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2014-10-16 |

USDA announces close and findings of investigation into the detection of GE wheat in Oregon in 2013

After conducting a thorough and scientifically detailed investigation into the detection last year of genetically engineered (GE) wheat growing in a single field on a single farm in Oregon, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has concluded that the presence of the GE wheat appears to be an isolated incident.

2014-10-16 |

USA: EPA gives go ahead to new weed killer for GM soy and corn

The Environmental Protection Agency today gave the green light to an herbicide designed for use with new genetically modified corn and soybeans.

2014-10-13 |

New Zealand: GM could put niche maize at risk

Any relaxation of rules allowing genetically modified crops into New Zealand could ruin small but valuable niche export markets for North Island maize growers.

2014-10-13 |

New Zealand: GM could put niche maize at risk

Any relaxation of rules allowing genetically modified crops into New Zealand could ruin small but valuable niche export markets for North Island maize growers.

2014-10-13 |

Monsanto is Most Common Funder of GMO Research

The pro-GMO advocacy group Biofortified announced in late August that the group’s much-hyped GENERA database of GMO research is now available for public review in a trial version. Though the database contains only a fraction of the GMO research available (400 of 1200 studies, according to Biofortified), this hasn’t stopped the group from drawing sweeping conclusions about what the science says.

2014-10-13 |

The Ongoing Propaganda War Behind GMOs Exposed

The United States has been paying farmers for over two decades to NOT produce food, yet biotech would have us believe that genetically modified organisms are necessary to feed the world.

2014-10-10 |

India: Gujarat government to not join field trials of GM crops

Joining ranks with nearly ten other big states, Gujarat government has now decided not to allow field trials of any Genetically Modified (GM) food crops within its boundaries. The decision is a significant one as it comes from the home state of prime minister Narendra Modi which he was leading till few months ago.

2014-10-10 |

Australia: Review of competition policy on GM crops calls for lifting of restrictions

The Harper Review of Australia’s competition policy has fired a warning shot at the South Australian and Tasmanian governments restricting farmers’ access to genetically modified (GM) crops.

2014-10-10 |

How Many Regulators Does It Take to Kill A Mosquito?

A British company’s genetic engineering technology could be the Next Big Thing in the control of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya–if regulators don’t erect unreasonable barriers.

2014-10-10 |

Genetic engineering leads to glow-in-the-dark plants

When it gets dark, we use streetlights to light our way, but what if we could replace them with a greener alternative -- like glowing plants? Thanks to science, this unusual concept could one day become reality.

2014-10-10 |

EU: EFSA provides further advice on performing 90-day feeding studies

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) presents further details on how to design and conduct a 90-day feeding study as part of an application to place a genetically modified organism on the market in the European Union (EU). The explanatory statement builds on the principles set out in EFSA’s previous guidance document on 90-day whole food/feed studies in rodents published in 2011.

2014-10-08 |

EU: Software tool delivers GM data analysis with a single click

New software from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides stakeholders with a tool for carrying out complex data analysis as part of the risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants. The user-friendly program, which can be downloaded free of charge from EFSA’s website, allows stakeholders such as Member States and industry applicants to analyse field trial data with a single mouse click.

2014-10-08 |

Open-source seed released to nurture patent-free food

An ‘open-source’ seed initiative has released 36 varieties of 14 food crops, which the project’s leaders say could help poor farmers get access to better quality seeds.

2014-10-08 |

USA: Labeling GMOs Would Cost Each Consumer $2.30 Annually

The median cost of labeling genetically modified ingredients on grocery products would equate to an additional $2.30 per consumer each year, according to a new report sponsored by Consumers Union and conducted by ECONorthwest, an economics consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest.

2014-10-08 |

Syngenta GM Corn Ruined US Corn Exports To China, Farmers Say

American farmers in three states are suing seed giant Syngenta AG in billion-dollar lawsuits, alleging that the company harmed U.S. corn markets when it released a new genetically altered strain of corn that wasn’t approved by Chinese authorities.

2014-10-08 |

China Rejects U.S. Hay Exports Due to GM Alfalfa Contamination

The Chinese used to be quite confident that their hay was GMO free, but all that is about to change. Hay exported to the country from the U.S. is currently in quarantine due to the detection of GMO traits, specifically of genetically modified alfalfa, according to a USDA spokesperson.

