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Monsanto Winter Offensive Strikes India, China and Russia

December 27, 2013

According to Sustainable Pulse sources in China, Monsanto's CEO Hugh Grant held high level meetings with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Commerce in the week before Christmas. These meetings allegedly involved discussions, which aimed to alleviate the current panic amongst some of Monsanto's main supporters in the US, who are worried that some Monsanto strains of corn will soon be refused by China, alongside the 545,000 metric tons of U.S. corn that have been refused so far this year in cargoes that contained Syngenta's MIR162 strain.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Don't Grow Bt Brinjal

December 18, 2013

100 civil society organisations representing farmers, indigenous communities, consumers, women, scientists, and/or promoting sustainable development and biosafety have written a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to oppose the commercialisation of a genetically modified (GM) eggplant.
Read article on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

'Stop GMOs': Russian scientists urge 10-year ban on genetically modified products

December 16, 2013

Russian scientists are calling for a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health, stressing that such examinations are vital.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

EU court annuls Commission GM potato approval

December 16, 2013

A European court has annulled approval of BASF's genetically modified (GM) Amflora potato in the European Union, saying the Commission had not followed proper procedures.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Unease among Brazil's farmers as Congress
votes on GM terminator seeds
Environmentalists warn approval could shatter global agreement not to use technology, with devastating repercussions

December 12, 2013

Brazil is set to break a global moratorium on genetically-modified "terminator" seeds, which are said to threaten the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the world.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

'This is the time!' Connecticut gov signs first GMO labeling law in US

December 12, 2013

The governor of Connecticut hosted a ceremonial signing outside an organic restaurant in the city of Fairfield on Wednesday to commemorate the state's passing of what could be the first GMO labeling law of its type in the United States.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Over 1170 Condemn Retraction and Pledge Elsevier Boycott

December 11, 2013

Twenty-eight scientists from six countries launched the Open Letter on Retraction and Pledge to Boycott Elsevier at 7:00 pm GMT 4 December 2013, inviting both scientists and non-scientists to sign on. The letter condemns the gratuitous unilateral retraction of a peer-reviewed paper published in the Elsevier journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) a year ago; and those who sign on pledge to boycott the publisher unless and until the retraction is reversed. In less than a week, it attracted more than 1,175 signatures: 419 scientists and 756 non-scientists from 54 countries around the world, among them, distinguished award winning researchers and celebrities.
Read article on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

GMO 'Suicide Seeds' On Edge of Approval in Brazil

December 10, 2013

After promising on World Food Day (October 16) to block legislation that would legalize the planting of Terminator seeds in Brazil, the country's Judicial Commission is set to approve suicide seeds as a Christmas gift to Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Argentine Protesters vs Monsanto:
"The Monster is Right on Top of Us"

December 3, 2013

The people of this working-class suburb of Córdoba in Argentina's central farming belt stoically put up with the spraying of the weed-killer glyphosate on the fields surrounding their neighborhood. But the last straw was when U.S. biotech giant Monsanto showed up to build a seed plant. The creator of glyphosate, whose trademark is Roundup, and one of the world's leading producers of genetically modified seeds, Monsanto is building one of its biggest plants to process transgenic corn seed in Malvinas Argentinas, this poor community of 15,000 people 17 km east of the capital of the province of Córdoba.
Read article at upsidedownworld.org

Industry's bullying finally worked:
Séralini study on GM maize and Roundup retracted

November 29, 2013

At a press conference in the European Parliament on 28 November, Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and Corinne Lepage MEP strongly denounced the decision of the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology to de-publish his study on the health impacts of Monsanto's GM maize NK603 - made tolerant to herbicide Roundup - and of Roundup itself. The study was published over a year ago. Mr Séralini explained how the journal left him the choice of withdrawing the study himself, which he refused, or they would retract the article next week. The CRIIGEN team, Séralini's institute, has engaged US lawyers to challenge this decision.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Monsanto Targets the Heart of Science: The Goodman Affair

