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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-01-07 |

USA: Labeling GM foods would help New Hampshire consumers

The people of New Hampshire want to know what is in their food. A professional poll conducted in October found that 90 percent of New Hampshire residents — Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike — support labeling for Genetically Modified Organisms.

2014-01-07 |

Genetically Engineered Cassava - A Salvation for Africa?

Over 800 million people throughout Africa, Asia and North America subsist on an edible tuber better known as cassava, reported to be the highest producer of carbohydrates amongst staple crops. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), cassava ranks fourth amongst food crops in developing countries after rice, maize and wheat.

2014-01-07 |

Russian scientists urge 10-year ban on GM products

Members of the scientific community in Russia say that most studies prove that genetically modified food comes along with dangerous side effects.

2014-01-07 |

Genetically Misunderstood Organisms: The Debate Rages On... (Part 2)

In Part 1 we investigated the concerns of individuals, world governments and global organizations around the health of genetically modified (GM) foods. That's only half the story. Today we fix our spotlight on the rest of the debate.

2014-01-07 |

USA: Oregon State research uncovers GM poplars

Oregon State University forest geneticists say they’ve created a genetically modified poplar tree that grows faster and is resistant to insect pests.

2014-01-07 |

Georgia: Free import of GM seeds will be banned

Georgia has announced it is to be a closed area for dissemination of live genetically modified organisms (GM), chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Gia Tsagareishvili said on Tuesday.

2014-01-06 |

Nigeria: Environment Expert Cautions FG Over Influx of GM Foods

An environment expert, Mr. Rufus Ebegba has raised alarm over the influx of Genetically Modified foods into the country through porous borders, as there was no law to safeguard the lives of the people.

2014-01-06 |

Uganda looks to GM crops to improve food security

Where major scientific advances are being made in the landlocked country of Uganda - a big investment in biotechnology aims to improve the country's food security. But the nation's push to feed itself with the help of genetically modified crops is being met with resistance.

2014-01-06 |

New Zealand: Activist lauds GE-free city

An American activist opposing genetic engineering has praised Nelson as the first part of New Zealand to declare itself free of genetically modified organisms.

2014-01-06 |

China: Seed smuggling serious threat to national security

An investigation into the smuggling of GM seeds into the mainland following the faliure of corn crops in Hunan provokes the authorities in Beijing to condemn the illegal practice.

2014-01-06 |

Engineered Salmon Could Double World Production: Should You Fear Frankenfish?

If you thought the seafood section of your local grocery store offered a refuge from genetic modification techniques commonly used in agricultural crops, I have some bad news for you.

2014-01-06 |

USA: Battle rumbling over GMO labeling

A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies.

2014-01-02 |

New approach to identify ecological effects of releasing GE insects

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new approach for identifying potential environmental effects of deliberate releases of genetically engineered (GE) insects.

2014-01-02 |

Ghana: Suspend confined testing of GM foods

Food Sovereignty Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, has called on the government to suspend the confined testing of genetically modified (GM) foods in the country until the necessary bodies to oversee their introduction are set up.

2014-01-02 |

China rejects shipments of genetically modified corn

China rejected two shipments -- almost 546,000 tons -- of U.S. dried distillers' grain, a corn byproduct, because it contained genetically modified material, state media reported Friday.

2014-01-02 |

UK: 2014 - the UK's GM-free year

Despite the best efforts of the GM industry and Government, no GM trials are to take place in the UK in 2014. Could this spell the beginning of the end for genetically modified crops in the country?

2014-01-02 |

USA: GMO seeds grow into big fight on Kauai

Seeds are big business in Hawaii, where large biotech companies develop genetically modified crops. Megan Thompson reports on a battle being waged on the island of Kauai by residents who say growing practices like pesticide use are hazardous to public health.

2014-01-02 |

Zimbabwe discussing big biotech issues

Zimbabwe launched a forum to encourage public discussion on the use of biotechnology to boost the country’s food security.

2014-01-02 |

USA: Prices for distillers grains plunge after China rejections

Prices for dried distillers grains (DDGs)—a by-product of corn-based ethanol that is used as animal feed—fell $30 a ton at U.S. export markets after top buyer China rejected two shipments last week because of the presence of an unapproved strain of genetically modified grain, traders said Tuesday.

2013-12-20 |

FDA Should Reject Food Industry's Efforts to Allow Natural Food to Contain GE ingredients

Statement of EWG’s Scott Faber, senior vice-president of government affairs, on the food industry’s petition to the Food and Drug Administration to permit foods labeled as “natural” to contain genetically engineered ingredients:

2013-12-20 |

Uganda looks to GM crops to improve food security

Major scientific advances are being made in the landlocked central African country of Uganda. A big investment in biotechnology aims to improve the country's food security, but the nation's push to feed itself with help from genetically modified crops is being met with resistance by some people who are wary of the technology.

2013-12-20 |

Russian Food Security Experts Fight GMO Registrations in Supreme Court

A group of scientists and food security experts have taken the Russian Government resolution, which will allow the registration of GM crops and products containing GMOs from June 1, 2014, to the Supreme Court.

2013-12-20 |

Turkish State Council Cancels Import of GM Corn Varieties

The Turkish Council of State has cancelled the import of two of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn varieties (MON810 and MON810x88017) following a lawsuit filed by the ‘No to GMO Platform’.

2013-12-20 |

Hawaii: World's Top Surfers Gather to Protest over GMOs

This Sunday in Haleiwa, Hawaii, over a thousand people are expected for The Aloha Aina March: Collaboration for a Better Tomorrow to raise awareness and solutions for Hawaii’s environment in response to genetic engineering (GE) agricultural experimentation and pesticide laden GE seed production in Hawaii.

2013-12-20 |

EU court annuls approval of BASF's Amflora GMO potato

Europe's second-highest court on Friday overturned a decision by the European Commission to allow the cultivation and sale of a genetically modified potato developed by German chemicals group BASF.

2013-12-18 |

Florida University Campus: Anti GE Tree Activists Kicked Off , Spied on by FBI

A few months ago, while reporting an article about genetically engineered trees for Earth Island Journal’s Autumn issue (read the story here), I had a mighty hard time locating plant biologists or genetic engineers at academic institutions who were willing to talk about the possible risks of growing GE trees in massive plantations. It seemed there was little debate over this controversial issue within the biotech community on college campuses — the very places where most of the research into GE trees is carried out.

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