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2016-03-21 |

USA: General Mills To Label Products With Genetically Modified Ingredients

American food manufacturer General Mills announced on Friday that it will begin labelling all its products in the United States that has genetically modified organisms as ingredients. The move was prompted by a new state law in Vermont, which requires companies to put such information starting July 1.

2016-03-21 |

USA: GMO Labelling Law Roils Food Companies

The U.S. food industry is fighting one of its fiercest regulatory battles in years over labels for ingredients made with genetically modified organisms. And it is losing—to Vermont.

2016-03-14 |

USA: Big Food Illegally Hid Funders of Anti-GMO-Labeling Effort, Judge Says

The nation’s largest food industry group broke the “spirit and letter” of the law when it concealed the backers of a multimillion dollar campaign to kill a food-labeling initiative, a state of Washington Superior Court judge ruled on Friday.

2016-03-14 |

India: Why Monsanto's Biotech-Food Business Isn't Growing in India

In a research laboratory surrounded by acres of arid land in western India, Bharat Char showed off tiny sprouts of rice, wheat and okra in glass bottles.

2016-03-14 |

USA: A Vote On Controversial DARK Act Looms On The Horizon

A bill that would “amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods,” passed the Senate Agricultural Committee by a vote of 14-6.The legislation, introduced by Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) in late February, create a federal voluntary standard for labeling genetically modified or engineered ingredients, and block mandatory labeling efforts by states.

2016-03-14 |

USA: FDA Grants Approval to GMO Mosquitoes In Order To Fight Zika Virus, Is This A Good Idea?

The United States FDA has granted approval for GMO mosquitoes to be released in Florida in order to combat the Zika virus. These genetically modified mosquitoes have had their genes manipulated in such a way that a lethal gene will be passed on to all of the offspring that are made by the GMO mosquito.

2016-03-01 |

How a Chinese acquisition puts genetically modified foods on menu

Like many in China, Liu Suola wants her country to be a leader in agricultural technologies. Yet when it comes to genetically engineered food, the Beijing housewife says she wants no part of it - at least not yet.

2016-03-01 |

Genetic Engineering, Twisted Science, Altered Truth. Inside the Church of Pro-GMO Activism

Last year on Twitter, Monsanto Vice President Robert Fraley provided a link to an article that implied those who are suspicious of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), among other things, are confused, motivated by ideology or misinformed as a result of access to the ‘university of Google’, or they are simply conspiracy theorists.

2016-03-01 |

South Africa: Epic Drought and Food Crisis Eases Restrictions on GMO

In the face of a food crisis and a devastating drought, South Africa is planning to relax its rigid laws over genetically modified (GMO) crops and boost imports of its staple food, maize, from the U.S. and Mexico, government officials told Reuters.

2016-03-01 |

Philippines: Ban on GMOs Leaves Asia Shocked

New laws could halt the genetically modified organism (GMO) agriculture in the Philippines. This in turn could cripple the adoption of GMO technology in the Southeast Asian region as a whole, especially since the country is ASEAN’s regional pioneer in the field.

2016-02-24 |

USA GMO Labeling: The Shocking Draft Text of the New Dark Act

A US Senate committee is working on a new ‘Dark Act” legislation that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods. Sustainable Pulse has decided to publish a copy of the new Dark Act draft.

2016-02-24 |

UK animals are routinely given genetically modified feed and are in supermarkets

Most meat sold in restaurants and supermarkets is from animals raised on GM feed, families were warned yesterday. A farming conference heard shoppers would struggle to avoid produce from livestock fed genetically modified crops.

2016-02-24 |

USA: Iowa researches to pay students to eat GMO bananas

Iowa State University researchers are moving ahead with a long-delayed project in which a dozen students will be paid to eat genetically modified bananas.

2016-02-24 |

India: Food Supply at Risk of GMO Contamination After Lifting 16-Year Corn Import Ban

India, which currently does not allow the growing of genetically modified (GMO) crops, is preparing to lift its import ban on corn for the first time in 16 years which could potentially open the doors to GMO contamination in its food supply.