November 29, 2013

Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, has jested that instead of scientific peer review, its rival The Lancet had a system of throwing a pile of papers down the stairs and publishing those that reached the bottom. On another occasion, Smith was challenged to publish an issue of the BMJ exclusively comprising papers that had failed peer review and see if anybody noticed. He replied, "How do you know I haven't already done it?" As Smith's stories show, journal editors have a lot of power in science – power that provides opportunities for abuse. The life science industry knows this, and has increasingly moved to influence and control science publishing.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

GMOs linked to gluten disorders
plaguing 18 million Americans - report

November 26, 2013

Genetically modified foods such as soy and corn may be responsible for a number of gluten-related maladies including intestinal disorders now plaguing 18 million Americans, according to a new report released on Tuesday.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Non-GM corn hybrids smash GM varieties in Illinois trials

November 25, 2013

The harvest is in from hybrid corn trials in Illinois. The outcome? Spectrum Seeds' non-GM corn hybrids performed as well or better than the GMO corn hybrids.
Read article on The Ecologist website (UK)

Scientists Speak Out Against Modified Foods

November 21, 2013

In late October, a group of scientists signed a joint statement that warned, "The claimed consensus on GM organism safety does not exist." This was in part a response to the ritual shamings that scientists are subjected to when their controversial findings challenge official GM doctrine. The number of signatories quickly rose to over 200.
Read article at newmatilda.com (Australia)

Veto override will limit pesticide use, GMO crops on Hawaiian island

November 17, 2013

The governing body on the Hawaiian island of Kauai voted on Saturday to override their mayor's veto of a bill that seeks to reign in widespread pesticide use and the testing of new genetically modified crops.
Read news report at reuters.com

Spread of genetically engineered plants out of control
in many countries
Contamination in biodiversity
will burden following generations

November 12, 2013

Today Testbiotech published the first global overview showing how genetically engineered plants such as maize, rice, cotton, oilseed rape, bentgrass and poplar trees are spreading uncontrollably. This is happening in regions and countries such as the USA and Canada, Middle America, Japan, China, Australia and Europe. In many cases, the plants have escaped far beyond the fields into the environment. In some regions, the transgenes have already moved into populations of wild relatives.
Read article at testbiotech.de (Germany)

Genetically modified crops ban to be extended in South Australia

November 7, 2013

South Australia will extend a moratorium on genetically modified crops until at least 2019.
Read article on the ABC News website (Australia)

Washington state voters reject labeling of GMO foods

November 6, 2013

Washington state voters on Tuesday rejected an initiative that would have required foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

Comment: In view of this result, it is highly significant that the campaign to reject the GMO labelling initiative set a record for fundraising by bringing in over $22 million in donations. The top five contributors to it were the US Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience. Other biotech companies funding the campaign included BASF Plantscience.

GM Maize Cartels Gorge Profits on SA's Poor, Eye African Markets

November 5, 2013

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has today released its new research report titled 'GM Maize: Lessons For Africa-Cartels, Collusion And Control Of South Africa's Staple Food' showing how a select group of companies, including Tiger Brands, Pioneer and Premier Foods who have previously fixed the price of bread and maize meal, commandeer the entire maize value chain and continue to squeeze the poorest South Africans. The ACB has recently shown that the entire maize meal market is saturated with GM maize.
Read article on the African Center for Biosafety website (South Africa)

Tanzania becomes latest battleground for GM food supporters and opponents

November 5, 2013

US and European groups are at odds over genetically modified foods being introduced in Africa.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

The real point of GM food is corporate control of farming

November 1, 2013

The claims made for GM agriculture are a transparent fraud. The real purpose of GM foods is to give giant corporations legally-enforceable monopoly powers over the entire global food chain.
Read article on the Ecologist website (UK)

