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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-08-05 |

Organically raised food far preferable to GE crops

Organic foods are not just a consumer trend, but vitally important to sustaining our ability to feed ourselves. The absence of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics, irradiation, and genetically engineered (GE) ingredients drives consumer demand for organics foods.

2014-08-05 |

EU: Insect-resistant GM cotton MON 15985 for food and feed uses

The EFSA GMO Panel could not conclude on the potential occurrence of unintended effects for agronomic and phenotypic characteristics owing to data limitations

2014-08-05 |

USA: Farmers, Environmental Groups Defend Moratorium of GMO Crops on Hawaii Big Island

A coalition of local farmers and environmental groups last week filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend a Hawai‘i County ordinance that imposes a moratorium on the expansion of genetically engineered (GE) crops on the Big Island.

2014-08-04 |

EU: Food Safety Regulators Turn A Blind Eye on Health Impacts of GMO Contamination

“Corporations as the dominant institution shaped by capitalist patriarchy thrive on eco-apartheid. They thrive on the Cartesian legacy of dualism which puts nature against humans.

2014-08-04 |

India: Genetically Modified crops may risk food security

The BJP, in its election manifesto, had said: “GM foods will not be allowed without full scientific evaluation on the long-term effects on soil, production and biological impact on consumers.”

2014-08-04 |

GMOs And Food Sovereignty: Which Way Africa?

For weeks now, an interesting controversy has been raging in Kenya about a popular seasoning product made by the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever. The government through the National Biosafety Authority announced it would stop the sale of Aromat in the country because it contains genetically modified ingredients that could harm consumers. Kenya banned production or importation of genetically modified organisms in 2012.

2014-08-04 |

New Zealand: Genetic engineering debate rises again

Fifteen years ago, New Zealanders turned out in force to protest genetically engineered food but it has snuck onto our supermarket shelves regardless.

2014-08-04 |

GMO potential in Africa impeded by dysfunctional debate

Opportunities to enhance crop yields and reduce poverty in Africa are being lost because of a “polarised public debate” on the continent, according to a report released this week (21 July) by international policy institute Chatham House.

2014-08-04 |

Kenya biggest biotech moment offers opportunity to make money from GMOs

A new report by Chatham House, the London-based international think on global issues, has warned that Africa risks squandering opportunities to reduce poverty among the majority of her people amid a toxic debate about genetically modified (GM) crops.

2014-07-31 |

Australia: Food and agribusiness survey on GM crops

On balance, respondents think that consumers are becoming more receptive to genetically modified food. Sentiment appears to be shifting in the developed world, certain parts of which, for example the EU, have shown firm resistance to GMOs over the years.

2014-07-31 |

UA-Led Team Decodes African Rice

An international team of researchers led by the University of Arizona has sequenced the complete genome of African rice.

2014-07-31 |

USA: GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods.

2014-07-31 |

UK: Edinburgh festival fringe puts GM food on the menu

It promises to be one of the most unusual pairings to perform at the Edinburgh festival fringe this year. Two scientists from Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute, the birthplace of Dolly the sheep, will argue passionately in favour of the widespread consumption of genetically modified meat.

2014-07-29 |

GE Wild Populations Could Be Just Around the Corner

Imagine someone told you that they had a way to maybe wipe out malaria, create safer herbicides and pesticides and even eliminate those carp destroying the Great Lakes. You’d be interested right?

2014-07-29 |

USA: Big lobbying dollars flow in engineered food fight

The way that consumers would be informed when the food they buy has been genetically engineered—and perhaps whether they'd be informed at all—is being battled out in Congress and among industry and advocacy groups, with millions of dollars in play and some well-known, publicly traded companies acting as the key players.

2014-07-29 |

Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests

Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday.

2014-07-29 |

China State Media Reveals Unapproved GM Rice Is on the Market

CCTV, China's state broadcaster, has discovered genetically modified rice being sold in two southern provinces, the second such allegation it has made in two years at a time when public opinion seems to have hardened against the technology.

2014-07-25 |

India: why it must say no to GM crops

When the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) on July 18 decided that open field trials of 21 new varieties of genetically modified (GM) crops should be permitted, the arguments contra and pro became considerably more intense. That a single committee is seen to have the experience and foresight to judge the consequences of allowing open field trials of genetically modified rice, wheat, maize and other food crops can hardly be believed, but that is the state of what passes for ‘regulation’ these days.

2014-07-25 |

Brazil to release millions of GM-mosquitos to fight dengue

Next week, the biotech company Oxitec, based in Abingdon, England, will begin raising millions of genetically modified mosquitos at a new factory in Campinas, Brazil. The objective: curb the spread of dengue fever.

2014-07-25 |

USA: Roundup ready alfalfa

Most of the lush, green fields seen in Valencia County are alfalfa crops, leafy plants with small purple flowers. It is a high-protein hay used to feed livestock, horses and dairy cows. What is not visible is that some of those alfalfa fields are genetically-modified crops.

2014-07-25 |

EU Lawmakers Advance GMO Restrictions

The European Union moved a step closer to tighter controls on genetically modified organisms, after the EU Council voted Wednesday to give member states the power to restrict or prohibit GMOs for any reason.

2014-07-25 |

USA: Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of superweeds

Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive "superweeds" that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.

2014-07-25 |

Czech Republic: GM corn production down one-third in 2013

The area of genetically modified maize (corn) decreased in the Czech Republic by nearly a third to 1,754 hectares of land last year, mainly due to the high bureaucratic burden, tough rules for growing and expensive seeds.

2014-07-25 |

GMOs Have NOT Been Proven Safe

The resounding claim of GMO proponents is that GMOs have been proven safe. Some scientists are quite emphatic about this, such as Dr. Pamela Ronald from UC Davis, who says: "Genetically engineered crops currently on the market are as safe to eat and safe for the environment as organic or conventional foods."

2014-07-25 |

Zimbabwe: why it should continue to say NO to GM crops and food

GMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African farmers is the alternative that Zimbabwe should adopt

2014-07-25 |

China: new feed grain rule unworkable says U.S. export group

The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a GMO corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

2014-07-25 |

USA: Maryland seeks to lure anglers to join Frankenfish battle

Maryland officials are hoping that the prospect of landing a record fish will enlist anglers in the battle against the northern snakehead, a voracious newcomer dubbed "Frankenfish."

2014-07-25 |

USA: Oregon GMO labeling measure certified for November ballot

An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

2014-07-23 |

USDA withdraws GMO disclosure rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is backing down from a GMO disclosure rule that would have provided state regulators with critical information about the genetically modified organisms that farmers use to spray their crops.

2014-07-23 |

USA: Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.

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