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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-01-20 |

Canada: Farmers like GE crops because they are greener

The public debate about food has become deafening. “Local” and “organic” are mantras of the organic lobby, but organic food represents less than four per cent of Canadian production.

2014-01-20 |

Bangladesh BT Brinjal: How other countries deal with the controversy

In 'Origin of Cultivated Plants' published in 1886, De Candolle states that the species of brinjal has been known in South Asia from ancient times, and it was regarded as a native product.

2014-01-16 |

Grist For The Genetic Engineering Mill

A “what I’ve learned about GMOs” (“genetically modified organisms”) end-of-the-year column by Nathanael Johnson, Grist’s food writer, would ordinarily not warrant much attention (from me, at least), but this one was cited by the New York Times’ Andy Revkin as “a rich series of reports” on various aspects of the subject.

2014-01-16 |

Ethics debate intensifies over retraction of Séralini rat study

The ethics controversy over Food and Chemical Toxicology’s decision in November to retract a controversial GMO corn rat study by Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues at Caen University in France continues to simmer.

2014-01-16 |

Russia: GM crops will make it to Russia

Russia has introduced a registration system for foods containing genetically modified organisms that could drag the illegal import of genetically modified seeds out of the shadows. Meanwhile, nongovernmental organizations are mounting a legal challenge to the government’s decision.

2014-01-16 |

Kenya to lift ban, commercialise GMOs

Education, Science and Technology Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has revealed plans by the government to lift a ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and commercialise them by year’s end.

2014-01-16 |

Europe MEPs oppose labelling of GM pollen in honey

The European Parliament today voted on proposals to revise EU rules on honey. A majority of MEPs voted in favour of proposals meaning that the presence of GM pollen in honey would not need to be indicated on the label.

2014-01-13 |

Sudanese Authorities Seize 'Illegal' GM Soybean Shipment

Sudanese authorities have seized a shipment of genetically modified (GM) soybeans at Port Sudan harbour, stating that it is currently ‘illegal’ to import GM foodstuffs into the country. It has not been confirmed where the GM soybeans came from but according to a Sustainable Pulse source in the country they are from the US.

2014-01-13 |

Argentina: Court Rules Monsanto Construction is Unconstitutional in Malvinas

Excellent news from Malvinas Argentina! The Chamber of Labor has issued a court ruling today upholding an injunction that was filed in September 2012 by Malvinas Lucha por la Vida effectively paralyzing construction on the new Monsanto plant.

2014-01-13 |

USA: Maine Joins Connecticut to Require GMO Food Labels

Citizens on the West Coast have led ballot initiatives to require labels on genetically modified foods. But the Northeast actually has laws on the books. Maine this week joined Connecticut to become the second state with a law governing GMOs (genetically modified organisms) after Maine Gov. Paul LePage "symbolically" signed the bill.

2014-01-13 |

USA: Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural'

The food industry wants the government to give the okay for calling products using genetically engineered ingredients “natural” foods. I went to my local grocery store looking for the term “natural” or “naturally” and I didn’t have to go very far.

2014-01-13 |

USA: Genetically Altered Non-Browning Apples Could Reach Stores

Fruit salad enthusiasts, take heart. The unappetizing browning of sliced apples could be a thing of the past thanks to genetically-modified fruits that resist oxidation.

2014-01-13 |

USA: Did Cheerios and General Mills Just Put Monsanto on Notice?

Last year, General Mills came under a lot of heat for not offering their most popular cereal brand--Cheerios--without genetically modified organism (GMOs). In Europe, the cereal had been GMO-free for years, but in America, it was impossible to get your hands on.

2014-01-13 |

USDA Recommends Deregulation of 2,4-D Resistant GMO Crops: What’s the Big Deal?

Last week the USDA released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on newly developed 2,4-D resistant genetically modified corn and soybean traits. As the internet exploded with pro-biotech advocacy celebrating the move towards deregulation of yet another GMO product line, I couldn’t help noticing the number of straw men participating in the debate! Just so the ‘no thank you’ side of the unfolding 2,4-D debacle is fairly represented, here’s why some sustainability enthusiasts don’t consider this potential ‘alternative’ even a little tiny bit preferred.

2014-01-13 |

China: Hybrid-rice pioneer Yuan Longping backs GM foods

China's "father of hybrid rice", Yuan Longping, says he is working with researchers on rice that has been genetically modified - a controversial technology but one that might help the mainland meet its agricultural goals.

2014-01-13 |

Dow Chemical Readies for a New Era of Superweeds

Because of the overuse of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, farmers have created "superweeds" that resist the best efforts of the herbicide to eradicate them. So rather than address the problem at the source, the USDA is poised to compound it by approving new seeds that are resistant to a different weedkiller manufactured by Dow Chemical , meaning it won't be long before we have to up the ante once more.

2014-01-13 |

USA: Opposition to biotech crops slowing government approval, hurting farmers

The opposition to biotech crops is slowing the approval by U.S. regulators of new genetically modified products that is hurting farmers, an official with a trade group representing seed manufacturers said Sunday.

2014-01-13 |

Hawaii: Agrochemical companies sue to block anti-GMO law

Three of the world's largest agrochemical companies have filed a lawsuit in Hawaii to block a law enacted on the island of Kauai in November to limit the planting of biotech crops and the use of pesticides.

2014-01-13 |

USA: Food industry to fire preemptive GMO strike

The giants of the U.S. food industry who have spent millions fighting state-by-state efforts to mandate new labels for genetically modified organisms are taking a page from their opponents and pushing for a federal GMO law.

2014-01-09 |

Africa: Drought tolerant maize varieties ready

East African agricultural scientists have released 10 lines of conventionally bred, drought tolerant maize varieties in response to shifting weather patterns in the region.

2014-01-09 |

USA: Grocery Manufacturers Want Foods with GMOs to Be Labeled as Natural

There was a time when food was food. You ate it and were glad of it. What could be more “natural” than that? But that was back in earlier times when most food came either from your own farm or from stores that bought food from nearby farms.

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.

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