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2014-11-13 |

USA: Living with GMOs - a letter from America

NGOs, scientists, anti-GM groups, celebrities, food manufacturers, and others representing 57 million Americans today publish an Open Letter to the UK and the entire EU warning of the serious and manifold hazards of GMO crops - and promising their support in our fight against them.

2014-11-11 |

USA: GMO labeling fails in Colorado, Oregon; GMO ban passes in Maui

The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation's capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday.

2014-11-11 |

USA: GMO-free animals a good business model

Megan Brown sells beef from grass-fed cows, but the Butte County rancher’s choice is motivated more by the higher price she can get for organic beef than worries about the health consequences of eating meat from cows that ate genetically modified grain.

2014-11-11 |

Trinidad & Tobago: GM mosquitoes for Trinidad if price is right

Government has considered introducing genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to Trinidad and Tobago to fight the deadly dengue and chikungunya viruses and if the price is right, it is a possibility, according to Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan.

2014-11-11 |

USA: Opponents of GM crops alarmed at new California law

Opponents of genetically modified organisms are sounding the alarm statewide over a new California law they contend could derail local efforts to regulate or ban not just GMOs, but all plants, seeds or crops grown in the state.

2014-11-10 |

US hopes for GMO crop cultivation in China still alive, barely

DuPont Pioneer, one of the world's largest seed companies, is refusing to give up on efforts to cultivate genetically modified crops in Chinese fields in the face of regulatory hurdles, even as rivals pull back.

2014-11-10 |

Kenya: State under pressure to lift ban on GM foods

The European Union (EU) has given its stamp of approval to biotechnology and use of genetically modified (GM) foods, urging the Kenya Government to lift the ban on GM food imports.

2014-11-10 |

USA: GM potatoes approved for commercial planting

Modified potato reduces a chemical called acrylamide, which is produced when the potato is fried, and has been approved for commercial planting, the US department of agriculture announced on Friday.

2014-11-10 |

The Criminality of the GMO Biotech Industry

GM rice accounts for about a third of contamination cases, despite the fact there is officially no GM rice grown anywhere in the world. The authors suggest this high level might be related to the routine testing of imports of GM rice at national borders. The highest rates of contamination are in imported foodstuffs to Germany, but this is probably because that country does a lot of testing.

2014-11-05 |

Will GMO Free Be The New Organic?

For the most part, the war over GMOs is at a resting place. The anti-GMO forces have won the culture wars with a kind of aesthetic distaste for the technology, blocking its success in consumer-visible forms. That is why there is no Flavr Savr tomato anymore.

2014-11-05 |

USA: Humboldt County to Vote on Banning GMO Production

In the produce aisle of Eureka Natural Foods, every mushroom, zucchini and head of cabbage is organic.
“Organic, organic, organic,” says Bill Schaser, a retired teacher and loyal customer.

2014-11-05 |

Taiwan: GM food has to be labeled starting next year

Producers have to put labels such as “genetically modified” or “contains genetically modified ingredients” on food products starting next year, local media reported yesterday.

2014-11-05 |

Cameroon may take on GM cotton in 3 years

The flagship of the agro-industry in northern Cameroon plans to launch, Société de développement du coton (Sodecoton), will be starting the second phase of research to introduce genetically modified cotton to Cameroon next year. This second phase will last three years and could make GMOs commonplace in Cameroon.

2014-11-05 |

Europe leading plant scientists call for urgent action to defend research

More than twenty of Europe's most prominent plant scientists today signed a joint letter warning that Europe may lose its research lead unless plant science is adequately funded, GM (genetically modified) plant varieties that have been found safe are allowed and field trials are protected from vandalism.

2014-11-03 |

India: Activists oppose GM maize trials in Maharashtra

The Coalition for a GM-Free India, a group of about 400 organisations, has sought an explanation from the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth at Rahuri on why it is conducting controversial open field trials of genetically modified corn on its campus.

2014-11-03 |

Monsanto, BigAg Spend Millions Fighting Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods

Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts.

2014-11-03 |

Plant Breeding vs. GMOs: Conventional Methods Lead the Way in Responding to Climate Change

Genetically engineered (GE) seeds are often sold to farmers and the public on the grounds that they are the wave of the future, taking over where conventional plant breeding left off by improving productivity and sustainability. But that might be changing.

2014-11-03 |

EU chief scientist a dangerous imbecile, says risk expert

The EU chief scientist, Anne Glover, has been called a dangerous imbecile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University, over her belief that the Precautionary Principle should be abandoned with regard to GMOs

2014-10-30 |

International GMO Safety Study Set for London Launch

On Wednesday Sustainable Pulse received a media advisory regarding the launch of a $ 25 Million international study on GMO and pesticide safety in Central London, UK on November 11.

2014-10-30 |

Hawaii: Maui voters to decide whether to adopt a moratorium on GE crops

Dozens of Maui mothers are going door-to-door to urge voters to back a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops because they think they are unsafe.

2014-10-30 |

Norway allows import of GM maize for food

In a big shift from the position held by the previous government, the current Norwegian government will open the door for genetically-modified maize to be imported for food, the Norwegian news agency NTB reported on Wednesday.

2014-10-30 |

UK: GM crops are the future and must not be blocked, say scientists

Genetically modified crops are being blocked on political rather than scientific grounds, botanists warn, as they call on Europe to end regulation.

2014-10-30 |

The Story Of Genetically Engineered Crops

There is tremendous controversy about genetically modified (GM) crops and derived food. Even the definition of what is a GM crop can differ depending upon with whom you talk.

2014-10-28 |

Ghana: The Planter’s Bill, Genetically Modified Seeds and Us

Some readers will declare me a Luddite long before this piece is done. So let me state that my intention here is not to oppose the GMO technology but to question how much control we would have once this Plant Breeder's Bill is in place.

2014-10-28 |

Brazilians Dont Turn Up Their Noses at GE Food

Brazil is a lot like the United States in some ways, especially when it comes to food. Brazilians eat lots of meat (though not as much as we do) and lots of processed food. Only consumers in France, Spain, Japan and America eat more frozen, dried or ready-to-eat meals than the Brazilians.

2014-10-28 |

EU urged to relax GM restrictions

Strict European controls on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be swept away to open the door to new crop improving technologies, Government-funded experts have said.

2014-10-28 |

India: Govt allows field trials for GM mustard, brinjal

The environment ministry has allowed field trials of two varieties of genetically modified (GM) brinjal and mustard, almost 18 months after the previous government ordered a freeze on such tests

2014-10-28 |

CBD Asks for Regulation on Synthetic Biology

In a unanimous decision of 194 countries, the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today formally urged nation states to regulate synthetic biology (SynBio), a new extreme form of genetic engineering.

2014-10-24 |

USA: Vote yes on Measure P for safe crops

We are writing to voice our support for measure P, the ballot initiative which would ban the growing of GMO crops in Humboldt County. If passed, it will join similar efforts in Mendocino and Trinity Counties, and will create a large zone that protects organic farming. GMO issues are complex, and having spent time considering both sides of the debate, we believe that Measure P is a step in the right direction.

2014-10-24 |

USA: In GMO Labeling Initiative Fight, Those Against Are Spending All the Money

Colorado’s voters continue to be pounded by multi-million dollar political advertising campaigns, often with the two candidates or issue opponents fairly evenly matched, with no respite in sight until Election Day.

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