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2015-04-16 |

Genetic Engineering of Food Is Not the Answer

In January 2001, I went to California's Monterey coast for the Asilomar ecological conference. About 300 people met in Watsonville to take a bus tour through farms in the prosperous Pajaro Valley near Watsonville.

2015-04-16 |

USA: 2015 The Year GMO Labeling Began

March 2015 was an eventful month for the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The two tempests stirred up by recent news and all the other issues in this long-running debate look to be headed for some kind of resolution this year – although the two sides are no closer today than they’ve ever been.

2015-04-16 |

Brazil: Global Week of Actions Against GMO Trees Ends in Success

This morning 300 peasants organized by La Via Campesina occupied the meeting of the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) in Brasilia, which was convening to discuss the release of three new varieties of transgenic plants in Brazil including a request by FuturaGene to legalize their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. The CTNBio meeting was interrupted and eventually cancelled.

2015-04-16 |

Australia: Monsanto Admits Paying for GMO Farmer's Legal Defense in Court Case

In what can only be described as a public relations disaster for Monsanto, the company has been forced to admit Wednesday that it financially supported the legal defense of the farmer who contaminated Steve Marsh’s farm in Western Australia.

2015-04-16 |

Africa: Greater GM protection urged for small-scale farmers

African governments must do more to control the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops that could affect smallholders, says a report by Friends of the Earth International.

2015-04-16 |

Foreign markets loom large in GMO litigation

Litigation over China's rejection of a biotech trait could set an important precedent, experts say.

2015-04-15 |

EU: Broken promises on GM food

A leaked proposal from the European Commission for changes to regulation of genetically modified food and feed has been met with heavy criticism today.

2015-04-14 |

A view on the latest genetic engineering techniques

The Crispr-Cas technique for editing single genes offers huge potential. But scientists must take care not to go too fast for public opinion

2015-04-14 |

USA: EPA proposal could be tipping point on GMO battle

South Dakota farmers represent the nation's most ardent supporters of genetically modified organisms, but proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations could curb the state's heavy use of modified seed.

2015-04-14 |

Brazil govt approves GMO eucalyptus trees: Groups denounce illegal decision

Today the Brazilian Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio) formally approved an industry request to release genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees. The application was made by FuturaGene, a company owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano.

2015-04-14 |

A review of WTO rules and GMO trade

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continue to be hot button topic on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. What rules govern international trade in GM food?

2015-04-14 |

Seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback

Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised. What can we do about this?

2015-04-09 |

Monsanto employee says there's an entire department fighting anti-GMO research

The giant company Monsanto has an entire department focusing on discrediting any information out there that makes them look bad, including a recent report that said their popular herbicide Roundup is probably carcinogenic, so says the news website The Daily Kos.

2015-04-09 |

Uganda: Scientists upset over MPs consulting the public on GMO Bill

The protracted debate on the National Biotechnology and Biosafety (or GMO) Bill returned to the spotlight on Tuesday, with scientists blaming politicians for consulting constituents instead of experts on such technical issues.

2015-04-09 |

Vietnam licenses genetically modified corn amid scientists concerns

While local consumers and scientists are concerned about the commercialization of genetically modified corn in Vietnam, two companies have received the most important nod to distribute the maize in the country.

2015-04-09 |

Synthetic biologists seek standards for nascent field

Synthetic biologists have a vision. Researchers in this young field, who build ‘devices’ from engineered genes and other molecular components, imagine a future in which products such as drugs, chemicals, fuels and food are manufactured by microbes. These devices could even be wired up to create cellular computers, much as electronic transistors are wired up to make microprocessors (see Nature doi.org/3fz; 2013).

2015-04-09 |

Argentine farmers accuse Monsanto of abusing dominant position in GMOs

Producers in the breadbasket country say the US agribusiness giant clinched accords so that exporters charge farmers an additional fee for royalties.

2015-04-09 |

Azerbaijan may imprison GMO distributors

Azerbaijan can jail any person - importers or salespersons – engaged in sale of genetically modified products in the country. The naturally rich country prohibits the import and trade of genetically modified plants, as well as use in food of genetically modified elements.

2015-04-07 |

EU: Could CETA mean genetically modified apples from Canada exported to Europe?

A British Columbia-based company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., has developed a genetically modified apple that doesn't brown when cut or bruised. Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada announced the decision to allow the fruit to be grown and sold within Canada.

2015-04-07 |

New report debunks "myth" that GMOs are key to feeding world

A new study upholds value of traditional methods 'shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production'. Common Dreams staff writer, Lauren McCauley, reports.

2015-04-07 |

USA: GMO Labeling Bill Reintroduced in Congress

On March 25, a bipartisan bill was resubmitted to the House of Representatives that would require the FDA to review genetically engineered ingredients intended for food and to decide on a case-by-case basis if a "contains GMOs" label is necessary for a resulting food product. Perhaps more importantly – and more contentious – the bill also would prevent individual states from creating their own GMO labeling laws.

2015-04-07 |

Profits of World's Leading GMO Producer Monsanto Fell 15%

The leading producer of genetically engineered seeds and herbicides Monsanto reported lower earnings in the first half of 2015 caused by weaker sales, according to a press release issued by the company on Wednesday.

2015-04-07 |

USA: Non-GMO premium draws growers

With lower commodity prices, farmers are rethinking their budgets, input costs and premiums.

2015-04-02 |

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along

The sordid sequence of events that opened the floodgates for the genetic takeover of the American food supply — that is, the mass introduction of untested genetically-engineered (GE) food ingredients on the sly — is outlined in an eye-opening new book by American public interest lawyer Steve Druker, entitled Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.

2015-04-02 |

Russian activists upset government allows GMO food sales despite cultivation ban

Three activists carrying a refrigerator to set up on the street to attract attention to problems faced by the country’s farmers in competing with genetically-modified foods, or GMO foods, from abroad.

2015-04-02 |

USA: New wave of GMOs - pink pineapples, purple tomatoes

With recent government approval of potatoes that don't bruise and apples that don't brown, a new generation of genetically modified foods is headed to grocery shelves.

2015-04-02 |

Mobilizing the Planet's Genetic Diversity with Synthetic Biology

Butanediol isn’t exactly the flashiest product on the market: with a four-carbon chain bounded by alcohol groups, the thick, colorless liquid is one of those “industrial chemicals” that makes the eyes glaze over. But the diminutive molecule is worth some serious cash, with an estimated global market cap of $2 billion.

2015-03-31 |

Claims of GMO Yield Increases Don't Hold Up

At a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee this week, opponents of mandatory labeling of GMO foods trotted out the now familiar argument that genetically engineered crops are the key to feeding Earth’s mushrooming population.

2015-03-31 |

Africa: More Countries Accepting Genetically Modified Food?

Apart from South Africa — which is considered by most standards an emerging economy — genetically modified food is viewed with a lot of suspicion all across Africa with vicious debate across the continent on its benefits and pitfalls.

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