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2015-08-10 |

USA: Congress seeks to override Connecticut’s GMO-labeling law

In the spring of 2013, Tara Cook-Littman was on the front lines of the struggle to pass a Connecticut law requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms. But Congress is moving to take back the ground food labeling advocates like Cook-Littman have won.

2015-08-10 |

USA: Why some farmers are deciding to go GMO-free

Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction.

2015-08-10 |

Why won’t food industry label GMO items?

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, aka the DARK ACT (Deny Americans the Right to Know). My representative (I use the term loosely), Elise Stefanik, voted for the bill, which was written to Monsanto specifications.

2015-08-10 |

Scotland says to ban growing of genetically modified crops

Scotland's devolved government said on Sunday it intended to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops on its territory to protect its "clean and green brand" and because there was little evidence that Scottish consumers wanted GM products.

2015-08-06 |

Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

2015-08-06 |

Journal retracts study on benefits of GMO rice

Golden Rice, often touted as a shining example of the benefits of genetic engineering, might not be as golden as originally thought.

2015-08-06 |

Kenya: New genetically modified maize seed to be launched in November

A genetically modified drought-tolerant and insect-resistant maize variety is set to be launched in Kenya. The GM maize (WEMA Bt maize) developed locally under Kenya's biosafety regulations is said to be safe for human and animal consumption.

2015-08-06 |

Hawaii: UHM faculty condemn academic freedom violations

The university's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources has restricted and violated one of it's own professor's academic freedom, and a group of his professional colleagues are speaking out against his mistreatment.

2015-08-06 |

India: Activists launch agitation against GM mustard

A group of activists and civil society outfits on Friday vowed to resist the entry of genetically modified (GM) mustard into India, a statement said.

2015-08-04 |

UK company plans to release genetically engineered flies in Spain

The UK company Oxitec is planning to release genetically engineered olive flies into the environment in Spain (Catalonia). The insects are genetically manipulated in such a way that female descendants will die as larvae feeding inside the olives, while the next generations of male flies will survive. Oxitec plans to release up to 5000 of these flies per week in Spain, near the town of Tarragona.

2015-08-04 |

“Climate change-friendly GM rice” is long way from making a difference

A new GM rice is being touted as climate change-friendly because in cultivation it produces less methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, than normal rice.

2015-08-04 |

Safety of GM Foods: A Moment of Honesty

As the latest controversy over GMO’s unfolds – this time it’s about a House Bill that would ban labeling laws – it’s time for a moment of honesty about science and safety. Of course safety is hardly the only bone of contention in GMO debates, but safety is the issue that’s most hotly contested and that’s most central to the labeling bill.

2015-08-04 |

WHO Cancer Expert: Glyphosate is Definitely Genotoxic

Professor Christopher Portier, one of the co-authors of the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) recent report which determined Glyphosate’s status as a probable carcinogen, reiterated the IARC’s conclusions, and said: “Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.”

2015-08-04 |

Golden rice paper pulled after judge rules for journal

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is retracting a paper that showed genetically engineered rice serves as an effective vitamin A supplement after a Massachusetts judge denied the first author’s motion for an injunction against the publisher.

2015-07-29 |

‘Monsanto’s Dream Bill’: DARK Act And Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Keep Consumers Ignorant

The controversial TPP trade deal could destroy the efforts of some states to mandate labelling of foods with GMO ingredients, while a bill moving through Congress has a similar goal.

2015-07-29 |

USA: Jackson County GMO ban litigation shifts gears

A federal judge has also found that lawmakers intended to permit the GMO ban when they excluded Jackson County from a 2013 bill that pre-empted other local governments from regulating biotech crops.

2015-07-29 |

Monsanto's new $1bn herbicide shows our bias towards hi-tech solutions

Every week brings news of the latest world-saving technological breakthrough, from electric cars to superfoods and energy miracles. Global agrochemical firm Monsanto just announced a $1bn investment in its new herbicide, dicamba, part of Roundup Ready Xtend, its system for genetically engineered crops such as soya beans and cotton.

2015-07-29 |

Sweden may vote no to GMO from now on

On 23 June 2015, the Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht received sufficient support at the environmental and agricultural committee for the government to adopt a new GMO position.

2015-07-27 |

WTO Committee Agenda: More Food Safety Issues Popping Up

China told the SPS Committee that it plans to amend its safety assessment of agricultural genetically modified food and feed, sometimes referred to as biotech products.

2015-07-23 |

New Zealand: Concern over environmental standard for tree plantations

Anti genetic engineering lobbyists are concerned about a proposed new national environmental standard for plantations which is going through its third round of consultation.

2015-07-23 |

Non-GMO product use rising across all age groups

Products labeled as non-G.M.O. are increasing in use among millennials — and among baby boomers, people in Generation X and pretty much all age groups in the United States, according to data from the Natural Marketing Institute.

2015-07-23 |

EU: MEPs object to draft law allowing national bans, call for plan B

A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by MEPs from all political groups in a debate on Wednesday. Members were concerned that the draft did not include an impact assessment, that member state measures might not be compatible with single market or WTO rules and that the proposal might prove unworkable.

2015-07-23 |

El Salvador Farmers Successfully Defy Monsanto

The perils of ingesting food that has any contact with a Monsanto-produced product are in the news on nearly a weekly basis.

2015-07-23 |

IndieBio kicks off with nine new synthetic biology startups

A peanut without allergens, a yogurt to help people live longer and an ocean-friendly fish-farming feed are just some of the projects being developed at a synthetic biology accelerator programme in Cork.

2015-07-23 |

USA: DARKer Act Blocks State and Local GMO Safety Rules

The anti-labeling DARK Act sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) is now also an anti-environment, anti-farmworker and anti-public health bill.

2015-07-21 |

New Zealand: TPPA threatens GE-free status

As an organic producer I can see what the Investor State Clause will involve. It will be corporations pushing for more GMOs and New Zealand will not be protected. We know that GMOs are disastrous for human health.

2015-07-21 |

Let Americans decide for themselves on GMOs

America has a proud tradition of empowering consumers. You can walk into any grocery store in the country, pick up a product from the shelf, and immediately learn the calorie count, the amount of protein per serving, and the full list of ingredients.

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