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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-02-28 |

Australia: Research confirms first glyphosate resistant wild radish

The world’s first populations of glyphosate resistant wild radish will be announced at Perth’s Agribusiness Crop Updates, but researchers stress further cases can be minimised if farmers adopt diverse control strategies.

2014-02-27 |

Hawaii Lawmakers Still Trying to Undermine County Anti-GMO Regulations?

Hawaii lawmakers are planning to discuss a bill next week that some see as an attempt to undermine recent county regulations on genetically modified farming. Senate Bill 2777 says that land uses described in state law defining agricultural land shall be allowed “without further limitations or restrictions.”

2014-02-27 |

India: GM Varieties Set to Boost Mustard Oil Production

Mustard oil production in India is expected increase considerably in the coming years. According to estimates the country will produce 34 lakh tonnes (LT) of mustard oil by 2020, which in turn will reduce India’s reliance on imports of kanola oil (derived from rapeseeds) from Canada.

2014-02-27 |

China: Genetically Modified Food - A Clockwork Tomato

Will political and public opposition to genetically modified food stop China’s market from developing? It’s the Cold War again, only this time the caches are filling with grains, not missiles, and battles are mapped out on wet rice paddies instead of dry plains. At least that’s how People’s Liberation Army Major-General Peng Guangqian seems to view the fight between genetically modified crops and traditional farming techniques in China.

2014-02-27 |

European scientists descend on Africa to promote GM crops

Africa is expected to be the next target of GM food companies, as European scientists and policymakers travel to Ethiopia to boost the prospect of growing more of the controversial crops on the continent.

2014-02-27 |

US GMO crops show mix of benefits, concerns

After more than 15 years of using genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environmental and on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

2014-02-27 |

GM pheromones: getting Crops to 'Talk' to Insects

If you want to keep insects off your crops, you have a couple of options: Spray the plants with pesticides or confuse the bugs with pheromones. The latter—chemicals used by insects to communicate—are more environmentally friendly, but manufacturing them involves harmful chemicals. Now, scientists have devised a method that enables them to produce pheromones from plants themselves, a safer and potentially more economical approach.

2014-02-27 |

GMO Tobacco Discovery Could Lead To Safer Insecticides

Genetic engineering of tobacco plants so that they produce moth pheromones demonstrates the potential of genetically modified plants to act as factories for the synthesis of insect pheromones, write the authors of a Nature Communications paper.

2014-02-27 |

Americans Still Aren't Buying GMO-Free Gospel. Just Ask General Mills

Anti-GMO alarmism still doesn’t persuade Americans the way it has Europeans. Many Americans are smart enough to understand the flimsy arguments about the supposed dangers of genetically modified organisms and even appreciate the many benefits of the practice of bioengineering crops.

2014-02-27 |

Russian senators seek ban on GMO-containing foodstuffs

A draft law banning the turnover of GMO-containing foodstuffs in Russia, where a formal ban on growing genetically modified crops is in place only in 14 regions, has been submitted to the State Duma lower house of parliament.

2014-02-27 |

Monsanto bio-piracy supported by European Patent Office

The European Patent Office in Munich (EPO) is granting a patent to Monsanto on screening and selecting soybean plants adapted to certain climate zones (EP2134870). The plants supposedly have higher yields in different environmental conditions. The soybeans concerned are wild and cultivated species from Asia and Australia.

2014-02-27 |

UK: Genetic modification - A means of making profit

The Environment Minister Owen Paterson, in his speech at this year's Oxford Farming Conference, said that Europe is risking becoming a 'museum of world farming' if it doesn't open the door to genetically modified crops. He also said that decisions about adopting GM technology have to be based 'on science', and called all opposition to GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and 'politically motivated'.

2014-02-27 |

Australia: Steve Marsh genetically modified canola court case transcripts available

Transcripts of the West Australian court case of an organic farmer suing his neighbour for allegedly contaminating his farm with genetically modified canola will be made available online.

2014-02-25 |

China: KFC uses GM soybeans to make soy milk in China

Fast food chain KFC is suspected of using genetically modified soybeans in its soy milk sold in China, said a Chinese inspection and testing institute and a product-review website, reports Shanghai's China Business News.

