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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-07-25 |

Zimbabwe: why it should continue to say NO to GM crops and food

GMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African farmers is the alternative that Zimbabwe should adopt

2014-07-25 |

China: new feed grain rule unworkable says U.S. export group

The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a GMO corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

2014-07-25 |

USA: Maryland seeks to lure anglers to join Frankenfish battle

Maryland officials are hoping that the prospect of landing a record fish will enlist anglers in the battle against the northern snakehead, a voracious newcomer dubbed "Frankenfish."

2014-07-25 |

USA: Oregon GMO labeling measure certified for November ballot

An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

2014-07-23 |

USDA withdraws GMO disclosure rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is backing down from a GMO disclosure rule that would have provided state regulators with critical information about the genetically modified organisms that farmers use to spray their crops.

2014-07-23 |

USA: Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.

2014-07-23 |

UK: Independent safety reviews will foster trust in GM technology

The topic of releasing genetically modified (GM) products into food and the environment is highly polarised. But are we making any progress with it?

2014-07-23 |

Africa's GM-phobia hinders agricultural development - report

The “dysfunctional” debate surrounding genetically modified crops is stifling agricultural development in Africa, experts said on Monday.

2014-07-23 |

China: Beijing Researchers Use Gene Editing to Create Disease-Resistant Wheat

Advanced genome-editing techniques have been used to create a strain of wheat resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen—called powdery mildew—that is a major bane to the world’s top food source, according to scientists at one of China’s leading centers for agricultural research.

2014-07-23 |

U.S. researchers call for greater oversight of powerful genetic technology

In 2011, experiments that allowed the potentially deadly H5N1 flu virus to spread between mammals ignited intense discussions about whether such research should be done at all, much less published. But most of the debate occurred after the research had been carried out.

2014-07-23 |

US-EU trade talks sour amid chlorine chicken fears

Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified “Frankenfood” invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28-country bloc.

2014-07-23 |

Are silent farmlands the canary in the coal mine?

The size of private donations given to universities by big agribusiness is astounding. From grant money to construction of research labs and even the funding of actual positions, corporate influence is firmly rooted in this once sacred world.

2014-07-21 |

Do Not GM My Food!

Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have prompted world-wide criticism by environmental, nutritionists and agriculture experts, who say that protecting and fomenting biodiversity is a far better solution to hunger and malnutrition.

2014-07-21 |

Nigeria to adopt GM crops, says agency

A disclosure Thursday came from the National Agricultural Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) that the Federal Government has put in place necessary regulatory guidelines to fast track the adoption of Genetically Modified Organisms (crops) (GMO).

2014-07-21 |

Tasmania: Beef farmers fear lifting of ban on GM animal feed

Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot. They are being fattened up for the Japanese market where marbled Angus beef is in high demand.

2014-07-21 |

GM debate: A postscript

GM is still contentious two decades on, and our live debate shows a need to dig deeper into people’s responses. When, earlier this year, SciDev.Net decided to host a live online debate around genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, it was because we knew the topic elicits strong views.

2014-07-16 |

GM farm animals could tackle drug resistance

Genetically modified farm animals could be bred in increasing numbers to tackle problems like drug resistance, a leading scientist has said.

2014-07-16 |

USA: The debate to increase consumer confidence about GMOs

Studies have found mandatory labeling laws will raise food costs for America’s families in the checkout aisle, impose unnecessary burdens on farmers and food producers and ultimately eliminate biotechnology from American agriculture

2014-07-16 |

USA: Herbicide-resistant weeds trouble Midwestern farms

Midwestern farmers are increasingly running into aggressive varieties of weeds that can’t be killed by a popular herbicide that revolutionized modern farming nearly two decades ago.

2014-07-16 |

Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.

2014-07-16 |

Global Non-GMO Food Market Growing at 15.92% CAGR to 2018 Says Report

GMO stands for genetically modified organism and the Global Non-GMO Food Market 2014-2018 research report, available with SandlerResearch.org, forecasts the industry to grow at a CAGR of 15.92 percent over the period of 2013-2018. Complete report spread across 50 pages is available at www.sandlerresearch.org/global-non-gmo-food-market-2014-2018.html .

2014-07-16 |

Salvadoran Farmers Don't Want American GM Seeds

Salvadoran farmers are uniting to protest a stipulation in a $277 million U.S. aid package to El Salvador that would indirectly require them to purchase American multinational agricultural company Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) seeds rather than source seeds locally.

2014-07-16 |

USA: Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.

2014-07-16 |

Ireland: Top chef says GM foods should not be sold in the country

Top Chef Kevin Thornton has expressed his concerns over a new EU-US trade deal that could open the door to genetically-modified foods in Ireland.

2014-07-16 |

Pro-GM: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one producer is already scrambling to label its apples GMO-free.

2014-07-16 |

India: Govt approves field trials for varieties of GM crops

The new government has approved field trials for 21 new varieties of genetically modified (GM) crops, including staples such as rice and wheat. The controversial move is considered crucial to feeding India’s teeming millions but opposed by some activists as a health hazard.

2014-07-16 |

India: 21 new varities of GM crops approved for field trials by Narendra Modi government

21 new varities of genetically modified (GM) crops such as rice, wheat, maize and cotton have been approved for field trials by the Narendra Modi government, say reports. According to these reports, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) — consisting mostly of bio-technology supporters — rejected just one out of the 28 proposals up for consideration. Six proposals were rejected for want of more information.

2014-07-14 |

Bangladeshi Bt Brinjal Pilot Scheme Failed

A pilot scheme for commercial cultivation of Asia’s first genetically modified (GM) Bt brinjal (eggplant), brought disappointing results for 9 of the 20 farmers, as reported recently in the Guardian newspaper [1]. Four varieties: Kajla, Uttara, Nayantara and ISD006, were planted in different climactic regions.

2014-07-14 |

Zambia: Livingstone council destroys Shoprite GMO cornflakes

A combined team of Livingstone City Council health inspectors, police officers and ZEMA officials yesterday destroyed over 800 packets of Bokomo cornflakes from Shoprite that had traces of Genetically Modified Organisms.

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