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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-06-11 |

El Salvador: U.S. Govt Ties Aid Package to Monsanto GMO Seeds

The President of the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technologies (CESTA), Ricardo Navarro, has demanded that the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, stops pressurizing the Government of El Salvador to buy Monsanto’s GM seeds rather than non-GMO seeds from domestic suppliers.

2014-06-11 |

Kenya: Health Cabinet Secretary says to wait for verdict on GMOs

Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has told a House committee that only the Cabinet can lift the ban on the use of Genetically Modified Organisms.

2014-06-10 |

USA: 2 farmers, 2 views of GMOs

There was a celebration on the Statehouse steps in May when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that made Vermont the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

2014-06-09 |

Hawaii: Maui Initiative to Ban GMO Crops Gets Enough Signatures for Ballot

More than 20 percent of residents who voted in the last election support putting a temporary moratorium on genetically modified farming on the ballot this year.

2014-06-09 |

USA: Big Food Still Plans to Sue Vermont Over New GMO Labeling Law

Last month, when Vermont passed a new law requiring food and beverage manufacturers to label genetically modified foods, Big Food went ballistic. The Grocers’ Manufacturers’ Association, a trade group that represents Monsanto, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and other giant food companies, warned that the labeling law—the first of its kind in the nation—was "costly" and "critically flawed," and vowed to sue the state to force it to scrap the measure.

2014-06-09 |

Zambia: Lunanshya council destroys Bokomo Cornflakes containing traces of GMO

A combined team of Luanshya Municipal Council Health Inspectors and Court officials yesterday swung into action and destroyed more than 700 Bokomo Cornflakes containing traces of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

2014-06-09 |

The problems with the arguments against GM crops

New evidence shows that arguments against GM crops are unfounded, says Margaret Karembu. The year 2013 marked the 18th consecutive year of commercial cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or now commonly referred to as biotech crops.

2014-06-06 |

Genetic Testing of Citizens Is a Backdoor into Total Population Surveillance by Governments and Companies

The new Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in England, Simon Stevens, was recently reported arguing that the NHS must be transformed to make people’s personal genetic information the basis of their treatments.

2014-06-06 |

Toxin-Resistant Corn Pest Thwarts GE Efforts

In a case of evolution outfoxing agricultural biotechnology, a voracious rootworm that was supposed to be poisoned by genetically-modified corn has become resistant to the toxins produced by the plant.

2014-06-06 |

India: Activists oppose field trials of GM crops

Activists opposed to the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops on Thursday appealed to the state government to stop field trials of GM crops in the state.

2014-06-05 |

USA: 17 Groups call on Ecover and Method to drop extreme GE plans

In an open letter released today 17 national and international consumer, environmental, women’s health and farming groups called on leading “natural” cleaning and personal care products manufacturer Ecover and its U.S.-based subsidiary, Method Products Inc., to cancel plans to use oils and other ingredients derived from synthetic biology, a new and unregulated set of genetic engineering techniques.

2014-06-05 |

Zimbabwe: Govt Urged to Try GMO Crops

Zimbabwe needs to conduct its own Bt cotton field trials to independently verify the merits and demerits of genetically modified crop varieties suitable to the country's local conditions, a farmer group representative says.

2014-06-05 |

Mexico: High risks, few rewards with Monsanto's maize

I'd come to Mexico to investigate the ongoing controversy over the proposed introduction of genetically modified (GM) maize into the birthplace of this important global food crop. The issue was hot, because last October a Mexican judge had issued an injunction halting all experimental and commercial planting of GM maize, a process that was well underway in six northern states. The ruling cited the need for precaution to ensure that Mexico's rich diversity of maize varieties were protected from inadvertent "gene flow" from GM maize.

2014-06-05 |

French anti-GM protestors walk free after destroying vineyard

Fifty four activists who destroyed a field of genetically modified vines in eastern France in 2010 were acquitted by a court of appeal on Wednesday after the Judge declared that the state should never have allowed the plantation of such vines in an open area.