2014-02-25 |

EU allows DuPont Pioneer's GM supercorn

In a vote Tuesday, European affairs ministers allowed for the introduction of TC1507. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) do not oppose the technology. However, Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, of the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, has said he would do whatever he could to make the introduction of GM corn into Germany more difficult.

2014-02-25 |

USA: EPA Approves Exemption for Bt Residues in Soy Foods From GMO Crops

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on February 12 creating an exemption for residue tolerance levels in soy foods and feed for the biological pesticide Bt used in GMO crops. Similar exemptions have already been approved for corn and cotton food and products.

2014-02-25 |

China: Finance Ministry Bans GM Oil for Staff to Safeguard Health

China’s Ministry of Finance has caused waves in the country’s agricultural circles after announcing on Thursday that it will make sure no genetically modified (GM) oil is used in the canteens of Ministry workers. This comes after an order from the Ex Chinese Minister of Finance, Xie Xuren, in 2013 to safeguard the health of the Ministry’s staff.

2014-02-25 |

USA: California Takes Up New Bill to Label GMO Foods

Answering the call for greater transparency and choices in the food system, California State Senator Noreen Evans (D – Santa Rosa) introduced a new bill on Friday to label genetically engineered (GE, genetically modified, or GMO) foods sold in California.

2014-02-21 |

Scotland: scientists plan to genetically alter barley in a bit to boost whisky industry

Scientists are planning genetically to alter barley in a bid to boost Scotland’s whisky industry. Barley is a key ingredient in the Water of Life - but 10% of the Scottish crop is damaged by a normally benign fungus which can turn on the plant.

2014-02-21 |

EU: Despite EU approval, Hungary vows fight on GMO corn

Hungary’s government will take all necessary measures to prevent the cultivation in Hungary of Pioneer’s 1507 genetically modified maize, the Rural Development Ministry vowed today. This will mark the latest battle in Hungary’s longstanding fight against GMO crop production.

2014-02-19 |

Hawaii: Public perception of GMO's

Genetically modified organisms continue to draw attention at the state capitol. According to the Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser "Campaign 2014 Hawaii Poll", the topic is front of mind at home as well.

2014-02-18 |

UK farmers winning GMO-free export market

A shortage of GM-free oilseed rape among Baltic exporters has forced Turkey to come to the UK in search of supplies. This could be the start of something big ...

2014-02-18 |

Free Pepper: No to Syngenta's Patent on Peppers

On the 03/02 a broad coalition consisting of 34 NGO’s, farmers’ and breeders’ organisations from 27 European countries filed an opposition to a pepper-patent from Syngenta. The company patented an insect resistance, which they copied from a wild pepper. Such patents are ethically questionable, increase the seed market concentration, hinder innovation, and consequently pose a threat to global food security.

2014-02-18 |

Cargill to reject for export crops with new GMO Syngenta corn trait

Cargill Inc, the top exporter of U.S. grain and oilseeds, on Friday said it will reject crops containing a new genetically modified Syngenta AG corn trait that are delivered to its grain elevators for export contracts.

2014-02-18 |

India tops Canada as 4th largest country growing GM crops

India has overtaken Canada to emerge as the fourth largest country to grow biotech or genetically modified (GM) crops in 2013 as farmers here planted Bt cotton in about 11 million hectares. In the previous year, farmers in India had planted Bt cotton — the only approved GM crop for commercial cultivation — in about 10.8 m ha.

2014-02-18 |

UK: How GM Food Is Finding Its Way Onto Your Dinner Plate

Genetically modified (GM) food is flooding into the UK through the back door with many consumers unaware that much of the meat and dairy products they eat may have been made from farm animals fed a diet containing GM crops.

2014-02-18 |

USA: A Backdoor Effort To Label Genetically Modified Food

A Washington state referendum to put warning labels on genetically modified foods, I-522, failed in the last election, but a new effort is more clever - they want to warn the public about Frankenfish and are couching it in an effort to simply make the public aware if it's farm-raised or caught in the wild or, oh yeah, a TRANSGENIC ABOMINATION OF NATURE.

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