2016-02-23 |

WHO Confirmed Genetically Modified Mosquitoes May Be Used To Fight Zika Virus

With the appalling health problems that Zika virus brings, the world is on the lookout as to what can combat this pestilence. As an answer, the World Health Organization, in its latest report said that fighting Zika may need to make use of genetically modified mosquitoes.

2016-02-22 |

India: Monsanto Just Tied Up With Maharashtra Govt. And We Didn't Notice

The recent controversy around the sedition charges being against the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President has taken up a lot of space in all media publications and broadcasts.

2016-02-22 |

USA: Big Food Accused of Illegal Scheme to Kill GMO Labeling Initiative

The nation’s largest food companies are under criticism for using too much sugar, too few healthy ingredients and failing to be transparent about what’s in their products. At least some of those concerns now seem to be playing out in a fight over how America’s largest food industry group financed a campaign against a food labeling initiative.

2016-02-22 |

Gates Foundation: stop biopirated GMO banana feeding trials

The Gates Foundation has received a 57,000 strong petition denouncing its support for a 'biopirated' GM banana program in Africa, and calling on it to suspend a feeding trial on US students, writes Vanessa Amaral-Rogers. The banana threatens both the health of the students, say campaigners, and the future of African agriculture.

2016-02-22 |

EU review of weedkiller glyphosate adds secrecy to controversy

More than 80 per cent of the national experts involved in the EU's official assessment of glyphosate refused to have their names disclosed to the public. Their review concluded, in contrast to the WHO's International Agency for Research Against Cancer, that the most used herbicide in the world was “unlikely” to cause cancer to humans.

2016-02-17 |

India: GMO Trojan horse attacking food and farming

Global oilseed, agribusiness and biotech corporations are engaged in a long term attack on India's local cooking oil producers, writes Colin Todhunter. In just 20 years they have reduced India from self-sufficiency in cooking oil to importing half its needs.

2016-02-17 |

GMOs worldwide

Shrinking arable land, volatile weather and a world population tipped to surpass 9 billion by 2050 are fuelling calls to deploy high-yielding genetically altered crops to ensure food security.

2016-02-17 |

Can GMO mosquitoes really help us stop Zika? A closer look

It sounds utterly bizarre at first. But the idea of using genetically modified mosquitoes as weapons to kill off wild mosquitoes is rapidly gaining traction.

2016-02-17 |

Philippines: Asia watches as GMO legal challenge threatens Philippines food supply

A legal challenge to the Philippines' rules on genetically modified organisms is threatening to spark a food crisis in the country and could cloud the outlook for GM technology around Asia.

2016-02-17 |

India: target to import GMO-free corn

As India prepares to import corn for the first time in 16 years, at least one stipulation in its international tender has become much tougher to meet — that shipments of the crop are completely free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

2016-02-17 |

Dominica: Health minister says no to genetically-modified mosquitoes

Hon. Minister of Health, Dr Kenneth Darroux is reporting that Dominica will not be engaging in the use of genetically-modified mosquitoes to combat the Aedes Egypti mosquito- the vector which carries the Zika virus.

2016-02-15 |

Kenya Approves Cultivation Trials for GMO Maize

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has authorised national field cultivation trials for GMO maize.

2016-02-15 |

USA: Vilsack says Congress must resolve GMO labeling dispute

The biotech labeling negotiations led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack broke down over whether GMOs had to be disclosed on food labels or whether it would be enough to ensure that electronic disclosure would be adequate to serve consumers, he says.

2016-02-15 |

Zimbabwe government says no to genetically modified food despite food shortages

Zimbabwe's agricultural minister Joseph Made has said that the country would not allow millers to import genetically modified food (GMO) although the southern African country is experiencing severe food shortages, reports New Zimbabwe.

2016-02-15 |

New Zealand: Battle to keep GMO free heats up

A group of local farming stalwarts is throwing its weight behind Hastings District Council as it prepares to fight for the district to stay GMO free.

2016-02-15 |

USA: Consumers Want Government-Regulated GMO Labeling

According to its Health and Wellness 2015 report, The Hartman Group (see infographic), Bellevue, Wash., food processors should develop simpler ingredients lists for their products, as 59 percent of consumers in its study believe the government should require certain products to be labeled as 'natural.'

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