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2015-03-16 |

USA: Anti-GMO, Biotech Factions Clash at Food Summit

The debate between the pro-biotech and non-GMO camps increasingly looks more like scorched earth than common ground. Biotech seed makers like Monsanto and Syngenta, along with farmer groups, argue that genetically modified crops are critical to feed a growing global population.

2015-03-16 |

Philippines: Row over campaign to launch golden rice

A campaign is set to be launched on March 16 in the country to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin A deficiency in children.

2015-03-13 |

Ireland: Review of GMO import legislation to take place in April

The Health and Food Safety department of the EU Commission is expected to review legislation governing Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crop imports on 22 April.

2015-03-13 |

The Promises and Perils of Synthetic Biology

A mile from the Mexican border, on a patch of scrubland where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the low-slung mountains of New Mexico, lies $104 million worth of government investment in the form of 78 concrete pits.

2015-03-13 |

How Healthy Is Genetically Modified Soybean Oil?

Soybean oil accounts for more than 90 percent of all the seed oil production in the United States. Genetically modified (GM) soybean oil, made from seeds of GM soybean plants, was recently introduced into the food supply on the premise that it is healthier than conventional soybean oil.

2015-03-13 |

UK: S&T Committee Urges Change to EU Rules for GM Crops

The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee released a report saying that current EU regulations that prevent GM crop adoption in the UK are not fit for purpose and should be changed to a trait-based system for regulating biotech crops.

2015-03-13 |

South Africa: Transgenes Found in Small Farmers’ Maize Seed Supplies

Genetically modified (GM) crops were introduced in South Africa in 1997. By 2013, South Africa had 2.3 million hectares of GM crops under cultivation, 78% of which was insect-resistant and/or herbicide-tolerant maize.

2015-03-10 |

USA: EPA Slaps Monsanto and GMO Corn-Makers On The Wrist

Monsanto and the other corporate manufacturers of pest-resistant GMO corn are advised by EPA to talk to farmers about alternating seasonal plantings. The EPA suggests alternating corn with soybean.

2015-03-10 |

Brazil: Global Week of Actions against GMO Trees Ends in Success

Thursday morning 300 peasants organized by La Via Campesina occupied the meeting of the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) in Brasilia, which was convening to discuss the release of three new varieties of transgenic plants in Brazil including a request by FuturaGene to legalize their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. The CTNBio meeting was interrupted and eventually cancelled.

2015-03-10 |

How healthy is genetically modified soybean oil?

Soybean oil accounts for more than 90 percent of all the seed oil production in the United States. Genetically modified soybean oil, made from seeds of GM soybean plants, was recently introduced into the food supply on the premise that it is healthier than conventional soybean oil. But is that premise true? Just barely, say scientists.

2015-03-10 |

White men meet in London to plot ways of profiting off Africa's seed systems

A meeting is to be held in London on 23 March by predominantly white men with a sprinkling of Africans, some of whom represent private seed companies, to discuss how to make a killing off Africa’s seed systems.

2015-03-06 |

Synthetic Biology: New Method Makes Protein Engineering More Accessible

Deep in the heart of synthetic biology are the proteins that make it tick and that is why protein engineering is crucial to the new discipline: Scientists grow, harvest, and reprogram proteins to become new drug therapeutics, environmentally friendly fuels, and vaccines.

2015-03-06 |

Bill Nye Had a Fixed View on GMOs. Then Something Happened.

A decade ago, Bill Nye, aka The Science Guy, did a segment on GMOs for his TV show. His approach surprised some who saw it years later. “It was weightily anti-GMO, something I wouldn’t have expected from Bill Nye,” one writer has noted.

2015-03-06 |

UNICEF Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil Joins Public Board of Factor GMO

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, Mahmoud Kabil, has officially joined the Public Board of the World’s largest and most comprehensive study on GMOs and their associated pesticides – Factor GMO. The experimental phase of the study, costing $25 million, will begin later in 2015.

2015-03-05 |

EU: Will new GM approval freeze get picked up by the WTO?

