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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-05-02 |

USA: GMO Free Humboldt submits over 8,500 signatures, likely headed for ballot

The Committee for a GMO Free Humboldt submitted more than 8,500 signatures to the County Elections Office last week on a petition to prohibit the cultivation or production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the county. The initiative is called the Humboldt County Genetic Contamination Prevention Ordinance. It would prohibit “propagating, cultivating, raising or growing” GMOs, but would not prevent food that is made with genetically engineered ingredients from being sold in grocery stores.

2014-05-02 |

Canada: a decade after Supreme Court ruling, Schmeiser still active on GM foods

Percy Schmeiser is 83 years old now, nearly a decade removed from a Supreme Court of Canada decision that effectively ended his legal battle with biotechnology giant Monsanto. It was a fight that was tailor-made for publicity; a lone farmer from Bruno, Sask., taking on a multinational corporation over the issue of who really owned the canola seeds growing in his field.

2014-05-02 |

UK: Science Media Centre Spins Pro-GMO Line

A new report commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron suggests that GMOs have now been shown to be safe and that the United Kingdom may need to grow them in order to rely less on imports.

2014-05-02 |

4 Ways To Breed Crops By Scrambling Genes and Respective Regulation

Why do scientists say that genetic engineering of crops is just the “latest chapter” in 10,000 years of high-tech agriculture? Or that genetic engineering is just a more precise way to breed plants compared to conventional breeding? Plants swap genes even without the help of human beings when they reproduce sexually, and our ancestors guided the process to develop crops suitable for agriculture.

2014-05-02 |

Italian court upholds ban on planting of Monsanto MON810 GM corn

A regional court in Italy has upheld the country's national ban on the planting of Monsanto's MON810 corn.
The ruling cites the precautionary principle, which allows governments to take protective measures without having to wait for the risks to become fully realised.

2014-05-02 |

China: imported GMO soybeans may hurt the health of 1.3 billion

An article published April 25 in China's "Science & Technology Abstracts Newspaper" — an official publication of the State Science and Technology Ministry — urges that China “must adopt strong preventive measures to assure protection of the life and safety of the people” as evidence accumulates on the health impacts of genetically modified soybeans and the chemical residues in them.

2014-04-29 |

Zambia: Cotton board calls for GM cotton

The Cotton Board of Zambia (CBZ) has called on Government to apply genetic engineering to sustain the production of quality cotton and other crops.

2014-04-29 |

USA: Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for GE Food

Although genetically engineered (GE) products are used around the world, the issue becomes contentious when they are present in our food. A key part of the resulting debate centers on proposals regarding the mandatory labeling of GE food.

2014-04-28 |

Germany: Bavaria Signs Agreement to Go GMO Free

Germany’s Bavaria region has become the 62nd GMO Free farming area in Europe. The Munich-based Bavarian Environment Minister Dr. Marcel Huber, signed the GMO Free agreement in Brussels, with the President of the European GMO Free network, Maura Malaspina, the Environment Minister for the Marche region of Italy.

2014-04-28 |

USA: Michael Pollan and Pamela Ronald Debate G.M.O. Food

There was a trace of mischief in Michael Pollan’s smile as he took the stage of Wheeler Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, last week to introduce a lecture for a course that he co-teaches, with the activist Raj Patel, called Edible Education 101.

2014-04-28 |

Chinese Rejection of Some GMO Corn Worries US Farmers

Since November, China has rejected more than a million metric tons of U.S. corn, citing the use of a certain trait of a genetically-modified corn seed the country has not approved for import. The National Grain and Feed Association says the rejected corn is costing almost $3 billion in economic losses for the U.S. agricultural industry. But as Despite the controversy over so-called GMO corn, it is not hurting current demand, or price.

2014-04-28 |

USA: Food labeling bill stirs debate at State Capitol about GM products

An emerging controversy over requiring labels for genetically engineered food arrived at the State Capitol on Thursday. A few dozen proponents wearing green “Label GMOs” stickers listened to Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, describe “a bill about the basic right of consumers to know what’s in their food.”