2014-10-08 |

USA: Discovery of GM wheat creates stir among supporters, critics

It was revealed last month that regulators are trying to figure out why a rogue patch of genetically modified wheat popped up on a Montana farm. The news startled GMO critics and supporters — although for different reasons.

2014-10-06 |

Conventional plant breeding outperforms GM in drought resistance

Reports show that traditional breeding techniques are years ahead of GM technologies in developing crops to withstand drought and poor soils, writes Lawrence Woodward. Yet GM advocates are sticking rigidly to their script even as the evidence mounds against them ...

2014-10-06 |

Oxitec Wants to Release GMO Moths in New York

Will the crazy GMO-creations ever come to a halt? Are our crops not enough for biotech? GM mosquitoes developed by Oxitec, a UK company, were already released in other countries as a means to control disease. The company is also trying to release them in the Florida Keys, while working to release GM olive flies in Spain. But it gets even more bizarre – now Oxitec wants to release GM moths in New York.

2014-10-06 |

Synthetically Modified Food Technology to Outpace GMOs?

While many consumers are still concerned with the existence and labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the technology behind synthetically modified foods is improving. Technologically speaking, GMOs are old news, and science is embarking on a new wave of food production techniques and improvements.

2014-10-06 |

Syngenta Seeds Inc. v. Bunge North America Inc.: A Warehouse Full of Unapproved GM Seeds; Now What?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit addressed allegations of breach and false advertising against an agricultural product storage and transport company, who not only stopped accepting genetically-modified strain of corn seeds—a variety that was not approved in China—but placed signs in its regional facilities and website indicating that the seeds were not approved for U.S. export markets. Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. Bunge North America, Inc., Case No. 13-1391 (8th Cir., Aug. 8, 2014), (Bye, J.).

2014-10-06 |

Syngenta Seeds Inc. v. Bunge North America Inc.: A Warehouse Full of Unapproved GM Seeds; Now What?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit addressed allegations of breach and false advertising against an agricultural product storage and transport company, who not only stopped accepting genetically-modified strain of corn seeds—a variety that was not approved in China—but placed signs in its regional facilities and website indicating that the seeds were not approved for U.S. export markets. Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. Bunge North America, Inc., Case No. 13-1391 (8th Cir., Aug. 8, 2014), (Bye, J.).

2014-10-06 |

Van Eenennaam study marred by bias and scientific shortcomings

Twelve of 17 relevant studies show potential negative health effects of GMOs. Thanks to GMO Free USA for sending us this perceptive review of the recently released Van Eenennaam and Young review of animal feeding studies, which is being widely touted as showing that GMOs are safe. The authors, who wish to remain anonymous, find many scientific shortcomings in the review.

2014-10-03 |

Costa Rica: Map shows where GMOs are planted

The majority of farms using genetically modified cotton, corn and soy seeds, also known as GMOs, are located in Guanacaste, in the areas around Cañas, Las Juntas and Liberia, according to a map produced by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE – Servicio Fitosanitario del Estao) and obtained by The Voice of Guanacaste.

2014-10-03 |

USA: GMO Labeling Will Cost Consumers Less Than a Penny a Day

Genetically engineered foods are already required to be labeled in 64 foreign countries, including many where American food producers sell their wares. Labeling has not increased food prices in those countries, according to Consumers Union.

2014-10-03 |

California Ban on GE Salmon Expands Protections, but Opens a Dangerous Loophole

Center for Food Safety (CFS) cautiously welcomes California law AB 504, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, which bans commercial production of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in all state waters. However, CFS also warns that the bill contains a dangerous loophole that must be closed.

2014-10-03 |

USA: Unregulated GM wheat popping up in Montana

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department has said.

2014-10-03 |

EU: Current rules on GM crops create conflict, says European Commissioner-designate

The European Commissioner-elect for health and food safety has said he intends to review rules on GM crop cultivation and broker compromise on animal cloning, among other top-priority topics.

2014-10-01 |

USA: Companies Pursuing Non-GMO Products For Competitive Edge, Experts Say

Genetically modified organisms are either going to solve world hunger or kill off the human race, depending on who you ask. The words “Monsanto” or “GMO” engender strong reactions in people around the globe, as governments, scientists, advocates and consumers are finding themselves adopting strong stances either for or against the new technology.

2014-10-01 |

China launches media campaign to back GM crops

China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.

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