure to adopt transgenic seeds.

2015-06-24 |

USA: State Legislatures Pass on Adopting GMO-Labeling Policies This Year

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) may want to send some thank-you letters out to state legislative leaders who shut down efforts to get in his way this year. Pompeo is the GOP’s point man in Congress on federal policy to preempt the states from writing their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

2015-06-24 |

USA Needs GMO Labeling to Mark Foods Grown With Herbicides

According to Environmental Working Group (EWG) Senior Policy Analyst, US should introduce mandatory labeling for GMO foods that can be toxic due to herbicides.

2015-06-23 |

EU: New guidelines drawn up on authorisation to renew GMO food and feed

This week the EU food safety authority drew up new guidelines for the renewal of an authorisation of genetically modified (GM) food and feed.

2015-06-23 |

Pope Francis weighs into the GMO debate

Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over GM crops, arguing that while he doesn’t believe there is any “conclusive proof that GM cereals are harmful to human beings”, he worries about their effects on the ecosystem, and argues that they have resulted in more agricultural land being "concentrated in the hands of a few owners”.

2015-06-23 |

USA: Tighter controls urged as USDA eyes regulation of GMO crops

Dozens of consumer and food groups and businesses filed recommendations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday seeking tighter regulation of genetically engineered crops and calling the current system a "failure."

2015-06-23 |

Argentina: Federal Judge Accepts Lawsuit to Ban GMOs and Pesticides

A federal judge in Argentina has ruled that an unprecedented class action lawsuit, demanding a ban on the release of GMOs and their associated pesticides, can proceed.

2015-06-19 |

India: The Push for Genetically Modified Crops Should Be Tempered with Caution

The present Central Government is rightly focusing on technology for significant advances in the quality of governance. For example, ‘Digital India’ has the potential to seamlessly connect the remotest areas, bridge the urban-rural divide, and can dramatically improve widespread facilitation of services.

2015-06-19 |

GM Cotton a False Promise for Africa

Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis – South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan.

2015-06-19 |

South Africa: party calls for GMOs to be banned in SA

The IFP party has called on govt to ban the products, pending an investigation into their toxicity.

2015-06-19 |

Investigation or advocacy? The BBC reveals its pro-GMO bias

The Panorama programme on GM foods and crops last Monday was a masterpiece of spin, bluster, misrepresentation and outright deceit, write Lawrence Woodward & Pat Thomas, with the BBC's top investigatory strand hijacked to force feed the UK population with the purest of pro-GMO propaganda.

2015-06-17 |

USA: Oregon Law Banning GMO Crop Production Goes Into Effect

The law is the first of its kind in the state of Oregon though similar measures have been passed in various counties in California and in San Juan County, Washington.

2015-06-17 |

Cheese playing increasingly ‘divisive role’ in GMO labeling debate

Today, it is estimated that 80—90 percent of cheese in the U.S. and UK is made using Fermentation-Produced Chymosin (FPC). The GMO-derived enzyme has been a boon for cheese manufacturing and cheese sales. The US produced about 11-billion pounds of cheese in 2013 alone, thanks in large part to the cost-effectiveness of FPC.

2015-06-12 |

USA: Are We Crossing the Tipping Point Regarding GMOs?

In the last week or two I have seen many references in the media, which show a dramatic shift in positive trends regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). Today I saw that Hellman's Mayonnaise is the latest brand going non-GMO, and that Chipotle is the first national food chain that is going non-GMO.

2015-06-12 |

USA: as Oregon's GMO debates continue, two countries move forward with labeling push

Oregon's fight over whether to label products with genetically-engineered ingredients continues, following a close vote in November, echoing similar conversations on the international stage.

2015-06-12 |

India: Govt asks Niti Aayog to draft policy on genetically modified crops

The prime minister’s office has asked the government’s new economic think-tank, Niti Aayog, to help draft a policy on genetically modified (GM) crops, a move signalling the Centre’s willingness to settle the polarising issue, a person familiar with the development told HT.

2015-06-12 |

Genetically modified fish on the loose?

Genetically modified fish that overexpress growth hormone have been created for more than 25 years, but unlike many domesticated crops, transgenic fish have yet to enter commercial production.

2015-06-10 |

Ghana: Court To Reconvene on GMO Case

The case in which Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) is suing for an interim injunction on the commercial release of Bt cowpea and GM rice will reconvene at the Human Rights Division of the Accra Fast Track Court on Monday, 8th June 2015 at 9am.

2015-06-10 |

Namibia: About 80% of maize meal is GMO

Most of the maize meal brands Namibians buy in shops entails Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

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