2014-04-28 |

Kenya: Government under pressure to lift GMO ban

Campaigners for GMOs have upped their push for the government to hasten the lifting of the ban on Genetically Modified Organisms, saying it will resolve the current food insecurity in the country. Africa Harvest Foundation Chief Executive Officer Florence Wambugu argued that importing food to meet shortage is not sustainable due to the cost implication.

2014-04-28 |

Feeding Nine Billion: Five Steps to the Wrong Solution

National Geographic's recent online slideshow featuring an article by global ecologist Jonathan Foley lays out a Five Step Plan to Feed the World that proposes to "blend the best" farming techniques of organic and local farms with those of high-tech and conventional farms. It is a collaborative proposition framed within an attractive media presentation that relies on much of the conventional wisdom expressed in food and agriculture policy circles today.

2014-04-25 |

USA: Vermont new food labels for genetically modified ingredients

A neighboring New England state is about to require specific labeling on certain foods you buy at the grocery store. 22News found out the details on this new legislation. Vermont passed a bill Wednesday that would make it the first to require food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients.

2014-04-25 |

India: Open field trials of GM crops - SC seeks Centre's response

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought an answer from the Centre as to why there should not be an interim suspension of open field trials of Genetically Modified crops in view of an expert committee disfavouring it.

2014-04-25 |

Canada: UBC's GE trees ready to change forestry industry

It's a rather ubiquitous polymer that keeps trees straight and rigid as they tower in the sky but lignin also has the distinction of giving the forestry industry major headaches when it's time to process the wood into pulp.

2014-04-25 |

Nigeria: Perceptions and recommendations by scientists for a potential release of GM mosquitoes

The use of genetically modified mosquitoes (GMMs) for the control of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases has been proposed in malaria-endemic countries, such as Nigeria, which has the largest burden in Africa. Scientists are major stakeholders whose opinions and perceptions can adversely affect the success of the trials of GMMs if they are not involved early.

2014-04-25 |

UK: Rothamsted Research granted permission to carry out field trial with GM Camelina

The trial will test whether GM Camelina sativa plants are able to make significant quantities of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in the seed of the plant under field conditions

2014-04-25 |

EFSA: the difference between Risk assessment & risk management

The decision to separate the tasks of risk assessment and risk management just over a decade ago has transformed the safety of Europe’s food. And while there is wide recognition that this change has strengthened the safety of the food chain, uncertainty can still exist over the difference in roles and responsibilities of risk assessors and risk managers.

2014-04-23 |

USA: Southern Oregon farmers divided on GMO bans

Southern Oregon farmers are choosing sides in a pair of local campaigns to ban genetically modified crops. Ban supporters say pollen from fields of genetically modified organisms can contaminate organic farms, and they are worried about use of the herbicide Roundup, which GMO plants are designed to resist.

2014-04-23 |

Taiwan: Not all non-GM soybeans are of good quality

Soybean promoters cautioned Monday that not all non-genetically modified (non-GM) soybeans are of high quality, saying that the origin and strain of the crop defines its quality.

2014-04-23 |

USA: Biotech wheat talks make some progress

Monsanto is making progress in negotiations with farmers who are suing the biotech developer over an unauthorized release of genetically engineered wheat.

2014-04-23 |

Brazil To Fight Dengue With GM Mosquitoes

The world's largest ever swarm of genetically modified mosquitoes (GM) has been released in a Brazilian town to combat dengue -- a leading cause of illness and fatality in several Latin Mercosur group countries, except for Uruguay.

2014-04-23 |

Russia postpones planting of GMOs by 3 years

Russia will not start certifying GM seeds for at least three more years due to delays in creating the necessary infrastructure, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told MPs. Earlier Russia had expected to allow planting such seeds from June.

2014-04-21 |

USA: Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.

2014-04-21 |

USA: GMO fight rages on in Jackson County

More than $1 million has been raised on both sides of a proposal to ban genetically modified crops and seeds from being grown in Southern Oregon’s Jackson County.

2014-04-21 |

USA: Leaders Try To Put Grass Seed Debate Behind Them

It’s been a week since the House, in a rare move, defeated a bill that would have banned genetically modified grass seed just one day after the Senate passed it.

2014-04-21 |

Tanzania: government must decide now on GMOs

For years now Tanzania has been hesitant in allowing the country to adopt the widely touted Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

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