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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

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.

2014-07-01 |

USA: Wheat leaders hear updates on biotechnology topics

Every day public and private wheat breeders get closer to the goal of a commercially available genetically engineered wheat variety. It’s now more important that wheat industry leaders continue to communicate among the sectors, which is why the Joint Biotechnology Committee exists, explained Chairman Jay Armstrong.

2014-07-01 |

USA: Oregon looks to map GMO crops for better transparency

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of genetically modified crops, so I was fully supportive when part of the state I live in voted to ban genetically modified crops. The hope is that this will be a solution to a common problem with genetically modified crops cross-pollinating nearby fields. This is sometimes called "pollen drift," and it can be a big problem.

2014-07-01 |

Roundup Resistance Spurs Texas Push for Emergency Use of Controversial Herbicide on GE Cotton

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a request by Texas regulators to allow the use of a controversial herbicide, propazine, to battle Palmer amaranth, a glyphosate-resistant “super weed” that has been plaguing growers of genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-tolerant cotton in the state. Propazine, an active ingredient in Milo-Pro, would be sprayed on up to 3 million acres, which amounts to approximately half of the state’s estimated crop acreage for this season. As currently proposed, the maximum amount of product to be applied would be 70,314 gallons.

2014-07-01 |

Humans Are About To Taste The First GE Super Bananas

Human subjects in the United States will be the first to try a genetically engineered banana that aims to save children dying from malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.

2014-06-26 |

Tanzania: GMO Research, Technology Confined to Labs

Tanzania allows research into Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) to promote scientific research but has not yet permitted use of products, the government has clarified.

2014-06-26 |

Monsanto Earnings Dip on Lower Biotech Seed Sales

Monsanto said its earnings fell more than 5 percent in the third fiscal quarter on lower sales of biotech seeds, but its performance still topped Wall Street estimates and the company raised its 2014 outlook. It also announced plans to repurchase $10 billion in shares.

2014-06-26 |

USA: New York GMO Labeling Bill Buried, For Now

Proposed GMO labeling legislation died in this year's New York State legislative session. But advocates promise to resurrect it next session.

2014-06-26 |

Reactions to Republication of Landmark Seralini GMO Study

Sustainable Pulse welcomes the republication of the Séralini et al. study on the “Long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” by Environmental Sciences Europe.

2014-06-26 |

Australia: Steve Marsh to Appeal GM Canola Contamination Case

The Safe Food Foundation welcomes Steve Marsh’s decision to appeal the decision against him in the Western Australian Supreme Court last month. He lodged his appeal on Wednesday 18 June and the appeal will be heard in the next six to twelve months before the court of appeal made up of three judges.

2014-06-24 |

EU: EFSA delivers positive opinion on GM oilseed rape

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given its stamp of approval on the safety of Monsanto’s MON 88302 oilseed rape crop, which has been genetically modified to be tolerant of herbicides.

2014-06-24 |

Zimbabwe: GM Foods and Crops - a Rebuttal

Food, politics and health have once again come together in a media-friendly cocktail. Two thought-pieces with opposing views on Genetically Modified Crops were published in the Zimbabwe media over the last two weeks. One was by Dr. Edward Mabaya, a Cornell University academic, who argues for the adoption of Genetically Modified (GM) seed technology in Zimbabwe. The other is by Mr. Tobaiwa Mudede and Mr. Richard Hondo who have argued against the introduction and marketing of GM crops technology, and thus sustaining the current ban on using GM seeds.

2014-06-24 |

Australia: Setting the standards - who regulates GM food?

In this second instalment of GM in Australia – a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops – David Tribe walks us through the bodies responsible for GM policy and oversight.

2014-06-24 |

Republication of the Seralini study: Science speaks for itself

GMOSeralini.org welcomes the news of the republication of the chronic toxicity study on the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize, Monsanto’s NK603, led by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini. The republication restores the study to the peer-reviewed literature so that it can be consulted and built upon by other scientists.

2014-06-24 |

Puerto Rico: GMO, the Controversy That Won't Go Away

The controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMO), crops and foods is enveloping the whole planet. Farmers, scientists, professors, government ministers, elected representatives, environmentalists, peasants, indigenous peoples, and many other sectors are in heated argument regarding the pros and cons of this technology. Leaders of the business, scientific and academic communities, and political leaders, are being pressed with increasing insistence to speak up on the issue.

2014-06-23 |

USA: Vermont state may bring in outside help to defend GMO labeling law

Vermont may hire national guns to help defend its GMO labeling law. “We’re going to fight fire with fire,” Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell said in an interview Thursday.

2014-06-23 |

Taiwan: New rules on GM foods to take effect in 2016

Taiwan has tightened its regulations on labeling products made from genetically modified substances and will begin carrying out the new rules in 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

2014-06-23 |

Australia: GM grass for dairy cows sparks concern

A plan to feed Australian dairy cows genetically modified rye grass designed to boost milk production has sparked concerns from both organic and non-organic farmers.

2014-06-23 |

GM techniques: from the field to the laboratory (and back again)

Welcome to GM in Australia, a The Conversation series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified (GM) crops. In this first instalment, Peter Langridge describes two GM techniques: selective breeding and genetic engineering.

2014-06-23 |

US says science should settle trans-Atlantic food trade rules

The rules governing food imports are up for grabs in US-EU free trade negotiations. The US wants Europe to base its assessment of genetically-modified crops and hormone-treated meats on 'sound science'.

2014-06-23 |

US says science should settle trans-Atlantic food trade rules

The rules governing food imports are up for grabs in US-EU free trade negotiations. The US wants Europe to base its assessment of genetically-modified crops and hormone-treated meats on 'sound science'.

2014-06-23 |

Nigeria: Stakeholders advocate genetic food to promote food security

Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), has called for the quick passage of the biosafety right bill and the adoption of Genetic Modified (GM) crops to enhance achievement of food security in the country.

2014-06-23 |

Kenya: Europe to shun Kenya GM crops, farmers told

Local farmers will find it difficult to export their crops to Europe if they adopt the Genetically Modified (GM) crops, according to the head of the EU delegation to Kenya, Lodewjik Briet.

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