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2015-04-30 |

EU Commission authorises 17 GMOs for food/feed uses and 2 GM carnations

The Commission today adopted 10 new authorisations for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food/feed use, 7 renewals of existing authorisations and also the authorisation for the importation of 2 GMO cut flowers (not for food or feed). These GMOs had gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The authorisation decisions do not cover cultivation.

2015-04-30 |

After the Biofuel Fail, Does Synthetic Biology Have a Future?

Last month, Newsweek tweeted: "Synbio was going to save the world. Now it's being used to make vanilla flavoring." Synthetic biology (synbio), for the uninitiated, uses organisms and designs from nature to engineer new tools. The Newsweek article details the synthetic biology industry's failure to produce biofuels from pond scum on a large scale, and how it has now pivoted to produce flavors and fragrances.

2015-04-30 |

China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development

China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain.

2015-04-28 |

EU authorised the new rules on GMO food and feed use

The European Commission adopted 10 new authorisations for Genetically Modified Organismsfor food and feed use, 7 renewals of existing authorisations and also the authorisation for the importation of 2 GMO cut flowers. These GMOs had gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority.

2015-04-28 |

Dr. Oz Says He Just Wants to Label GMO Foods

Dr. Oz is in trouble again. Last week, ten doctors from around the country sent a letter to the dean of medicine at Columbia, arguing that Dr. Mehmet Oz and his “disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine” have no business holding a faculty position at the university.

2015-04-28 |

Bolivia Fails to Reach an Agreement Over GMO Use

The working group on GMOs was not able to produce final conclusions when the National Farming Summit ended Wednesday night.

2015-04-23 |

Kenya: GMO debate outdated, argues food security lobbyist

Agricultural campaign organisation Green Peace Africa has called on the government to move away from the Genetically Modified Foods debate and invest in ecological farming techniques.

2015-04-23 |

China to Strengthen Regulations on Genetically Modified Plant Seeds

China is set to strengthen supervision of genetically modified plant seeds in an amendment to the country's existing Seed Law. As CRI's Wang Wei reports, the draft amendment has been proposed in the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.

2015-04-23 |

USA: GMO labeling bill stalls amid interagency, committee tussle

House Agriculture Committee lawmakers want more control over deciding which government agency -- the Agriculture Department or the Food and Drug Administration -- would control the regulation of labels for genetically modified foods.

2015-04-23 |

Vanuatu threatens to deport anti GMO group

The Vanuatu government has confirmed that it threatened the New Caledonian NGO Stop GMO Pacific with deportation if it continued to spread what the government is calling unneccesary propaganda about the danger of GM plant material.

2015-04-23 |

EU: Commission explains new rules that allow Member States to decide on the GMOs use for food & feed

The Commission presents the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed. This review derives from the Political Guidelines presented to the European Parliament in July 2014, on the basis of which this Commission was elected.

2015-04-21 |

EU clears path for 17 new GM foods

Seventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade, the Guardian has learned.

2015-04-21 |

UK: Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council says to let the customer decide

I was recently speaking to a member of the animal feed supply chain who informed me that the amount of animal feed (most of which is genetically modified) to Europe equated to the combined weight of every person in the European Union – an almost unimaginable weight of 33 million tonnes.

2015-04-21 |

US forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic non-GM food

A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering.

2015-04-21 |

US farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

This is an interesting article about a small but significant farmer shift from GMO to non-GMO crops in the GMO heartland of Iowa.

2015-04-21 |

Taiwan: GMO wheat imports not allowed by FDA

Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration on Friday dismissed concerns of genetically modified wheat grown in the United States entering Taiwan's market, saying Taiwan bans imports of such wheat.

2015-04-21 |

Ukraine a Vector for GMO Poison's Spread Through EU

When the Washington Post chooses to pen an insulting, condescending editorial targeting entire nations speaking up against Western impropriety, one can just as well assume the precise opposite of whatever narrative the Post is trying to push forward is true.

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.

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