GENET-news

 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

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: 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 |

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 |

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).

2014-04-21 |

Ghana: politician calls for ban on GM foods

Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, Chairperson, Convention People’s Party (CPP), has expressed reservation over attempts to introduce Genetically Modified Foods (GM) into the country.

2014-04-21 |

Ghana not ready for GM cocoa

Ghana is not shifting to cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) cocoa, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) said on Friday.

2014-04-17 |

USA: Not many are hooked on GE fish

Developers of genetically-modified fish and meat face an uphill battle to get their products on US store shelves.

2014-04-17 |

Chilean Farmers Beat Monsanto Law and Win Seed Sovereignty

Chile has scored a major victory against ‘Monsanto Law’ — a bill that sought to privatize the country’s seeds and Monsanto Company — an almost unstoppable force. Indigenous communities, farmers and women beat one of the biggest seed giants on the globe.

2014-04-17 |

USA: Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling

The Vermont Senate voted 26-2 vote earlier this week, approving a bill to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, the Burlington Free Press reports, speculating that Vermont could be the nation’s first state to enact such a law.

Go to: ... 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 ...

Overview

News

Go to: ... 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 ...

Go to: ... 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 ...

Home: GENET

GENET-news & GENET-forum

GENET-news is providing a daily news service on a range of topics regarding genetic engineering. We are screening the worldwide English news, press releases and other publications to provide you with a strategic selection of information. GENET-news enables you to stay informed about all aspects of the global controversy around GE technologies and GE organisms. You can subscribe by  email.

The GENET-forum list provides you with additional background information and more voluminous reports. It is only open for GENET members. Please contact the  coordinator for membership and subscription.