Los Angeles may become largest GMO-free area in the US

October 24, 2013

Los Angeles is considering a ban on the cultivation, sale and distribution of genetically modified organisms, which would make the city the largest GMO-free zone in the US.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Africa bullied to grow defective BT Maize: the failure of Monsanto's M810 maize in South Africa

October 23, 2013

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has released a new report 'Africa bullied to grow defective Bt Maize: the failure of Monsanto's MON810 maize in South Africa,' showing how Monsanto's GM maize which utterly failed in SA, is now being foisted on the rest of the continent, through 'sleight of hand.'
Read report at acbio.org.za

Scientists Declare No Consensus on GMO Safety

October 21, 2013

A group of 93 scientists from all over the world deplore the disinformation over the safety of GMOs and expose the lack of empirical and scientific evidence on which the false claims of “consensus” on safety are being made.
Read article on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

Argentines link health problems to agrochemicals

October 21, 2013

BASAVILBASO (Argentina) — Argentine farm worker Fabian Tomasi was never trained to handle pesticides. His job was to keep the crop-dusters flying by filling their tanks as quickly as possible, although it often meant getting drenched in poison. Now, at 47, he’s a living skeleton, so weak he can hardly leave his house in Entre Rios province.
Read article on the Today newspaper website (Singapore)

Huge GMO News

October 19, 2013

It hasn't been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry. Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country's borders.
Read article on the Huffington Post website

Washington state sues lobbying group opposed
to GMO food labeling effort

October 17, 2013

A lobbying group for major US manufacturers has violated Washington state campaign finance law while opposing a ballot initiative that would require labeling genetically-modified foods, according to a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general Wednesday.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Hundreds of Thousands Reject World Food Prize Sham

October 17, 2013

Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS), Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), SumOfUs.org, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) delivered petitions signed by over 345,000 people admonishing the World Food Prize-a prize dedicated to furthering a “nutritious and sustainable food supply”—for awarding this year’s Prize to top executives from agrichemical giants Monsanto and Syngenta.
Read press release on the Center for Food Safety website (USA)

Hawaii's Kauai Island moves to curb gene-altered crops, pesticide testing

October 16, 2013

Lawmakers on the tropical island of Kauai, Hawaii, on Wednesday approved a hotly contested measure aimed at reining in widespread pesticide use by companies testing new genetically modified crops on the island.
Read Reuters news report at yahoo.com

Farmers slam awards for GMO proponents

October 15, 2013

MANILA — An association of farmers and farm workers in Asia criticized the World Food Prize Foundation for awarding three proponents of genetically-modified organisms (GMO).
Read article at bulatlat.com (Philippines)

Scientific American Disinformation on GMOs

October 14, 2013

America’s most trusted science magazine is spreading disinformation on behalf of a failing and desperate industry, in utter disregard of scientific integrity and the overwhelming evidence of hazards to health and the environment.
Read article on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

Genetically Modified Foods and PR Wars: Fighting Against Biotech Giants

October 11, 2013

In the face of yet more scientific evidence of the adverse health effects of genetically modified foods, country after country is working to ban, limit or restrict the cultivation and testing of GM crops. But as the biotech giants gear up the PR war against their opponents, the question of what people can do to avoid GMO foods is becoming more important than ever.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Not only MONSANTO!
GMO patents held by BAYER and BASF

October 10, 2013

The discussion on genetically modified seeds is dominated by the criticism directed against MONSANTO. In the wake of MONSANTO the German company BAYER has become one of the largest agricultural corporations in the world. Already, BAYER is one of the leading suppliers of pesticides and seeds. A current enquiry at the European Patent Office shows that in terms of the number of GMO patents BAYER actually comes first.
Read press release at cbgnetwork.de (Germany)

Non-Native Strains of Genetically Modified Insects Risk Spread
of Pesticide Resistance

October 4, 2013

Today environmental and civil society groups on five continents warned that plans to release non-native strains of genetically modified (GM) flies in olive fields in Spain and fruit orchards in Brazil pose major risks to crops and the environment, as pesticide resistance or other harmful traits could spread into wild pest populations.

