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2014-10-08 |

China Rejects U.S. Hay Exports Due to GM Alfalfa Contamination

The Chinese used to be quite confident that their hay was GMO free, but all that is about to change. Hay exported to the country from the U.S. is currently in quarantine due to the detection of GMO traits, specifically of genetically modified alfalfa, according to a USDA spokesperson.

2014-10-08 |

USA: Discovery of GM wheat creates stir among supporters, critics

It was revealed last month that regulators are trying to figure out why a rogue patch of genetically modified wheat popped up on a Montana farm. The news startled GMO critics and supporters — although for different reasons.

2014-10-06 |

Oxitec Wants to Release GMO Moths in New York

Will the crazy GMO-creations ever come to a halt? Are our crops not enough for biotech? GM mosquitoes developed by Oxitec, a UK company, were already released in other countries as a means to control disease. The company is also trying to release them in the Florida Keys, while working to release GM olive flies in Spain. But it gets even more bizarre – now Oxitec wants to release GM moths in New York.

2014-10-06 |

Conventional plant breeding outperforms GM in drought resistance

Reports show that traditional breeding techniques are years ahead of GM technologies in developing crops to withstand drought and poor soils, writes Lawrence Woodward. Yet GM advocates are sticking rigidly to their script even as the evidence mounds against them ...

2014-10-06 |

Synthetically Modified Food Technology to Outpace GMOs?

While many consumers are still concerned with the existence and labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the technology behind synthetically modified foods is improving. Technologically speaking, GMOs are old news, and science is embarking on a new wave of food production techniques and improvements.

2014-10-06 |

Syngenta Seeds Inc. v. Bunge North America Inc.: A Warehouse Full of Unapproved GM Seeds; Now What?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit addressed allegations of breach and false advertising against an agricultural product storage and transport company, who not only stopped accepting genetically-modified strain of corn seeds—a variety that was not approved in China—but placed signs in its regional facilities and website indicating that the seeds were not approved for U.S. export markets. Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. Bunge North America, Inc., Case No. 13-1391 (8th Cir., Aug. 8, 2014), (Bye, J.).

2014-10-06 |

Syngenta Seeds Inc. v. Bunge North America Inc.: A Warehouse Full of Unapproved GM Seeds; Now What?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit addressed allegations of breach and false advertising against an agricultural product storage and transport company, who not only stopped accepting genetically-modified strain of corn seeds—a variety that was not approved in China—but placed signs in its regional facilities and website indicating that the seeds were not approved for U.S. export markets. Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. Bunge North America, Inc., Case No. 13-1391 (8th Cir., Aug. 8, 2014), (Bye, J.).

2014-10-06 |

Van Eenennaam study marred by bias and scientific shortcomings

Twelve of 17 relevant studies show potential negative health effects of GMOs. Thanks to GMO Free USA for sending us this perceptive review of the recently released Van Eenennaam and Young review of animal feeding studies, which is being widely touted as showing that GMOs are safe. The authors, who wish to remain anonymous, find many scientific shortcomings in the review.

2014-10-03 |

Costa Rica: Map shows where GMOs are planted

The majority of farms using genetically modified cotton, corn and soy seeds, also known as GMOs, are located in Guanacaste, in the areas around Cañas, Las Juntas and Liberia, according to a map produced by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE – Servicio Fitosanitario del Estao) and obtained by The Voice of Guanacaste.

2014-10-03 |

USA: GMO Labeling Will Cost Consumers Less Than a Penny a Day

Genetically engineered foods are already required to be labeled in 64 foreign countries, including many where American food producers sell their wares. Labeling has not increased food prices in those countries, according to Consumers Union.

2014-10-03 |

California Ban on GE Salmon Expands Protections, but Opens a Dangerous Loophole

Center for Food Safety (CFS) cautiously welcomes California law AB 504, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, which bans commercial production of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in all state waters. However, CFS also warns that the bill contains a dangerous loophole that must be closed.

2014-10-03 |

USA: Unregulated GM wheat popping up in Montana

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department has said.

2014-10-03 |

EU: Current rules on GM crops create conflict, says European Commissioner-designate

The European Commissioner-elect for health and food safety has said he intends to review rules on GM crop cultivation and broker compromise on animal cloning, among other top-priority topics.

