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2015-06-23 |

EU: New guidelines drawn up on authorisation to renew GMO food and feed

This week the EU food safety authority drew up new guidelines for the renewal of an authorisation of genetically modified (GM) food and feed.

2015-06-23 |

Pope Francis weighs into the GMO debate

Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over GM crops, arguing that while he doesn’t believe there is any “conclusive proof that GM cereals are harmful to human beings”, he worries about their effects on the ecosystem, and argues that they have resulted in more agricultural land being "concentrated in the hands of a few owners”.

2015-06-23 |

USA: Tighter controls urged as USDA eyes regulation of GMO crops

Dozens of consumer and food groups and businesses filed recommendations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday seeking tighter regulation of genetically engineered crops and calling the current system a "failure."

2015-06-23 |

Argentina: Federal Judge Accepts Lawsuit to Ban GMOs and Pesticides

A federal judge in Argentina has ruled that an unprecedented class action lawsuit, demanding a ban on the release of GMOs and their associated pesticides, can proceed.

2015-06-19 |

India: The Push for Genetically Modified Crops Should Be Tempered with Caution

The present Central Government is rightly focusing on technology for significant advances in the quality of governance. For example, ‘Digital India’ has the potential to seamlessly connect the remotest areas, bridge the urban-rural divide, and can dramatically improve widespread facilitation of services.

2015-06-19 |

GM Cotton a False Promise for Africa

Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis – South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan.

2015-06-19 |

South Africa: party calls for GMOs to be banned in SA

The IFP party has called on govt to ban the products, pending an investigation into their toxicity.

2015-06-19 |

Investigation or advocacy? The BBC reveals its pro-GMO bias

The Panorama programme on GM foods and crops last Monday was a masterpiece of spin, bluster, misrepresentation and outright deceit, write Lawrence Woodward & Pat Thomas, with the BBC's top investigatory strand hijacked to force feed the UK population with the purest of pro-GMO propaganda.

2015-06-17 |

USA: Oregon Law Banning GMO Crop Production Goes Into Effect

The law is the first of its kind in the state of Oregon though similar measures have been passed in various counties in California and in San Juan County, Washington.

2015-06-17 |

Cheese playing increasingly ‘divisive role’ in GMO labeling debate

Today, it is estimated that 80—90 percent of cheese in the U.S. and UK is made using Fermentation-Produced Chymosin (FPC). The GMO-derived enzyme has been a boon for cheese manufacturing and cheese sales. The US produced about 11-billion pounds of cheese in 2013 alone, thanks in large part to the cost-effectiveness of FPC.

2015-06-12 |

USA: Are We Crossing the Tipping Point Regarding GMOs?

In the last week or two I have seen many references in the media, which show a dramatic shift in positive trends regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). Today I saw that Hellman's Mayonnaise is the latest brand going non-GMO, and that Chipotle is the first national food chain that is going non-GMO.

2015-06-12 |

USA: as Oregon's GMO debates continue, two countries move forward with labeling push

Oregon's fight over whether to label products with genetically-engineered ingredients continues, following a close vote in November, echoing similar conversations on the international stage.

2015-06-12 |

India: Govt asks Niti Aayog to draft policy on genetically modified crops

The prime minister’s office has asked the government’s new economic think-tank, Niti Aayog, to help draft a policy on genetically modified (GM) crops, a move signalling the Centre’s willingness to settle the polarising issue, a person familiar with the development told HT.

2015-06-12 |

Genetically modified fish on the loose?

Genetically modified fish that overexpress growth hormone have been created for more than 25 years, but unlike many domesticated crops, transgenic fish have yet to enter commercial production.

2015-06-10 |

Ghana: Court To Reconvene on GMO Case

The case in which Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) is suing for an interim injunction on the commercial release of Bt cowpea and GM rice will reconvene at the Human Rights Division of the Accra Fast Track Court on Monday, 8th June 2015 at 9am.

2015-06-10 |

Namibia: About 80% of maize meal is GMO

Most of the maize meal brands Namibians buy in shops entails Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

2015-06-10 |

Zimbabwe: a standard for GMO Labelling

The Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) working together with the National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe have come up with a draft national standard for the labelling of GM based food or feed.

2015-06-10 |

Monsanto plans to move headquarters from US to UK

Agrochemicals group proposes ‘corporate inversion’ deal with Swiss rival Syngenta that would involve creating new parent company registered in Britain.

2015-06-08 |

New Kind Of GMO Called 'Rewilding' Could Restore Crops' Lost Traits

Though genetically modified organisms have become ubiquitous on farms across the world, especially in the United States, they only became available for commercial use in the '90s. Many critics of GMOs (and modern agriculture more broadly) argue that returning to the agricultural practices that sustained human life for the thousands of years before their advent would be the best course of action.

2015-06-08 |

USDA Announcement Shows Need for Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to certify a company’s process to develop corn free of genetically modified organisms is being wrongly interpreted in that the agency has broad authority to establish standards for GMO or non-GMO labeling of food. The USDA’s decision actually spotlights the limitations currently facing the agency, and the need for congressional action on this issue.

2015-06-08 |

USA: A community bio-tech lab offers a crash course in designing life open to the public

The consumer is already using genetically modified and genetically engineered products in their daily life. So, wouldn't it be nice if the end user were also someone who could have a say about what this technology was used for?“

2015-06-08 |

USA:Jackson County's GMO ban taking effect, what happens next?

Saturday is the first day people can alert county officials about violations of the ban on growing genetically altered crops.

2015-06-08 |

EU: TTIP, GMOs and EU standards

Several EU experts said that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was nothing to fear and that key protections for health and environment enjoyed by European citizens would be preserved.

2015-06-04 |

Could Genetically Engineered Humans Become a Reality?

Science is closer to creating genetically engineered human beings, and the advances in technology are sparking ethical arguments over making "a new kind of person."

2015-06-04 |

USA: Big Win for Anti-GMO Groups as Oregon Federal Judge Upholds Jackson County GMO Ban

On Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke partially dismissed a lawsuit brought by commercial alfalfa farmers seeking to overturn a Jackson County ordinance that banned the use of GMO seed stock (“It is a county violation for any person or entity to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically engineered plants within Jackson County.”).

2015-06-02 |

USA: Vermont businesses ride GMO-free ‘megatrend"

Wall’s preference of avoiding GMOs contributes to a market for non-GMO labeled food that’s predicted to reach $264 billion in 2017, according to a 2013 article by FoodNavigator-USA, a publication that covers the North American food and beverage industries.

2015-06-02 |

USA: Rice Quality Concerns Create Hurdles For Industry

Jim Mead, owner of Delta Grains, a seed and grain brokerage business near Jonesboro, was part of the vanguard in seed technology. In the 1980s, he was an integral part of Eagle Seed Co. in Weiner, a small but innovative company that developed new rice and soybean varieties. Now, he views the seed business from both sides.

2015-06-02 |

Canadian risk assessment finds GMO salmon more susceptible to disease

A Canadian risk assessment has found genetically modified salmon is susceptible to disease than normal salmon, reports eNews Park Forest.

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