Read press release on the Food & Water Europe website

PHL is frontline in global fight over GMOs, expert says

September 30, 2013

The war on genetically-manipulated organisms (GMOs) goes on, and the Philippines is its battleground, according to Dr. Wayne Parrott, a plant breeding and genomics expert from the University of Georgia.
Read article on the GMA News Online website (Philippines)

The Future is Local, the Future is Organic

September 26, 2013

The future is local. The future is organic. Well, at least it could be if we base our food production on an increasing body of evidence that indicates the harmful effects of petrochemical, corporate-controlled agriculture. In June, researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand concluded that the GM strategy used in North American staple crop production is limiting yields and increasing pesticide use compared to non-GM farming in Western Europe. Led by Professor Jack Heinemann, the study’s findings were published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. The study finds that Europe is decreasing chemical herbicide use and achieving even larger declines in insecticide use without sacrificing yield gains, while chemical herbicide use in the US has increased with GM seed.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Russia Considers Total Ban on All GMO Products

September 25, 2013

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the relevant agencies to consider a possible ban on the import into Russia of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by October 15.
Read article at sustainablepulse.com

Anti-GM group fights against Ghana’s seed monopoly

September 17, 2013

Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), a body fighting against genetically modified foods, on Tuesday warned that agribusiness giants have engineered strategies to create monopoly over seed and agrochemical companies.
Read article at spyghana.com

Genetically engineered oilseed rape out of control
Plants can no longer be withdrawn from the environment

September 17, 2013

Today Testbiotech has published a global overview of countries where there has been an uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered oilseed rape (canola). The countries include Canada, the US, Japan, Australia and Europe. In many cases the plants have escaped far beyond the fields into the environment. In some cases, the transgenes have moved into populations of wild relatives. Furthermore, new combinations of DNA constructs have been found which were never approved for release into the environment. 
Read article at testbiotech.de (Germany)

Farmers still Suffering from Bt Resistant Rootworms

September 16, 2013

New evidence from two Illinois farms shows that even integrated pest management strategies such as crop rotation are unable to stave off the spread of Bt pest resistance to genetically modified (GM) Bt corn. After planting Monsanto’s VT Triple PRO RIB corn containing the insecticidal Cry3Bb1 toxin for the first time, the farmers from Livingston and Kankakee counties saw severe damage to their corn as well as soybeans grown in adjacent fields. 
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society website (UK)

Genetically modified alfalfa confirmed in Washington test sample

September 13, 2013

SPOKANE - Alfalfa seed and plant samples taken from an Eastern Washington farm contain a low level of genetic modification, even though the farmer reportedly did not want to grow such crops, the state Department of Agriculture announced Friday.
Read Associated Press news report at oregonlive.com (USA)

Setting The Record Straight On Bayer CropScience

September 12, 2013

If someone would have asked me prior to 2007 what I know about Bayer, I would have told them that the German chemical and pharmaceutical company discovered baby aspirin. I have many a memory of being given those little pink sugar pills to ward off a fever. Today, thanks to the honeybees, I know a little more about this 150-year-old company. Dr. Marijn DekkersBayer, AG Chairman of the Board of Management, describes their aspirin invention as a “true international star.” If that is the case, then I would venture to say that neonicitinoids, their nicotine-based systemic pesticide, is a veritable, global bee killer.
Read article by Maryam Henein at cbgnetwork.de (Germany)

Thousands march, rally against GMO's on Kauai

September 9, 2013

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of people marched and rallied Sunday in support of a measure that would place a moratorium on the farming of genetically modified organisms on Kauai.
Read article at hawaiinewsnow.com (Hawaii/USA)

US Farmers Continue David Vs. Goliath Battle Against Monsanto
Group brings challenge to patents on Monsanto's genetically engineered seed to Supreme Court

