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2015-09-22 |

USA: The Fight Against GMOs and Toxic Food

Scotland has banned genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within its country. “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment—and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status,” said rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead. Here in the US the fight is just for the right to know that a food product should be labeled as GMO, and that’s not going so well.

2015-09-22 |

Kenya: Govt sued over lifting of GMO ban

The Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum has moved to court in a bid to stop the government from lifting the ban on genetically modified organisms.

2015-09-21 |

Russia to Ban Genetically Modified Organisms in Food Production

The Russian government will ban production of goods using genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich was quoted as saying Friday.

2015-09-21 |

Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back Extinct Animals?

Will it one day be possible to bring a woolly mammoth or a Neanderthal back to life? If so, should we? How is climate change affecting the evolution and extinction of species?

2015-09-18 |

USA: The DARK Act Makes Absolutely No Sense, And Here's Why

This summer HR Bill 1599 was introduced to Congress. Dubbed the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know) by its opponents, it was reactionary legislation to Vermont, Connecticut and Maine's 2014 laws that made GMO labeling mandatory on food packaging. The DARK Act makes absolutely no sense, and here's why.

2015-09-18 |

USA: Food Industry Enlisted Academics in GMO Lobbying War

At Monsanto, sales of genetically modified seeds were steadily rising. But executives at the company’s St. Louis headquarters were privately worried about attacks on the safety of their products.

2015-09-18 |

Synthetic biology needs robust safety mechanisms before real world application

Targeted cancer treatments, toxicity sensors and living factories: synthetic biology has the potential to revolutionize science and medicine. But before the technology is ready for real-world applications, more attention needs to be paid to its safety and stability, say experts in a review article published in Current Opinion in Chemical Biology.

2015-09-18 |

New Zealand: Hastings District Becomes First Official GMO Free Region

Hastings District Council has secured a major economic opportunity for local food producers by making the district the first official GMO Free food producing zone in New Zealand.

2015-09-18 |

France bolsters ban on genetically modified crops

France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country remains in place, it said on Thursday.

2015-09-15 |

Monsanto's Tobacco Files: University Scientists Caught Conspiring With Biotech Industry to Manipulate Public Opinion on GMOs

What happens when a private company with a long history of producing some of the most toxic chemicals on the planet and now produces our food starts facing public pressure from a growing national grassroots movement to label their products to conform with basic principles of democracy and transparency?

2015-09-15 |

China to Investigate Suspected Illegal Cultivation of GMO Crops

China is one of the world’s top buyers of Genetically Modified (GMO) soybeans, exporting about 20,000 tonnes of soybeans each year to South Korea, Japan and the United States.

2015-09-15 |

USA: Congress May Block States from Requiring GMO Labeling

As the vitriol intensifies in what passes for debate over the safety of genetically modified foods, scientific inquiry, thankfully, continues. A Tufts researcher, Sheldon Krimsky, recently published his assessment of the last seven years of peer-reviewed evidence, finding 26 studies that "reported adverse effects or uncertainties of GMOs fed to animals."

2015-09-15 |

USA: Josephine County, Oregon, Suspends Enforcement of GMO Ban

Oregon's Josephine County won't enforce a ban on genetically modified crops until a related lawsuit is resolved.

2015-09-15 |

China's first genetically modified cattle gives birth

A cloned, genetically modified cow has given birth to a healthy calf in China, a crucial step toward producing domestic marbled beef.

2015-09-15 |

Hawaii Attorney General Backs Vermont GMO Labeling Law

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin signed onto a brief defending Vermont’s right to require labels on food containing genetically engineered ingredients.

2015-09-10 |

Scientists push for serious debates over "essential" human embryo testing

Genetic modification of human embryos has officially been deemed as “essential” and should be allowed so scientists can better understand basic biology, according to a report.

2015-09-10 |

China: Many farmers in Northeast China grow GM soybeans despite official ban

Farmers in Heilongjiang Province have been found illegally growing genetically modified (GM) soybeans, media reports revealed Saturday.

2015-09-10 |

India: Black clouds over BT cotton as whitefly runs amok

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana are perturbed over a sense of deja vu they are experiencing ever since the attack of the pest - the whitefly - on their BT cotton crop.

2015-09-10 |

Glowing in the dark, GMO chickens shed light on bird flu fight

In the realm of avian research, the chicks with the glow-in-the-dark beaks and feet might one day rock the poultry world.

2015-09-09 |

USA: Chipotle Fires Back Against Non-GMO Lawsuit

Chipotle Mexican Grill isn't mincing words as it speaks out against a new lawsuit over serving items that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

2015-09-09 |

The Puppetmasters of Academia (or What the NY Times Left out)

“Reading the emails make(s) me want to throw up” tweeted the Food Babe after reading a lengthy series of them posted online by the NY Times on Sept 5th. The emails in question result from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and are posted in the side bars of a front-page article by Times reporter Eric Lipton (“Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show”).

2015-09-09 |

Rejection of GM crops is not a failure for science

Governments maintaining their antipathy for transgenic crops are sensibly balancing public consent with scientific evidence.

2015-09-07 |

EU: Latvia and Greece opt out of GMO foods

European Union members Latvia and Greece are the first countries in the 28-member bloc to make use of an opt-out law, allowing them to decide whether or not to grow genetically modified (GMO) crops.

2015-09-07 |

Academics Join Lobbying War Between GMO and Organic Industries

Monsanto and other biotechnology industry giants have been combating bad press regarding their genetically modified food products by recruiting academics to speak on their behalf, the New York Times reports.

2015-09-07 |

EU: Agriculture committee opposes national bans on Imports of GM food and feed

The agriculture committee on Thursday rejected the Commission's draft law that would give member states the power to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GM food or feed on their territory. It fears that arbitrary national bans could distort competition on the EU's single market and jeopardise the Union's food production sectors which are heavily dependent on imports of GM feed.

2015-09-04 |

In the race to save species, GMOs are coming to nature

The regal American chestnut once reached across the deciduous forests of the Appalachians and Eastern Seaboard. Its abundance was astonishing: Up to one in four of every large tree in eastern forests was a chestnut.

2015-09-04 |

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.

2015-09-02 |

USA: Chipotle sued over GMO-free menu claims

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's new GMO-free menu claims have lured diners and boosted the burrito chain's stock price, but it has some consumers crying foul.

2015-08-27 |

The non-GMO industry is growing fast. Where does it go from here?

GMO — Never have three letters caused such an uproar from those for and against genetically modified organisms (and/or labeling them). From companies and politicians to celebrities and mom bloggers, all chime in when it comes to GMO and non-GMO foods and beverages.

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