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2015-11-30 |

USA: Obama breaks his promise on frankenfish, and Alaskans will pay

For close to two decades, AquaBounty, a company from Massachusetts, has been genetically modifying salmon. Apparently the whole years in the ocean, swimming back to the home creek, spawning upriver natural progression, is just too much of a pain. It takes too long.

2015-11-23 |

Syngenta sues Cargill, ADM in GMO corn fight

Swiss seed company Syngenta AG has sued top U.S. grain exporters Cargill Inc and Archer Daniels Midland Co over losses that U.S. farmers said they suffered from rejections of boatloads of genetically modified corn by China.

2015-11-23 |

USA: FDA Takes Issue With the Term Non-GMO

Lost in the news about the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically engineered salmon on Thursday was its long-awaited guidelines on labeling food with or without genetically altered plant ingredients.

2015-11-23 |

USA: Here's How Americans Feel About GMO Salmon

This Thursday, AquaBounty Technologies’ new genetically engineered Atlantic salmon made history by achieving FDA approval for human consumption. AquaBounty claims that the salmon take half the time and about 25 percent less food than standard salmon to reach market weight. The salmon will be raised in tanks on land at the company’s Canadian and Panamanian facilities.

2015-11-20 |

Australia: legislation prohibiting growth of GM crops set to be repealed in WA

Legislation allowing the WA Government to prohibit the growth of genetically modified crops in part or all of the state is set to be repealed, with the Agriculture Minister moving to scrap the 12-year-old law.

2015-11-20 |

USA: The High Tech Hijacking of GMO Food Labeling

Americans may not agree on much in this election year but according to polls, more than 90 percent support genetically engineered (GE) food labeling. Despite the industrial food complex spending hundreds of millions on lobbying against labeling, three states have responded to the call from their voters and passed labeling laws. Vermont's laws will require that companies start labeling by July, 2016.

2015-11-19 |

China’s Hunger to Join GMO Club Revealed in Move to Buy Syngenta

To understand what could be the largest-ever takeover by a Chinese company, look no further than the changes in the nation’s diet.

2015-11-11 |

Scientist Challenges Monsanto: $10 Million If You Can Prove Me Wrong About GMOs

Shiva Ayyadurai is offering to give the Monsanto company a $10 million building if they can disprove his claims about GMO regulations.

2015-11-11 |

India: Farmers criticise GM promoters’ covert practises

A group of 101 farmer organisations and activists from across India have slammed the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), India’s apex body for approving trials and commercialization of genetically engineered crops, for working in secrecy and opacity.

2015-11-11 |

Mexico: Monsanto Handed Double Whammy by Courts Over Planting GMOs

Opponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have claimed victory after Mexico’s Supreme Court blocked last week a move that would allow the cultivation of GMO soy in the Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan. In a separate appeals court decision, a federal judge upheld a 2013 ruling that barred companies such as Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer from planting or selling their GMO corn within the country’s borders.

2015-11-11 |

Azerbaijan: GMOs still concern consumers

Debates on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have raged on for years, as scientists around the world remain unable to arrive at a consensus. While some countries are neutral on the issue of GMOs, Azerbaijan has expressed a strict position of non-acceptance.

2015-11-05 |

Vietnam: farmers happy with first GMO corn crops, but concerns remain

Genetically-modified corn varieties are likely to make a full scale invasion of the Vietnamese market soon as both farmers and traders are happy with high yields and potentially bigger profits, according to a news report.

2015-11-05 |

USA: Shining Light on the DARK Act

In July this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1599, a bill we call the DARK Act (Denying American’s the Right to Know) because it would deny voters the right to pass state bills to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs) and make mandatory labeling at the federal level impossible.

2015-11-05 |

Mexico: top court blocks move to plant genetically modified soya

Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a move to allow the planting of genetically modified soya seeds in two states, arguing that indigenous communities that had fought the move should be consulted before it was approved.