September 6, 2013

A group of U.S. farmers is not giving up its fight against biotech giant Monsanto. In the latest step of a two and a half year legal battle, plaintiffs in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thrusday to hear their case challenging the patents on Monsanto's genetically engineered seed.
Read article at commondreams.org

Monsanto begins GM seeds retreat in EU

September 3, 2013

Monsanto has withdrawn four requests for cultivation of GM seeds in the EU, following an earlier announcement that it was scaling back its focus on GM crops in Europe.
Read article on the Farmers Weekly website (UK)

Weeding out Monsanto
The fight is on to keep Monsanto alfalfa out of Canada

September 1, 2013

You might have missed it, but this spring thousands of people across Canada came out to 38 rallies organized by farmers and their supporters. In addition to these April 9 rallies, people inundated their MPs with letters and petitions, emailed, made phone calls, and asked for meetings. They were responding to a call from the National Farmers Union – Ontario for a day of action against the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Canada.
Read article on the Briarpatch Magazine website (Canada)

Why has study saying GM could kill been ignored?

September 1, 2013

A scientific study suggesting genetically modified food killed rats has been suppressed because of lobbying by multinational biotech corporations, environmental campaigners claim.
Read article on the Herald Scotland website (Scotland/UK)

New Genetically Engineered (GE) Crop Will Sharply Increase Use of Toxic Pesticide, a "Probable Human Carcinogen"

August 29, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quietly approved the first of a new generation of GE crops resistant to more toxic herbicides.  The first crop to pass the low regulatory bar was a Bayer soybean variety genetically engineered to withstand direct application of the herbicide isoxaflutole (IFT), which according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a “probable human carcinogen.”
Read press release at centerforfoodsafety.org (USA)

Biotech's Idolized Bt Technology May Transform Benign Insects Into Pests

August 28, 2013

A new study reveals that one of the most widely used GM pest control technologies could actually be increasing pest virulence in non-target and normally benign species.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Monsanto faces opposition in Puerto Rico

August 27, 2013

Agricultural biotech corporate giant Monsanto pretty much has had its way in Puerto Rico since it first set up seed breeding operations in the island in 1983. But the last few months have seen a hailstorm of bad publicity and protests against the corporation's local activities.
Read article at ww4report.com (USA)

GM Seeks New Pastures in Pakistan

August 23, 2013

KARACHI, Pakistan - After a string of setbacks in India in recent years, the genetically modified seed industry is now targeting Pakistan as its next frontier, say activists.
Read article at ipsnews.net

Battling India's Monsanto Protection Act, Farmers Demand End to GMO

August 22, 2013

On August 8, thousands of farmers and activists from across 20 Indian states demonstrated in New Delhi against the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill, and demanded an end to GMOs in India.
Read article at truth-out.org

Stay Out, Monsanto: Costa Rica is Almost 100% Transgenic-Free

August 21, 2013

The number of cantons in Costa Rica that have adopted legislation to prohibit the cultivation of potentially dangerous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is now at 62. These transgenic-free territories are following a legal strategy often called the “anti-Monsanto doctrine” after the world’s most powerful distributor of GMO seeds.
Read article at news.co.cr (Costa Rica)

Chile fights GMO in national protest against ‘Monsanto law’

August 18, 2013

Thousands of Chileans have rallied against a bill dubbed the “Monsanto law” that would let multinationals patent GMO seeds. Activists say it will not only compromise food sovereignty in Chile, but will also harm consumer health. Mass protests were held in at least nine cities across the Latin American country to protest the bill that would allow for the development of genetically modified seeds.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Genetically modified crops pass benefits to weeds

August 16, 2013

A genetic-modification technique used widely to make crops herbicide resistant has been shown to confer advantages on a weedy form of rice, even in the absence of the herbicide. The finding suggests that the effects of such modification have the potential to extend beyond farms and into the wild.
Read article at nature.com