For those who were already following Europe’s policy on GM crops last century, something strange is happening. Long teased by our cousins across the Atlantic for living in the world’s agricultural museum, we now finally appear to be travelling back in time to 1999. The similarities are startling. Let’s review:

2015-03-05 |

Malawi Civil Society Oppose Field Trials of GM Cowpea

An alliance of 19 civil society organisations and a GMO-resistance movement led by the Commons for EcoJustice (EcoJustice) and representing Malawian small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, organic movements, and non-governmental organisations, among others, have lodged a substantive submission to the Malawi authorities, strongly opposing the Confined Field Trial (CFT) permit application submitted by the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) Bunda College in respect of genetically modified (GM) pod borer resistant Cowpea varieties.

2015-03-05 |

Ghana Court Suspends Genetically Modified Products

An Ghanaian Accra Fast Track High Court stated the country's Ministry of Food and Agriculture cannot approve the production and sale of genetically modified (GM) products until it delivers judgment on the case brought by the Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG). A judgment will be handed down April 2.

2015-03-05 |

China's Genetically Modified Cows Could Stop TB

China is introducing a new wave of genetically modified (GM) cows. And we're talking 'mad-scientist' GMOs here - animals that boast genetic traits utterly impossible to create in nature. How could that ever be a good thing? Well, new research has revealed it can be beneficial in certain ways, with these latest cows promising to help the cattle industry withstand a deadly pandemic of Bovine Tuberculosis (B-TB).

2015-03-05 |

GMO Pesticide Propaganda Machine Continues to Bamboozle

Media Silence Deafening as 2,4 D Herbicide-Tolerant GMO Crops Cleared for Planting in UN's "International Year of Soils"

2015-03-02 |

Opinion: On Global GMO Regulation

Advances in genome-editing technologies have made modifying crops easier than ever before. They’ve also clouded the already murky realm of genetically modified foods.

2015-03-02 |

The War on Genetically-Modified-Food Critics: Et tu, National Geographic?

Since when is the safety of genetically modified food considered “settled science” on a par with the reality of evolution? That was the question that jumped to mind when I saw the cover of the March 2015 National Geographic and the lead article, “Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?”

2015-03-02 |

German states want nationwide ban on genetically engineered plants

The majority of Germany‘s 16 federal states would like a nationwide ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, according to a survey carried out by dpa and published on Saturday.

2015-03-02 |

Maker of nonbrowning GMO Apples acquired by a US company

Soon, we’ll all say goodbye to the natural apples that turn brown after several minutes. United States biotech-focused company Intrexon announced that they’re acquiring the creator of the nonbrowing Apples from Canada.

2015-03-02 |

Swiss Merchant Banker Gives Backing to $ 25 Million "Factor GMO" Science Project

The world’s largest and most comprehensive study on GMO and pesticide safety – ‘Factor GMO’ – which held its public launch in November 2014 in London, announced on Wednesday that the Founder President of the international private Swiss Merchant Banking Advisory firm Najadi & Partners AG, Mr. Pascal Najadi, is its first official Public Board member and donor.

2015-03-02 |

Researcher says a gene may help reduce GM contamination

Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene might help farmers reduce the risk of GM contamination and quell arguments against the use of transgenic food crops, says the lead author of a new research paper.

2015-02-27 |

USA: Federal GMO Labeling Legislation Re-Introduced

Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore)–joined by chef-lebrity Tom Colicchio–announced the reintroduction of The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, a federal bill that would mandate the labeling of foods or beverages containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

2015-02-27 |

GMO debate ensnares state apple industry

The debate over genetically modified organisms didn’t end in 2013, when this state’s voters narrowly rejected an initiative that would have required labels on GMO products.

2015-02-27 |

IGEN pilot program to demonstrate GMO transparency in dietary supplement supply chains

After two years of development work, Nutrasource is starting to talk about its IGEN (International Genetically modified Evaluation and Notification) program, with William Rowe, President and CEO, giving a presentation at 12pm on Friday, March 6th at the Marriott Hotel during Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim.

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