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2015-01-12 |

Genetic engineering on the cheap

Klavs Jensen spent years in his lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology trying to find a better way to get stuff into cells without killing them.

2015-01-12 |

Pakistan: GMO Biotechnology Categorized as Biological Weapons of Mass Destruction

In July last year, Monsanto, Pioneer and Syngenta, multinational companies and a number of national firms approached Pakistan’s Ministry of Food Security seeking licences to raise genetically-modified (GM) food products in Pakistan.

2015-01-12 |

English farmers could grow commercial GM crops for first time

A landmark ruling by the European Parliament is this week expected to give ministers the power to approve genetically modified crops

2015-01-09 |

Monsanto earnings fall 34% after a year of global protests

Company that has come under fire for its genetically modified seeds said its earnings fell 34% in its first fiscal quarter

2015-01-09 |

Chinese government backs further studies of genetically modified crops

The central government has renewed permits allowing scientists to grow three varieties of genetically modified rice and corn on the mainland, more than three months after they expired, suggesting the technology has the continued backing of the authorities.

2015-01-09 |

Can GMOs save the world?

In October in Istanbul, farmers, agricultural researchers and advocates from around the world gathered for the Organic World Congress, organized by the 42-year-old International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). With 800 affiliates in 124 countries, IFOAM comes together every three years to gauge its global efforts to promote chemical-free farming, share innovations and address challenges to growth.

2015-01-07 |

USA: GMO Ban In Los Angeles Losing Support, Regulation Might Be Dead

A GMO ban in Los Angeles is reportedly losing support, and may not happen at all. Just three days before local lawmakers were slated to vote on a ban on all genetically-modified crops, a massive lobbying effort was embarked upon by a biotech trade group.

2015-01-07 |

Gene Editing Technology Provides Loophole From GMO Regulation

Historically, genetically modified crops have contained genes from other organisms such as bacteria and require federal government approval.

2015-01-07 |

DuPont Pioneer unleashes new GM soybean cooking oil

It is called Plenish and it is a cooking oil that has been approved by the USDA as safe to eat. It is made solely of genetically modified (GM, GMO) soy beans and they say it may very well change the way the world sees GMOs.

2015-01-07 |

Genetically modified crops: Corporate fiction

As the New Year begins, I feel compelled to reflect on how fictions and abstract constructions are ruling us; the nature of being and existence is being redefined in such fundamental ways that life itself is threatened. When corporations that were designed as legal constructs claim “personhood”, then real people — who stand in line at polling booths, eke out livelihoods, and raise families — lose their rights.

2015-01-06 |

India: Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar Bats for GM Crop Trials

The Narendra Modi government is committed to going ahead with trials for genetically modified or GM crops and a decision on commercialization will be taken only after proper scientific evaluation, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has told NDTV.

2015-01-05 |

USDA clears GMO tall fescue

A new GMO variety of tall fescue turfgrass that's resistant to glyphosate herbicides has been cleared for cultivation by USDA.

2015-01-05 |

USA: Iowa lawsuits accuse Syngenta over rejected GMO crops

Iowa farmers and companies are suing Syngenta AG, claiming they suffered financial losses when China rejected corn shipments containing a genetically modified seed developed by the agribusiness giant but not approved for use by China.

2015-01-05 |

USA: Iowa lawsuits accuse Syngenta over rejected GMO crops

Iowa farmers and companies are suing Syngenta AG, claiming they suffered financial losses when China rejected corn shipments containing a genetically modified seed developed by the agribusiness giant but not approved for use by China.

2014-12-29 |

USA: GMO-Labelling Unlikely to Affect US Consumer Prices

Labeling food products as genetically (GMO) engineered should not affect US consumer prices, advocates of GMO labeling told Sputnik Tuesday.

2014-12-29 |

Genetically Modified Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Roasting chestnuts on an open fire is supposed to be one of the quintessential Christmas experiences. But I'd never tasted nor smelled a roasted chestnut until I got into the genetics lab of William Powell at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.

2014-12-29 |

India: Govt set to import cotton seeds despite ban

The federal government is opening doors for introducing various varieties of cotton seeds produced by foreign firms despite a ban on their import.

2014-12-29 |

Europe Revokes Monsanto's 'Fraudulent' GMO Tomato Patent

Patent EP1812575 held by Monsanto has been revoked by the European Patent Office (EPO) after the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! filed an opposition in May 2014.

2014-12-23 |

Nigeria: what has Nigeria learnt from the West?

Starting in 2015, individual E.U countries may be able to ban genetically modified (GM) plants – even if the European Union’s own regulators have declared them safe for cultivation. Last week’s edition of Science reported that the proposal to renationalize decisions on GM crops in Europe was agreed to earlier this month.

2014-12-23 |

GMO Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Syracuse.com recently reported in “Breakthrough at SUNY-ESF” that researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are growing 10,000 genetically engineered (GE) American chestnut trees to be distributed widely when approved.

2014-12-23 |

USA: GMO Labelling Meaningless As 76% of Americans Unaware of What GMOs Are

Food and beverage industry analyst, Darren Seifer stated that 76 percent of Americans have little to no awareness of what genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are.

2014-12-23 |

Philippines: Resurgence of genetically modified organisms issue

Even a high-tech problem can be addressed by a simple solution, a non-government organization doctor told participants at a Philippine health situation forum on Sunday.

2014-12-23 |

EU: GMO rejections suggest Europeans becoming more hostile to science and technology

Three years ago Anne Glover, a Scottish molecular biologist, became the EU’s first chief scientific adviser. She could also be its last. Her mandate expired, along with the previous commission’s, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president, has not seen fit to renew it.

2014-12-19 |

USA: Hawaii new council members to consider GMO

With three new council members weighing in for the first time, the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to decide whether to appeal a federal court ruling overturning the county’s ban on growing genetically modified crops in open-air conditions.

2014-12-19 |

Costa Rica: Lawmakers begin discussions on bill that would place a moratorium on GMO crop production

A Legislative Assembly commission on agriculture on Tuesday will begin discussing a bill that would place a moratorium on the production of genetically modified crops in the country.

2014-12-19 |

China approves delayed GMO imports as U.S. ties warm

China has approved the import of a genetically modified corn strain it blocked last year, causing market turmoil, and has given clearance to biotech soybeans that had been waiting years for clearance, in a sign of improving relations with the United States.

2014-12-19 |

Technology is ready for synthetic foods. Are you?

Driverless cars? Half of all Americans would climb aboard. Brain implants? Nearly 30% are open-minded. In-vitro meat grown in a laboratory? Hold the burger.

2014-12-16 |

USA: Congress Gets it Wrong on GMO Labels

The FDA issued voluntary guidance for labeling GMO foods in 2001 and has basically been inactive on the topic ever since. Since the agency has for years neglected citizen petitions to require the mandatory labeling of GMOs, a movement is afoot to introduce bills on the state level. In 2012 and 2013,

2014-12-16 |

EU: Commissioner Andriukaitis welcomes provisional political agreement on GMO cultivation

I am glad to announce that yesterday evening the European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional political agreement on the draft legislation on GMO cultivation. The proposal, still subject to confirmation by Coreper and by the plenary of the European Parliament, will give Member States the possibility to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on their territory, without affecting the EU risk assessment.

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