African Food Sovereignty under attack by corporate interests

August 15, 2013

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a coalition of pan-African networks, with members in 50 African countries and representing smallholder farmers, indigenous peoples and civil society, met in Addis Ababa 12-16th August 2013 to formulate an action plan to safeguard Africa’s sovereignty over its food, seeds and natural resources from the assault on Africa’s food systems. Africa’s diversity and knowledge systems are being threatened by corporate and genetically modified (GM) seeds, agro-chemicals, resource grabs and laws that prevent farmers from freely using, sharing or selling their seed. These threats come from amongst others, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the G8 "New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition" that strongly promote the interests of multinational seed, fertilizer and agro-chemical companies at the expense of the rights and interests of smallholder farmers.
Read press release at waronwant.org (UK)

Is there anything safe about Ghana's Biosafety Committee?

August 13, 2013

Ghanaians may wish to ask, just whose interests does Ghana's Biosafety Committee represent? Are they interested in safety? Or are they just interested in introducing genetically engineered and patented food into Ghana? How can we know for sure? One way to assess this issue is to highlight the forces that helped create the Biosafety law that they oversee. Another way is to examine the backgrounds and interests of the members of the Biosafety Committee.
Read article at ghanaweb.com

Nip this in the bud

August 12, 2013

Genetically modified crops, whose ecological effects are irreversible, could become a mainstay of Indian agriculture thanks to collusion between the government and the biotech industry.
Read article on The Hindu newspaper website (India)

You have quit Europe, now quit India, farmers tell Monsanto

August 9, 2013

Close on the heels of transnational seed company Monsanto abandoning its programme for development of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe last month, there are growing calls for the company to do the same in India.
Read article on The Hindu newspaper website (India)

Disappearing Rats and Dying Pigs: Are GMOs to Blame?
Grim reports of dying pigs in China since 2006; are they linked to GM feed?

August 5, 2013

On 21 September 2010, the International Herald Leader (Chinese) carried a report from Xinhua news agency on the mysterious disappearance of rats from the fields and villages in the provinces of Shaanxi and Jilin, while farmers’ pigs were decreasing in number simultaneously as the sows were suffering miscarriages and still births. People blamed the new Xianyu 335 (XY335) corn that they have planted and used as feed for several years. XY 335 is a hybrid corn owned by Pioneer, a subsidiary of DuPont. It was introduced into the market in 2004 with the formal approval of the Agriculture Ministry, and sales exploded in 2008-2009. XY335 was suspected to be a GMO (genetically modified organism), or a hybrid between a GM and non-GM variety. Jin Wei, investigative journalist then working for the newspaper that belongs to Xinhua, had travelled to the villages to see for himself that the rats were indeed disappearing from the village and fields planted with XY 335, and more disturbingly, sows fed on the hybrid corn gave birth to far fewer (as well as dead and deformed) piglets than those of farmers who had not taken up the new hybrid corn.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

Neonicotinoids are the new DDT killing the natural world
UK is collaborating in peddling the corporate line that neonicotinoid pesticides are safe to use – they are anything but

August 5, 2013

It's the new DDT: a class of poisons licensed for widespread use before they had been properly tested, which are now ripping the natural world apart. And it's another demonstration of the old truth that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

Hollande vows to uphold ban on Monsanto GM corn

August 3, 2013

French President François Hollande said Friday a ban on growing genetically modified corn by agriculture giant Monsanto will remain in place, despite a court ruling reversing the suspension.
Read article at france24.com

China's Consumers Reject GMOs

July 29, 2013

The Chinese people have always been suspicious of GMOs, as they take their food and extremely diverse traditional cuisines much more seriously than almost any other people in the world.  They were alerted to the hazards of GM food in a big way since 2010 when pigs began dying off in large numbers as a widely planted suspected GM corn was used as feed. And again, in 2012 after three officials in Hunan Province were sacked for approving and conducting a trial of still experimental GM Golden Rice on school children in 2009, and the results appeared in a scientific journal.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

