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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-10-30 |

International GMO Safety Study Set for London Launch

On Wednesday Sustainable Pulse received a media advisory regarding the launch of a $ 25 Million international study on GMO and pesticide safety in Central London, UK on November 11.

2014-10-30 |

Hawaii: Maui voters to decide whether to adopt a moratorium on GE crops

Dozens of Maui mothers are going door-to-door to urge voters to back a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops because they think they are unsafe.

2014-10-30 |

Norway allows import of GM maize for food

In a big shift from the position held by the previous government, the current Norwegian government will open the door for genetically-modified maize to be imported for food, the Norwegian news agency NTB reported on Wednesday.

2014-10-30 |

UK: GM crops are the future and must not be blocked, say scientists

Genetically modified crops are being blocked on political rather than scientific grounds, botanists warn, as they call on Europe to end regulation.

2014-10-30 |

The Story Of Genetically Engineered Crops

There is tremendous controversy about genetically modified (GM) crops and derived food. Even the definition of what is a GM crop can differ depending upon with whom you talk.

2014-10-28 |

Ghana: The Planter’s Bill, Genetically Modified Seeds and Us

Some readers will declare me a Luddite long before this piece is done. So let me state that my intention here is not to oppose the GMO technology but to question how much control we would have once this Plant Breeder's Bill is in place.

2014-10-28 |

Brazilians Dont Turn Up Their Noses at GE Food

Brazil is a lot like the United States in some ways, especially when it comes to food. Brazilians eat lots of meat (though not as much as we do) and lots of processed food. Only consumers in France, Spain, Japan and America eat more frozen, dried or ready-to-eat meals than the Brazilians.

2014-10-28 |

EU urged to relax GM restrictions

Strict European controls on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be swept away to open the door to new crop improving technologies, Government-funded experts have said.

2014-10-28 |

India: Govt allows field trials for GM mustard, brinjal

The environment ministry has allowed field trials of two varieties of genetically modified (GM) brinjal and mustard, almost 18 months after the previous government ordered a freeze on such tests

2014-10-28 |

CBD Asks for Regulation on Synthetic Biology

In a unanimous decision of 194 countries, the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today formally urged nation states to regulate synthetic biology (SynBio), a new extreme form of genetic engineering.

2014-10-24 |

USA: Vote yes on Measure P for safe crops

We are writing to voice our support for measure P, the ballot initiative which would ban the growing of GMO crops in Humboldt County. If passed, it will join similar efforts in Mendocino and Trinity Counties, and will create a large zone that protects organic farming. GMO issues are complex, and having spent time considering both sides of the debate, we believe that Measure P is a step in the right direction.

2014-10-24 |

USA: In GMO Labeling Initiative Fight, Those Against Are Spending All the Money

Colorado’s voters continue to be pounded by multi-million dollar political advertising campaigns, often with the two candidates or issue opponents fairly evenly matched, with no respite in sight until Election Day.

2014-10-24 |

New Zealand: Anti-GE group supports call for review

The national farming lobby group's call for a rethink on genetic engineering in New Zealand has been echoed by an unlikely ally - but with the opposite outcome in mind.

2014-10-24 |

EU: Copa Cogeca calls for no further delays on GM grain decision

Copa-Cogeca urged the EU to make a decision on authorization of 8 new varieties of genetically modified grain for import, food and feed processing which have scientifically proved to be safe, to avoid a further threat to the EU food and feed supply and market balance.

2014-10-24 |

USA: Dow Herbicide Approval Challenged by Environmentalists

U.S. approval of Dow Chemical Co. (DOW)’s Enlist Duo weed killer for treating genetically modified crops should be reversed because the government failed to adequately review its effects on human health, farmers and environmental groups said in a lawsuit.

2014-10-23 |

New Review: Not Enough Evidence that GM Crops are Safe to Eat

A recently published review by researchers at two universities has suggested that there is not enough evidence that GM crops are safe to eat.

2014-10-23 |

India: Giving GM crops a chance

Nothing sells like fear. And nothing illustrates this better than what China is encountering in trying to promote genetically modified (GM) crops. The country is trying to promote GM food to expand its food supplies.

2014-10-23 |

USA: Battles rage in Oregon, Colorado over GM foods

Voters in two Western states are caught in fierce battles over whether consumers will know what is deep inside their food.

2014-10-23 |

China's GMO Research Juggernaut Prepares for Climate-Changed Future

With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.

2014-10-23 |

Thailand: Dept cleared in papaya case

The Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday upheld an earlier ruling by the Central Administrative Court, clearing the Department of Agricultural (DOA) of allegations that it was negligent in the management of its genetically modified papaya field trials in Khon Kaen province in 2003.

2014-10-21 |

EU: Biotech crops in Europe could be dead and buried if anti-GM groups succeed

It’s an unfashionable thing to admit, but sometimes what happens in the European Parliament really matters. This week, unnoticed by almost everyone, MEPs will consider proposals by the European commission and member states to overturn a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe. But it’s a step that could be undermined if anti-GM lobbyists get their way.

2014-10-21 |

USA: Colorado voters asked to decide about GMOs

With Proposition 105 on the statewide ballot, Colorado voters are being asked to decide how much information they want about their foods.

2014-10-21 |

Syngenta lawsuit against Bunge over GMO corn revived on appeal

A federal appeals court has opened the door for Syngenta Seeds to revive a lawsuit it brought against Bunge North America in 2011 over the agribusiness company's refusal of a type of genetically modified corn.

2014-10-20 |

GE plants to replace airport security checkpoints?

Imagine if passing through airport security could be as pleasant as a stroll through a park. Scientist June Medford is working to harness the innate sensing abilities of plants, genetically engineering them into lean, green bomb-and-drug detecting machines. Medford is a “synthetic biologist” (not to imply she’s artificial, but to clarify that she dabbles in the re-design of existing, natural biological systems in attempt to find new useful purposes).

2014-10-20 |

USA: California Bans Genetically Engineered Salmon

Production of genetically engineered fish is banned in California waters. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill; however, there is a loophole.

2014-10-20 |

Genetic modification can produce biofortified corn rich in provitamin A

A set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn kernels, a finding that could help combat vitamin A deficiency in developing countries.

2014-10-20 |

Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference

Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods (Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels, 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in US soil today: rather than reduce pesticide inputs GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity.

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