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2014-12-12 |

USAMRIID using genetically engineered cows to fight virus

Cows are best known as providers of meat and milk. At Fort Detrick, genetically engineered cows are the cutting edge of vaccine research.

2014-12-12 |

USA: British Company Oxitec’s Proposal to Release Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in the US

Last Thursday, a town hall meeting at Harvey Government Center in Key West drew a large crowd that erupted in opposition to a proposal to release genetically modified mosquitoes this coming Spring. It’s a proposal from a seemingly strange choice – the United Kingdom.

2014-12-12 |

USA: Nutrition, Safety Key To Consumer Acceptance of Nanotech, Genetic Modification In Foods

New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods – but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food.

2014-12-10 |

EU makes move to let member states block genetically modified crops

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.

2014-12-10 |

Norwegian Authorities Ban GM Fish Feed over Antibiotic Resistance Fears

According to the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has stopped approving (on a yearly basis) GMOs for use in fish feed that contain genes coding for antibiotic resistance. According to the Advisory Board, this applies to 8 out of 19 GMOs which the fish feed industry had previously been given permission to use since 2008.

2014-12-10 |

USA: Judge denies restraining order, declines to halt certification of state recount on GMO measure

Backers of Oregon's measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods have lost a court fight they hoped would help them garner enough votes to pass the measure in an ongoing recount of ballots.

2014-12-10 |

IFOAM Joins Global GMO Free Coalition to Protect Farmers from Biotech Control

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has joined the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC) in a move that has added to the pressure currently being applied on the Biotech industry worldwide.

2014-12-10 |

German Poultry Industry Giant Returns to GMO-Free Production

Wiesenhof, the largest German poultry producer, has announced that it will turn back to using GM-free animal feed due to consumer demand.

2014-12-08 |

USA: Big crowd tells Mosquito Control no to modified mosquitoes

Keys residents sounded off against the proposed release of genetically modified mosquitoes Thursday at a town-hall meeting held by Oxitec and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District at the Harvey Government Center in Key West.

2014-12-08 |

USA: Illegal pro-GMO observers accused of disrupting Oregon labeling law vote count

Amid a recount of Oregon’s ballot initiative over labeling of genetically-modified foods, the pro-agribusiness contingent, known as the No on 92 Coalition, tried to illegally place out-of-state election observers in at least four counties, opponents say.

2014-12-08 |

RNAi report: preparing EFSA for the next generation of GMOs

EFSA organised an international scientific workshop in June 2014 to discuss potential risks associated with ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi)-based genetically modified (GM) plants and to identify issues unique to their risk assessment.

2014-12-08 |

EU: new deal allows countries to ban GMOs without asking industry

EU states will find it easier to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territories, under a new EU agreement.

2014-12-02 |

India: Govt may ignore pressure and back GM-crop field trials

Certain states may have reservations against Genetically Modified (GM) crops, but the Centre has backed field trials of such varieties in "national interest" and even asked investors to look at the potential of transgenic seeds-driven business opportunities in India.

2014-12-02 |

Thai govt to study genetically modified crops, despite opposition

The Department of Agriculture (DoA) has come up with the initiative to launch this study because we need to boost the country's trade opportunities, said the department's deputy director-general Suwit Chaikiattiyos.

2014-12-02 |

Sudan: Genetically Modified Cotton

In the news concerned authorities lauded the high productively of the genetically modified cotton in the areas where it was planted in accordance to the Gezira Scheme. They affirmed that its production exceeded the traditional cotton production in those areas.

2014-12-02 |

USA: Chefs Push Lawmakers on Labeling Genetically Modified Food

Some of the best-known chefs in the country are leaving the kitchen this week and heading to Capitol Hill to press for mandatory labels on genetically modified food.

2014-12-02 |

Genetic research could offer alternatives to GM crops

Advances in understanding the genetic make-up of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain said, with the potential to end the heated debate over genetic modification.

2014-11-28 |

USA: ADM files lawsuit over genetically modified corn

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has sued a Swiss agribusiness because they say that company’s genetically engineered corn has tainted much of the regular corn crop in the United States. That has caused China has rejected shipments of corn from ADM, resulting in “tens of millions of dollars” in losses, ADM said.

2014-11-28 |

China is disrupting plans by GMO seed makers

China’s barriers to imports of some genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies’ plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.

2014-11-28 |

USA: Judge invalidates county GMO law

Oversight of genetically modified crops in Hawaii remains the state’s kuleana, a federal judge ruled Wednesday when invalidating Hawaii County’s law restricting the use of transgenic plants.

2014-11-27 |

Why is Bill Gates backing red banana 'biopiracy'?

The Gates Foundation has sunk $15 million into developing GMO 'super bananas' with high levels of pre-Vitamin A, writes Adam Breasley. But the project is using 'stolen' genes from a Micronesian banana cultivar. And what exactly is the point, when delicious, popular, nutritious 'red bananas' rich in caroteinoids are already grown around the tropics?

2014-11-27 |

The Sum of all China's Fears: Genetically Modified Food

Among the worries that keep Chinese leaders awake at night surely is food security. Li Keqiang's first priority upon taking the premiership in 2013 was agricultural modernization. Civil rebellions and wars throughout China's history were fueled by the Malthusian need to keep people fed. As the nation now urbanizes, the demands of keeping Chinese healthily nourished grow more acute. A spat over genetically modified (GM) food encapsulates the dilemma.

2014-11-27 |

USA: Maui GMO ban supporters seek to dismiss lawsuit

Groups of moms and environmentalists are among the organizations that want to help defend a new Maui County law that bans the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

2014-11-27 |

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice’ that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood.

2014-11-27 |

India: No ban on GM crop field trials, says envi minister Javadekar

There is no ban on GM crop field trials either by the government or the Supreme Court, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.

2014-11-27 |

USA: In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches

China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.

2014-11-24 |

EU: Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

UK’s chief scientist has said GM crops could provide plentiful food with less damage to the environment and at lower costs. But does that mean we should grow them? Karl Mathiesen investigates.

2014-11-24 |

New juiceless tomato ‘fantastic’ for foodservice, says Bayer CropScience

Bayer CropScience is hoping to increase the number of South American markets selling its newly developed juiceless tomato, while also promoting a color-changing melon.

2014-11-24 |

USA: Oregon GMO measure may be headed for recount

An Oregon ballot measure that would require labels for genetically engineered foods may be heading for an automatic recount.

2014-11-24 |

USA: Congress will soon be better positioned to OK ban on state GMO labels

Measure 92, which would have required labels for genetically engineered food products, appears to have failed this month, though a recount is possible. A similar measure failed in Colorado, too, extending a ballot-box losing streak that includes California (2012) and Washington (2013).

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