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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-07-23 |

Are silent farmlands the canary in the coal mine?

The size of private donations given to universities by big agribusiness is astounding. From grant money to construction of research labs and even the funding of actual positions, corporate influence is firmly rooted in this once sacred world.

2014-07-21 |

Nigeria to adopt GM crops, says agency

A disclosure Thursday came from the National Agricultural Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) that the Federal Government has put in place necessary regulatory guidelines to fast track the adoption of Genetically Modified Organisms (crops) (GMO).

2014-07-21 |

Do Not GM My Food!

Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have prompted world-wide criticism by environmental, nutritionists and agriculture experts, who say that protecting and fomenting biodiversity is a far better solution to hunger and malnutrition.

2014-07-21 |

Tasmania: Beef farmers fear lifting of ban on GM animal feed

Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot. They are being fattened up for the Japanese market where marbled Angus beef is in high demand.

2014-07-21 |

GM debate: A postscript

GM is still contentious two decades on, and our live debate shows a need to dig deeper into people’s responses. When, earlier this year, SciDev.Net decided to host a live online debate around genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, it was because we knew the topic elicits strong views.

2014-07-16 |

GM farm animals could tackle drug resistance

Genetically modified farm animals could be bred in increasing numbers to tackle problems like drug resistance, a leading scientist has said.

2014-07-16 |

USA: Herbicide-resistant weeds trouble Midwestern farms

Midwestern farmers are increasingly running into aggressive varieties of weeds that can’t be killed by a popular herbicide that revolutionized modern farming nearly two decades ago.

2014-07-16 |

USA: The debate to increase consumer confidence about GMOs

Studies have found mandatory labeling laws will raise food costs for America’s families in the checkout aisle, impose unnecessary burdens on farmers and food producers and ultimately eliminate biotechnology from American agriculture

2014-07-16 |

Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.

2014-07-16 |

Global Non-GMO Food Market Growing at 15.92% CAGR to 2018 Says Report

GMO stands for genetically modified organism and the Global Non-GMO Food Market 2014-2018 research report, available with SandlerResearch.org, forecasts the industry to grow at a CAGR of 15.92 percent over the period of 2013-2018. Complete report spread across 50 pages is available at www.sandlerresearch.org/global-non-gmo-food-market-2014-2018.html .

2014-07-16 |

Salvadoran Farmers Don't Want American GM Seeds

Salvadoran farmers are uniting to protest a stipulation in a $277 million U.S. aid package to El Salvador that would indirectly require them to purchase American multinational agricultural company Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) seeds rather than source seeds locally.

2014-07-16 |

USA: Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.

2014-07-16 |

Ireland: Top chef says GM foods should not be sold in the country

Top Chef Kevin Thornton has expressed his concerns over a new EU-US trade deal that could open the door to genetically-modified foods in Ireland.

2014-07-16 |

Pro-GM: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one producer is already scrambling to label its apples GMO-free.

2014-07-16 |

India: 21 new varities of GM crops approved for field trials by Narendra Modi government

21 new varities of genetically modified (GM) crops such as rice, wheat, maize and cotton have been approved for field trials by the Narendra Modi government, say reports. According to these reports, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) — consisting mostly of bio-technology supporters — rejected just one out of the 28 proposals up for consideration. Six proposals were rejected for want of more information.

2014-07-16 |

India: Govt approves field trials for varieties of GM crops

The new government has approved field trials for 21 new varieties of genetically modified (GM) crops, including staples such as rice and wheat. The controversial move is considered crucial to feeding India’s teeming millions but opposed by some activists as a health hazard.

2014-07-14 |

Bangladeshi Bt Brinjal Pilot Scheme Failed

A pilot scheme for commercial cultivation of Asia’s first genetically modified (GM) Bt brinjal (eggplant), brought disappointing results for 9 of the 20 farmers, as reported recently in the Guardian newspaper [1]. Four varieties: Kajla, Uttara, Nayantara and ISD006, were planted in different climactic regions.

2014-07-14 |

Zambia: Livingstone council destroys Shoprite GMO cornflakes

A combined team of Livingstone City Council health inspectors, police officers and ZEMA officials yesterday destroyed over 800 packets of Bokomo cornflakes from Shoprite that had traces of Genetically Modified Organisms.

2014-07-14 |

Zambia: BA chiefs demand suspension of Plant Breeders Bill

Forty-five paramount chiefs in the Brong Ahafo Region are demanding the suspension of deliberations on the Plant Breeders Act currently before Parliament. Alternatively, the chiefs said the entire process should be aborted until European countries and others accept Genetically Modified foods.

2014-07-14 |

Ghana: chiefs demand suspension of Plant Breeders Bill until decision on GMOs

Forty-five paramount chiefs in the Brong Ahafo Region are demanding the suspension of deliberations on the Plant Breeders Act currently before Parliament. Alternatively, the chiefs said the entire process should be aborted until European countries and others accept Genetically Modified foods.

2014-07-14 |

Spain agriculture suffers from GMOs

In 2012, major portions of land in Spain were planted with MON810 corn, which is produced by the biotech transnational Monsanto based in the United States.

2014-07-14 |

Europe: Scandal of Glyphosate Re-assessment

Germany, acting as the European Union rapporteur member state (RMS) submitted their glyphosate renewal assessment report (RAR) to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in January 2014, recommending re-approval of glyphosate for use in Europe with increase in the acceptable daily intake (ADI) from 0.3 to 0.5 mg per kg body weight per day [1].

2014-07-09 |

Philippines: Bt corn to become global exporter of chicken

The Philippines can secure a niche in the global chicken export market if it can reduce feed prices by producing more high-yielding Bt corn, according to experts

2014-07-09 |

USA: Oregon control over modified crops limited

Oregon agriculture officials say the state has no authority over genetically modified crops once federal regulators deem them safe for commercial use.

2014-07-09 |

Author says GM crops are good for the environment

The news that Britain could soon grow genetically modified crops commercially is a victory for common sense over irrational opportunism, and also for the environment over pollution.

2014-07-09 |

Malawi: civil society coalition against the general release of GM cotton

An alliance of 19 civil society organisations and an organic vegetable farmers group led by the Commons for EcoJustice (EcoJustice) and representing Malawian small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, organic movements, non-governmental organisations and the media, among others, have lodged a substantive submission to the Malawian authorities, vehemently opposing Monsanto's application to obtain a general release permit for its genetically modified (GM) cotton, MON 15985, commonly known as Bollgard II.

2014-07-09 |

India: Government apathy tosses Karnataka farmers at mercy of private firm

The Bt cotton seeds that resulted the loss of around Rs 200 crore to farmers in Karnataka last year are haunting them once again. With government turning a blind eye, the farmers are left with no option but to return to the private company Mahyco’s genetically modified seeds that created a mayhem last year on the fields.

2014-07-09 |

Synbio - What-Syn-a-Name?

Synthetic biology is attracting attention from both scientists and regulators. But there is little agreement on what it is. Can we find a road out of synthetic biology’s definitional quagmire?

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