Strong Support for Labeling Modified Foods

July 27, 2013

Americans overwhelmingly support labeling foods that have been genetically modified or engineered, according to a New York Times poll conducted this year, with 93 percent of respondents saying that foods containing such ingredients should be identified.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Russians to proudly poison themselves with their own GM food

July 26, 2013

Russia is preparing to catch up with the world in the production of genetically modified food. Measures for the development of biotechnology and genetic engineering are laid out in the road map developed by the Ministry of Economic Development. Officials hope to reduce imported biotechnology and increase the presence of the Russian Federation in this promising market.
Read article at pravda.ru (Russia)

Indian Supreme Court Panel Recommeds Halt To All GM Field Trials

July 24, 2013

In a landmark recommendation, an Indian Supreme Court-appointed committee has called for a halt on all further genetically modified (GM) crop trials until flaws in regulatory and safety systems are addressed.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

UK Citizens Continue to Reject GMO food and Even Farmers Don't Want to Eat it

July 19, 2013

Another survey has shown that only 21% of the UK public support genetically engineered food. Despite a massive pro-GM push by government, researchers and the media this latest poll carried out in June - confirms that UK citizens continue to reject the technology. Meanwhile another survey has revealed that far from clamouring to use GMOs as the government claims, less than half of UK farmers believe GM technology is a good innovation, and hardly any of them want to eat GM food.
Read article at gmeducation.org (UK)

Millions Against Monsanto: On the Road to Victory

July 18, 2013

After enjoying a year of maximum profits, record stock prices, the defeat of a major GMO labeling campaign in California, pro-industry court decisions, and a formidable display of political power in Washington, D.C. – including slipping the controversial Monsanto Protection Act  into the Federal Appropriations bill in March - the Biotech Bully from St. Louis now finds itself on the defensive. It is no exaggeration to say that Monsanto has now become the most hated corporation in the world.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Monsanto drops GM crop plan in EU

July 18, 2013

Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: Anyone living in Europe who concludes from this that the fight against Monsanto has now been won on their continent should be aware that the company says it will now look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America into Europe. As such, bearing in mind that Monsanto opposes initiatives to mandate labeling of ingredients developed from GM seeds, citizens of Europe clearly need to remain vigilant in their opposition to what has been described by some as the most hated corporation on Earth.

US Military, Monsanto Targeting GMO Activists and Independent Scientists, New Investigation Alleges

July 14, 2013

A highly concerning new investigative report from the largest daily newspaper in Germany alleges that Monsanto, the US Military and the US government have colluded to track and disrupt both anti-GMO activists and independent scientists who study the adverse effects of genetically modified food.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Italy moves to ban growing of genetically modified maize type

July 12, 2013

Three Italian ministries have signed a decree banning the cultivation of a type of genetically modified maize, citing environmental concerns, the agriculture ministry said on Friday. The decree, which still needs to be published in the official gazette to become binding, targets Monsanto's MON810 maize, one of two genetically modified organisms (GMO) allowed in Europe and the only one currently grown commercially.
Read news report at reuters.com

US Staple Crop System Failing from GM and Monoculture

July 10, 2013

A new study shows that the US Midwest staple crop system - predominantly genetically modified (GM) - is falling behind other economically and technologically equivalent regions. Western Europe, matched for latitude, season and crop type as well as economic and technological development, outperforms the US (and Canada) with regards to yields, pesticide use, genetic diversity and crop resilience, as well as farm worker wellbeing. The study, headed by Jack Heinemann at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, is a damning indictment of the large-scale, monoculture model in the US, the world’s largest producer of maize since the records began in 1961, and is increasingly relied upon to provide more and more of the world’s calorie intake.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

BRAI Bill criminalising opposition to GM food: NGO

July 8, 2013

VADODARA: A Gujarat-based NGO has alleged that the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill introduced in the Parliament aims at "criminalising" opposition to the genetically modified (GM) food.
Read article in The Economic Times (India)