2015-11-05 |

Is GMO Pork the Future of Our Food?

U.S. consumers are already widely skeptical about genetically modified (GMO) crops, but could genetically modified meat ever make it onto our plates? CBC News reports that, in addition to GMO salmon, there are two different varieties of GMO pork that are currently in development, raising questions about the future of our food.

2015-11-05 |

Synthetic biology lures Silicon Valley investors

In 2012, Emily Leproust was trying to raise money to start Twist Bioscience, a company that aimed to synthesize DNA more quickly and more cheaply than existing methods allowed. But many investors were spooked by the perception that synthetic biology — the engineering of microorganisms to make useful products such as drugs, food ingredients and materials — would not turn a profit. “It was a lonely time,” Leproust recalls.

2015-11-02 |

USA: Monsanto clears USDA regulatory hurdle for new GMO corn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday signed off on a new genetically modified type of corn developed by Monsanto Co after a review concluded it posed no significant threat to agricultural crops, other plants or the environment.

2015-11-02 |

Lies lurk behind synthetic biology

Las Vegas seems to be an apt place to launch a risky corporate gamble that could destroy the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers. Earlier this month, the international food conglomerate Cargill chose the city's famous Strip to introduce what it hopes will be its next blockbuster product: EverSweet, a sweetener made of "the same sweet components in the stevia plant".

2015-11-02 |

GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find

Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new Italian study (Tudisco et al., 2015). Publishing in the journal of Small Ruminant Research, the researchers were testing the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready GE soybeans.

2015-11-02 |

Tanzania Plans April Trials for GMO Maize Varieties

Tanzania plans to conduct trials for new varieties of genetically modified maize that can survive recurrent droughts and pests. The confined field trials, to start in April 2016, will be conducted in the semi-arid area of Makutupora in Dodoma to assess the potential of the maize varieties to produce high yields in drought conditions.

2015-10-30 |

Hungary Urges European Commission To Ban Genetically Modified Maize Varieties

Hungary has submitted a petition to the European Commission (EC) asking for a ban in Hungary on all genetically modified maize varieties that have production licences or are about to get one in the European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture told news agency MTI. The Hungarian government sent its petition on September 21, asking for the ban of 8 products.

2015-10-30 |

Mexico: GMO Ban Pending, Monsanto Hopes to Double Sales

A pending court decision on whether to uphold a ban on GM corn will be crucial in determining the corporation’s fate in Mexico.

2015-10-29 |

USA: GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars

America's sugar beet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun genetically modified (GMO) crops.

2015-10-29 |

European Parliament Opposes National Bans on GMO-Food Imports

The European Parliament rejected a draft law that would give individual countries in Europe scope to ban imports of genetically modified food and animal feed, potentially killing an initiative that was greeted with widespread criticism.

2015-10-27 |

New plant breeding techniques: Innovation breakthrough or GMOs in disguise?

New plant breeding techniques focus on developing new seed traits within a given species through genetic engineering. A troubling question for policymakers is whether these techniques should fall under GMO legislation.

2015-10-27 |

USA: California GMO Testing Pilot Project to Ensure Compliance with National Organic Program

It has been said that “California is the capital of organic.” The strength of that statement is a tribute to our state’s and our industry’s ability and willingness to lead, create and innovate.

2015-10-27 |

USDA Panel Backs Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn

Monsanto is one step closer to authorization of its new genetically modified corn after receiving approval from federal agriculture regulators last week.

2015-10-27 |

Canada: Study Exposes AquaBounty's Bogus Growth Claims on GMO Salmon

For those of you who have read the Mary Shelley novel “Frankenstein,” you remember that the name refers to the scientist Victor Frankenstein, not the monster he constructed from body parts found in the local cemetery. The story has captured the public’s imagination for nearly 200 years, and “franken” has become a common prefix—and a pejorative—for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are made with cut-and-pasted genetic material from different species of plants, animals and microorganisms.

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