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2015-02-06 |

Vietnam to approve genetically modified crops

Genetically modified crops are expected to be approved for use in Vietnam shortly, with the commercialisation of the crops beginning by the end of the year at the latest, according to Le Huy Ham, Head of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

2015-02-06 |

Peru: GMO Food Not Being Properly Labeled

Peruvian consumer advocates on Wednesday said that the government is not properly implementing mandatory labeling of certain ingredients in food, such as genetically modified organisms, which can have negative health impacts.

2015-02-06 |

China eyes GMO progress amid crop shrinkage, safety concerns

Research and commercialization of genetically modified organisms (GMO) are expected to gain momentum in China after years of GM crop decline amid public safety concerns.

2015-02-06 |

Monsanto's Roundup blamed for the decline of the monarch butterfly

An environmental group that opposes genetically modified crops is issuing a 77-page report on the decline of the monarch butterfly that lays much of the blame on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops and Roundup herbicide.

2015-02-06 |

USA: Outrage Over US Secret Approval of GE Trees

Groups from around the world [1] today joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to GE trees.

2015-02-04 |

Monsanto's Newest GM Crops May Create More Problems Than They Solve

The latest in a new generation of genetically engineered crops is poised to enter widespread use—and critics think they’ll cause more problems than they solve.

2015-02-04 |

No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety Statement Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal

A statement signed by over 300 scientists and legal experts to the effect that there is “No consensus” on the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods has been published in a peer-reviewed open access journal, Environmental Sciences Europe.

2015-02-04 |

ISAAA Brief on Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014

In 2014, a record 181.5 million hectares of biotech crops were grown globally, an increase of more than six million hectares from 2013, according to a report released today by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).

2015-02-04 |

USA: Hawaii County Council considers free legal help to defend genetically modified crop law

The Hawaii County Council is scheduled to consider an attorney's offer for free legal representation to defend its new law restricting genetically modified crops.

2015-02-02 |

India: Maharashtra nod for Genetically Modified crop field trials

The Maharashtra government has given a “no objection certificate” for the field trial of five Genetically Modified (GM) crops brinjal, maize, rice, chickpea and cotton in the state.

2015-02-02 |

USA: Poll finds gaping chasm in views between public & scientists

American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released on Thursday showed.

2015-02-02 |

South Africa Leads Sub-Saharan Africa In Genetically Modified Crops

South Africa leads sub-Saharan Africa in growing genetically modified crops, the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI reports. South Africa grows three crops — maize, soybean and cotton — from seeds derived from biotechnology, according to a new report by the nonprofit International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications.

2015-02-02 |

China: Questions over genetically-modified foods continue

The debate over genetically-modified foods continues in China. While the country does not permit genetically-modified technology for staple crops — with the exception of genetically-modified cotton and papayas for commercial use — it does import GM soybeans to make cooking oil.

2015-02-02 |

UK: Genetically modified crop successfully fed to salmon, say scientists

Genetically modified plants created by British scientists to contain health boosting Omega-3 have been declared a safe alternative to fish oil. A crop of camelina (false flax) has been spliced with genes to produce an oil rich in fatty acid normally only found in fish.

2015-01-28 |

South Korean Institute Discovers 'Mystery Plants' from Imported GMOs

The reason genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sparked such fears in South Korea isn’t just about safety issues without clear facts, or irrational labeling practices.

2015-01-28 |

USA: Arizona Considering Labeling Law for Genetically Modified Food

Advocates for GMO labeling are getting another shot in the Arizona Legislature. Six representatives submitted a bill to require food containing even just one genetically engineered ingredient be labeled as such.

2015-01-28 |

Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.

2015-01-28 |

Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control

New findings could improve management practices for current biotech crops and promote development of new varieties that are more effective and more durable. Despite extensive planting of transgenic cotton that produces two toxins active against the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa zea), insecticide sprays against this voracious caterpillar pest have increased in the United States, experts say.

2015-01-26 |

USA: FDA debates releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into Florida Keys

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

2015-01-26 |

Russian Government Commission Approves Bill to Increase Security on GMOs

The Russian Government’s Commission on Legislative Activities has approved a bill introduced by the Ministry of Science and Education aimed at improving Russia’s regulation of genetic engineering.

2015-01-26 |

South Korea: Imported GMOs found disrupting local ecosystem

NGOs say government needs to institute measures to protect ecosystem from potentially harmful or invasive plant species.

2015-01-22 |

Hungary Set to Initiate EU Alliance to Reject GM Crops

Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states rejecting the use of genetically modified organisms in farming with the aim to make the entire European Union free from GMO crops, Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas said on the sidelines of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin at the weekend.

2015-01-22 |

New EU GMO Directive: Strengthening the biotech companies to the detriment of the legal framework, public health and the environment

The new GMO directive passed by Parliament opens the floodgates of GMO authorizations, without actually strengthening the power of the member states, and also assigns a monopoly of expertise to EFSA which is unacceptable, given the infiltration of lobbyists within the health agency.

2015-01-22 |

Everyone loves a genetically modified mosquito- right?

When I first learnt of the idea to genetically modify mosquitoes (GMMs) as a strategy for controlling the diseases transmitted by these much-maligned insects, I thought it was refreshingly innovative. Little did I know that scientists had been fiddling with mosquitoes, and other insects, for the same reason long before I was born.

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