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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-05-21 |

USA: Georgians march against corporate giant Monsanto

About 100 people marched from Johnson Square after a large rally against the Monsanto Corporation, a bio-technical and chemical giant. Monsanto plays a major role in industrialized agriculture. Marchers voiced concern or opposition to Monsanto’s genetically modified crops, unfair labor practices and poor treatment of workers. Today, genetically engineered crops account for 93% of all U.S. soybeans and about 90% of corn.

2014-05-20 |

Canada: B.C. grocers refuse to sell GM apples

If approved, genetically modified apples could hit Canadian shelves by end of year but twenty British Columbia grocers, including Olives Community Market in Function Junction, refuse to sell them.

2014-05-20 |

Canada: Quebec farmers oppose release of GM alfalfa

A tiny, genetically modified seed is pitting Quebec farmers against the biotech industry.

2014-05-20 |

USA: Are GMOs the climategate of the left?

The scientific community provides overwhelming evidence. A political group isn't convinced. Sound familiar?

2014-05-20 |

USA: Controversy Swims Around Genetically Modified Fish

Environmentalists and food safety experts are raising concerns as the Food and Drug Administration considers approval for the world's first genetically modified fish.

2014-05-20 |

Russia: GMO producers should be punished as terrorists, MPs say

A draft law submitted to the Russian parliament seeks to impose punishment up to criminal prosecution to producers of genetically-modified organisms harmful to health or the environment.

2014-05-20 |

Organic Mutagenic/Cell Fusion Hybrid Seeds are Genetically Engineered

It is spring planting time for farms, and, if hybrid seeds are being planted, chances are some might be genetically engineered (GE) and technically genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to a growing movement in organic agriculture.

2014-05-20 |

New JRC GMO-Matrix helps increase efficiency of GMO screening

JRC scientists have developed a decision support tool to optimise the detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) via computer simulation. The JRC GMO-Matrix will make the analysis of GMOs in the food chain more efficient and cost-effective.

2014-05-20 |

World Food Prize winner outlines shift in strategy

Robert Fraley, Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer and this year’s winner of the dubious World Food Prize, recently admitted that Monsanto made a huge strategic error by focusing educational outreach on growers and ignoring consumers.

2014-05-15 |

USA: Genetically modified salmon awaits FDA approval

This is the latest frontier in the battle over genetically modified food. Atlantic salmon, altered with genetic material from a chinook salmon and an ocean pout. The result is a fish that grows to market weight twice as fast as wild salmon. "Most producers will say it takes 24-30 months to produce a market size salmon. We can do that in 18," said AquaBounty CEO Ron Stotish.

2014-05-15 |

India: Organic and Genetically Modified Cotton

In a place where population growth is moving incredibly fast, added pressure on farmers in India in the wake of crushing debt and failed crops calls for a new agricultural approach. Genetic modification and organic farming present promising solutions. Young Explorer Andrew Flachs will investigate the effect of both growing strategies by interviewing farmers in Southern India.

2014-05-15 |

Sri Lanka Lifts Ban on Sale of Glyphosate

Sri Lanka’s Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that it has officially lifted the ban on glyphosate with the Registrar of Pesticides as no justifiable reason has been found to impose a ban.

2014-05-15 |

Dwarfed Corn suitable for growing in caves, mines to prevent contamination

Lowering temperatures for two hours each day reduces the height of corn without affecting its seed yield, a Purdue study shows, a technique that could be used to grow crops in controlled-environment facilities in caves and former mines.

2014-05-15 |

Canadian Farmers To Access Enlist Corn

Dow AgroSciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., announced a limited commercial introduction of Enlist corn in Canada for the 2014 growing season. The company’s Canada Field Forward program will provide growers with an exclusive opportunity to experience the company’s newest technologies under carefully stewarded conditions before they are widely available.

2014-05-14 |

Europe's Agri‐Food Businesses call for an EU policy shift towards innovation

Sectors present policy recommendations to EU farm ministers to unlock the potential of Europe’s agricultural and food industries to master key challenges and opportunities

2014-05-14 |

Europe Agri‐Food Businesses call for an EU policy shift towards innovation

Sectors present policy recommendations to EU farm ministers to unlock the potential of Europe's agricultural and food industries to master key challenges and opportunities

2014-05-14 |

Europe Agri-Food Businesses call for an EU policy shift towards innovation

Sectors present policy recommendations to EU farm ministers to unlock the potential of Europe's agricultural and food industries to master key challenges and opportunities

2014-05-14 |

Synbio: First Living Organism that Transmits Added Letters in DNA 'Alphabet'

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA “letters,” or bases, not found in nature. The cells of this unique bacterium can replicate the unnatural DNA bases more or less normally, for as long as the molecular building blocks are supplied.

2014-05-14 |

GMO safety: studies are based on non scientific conclusions

The highly publicized publication of Snell et al. [1] has been widely touted as a definitive proof of the safety of Genetically Modified Plants (GM Plants) and the adequacy of toxicological evaluation methods applied to them. Others have strongly criticized the validity of the authors’ conclusions.

2014-05-13 |

USA: German ag minister visits Dodge County

A minister counselor for Germany's agriculture department talked food and agriculture in Dodge County last week.

2014-05-13 |

The biggest fallacy about GMOs is that we need them to feed the world

“The biggest misconception in our industry when it comes to GMOs is that we need them to feed the world,” Tyler Lorenzen, World Food’s director and vice president of business development, told FoodNavigator-USA. “GMOs may be one tool to do that, but I do think plant-based proteins have a huge future in non-GMO, alternative protein sources to help feed the world sustainably. Organic, non-GMO pea and soy protein will play a large role in that.”

2014-05-13 |

Spain: Genetically Modified Corn Worries Spanish Farmers

Jose Miguel Sanz, chairman of the Aragonese Committee for Ecological Agriculture, is urging increased information and transparency for Spanish consumers regarding genetically modified (GM) corn, in the face of debates in Europe on the subject.

2014-05-13 |

Nigeria has Biotechnologically Improved Crops, Not GMO

Nigeria has biotechnologically improved crops and not genetically modified crops, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has explained. The minister gave this explanation at a Leadership Forum organised by the Nigerian Newsworld magazine/Nigerian Pilot Newspaper in Abuja weekend.

2014-05-12 |

USA: Vermont becomes first US state to require GM labelling for food

Vermont became the first state in the US on Thursday to adopt a law requiring labels for foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The state's governor, Peter Shumlin, announced on his Twitter feed that he would hold a signing ceremony on Thursday afternoon to sign the new measure into law.

2014-05-12 |

USA: The battle over GMO labels far from over

Don't count your free-ranging, organically fed chickens until they hatch. While we greeted with enthusiasm the news that Vermont is the first state in the nation to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, the fight has just begun.

2014-05-12 |

USA: University Report Says Prohibition on Golden Rice kills millions

A University of California report has exposed the injustice that prohibits a genetically engineered additive to rice. Without it, the death of millions of children has occurred, notably in Africa and India.

2014-05-12 |

USA: University Report Says Prohibition on Golden Rice kills millions

A University of California report has exposed the injustice that prohibits a genetically engineered additive to rice. Without it, the death of millions of children has occurred, notably in Africa and India.

2014-05-12 |

Pakistan: Regulatory system urged for GM crops

The country is heading for commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) crops, in the absence of a strong regulatory system, trained staff and well-equipped laboratory to deal with the issues involved, according to an officer.

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