2014-06-05 |

Dow AgroSciences GM Soybeans: Waging War on Peasants

Global attempts by Dow AgroSciences to gain approval for new genetically-modified soybean varieties resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D have become particularly aggressive in recent months. Simultaneous applications have been filed in several of the countries where genetically engineered crops (GE or transgenic crops or GMOs) were introduced in the 1990s.

2014-06-05 |

USA: Twist Bioscience thinks we can save the world with GE plants and microbes

The San Francisco startup recently received $31.1 million in funding from investors and DARPA to develop an automated, highly efficient platform for gene manufacturing.

2014-06-05 |

DuPont Co. Sued for $1 Billion Over Genetic Technology

DuPont Co. (DD), the maker of Pioneer genetically modified corn, was sued for $1 billion by an investment fund that claims company directors promoted herbicide-resistant crop traits knowing they didn’t work.

2014-06-05 |

EU: EFSA cannot invalidate criticism over GE maize 1507

In a letter to the EU Commission, Testbiotech is once more asking for the market authorisation of genetically engineered maize 1507 to be stopped. The reason for this letter is a statement received from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concerning two Testbiotech reports. In its statement, EFSA fails to invalidate the crucial points raised by Testbiotech. The authority defends its own risk assessment but cannot disprove the substantial lack of relevant and sufficiently reliable data.

2014-06-04 |

Nigeria: Govt Seeks Adoption of Biotech for Food Security

Nigeria can only have adequate foods for its high population if the practice of biotechnology is embraced by farmers, the Ministry of Science and Technology's Permanent Secretary Mrs. Winifred Oyo Ita has said.

2014-06-04 |

Arab countries need better GMO detection systems

The Middle East and North Africa need fast, effective, low-cost tests for GMO detection, says Tarek Kapiel.

2014-06-04 |

Lynas: Why I turned from GM opponent to advocate

Just under 20 years ago, when the issue of GMOs was first hitting the news, I was a dedicated anti-biotech activist. I believed that genetic modification was a dangerous technology that would harm the environment and dispossess farmers around the world.

2014-06-04 |

GM crops: No gain for small farmers

Small farmers, who constitute the majority of South Asian farmers, do not benefit from GM crops, says Pervaiz Amir.

2014-06-04 |

CRIIGEN withdraws from French government project on GMO risks

Today the independent scientific research organisation CRIIGEN announced its formal withdrawal from the French government’s Risk’OGM project. Risk’OGM was intended to follow up the findings of CRIIGEN researchers, led by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini, that GM maize NK603 and the Roundup herbicide it is engineered to tolerate were toxic to rats fed over the long term.

2014-06-04 |

Monsanto Slammed for Fraudulent EU Patent on Non-GMO Tomatoes

Representatives of the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! from France, Germany and Spain have filed an opposition against a European patent held by Monsanto on conventionally bred tomatoes (EP1812575). The patent claims tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis.

2014-06-04 |

Bulgaria Stands Up to EU over Full Ban on GM Crops

Bulgaria stands categorically against the cultivation of GMO Maize in Europe.

2014-06-04 |

Italy: farmer fighting for the right to grow GM corn on his land

Neatly ploughed, furrowed fields sit at the base of the Italian Alps. This fertile plain, called Magredi, is part nature reserve, part farm country and, lately, part pain-in-the-neck for the Italian government.

2014-06-04 |

USA: Senators want Frankenfish labeled genetically engineered

If genetically modified salmon gets a green light by the federal government, it will be labeled as such if U.S. Senators on both sides of the aisle have their way.

2014-06-03 |

American chestnut set for GM revival

The near-extinct American chestnut looks set to make a comeback. Genetically modified trees, which are resistant to a deadly fungus that has decimated the species, have produced the first resistant chestnuts. From these seeds, countless resistant trees could be grown in the wild.

2014-06-03 |

USDA seeks further comments on GE spud

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment and a plant pest risk assessment for a potato genetically engineered to have fewer acrylamides and reduced bruising.

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