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2014-11-20 |

USA: Here’s why Hawaii’s anti-GMO laws matter

On Election Day two weeks ago, Maui County, which includes the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai, approved a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. This decision, by one small county, could throw a monkey wrench into the entire production system for genetically engineered seeds.

2014-11-19 |

McDonald's refuses to use Simplot's genetically modified spuds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato - thought business partner McDonald's has not. The fast-food giant said it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, The Idaho Statesman reported on Saturday.

2014-11-19 |

Germany and Bulgaria Confirm Strong Opposition to GM Crops

Germany’s Farm Minister Christian Schmidt and Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov both confirmed their countries’ strong opposition to GM crops on Friday.

2014-11-19 |

The Trouble With the Genetically Modified Future

Like many people, I've long wondered about the safety of genetically modified organisms. They've become so ubiquitous that they account for about 80 percent of the corn grown in the U.S., yet we know almost nothing about what damage might ensue if the transplanted genes spread through global ecosystems.

2014-11-19 |

Namibia: Groundwork Laid to Legalise GMO

A recent scientific workshop looked at drafting regulations to control the transfer, handling, storing and using of Genetically Modified Organisms as required by law. These regulations will from the framework within which GMOs may be legally deployed.

2014-11-19 |

Rice Yield Increase of 30 Percent Enabled by Use of a Photosynthesis 'Switch'

Scientists at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have found that they can harness photosynthesis – the process that plants use to convert light energy to chemical energy – to increase rice yields by up to 30 percent.

2014-11-18 |

Azerbaijan MP Mustafayeva: Sellers of GM Foods Should Be Fined

Azerbaijan should penalize those involved in the sale of food products containing genetically modified organisms, Member of Parliament, Head of the Research Institute on Human Rights, Ayten Mustafayeva said.

2014-11-18 |

Monsanto Settles With Farmers Over Genetically-Modified Wheat

Monsanto has entered into a settlement agreement with soft white wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest that resolves a number of lawsuits related to the discovery last year of genetically-modified wheat on a farm in Eastern Oregon and subsequent temporary limits on certain exports of soft white wheat.

2014-11-18 |

USA: Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. study

Crop-devouring armyworms are showing increasing resistance in some U.S. farm fields to a popular type of genetically modified crop that should kill them, scientists said on Monday.

2014-11-18 |

Nigeria: Genetically Improved Crops Will Develop Nigerian Agriculture Sector

Genetically Modified crops (GMC), GM Crops or Biotech crops, which DNA has been modified using genetic engineering techniques. It finds application in Agriculture. Ruth Tene Natsa writes on the downside of using GMCs to boost food production for poverty alleviation.

2014-11-18 |

USA: Syngenta facing dozens of lawsuits over GMO seed

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.

2014-11-18 |

EU's Chief Scientific Advisor Forced Out By Green Campaigners

Environmental lobby group Greenpeace has forced the European Commission’s chief scientific advisor out of her post – because she supports genetically modified crops. Professor Anne Glover’s post will be abolished in January following a letter sent to Commission President Jean-Claude Junker by Greenpeace and eight other campaign groups, the Times has reported.

2014-11-13 |

Russia: Duma approves tougher GMO labeling rules

The Russian Lower House has passed the first reading of a bill that introduces fines for businesses which sell products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) without warning customers on the packaging.

2014-11-13 |

European Parliament Strengthens Countries' Rights to Say No to GMO

The European Parliament’s environment committee today voted on a proposal for a new scheme for the authorisation of genetically-modified organisms in the EU (1). The vote by MEPs strengthens the grounds on which member states or regions could opt-out from GMO authorisations under the proposed new system.

2014-11-13 |

USA: Innate Potato heads for market but GM watchdogs chip away at Simplot success

Americans may soon be eating high-tech potatoes, after a genetically engineered (GE) spud that makers say resists bruising and reduces a possible carcinogen was approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday.

2014-11-13 |

EU research project GRACE publishes first study findings

The project is investigating which methods are suitable for assessing the risk of genetically modified plants. The safety of genetically modified (GM) plants has long been a subject of controversy. A key question is which test methods can reliably identify the medium- and long-term health impacts of eating GM crops. The GRACE research project was asked by the European Commission to test various methods for this purpose. They included 90-day and one-year animal feeding trials with rodents, and in vitro methods, which can for instance be used to test the effects of GM plants on cell cultures.

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.

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