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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-09-26 |

USA: New Generation of GM Crops Puts Agriculture in a Crisis Situation

With the first of a new generation of genetically engineered crops ready to hit the market, the battle lines are being drawn. Food safety activists have promised to fight the crops—corn and soybeans designed to tolerate multiple herbicides—in court. They and many scientists argue that these crops will harm environmental and possibly human health. The companies that make them say they’re providing a much-needed tool to fight the growing scourge of herbicide-resistant weeds.

2014-09-24 |

USDA Greenlighting of Agent Orange Crops Sparks Condemnation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision this week to approve two new genetically engineered crops is being denounced by watchdog groups as a false solution to herbicide-resistant weeds and a move that threatens human and environment safety alike.

2014-09-24 |

Ireland: GM foods must be part of the future of Irish agriculture and food production

Genetically Modified (GM) foods must be part of the future of Irish agriculture and food production, according to Leo Enright, Chairman of the Government’s science awareness programme, Discover Science and Engineering.

2014-09-24 |

Nigeria: Concerns in agricultural biotechnology

The last few weeks have seen several write-ups on the pages of newspapers in Nigeria about genetically modified crops (GMCs), food (GMF) and other products (GMPs).

2014-09-24 |

USA: Why Dow Enlist GMO Seeds Wait on EPA Review of Weed Killer

Selling farmers on a new method of fighting weeds is a two-part proposition: The herbicide is sold along with genetically modified seeds designed to survive the spraying. Now, Dow Chemical (DOW) is getting ready to challenge Monsanto’s (MON) widely used Roundup Ready crop-and-herbicide combo, with each part of its new product following separate regulatory tracks.

2014-09-22 |

The Debate About GMO Safety Is Over, Thanks To A New Trillion-Meal Study

Visit almost any anti-GMO website and you will find alarming headlines about the alleged dangers of GMO foods. They kill pigs, cows and sheep on farms and in lab studies! Humans are next!

2014-09-22 |

GMOs feeding the world or failing to yield?

Advocates of genetically engineered crops claim they will help us “feed the world” by improving crop yields. But is there any actual evidence that GE crops have actually delivered better yields than conventional breeding techniques?

2014-09-22 |

Engineered moths could reduce pest population

Genetically engineered moths may give farmers a new way to control pests without spraying pesticides.

2014-09-22 |

Philippines: GMO debate grows over golden rice

Researchers believe they have found a way to add critical nutrients to rice, a dietary staple in countries like the Philippines. But those changes tap directly into concerns over genetically modified food.

2014-09-22 |

USA: What Room is there for Debate in GMO Labeling?

Voters in Washington narrowly defeated a law that would require big agriculture and the chemical companies to tell us what foods contain genetically engineered ingredients last November. A similar ballot initiative for Proposition 37 failed in California the year before. In both contests, the "no" vote was solicited by a multi-million dollar campaign sponsored by the chemical companies and junk food manufacturers.

2014-09-22 |

Georgian parliament passes law on live GM organisms

The Georgian parliament passed a law on "Live genetically modified organisms". The law was supported by 65 deputies and opposed by two deputies.

2014-09-18 |

USA: What's the Big Deal about GMOs?

Genetically engineered foods are in almost all processed food products in the United States. A simple reading of the label will reveal one or more of the following ingredients in every one of them: corn or corn oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil (made from rapeseed oil, a GMO product), soy and/or soybean oil, and/or high fructose corn syrup.

2014-09-18 |

South Africa: Woolworths to halve own-label GM goods

Woolworths aimed to reduce by 50 percent the number of its private-label products that contained genetically modified (GM) ingredients, the food and fashion retailer said last week. It would do this within 12 months.

2014-09-18 |

Australia: Senator says GM politics stifling good policy

South Australian Liberal Senator Sean Edwards says an outbreak of beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers in his home State this season.

2014-09-17 |

Indian government still flip flopping on GM trials

Public opposition to GM trials is fuelling government indecision, stranding India’s food research in the lab.