2014-10-01 |

USA: Companies Pursuing Non-GMO Products For Competitive Edge, Experts Say

Genetically modified organisms are either going to solve world hunger or kill off the human race, depending on who you ask. The words “Monsanto” or “GMO” engender strong reactions in people around the globe, as governments, scientists, advocates and consumers are finding themselves adopting strong stances either for or against the new technology.

2014-10-01 |

China launches media campaign to back GM crops

China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.

2014-10-01 |

Vietnam: GM technology no magic wand for Vietnam agriculture

Scientists warn that genetically modified (GM) technology is not the “magic wand” that many people assume will increase crop yield and save domestic agricultural production.

2014-10-01 |

USA: GM Apples Discovered in Washington State Cover-Up

According to information released through a Freedom of Information Act request, Hearst Newspapers discovered hundreds of violations pertaining to genetically modified organisms. In one secret, experimental apple tree orchard in Washington, Gebbers Farms was cited for infractions including cross-contamination of GM and organic apple trees.

2014-09-30 |

China Stumbles Into Future of Genetically Modified Food

On Aug. 17 safety certificates for genetically modified (GMO) varieties of corn and rice were due to be renewed by China’s Ministry of Agriculture, but the deadline came and went with no action being taken.

2014-09-30 |

USA: Unregulated GM wheat found in Montana

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in state of Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday.

2014-09-30 |

USA: Governor signs bill banning commercial production of GM salmon

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a North Coast lawmaker’s bill banning the commercial production of genetically altered salmon.

2014-09-30 |

EU: According to a lobby group new plant breeding techniques are not GE

Are plants, animals, microorganisms or fungus manipulated using new plant breeding techniques (NPBT) genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under European legislation or not? This question was raised in 2008 and has yet to be answered. Some stakeholders (among which industries), members of the New Breeding Techniques Platform (NBT Platform), say that such plants are not GMOs and should not fall under the scope of the GMO legislation. Thanks to UK freedom of information laws, documents – including a legal analysis by the NBT platform – provided by the biotechnology lobby group EuropaBio to the British environment ministry DEFRA have been disclosed

2014-09-26 |

Ghana: Africa Must Spurn GM crops

Human beings were created to reproduce; so as crops and animals on the stream of living things. Can you imagine if people on earth stop the process of reproduction and decide to clone them? This will undoubtedly lead to the process of human extinction.

2014-09-26 |

USA: biggest proponents of GMO labeling in Oregon launch their first ads

The group that has raised the most money in the fight over labeling genetically modified foods in Oregon launched its first ads on Tuesday.

2014-09-26 |

Tobacco plant engineered for more efficient photosynthesis

A genetically engineered tobacco plant, developed with two genes from blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), holds promise for improving the yields of many food crops.

2014-09-26 |

Scientists Sit Out Genetic Engineering Debate

If scientists cannot or will not explain the issue, then farmers have very little chance of protecting a technology that has immense value to consumers.

2014-09-26 |

USA: New Generation of GM Crops Puts Agriculture in a Crisis Situation

With the first of a new generation of genetically engineered crops ready to hit the market, the battle lines are being drawn. Food safety activists have promised to fight the crops—corn and soybeans designed to tolerate multiple herbicides—in court. They and many scientists argue that these crops will harm environmental and possibly human health. The companies that make them say they’re providing a much-needed tool to fight the growing scourge of herbicide-resistant weeds.

2014-09-24 |

USDA Greenlighting of Agent Orange Crops Sparks Condemnation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision this week to approve two new genetically engineered crops is being denounced by watchdog groups as a false solution to herbicide-resistant weeds and a move that threatens human and environment safety alike.

2014-09-24 |

Ireland: GM foods must be part of the future of Irish agriculture and food production

Genetically Modified (GM) foods must be part of the future of Irish agriculture and food production, according to Leo Enright, Chairman of the Government’s science awareness programme, Discover Science and Engineering.

2014-09-24 |

Nigeria: Concerns in agricultural biotechnology

The last few weeks have seen several write-ups on the pages of newspapers in Nigeria about genetically modified crops (GMCs), food (GMF) and other products (GMPs).

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