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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 |

USA: Non-GMO premium draws growers

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

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.

2015-04-02 |

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.

2015-03-31 |

Monsanto Demands World Health Organization Retract Report That Says Roundup Is Linked to Cancer

Last week, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) released a report, compiled by a team of scientists, that said glyphosate—sold by Monsanto in the herbicide Roundup—was probably linked to cancer.

2015-03-31 |

USA: Nation's 'Biggest Food Fight' Hits DC

Food products containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) are labeled in 64 countries all around the world, including Japan, China, Russia, Australia and the European Union. In many countries, consumers’ right to know what they’re eating is uncontroversial.

2015-03-27 |

GMO Science Deniers: Monsanto and the USDA

Perhaps no group of science deniers has been more ridiculed than those who deny the science of evolution. What you may not know is that Monsanto and our United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are among them. That's right: for decades, Monsanto and its enablers inside the USDA have denied the central tenets of evolutionary biology, namely natural selection and adaptation.

2015-03-27 |

Global health experts say glyphosate probably carcinogenic to humans

On March 20th, a scientific working group consisting of seventeen experts from eleven countries released their evaluation of the herbicide glyphosate and four organophosphate insecticides for the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The group classified Monsanto’s glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

2015-03-27 |

Mexico: Four February court victories uphold ban on GMO corn

The legal battles over the existing ban on the planting of transgenic maize in Mexico continue to unfold with a string of four important court victories by anti-GMO activists. On February 28, 2015, the collective of social movement organizations known as Acción Colectiva del Maíz announced that they had secured four more favorable court decisions involving amparo (shelter) corporate challenges seeking to end the GMO corn ban in Mexico.

2015-03-27 |

Canada: Arctic Apples Receive Canadian Approval

Nonbrowning Arctic® apples have been approved for commercial sale in Canada, as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC) have concluded their respective reviews. In a letter sent to OSF by the CFIA, the Agency concludes that Arctic® apples "are as safe and nutritious as traditional apple varieties..." and states that their official decision document will become publicly available on their website at a later date.

2015-03-27 |

FDA says Arctic Apples and Innate Potatoes are safe for consumption

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its evaluation for two varieties of apples genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., and for six varieties of potatoes genetically engineered by J. R. Simplot Company and concluded that these foods are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.

2015-03-25 |

EU: Do the new GMO rules comply with its WTO obligations?

On March 2 2015 the Council of the European Union (consisting of representatives of all 28 member states) adopted new rules with respect to the approval of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of GMOs in their territory, even if such cultivation has been approved at EU level.

2015-03-25 |

Monsanto Will Pay $350K to Settle More GM Wheat Lawsuits

Genetically-modified food giant Monsanto said it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over tainted wheat.

2015-03-25 |

Canada: the pressure for GMO labelling continues

Lucy Sharratt envisions a world in which consumers know where every ingredient in every food comes from and how it was grown, from farm to fork.

2015-03-25 |

Zimbabwe: Farmers Up in Arms Over GMO Imports

Government should protect local farmers from cheap agricultural imports, which undermine their viability and compromise the land reform, farmers unions have said.

2015-03-23 |

Roundup weedkiller 'probably' causes cancer, says WHO study

Roundup, the world’s most widely used weedkiller, “probably” causes cancer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

2015-03-23 |

Philippines: Battle on the Campaign to Launch Golden Rice

A campaign to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin A deficiency in children, was launched on March 16.

2015-03-23 |

FDA says genetically modified, bruise-resistant apples and potatoes are safe to eat

The FDA said this week that new varieties of genetically modified fruits and vegetables are safe for consumption, The New York Times reports. The safety review covered six varieties of potatoes engineered by J. R. Simplot Company and two varieties of apples from Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

2015-03-23 |

Are the Pro-GM Debaters Playing Fair?

The only conclusive statement that can be made about the raging controversy over the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods is that the scientific discussion of this matter is still not settled. Indeed, there is no consensus among scientists as to whether GM foods are safe.

2015-03-19 |

Netherlands: Fewer GMO subsidies for Dutch horticulture

An increasingly smaller proportion of Dutch horticulture benefits from European GMO subsidies. Growers choose associations that are not recognized as a producer organization, or take marketing into their own hands.

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