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 Below you find the postings of the last seven days.

 

2014-06-12 |

UK: MEP calls on gov't to reject flawed proposal on national GMO bans

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, has written a letter urging the UK government to reject a flawed EU proposal which would give biotech industries a say on whether governments can ban the cultivation of GMO crops in their countries.

2014-06-12 |

Kyrgyzstan Initiates a 100% GMO Ban

This past Wednesday a nation bordering China and South of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, decided to become one of the first countries in the world to ban all GMO crops as well as the sale and importation of genetically modified organisms.

2014-06-12 |

Ireland: Hogan backs EU plan allowing states to prohibit growing of GMOs

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has voted in favour of an EU plan, which will allow individual member states to prohibit growing of Genetically Modified Organisms on their territory.

2014-06-12 |

USA: Oregon now epicenter of national GMO debate

A battle is being waged in Oregon’s grocery stores, wheat and sugar beet fields, restaurant tables and pantry shelves.

2014-06-12 |

USA: War on Cornfield Pest Sparks Clash Over Insecticide

Pesticide use is surging among U.S. corn farmers who are worried that some insects have become resistant to genetically modified versions of the crop.

2014-06-11 |

More agricultural groups endorse GMO wheat

Sixteen agricultural organizations in the U.S., Canada and Australia have pledged their support of biotechnology to improve wheat varieties.

2014-06-11 |

GM mosquitoes offer hope in malaria fight

Scientists have found a way of genetically modifying mosquitoes to produce sperm that only creates males, offering a potential fresh approach to fighting and eventually eradicating malaria.

2014-06-11 |

China orders hunt for facilities illegally producing genetically modified food

The continued illegal sale of genetically modified (GM) food in parts of China has prompted the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)to order officials to track down possible testing facilities.

2014-06-11 |

USA: Overwhelming Majority Of Americans Want GMO Labeling

An overwhelming majority of Americans think that genetically engineered (GE) foods should be labeled before they are sold, according to a new Consumer Reports poll released on Monday.

2014-06-11 |

Hawaii Farmers, Biotech Industry Challenge Big Island's GMO Ban

Several Big Island farmers and flower growers, along with a national trade organization representing the biotech industry, have filed a lawsuit challenging Hawaii County’s ban on genetically modified farming.

2014-06-11 |

GMO 2.0: GM foods with added health benefits

New genetically engineered products have been designed to be healthier and save waste, but the technology cannot be imposed on people who don't want it

2014-06-11 |

Synthetic Biology Market Expected to Reach $38.7 Billion by 2020

According to a new report by Allied Market Research, titled "Global Synthetic Biology Market (Products, Technologies, Applications and Geography) - Global Opportunity Analysis and Forecast - 2013 - 2020", the global synthetic biology market is forecast to reach $38.7 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 44.2% during the forecast period (2014 - 2020).

2014-06-11 |

GM Maggots Expected in Fruit Imports after Go-ahead for Brazil GM Fruit Fly Experiments

GeneWatch UK today warned that planned experiments with genetically modified (GM) fruit flies in Brazil could lead to GM maggots in fruit being illegally imported to Britain and other countries.

2014-06-11 |

El Salvador: U.S. Govt Ties Aid Package to Monsanto GMO Seeds

The President of the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technologies (CESTA), Ricardo Navarro, has demanded that the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, stops pressurizing the Government of El Salvador to buy Monsanto’s GM seeds rather than non-GMO seeds from domestic suppliers.

2014-06-11 |

Kenya: Health Cabinet Secretary says to wait for verdict on GMOs

Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has told a House committee that only the Cabinet can lift the ban on the use of Genetically Modified Organisms.

2014-06-10 |

USA: 2 farmers, 2 views of GMOs

There was a celebration on the Statehouse steps in May when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that made Vermont the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

2014-06-09 |

Hawaii: Maui Initiative to Ban GMO Crops Gets Enough Signatures for Ballot

More than 20 percent of residents who voted in the last election support putting a temporary moratorium on genetically modified farming on the ballot this year.

2014-06-09 |

USA: Big Food Still Plans to Sue Vermont Over New GMO Labeling Law

Last month, when Vermont passed a new law requiring food and beverage manufacturers to label genetically modified foods, Big Food went ballistic. The Grocers’ Manufacturers’ Association, a trade group that represents Monsanto, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and other giant food companies, warned that the labeling law—the first of its kind in the nation—was "costly" and "critically flawed," and vowed to sue the state to force it to scrap the measure.

2014-06-09 |

Zambia: Lunanshya council destroys Bokomo Cornflakes containing traces of GMO

A combined team of Luanshya Municipal Council Health Inspectors and Court officials yesterday swung into action and destroyed more than 700 Bokomo Cornflakes containing traces of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

2014-06-09 |

The problems with the arguments against GM crops

New evidence shows that arguments against GM crops are unfounded, says Margaret Karembu. The year 2013 marked the 18th consecutive year of commercial cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or now commonly referred to as biotech crops.

2014-06-06 |

Genetic Testing of Citizens Is a Backdoor into Total Population Surveillance by Governments and Companies

The new Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in England, Simon Stevens, was recently reported arguing that the NHS must be transformed to make people’s personal genetic information the basis of their treatments.

2014-06-06 |

Toxin-Resistant Corn Pest Thwarts GE Efforts

In a case of evolution outfoxing agricultural biotechnology, a voracious rootworm that was supposed to be poisoned by genetically-modified corn has become resistant to the toxins produced by the plant.

2014-06-06 |

India: Activists oppose field trials of GM crops

Activists opposed to the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops on Thursday appealed to the state government to stop field trials of GM crops in the state.

2014-06-05 |

USA: 17 Groups call on Ecover and Method to drop extreme GE plans

In an open letter released today 17 national and international consumer, environmental, women’s health and farming groups called on leading “natural” cleaning and personal care products manufacturer Ecover and its U.S.-based subsidiary, Method Products Inc., to cancel plans to use oils and other ingredients derived from synthetic biology, a new and unregulated set of genetic engineering techniques.

2014-06-05 |

Zimbabwe: Govt Urged to Try GMO Crops

Zimbabwe needs to conduct its own Bt cotton field trials to independently verify the merits and demerits of genetically modified crop varieties suitable to the country's local conditions, a farmer group representative says.

2014-06-05 |

Mexico: High risks, few rewards with Monsanto's maize

I'd come to Mexico to investigate the ongoing controversy over the proposed introduction of genetically modified (GM) maize into the birthplace of this important global food crop. The issue was hot, because last October a Mexican judge had issued an injunction halting all experimental and commercial planting of GM maize, a process that was well underway in six northern states. The ruling cited the need for precaution to ensure that Mexico's rich diversity of maize varieties were protected from inadvertent "gene flow" from GM maize.

2014-06-05 |

Dow AgroSciences GM Soybeans: Waging War on Peasants

Global attempts by Dow AgroSciences to gain approval for new genetically-modified soybean varieties resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D have become particularly aggressive in recent months. Simultaneous applications have been filed in several of the countries where genetically engineered crops (GE or transgenic crops or GMOs) were introduced in the 1990s.

2014-06-05 |

French anti-GM protestors walk free after destroying vineyard

Fifty four activists who destroyed a field of genetically modified vines in eastern France in 2010 were acquitted by a court of appeal on Wednesday after the Judge declared that the state should never have allowed the plantation of such vines in an open area.

2014-06-05 |

USA: Twist Bioscience thinks we can save the world with GE plants and microbes

The San Francisco startup recently received $31.1 million in funding from investors and DARPA to develop an automated, highly efficient platform for gene manufacturing.

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