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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-07-09 |

India: Government apathy tosses Karnataka farmers at mercy of private firm

The Bt cotton seeds that resulted the loss of around Rs 200 crore to farmers in Karnataka last year are haunting them once again. With government turning a blind eye, the farmers are left with no option but to return to the private company Mahyco’s genetically modified seeds that created a mayhem last year on the fields.

2014-07-09 |

Synbio - What-Syn-a-Name?

Synthetic biology is attracting attention from both scientists and regulators. But there is little agreement on what it is. Can we find a road out of synthetic biology’s definitional quagmire?

2014-07-09 |

Brazil Announces Dengue Fever Emergency in GM Mosquito Trials Region

Civil society groups today expressed alarm at an increase in dengue incidence, leading to an emergency decree, in a town in Brazil where releases of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes are taking place.

2014-07-09 |

USA: Vermont State hires D.C. firm to help defend GMO law

Attorney General Bill Sorrell said Monday that the state has retained a Washington, D.C., legal firm to help defend a lawsuit filed against Vermont’s new GMO labeling law.

2014-07-09 |

Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?

While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout.

2014-07-09 |

US campaigners hope to engineer GMO labeling laws

Two decades after genetically modified foods first hit the shelves of American supermarkets, a fight is sprouting over whether consumers should be told more about what's in their grocery bags.

2014-07-08 |

China: State-run food traders profiteering from imported GM corn

State-owned Chinese food processing companies are suspected of raking in massive profits from importing genetically modified corn from the United States, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times.

2014-07-08 |

USA: Hillary Rodham Clinton Supports GMOs

In a speech before the world’s largest biotechnology gathering on Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture and for federally-sourced financial subsidies designed to keep companies from leaving the U.S. She also declared her desire to get industry representatives around a table to have an “intensive discussion” about “how the federal government could help biotechs with insurance against [financial] risk.”

2014-07-08 |

China: researchers allegedly stole US patented corn

The court documents read like something out of a Coen brothers film. Employees of the Chinese agricultural company Dabeinong Technology Group Co. (DBN) and a subsidiary sneaked through midwestern cornfields, U.S. prosecutors allege, stealthily gathering patented corn that they attempted to smuggle out of the United States in microwave popcorn boxes.

2014-07-08 |

China: researchers allegedly stole US patented corn

The court documents read like something out of a Coen brothers film. Employees of the Chinese agricultural company Dabeinong Technology Group Co. (DBN) and a subsidiary sneaked through midwestern cornfields, U.S. prosecutors allege, stealthily gathering patented corn that they attempted to smuggle out of the United States in microwave popcorn boxes.

2014-07-08 |

Uganda: FHIA-25 is not super banana

Kawanda researchers refute allegation of using Ugandans as guinea pigs

2014-07-04 |

GMO Factory Monsanto's High-Tech Plans to Feed the World

The 4,400 acres Dustin Spears farms with his father-in-law stretch for 50 miles across northern Illinois in an archipelago of disconnected, mostly rented plots. Even in the best of circumstances, it’s a race to get the corn in the ground in time to take advantage of the full growing season. When spring is unusually cold and rainy, as it was this year, the window narrows even more.

2014-07-04 |

USA: EPA official tells Maui council no health issues from eating GE papaya

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials told a Maui County Council committee they haven't heard of any health issues related to eating genetically engineered rainbow papaya.

2014-07-04 |

USA: GE Cotton Growers Want Unlicensed Pesticide Use on 3 Million Acres

A public interest group, representing environmental, public health, and organic farm interests, has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) to deny an emergency request by Texas cotton growers to use a controversial pesticide on genetically engineered (GE) cotton to control weeds that are now resistant to the chemical they have been using, Roundup (glyphosate). Approximately 90% of cotton grown in Texas is genetically engineered or known as a genetically modified organism (GMO). The request, which comes through the Texas Department of Agriculture, seeks an allowance on 3 million acres for the highly toxic pesticide propazine, not registered for use on cotton.

2014-07-04 |

USA: GMO labeling initiative moves a step closer to Oregon ballot

An initiative requiring mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon moved one step closer to the November ballot on Wednesday after advocates said they submitted more than enough qualifying signatures to the state.

2014-07-04 |

Mexico split over GM maize

The Mexican scientific community has been torn apart by a legal battle over transgenic maize (corn). Almost a year after activists challenged scientists’ right to plant experimental genetically modified (GM) varieties of the crop that is a staple and symbol of Mexico, maize research is still being stymied by a legal stalemate.

2014-07-02 |

Extra virgin olive oil reduces DNA damage induced by GM soybean

GM soybean and GM corn products are everywhere and rumor has it that the genetically modified foods may cause health problems such as premature death, aging infertility and cancer among others.   A new study suggests eating extra virgin olive oil may help reduce DNA damage induced by consumption of genetically modified soybean.

2014-07-02 |

Hawaii: Maui seed companies say GMO moratorium could wipe out hundreds of jobs

More than 500 jobs and millions of tax dollars could be lost if a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms passes, two Maui County seed companies say.

2014-07-02 |

Monsanto and Pioneer Continue to Pull-Out GM Crops from EU

Although an EU Commission decision on the cultivation of genetically engineered maize 1507 has been expected for several months, it has still not been published.

2014-07-02 |

UK Parliamentary Meeting Brings Dangers of Roundup into Public Focus

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agroecology, Chaired by the Countess of Mar, met in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 18, to discuss the possible harm caused by the world’s most popular herbicide – Roundup.

2014-07-02 |

Brazil: No more dengue mosquitoes when hosting the Olympics?

Brazil is developing a weapon that may be ready when it hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics: Genetically modified mosquitoes that self-destruct before doing any damage.

2014-07-01 |

How Private Funding Influences GMO Research

Most of the debate around genetically modified (GM) foods has focused on health and nutrition, or the potential impact on the Australian agricultural industry. There has been less attention to the role of private, profit-driven investment in shaping GM and biotechnology.

2014-07-01 |

Cyprus to remain a GMO-free zone under EU agreement

The small nation of Cyprus will remain GMO-free under the provisions of a new European Union agreement which essentially gives each member state the authority to decide the issue for themselves.

2014-07-01 |

China: quarantine watchdog rejects U.S. GM corn

China's quarantine watchdog has returned 1.25 million tonnes of corn shipments from the United States in recent months over genetic modification concerns, an official said on Monday.

2014-07-01 |

Pakistan Says No To GMOs

In May, Pakistan’s Lahore High Court issued an order to stop a federal government agency from issuing licenses for genetically modified cotton and corn seeds — including those approved for use as recently as March.

2014-07-01 |

Nigeria: Minister, stakeholders disagree over GM foods

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina recently, on the ministry’s website responded to an article in The Guardian written by Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour on Monsanto, Genetically Modified Foods and why Nigerians should be wary.

2014-07-01 |

Canada: Genetic modification: Should we fear this fish?

Drive too fast and you’ll miss the fish prison. Ron Stotish coasts right past the unassuming beige building perched along the banks of a quiet bay about an hour outside Charlottetown.

2014-07-01 |

New Zealand: Councils plan to restrict or even ban GE field trials

A GE-free Northland is another step closer after councillors in the Far North and Whangarei backed proposed district plan changes banning the release of any genetically modified organisms.

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