2014-09-17 |

USA: Potential settlement of some claims in works over Monsanto's GM wheat

A potential settlement appears to be in the works on some claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field.

2014-09-16 |

Genetically Modified Wheat, Without The GMO Drama

Researchers have discovered "the most famous wheat gene," a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat, which clears the way for wheat varieties with disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses.

2014-09-16 |

USA: Can Genetic Engineering Save the Florida Orange?

Citrus greening, the plague that could wipe out Florida's $9 billion orange industry, begins with the touch of a jumpy brown bug on a sun-kissed leaf.

2014-09-16 |

Cargill sues Syngenta Seed over China shipments

The company said it lost $90 million after corn grown from genetically modified Syngenta seed was refused by China.

2014-09-16 |

USA: Why GMO Labeling May Finally Win Voters Approval in Colorado and Oregon

After efforts to label genetically modified food have failed in most states, there’s reason to think things will go differently in November in Oregon and possibly Colorado.

2014-09-16 |

USA: GMO safety, weed control top concerns as US study kicks off

Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday.

2014-09-15 |

EU: GMO lobby sees new Juncker Commission as bad news

The Juncker Commission has promised to be “more political” than its predecessor, something GMO backers see as a negative development for the approval of genetically modified crops in Europe.

2014-09-15 |

Philippines: SC allows biotechnology group to intervene in Bt eggplant case

The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines (BCP) to intervene in the Bt eggplant case as the Bt eggplant “ban” threatens other genetically modified (GM) crops that contribute to food security, the biotechnology group announced Tuesday.

2014-09-15 |

An open source future for synthetic biology

If the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) tells us something indisputable, it is this: GMO food products from corporations like Monsanto are suspected to endanger health. On the other hand, an individual’s right to genetically modify and even synthesize entire organisms as part of his dietary or medical regimen could someday be a human right.

2014-09-15 |

An open source future for synthetic biology

If the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) tells us something indisputable, it is this: GMO food products from corporations like Monsanto are suspected to endanger health. On the other hand, an individual’s right to genetically modify and even synthesize entire organisms as part of his dietary or medical regimen could someday be a human right.

2014-09-15 |

EU educates Thai exporters on GMO regulations

European Union (EU) experts on genetically modified organisms (GMO) were training Thai exporters and academics today to prevent exports of GMO-contaminated products.

2014-09-15 |

India: GM field trial monitoring committees exist only on paper, members unaware of its existence

The apparatus responsible for monitoring field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops is in a shambles, an investigation by The Statesman has revealed. The State Biotechnology Coordination Committee (SBCC) in Maharashtra, which is supposed to monitor these trials, has not met in years, with some members being unaware even of its existence. The situation in neighbouring Gujarat is also similar. On the other hand, the District Level Committee (DLC), which is supposed to monitor trials as well as prepare off-site emergency plans, is virtually non-existent. In effect, the story of monitoring of GM crop trials is a story of monitoring and regulation falling through the cracks of laid-down procedures on paper and functioning of processes on the ground.

2014-09-15 |

USA: Monsanto Settles Some GMO Wheat Cases

Monsanto has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest in a lawsuit over genetically modified wheat. But plaintiffs in the Midwest and other parts of the country are still in negotiations.

2014-09-11 |

Uganda: GMO Bill not withdrawn - Minister

The minister of state for Finance in charge of Planning, Matia Kasaija, has refuted claims that government has withdrawn the National Biotechnology and Bio safety Bill, 2012 (BSBT). He said government fully supports the Bill.

2014-09-11 |

Media Attacks Directed against the Critics of Biotechnology and GM Agriculture

Hot on the heels of a much publicised article in the New Yorker that set out to attack Vandana Shiva comes another on the Scroll.in website (on September 3). Girish Shahane mounts an attack on Shiva and what he believes to be her false and misleading statements about farmer suicides in India (access the article here). Shahane deems it necessary to question Shiva’s qualification as a scientist, claiming she has never been one. He says this could be overlooked if she was scientific in her approach to farmer suicides, but he claims that her approach is anything but scientific.

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