GMO & Pesticide Experiments in Hawaii: The Poisoning of Paradise

July 2, 2013

The tropical paradise of Hawaii is on the bucket list of many. Peaceful images of white sandy beaches, warm tropical waters and the welcoming spirit of Aloha is what draws tourists from around the globe. In 2012, Hawaiian tourism hit an all-time high. Visitors spent a record of $14.3 billion dollars and more tourists than ever before (close to 8 million people) visited the Hawaiian Islands last year. Simultaneously, the vibrant ecosystems and biodiversity of the Hawaiian Islands are under serious attack by the unrestrained growth of the biotech industry. The average tourist coming to Hawaii to enjoy a vacation, get married or possibly invest in a time share isn't aware of the chemical contamination taking place due to unregulated GMO experiments and heavy pesticide use on the islands.
Read article on the Huffington Post website

Superweeds and Herbicide Use On the Rise

July 1, 2013

New report links genetically engineered crops and their associated herbicides with escalation of herbicide-resistant weeds and chemicals used to fight them.
Read article at commondreams.org

Italian farm minister pushes for GM crop ban

June 25, 2013

Italian agriculture minister Nunzia De Girolamo said this week that she will seek a ban on genetically modified crops in Italy. The farming minister said she had the backing of the country's health and environment ministers. 
Read article on the Farming Online website (UK)

Biotechnology, Genetically Modified Crops and the Destruction of the Local Economy

June 22, 2013

Will the biotech companies ever give up on trying to sell Europe their genetically modified crops?  Their latest PR man is the UK’s Minister for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Owen Paterson.  His website (very bland and uninformative apart from his list of engagements) says he is “a passionate supporter of localism, free enterprise and less interference in people’s lives”.  But he also loudly supports Monsanto et al, and wants all of Europe to grow and eat GM foods.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

GM foods: it's all about the economics

June 21, 2013

The real concern about GM is that it extends intellectual property protection into our fields.
Read article on the New Statesman website (UK)

Lower yields for GM crops

June 19, 2013

Genetically modified crops have lower yields than non-GM crops according to a new research paper published today. The peer-reviewed International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability corroborates previous studies showing that GM crops have led to an increase in overall pesticide use.
Read article at weeklytimesnow.com.au (Australia)

Scientists say new study shows pig health hurt by GMO feed

June 11, 2013

Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation than pigs who dined on conventional feed, according to a new study by a team of Australian scientists and U.S. researchers.
Read news report at reuters.com

More pests evolve resistance to GM crops: study

June 11, 2013

Five of 13 major crop pests have evolved resistance to Bt corn and cotton, crops engineered to be toxic to certain insects, as of 2010, compared with only one in 2005, a study said Monday.
Read article at xinhuanet.com (China)

Unauthorized GM Wheat Exposes The Insanity of Open-Air Field Trials

June 10, 2013

Unapproved, unwanted, and now out of control: the news that an unlicensed genetically modified (GM) wheat has been found growing on a field in Oregon -- almost 10 years after it was supposed to have completely destroyed -- sent shivers down my spine. I've been blogging about the known and unknown risks of GM crops for a while. But we are now witnessing a real 'escape-from-the-laboratory' nightmare and, in a worst-case scenario, the impacts on U.S. agriculture could be truly devastating.
Read article on the huffingtonpost.com website

Organic growers lose decision in suit versus Monsanto over seeds

June 10, 2013

Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers' efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops.
Read news report at reuters.com

Monsanto: Contamination By All Means Necessary

June 8, 2013

What happens when you allow commercial interests free rein over a nation state's food and agricultural policies? Consumers and farmers end up paying the price.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops

June 6, 2013

How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years? In the course of analysis to identify potential allergens in GMO crops, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene. This finding has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology and its regulation, but possibly even greater ones for consumers and farmers. This is because there are clear indications that this viral gene (called Gene VI) might not be safe for human consumption. It also may disturb the normal functioning of crops, including their natural pest resistance.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Help KickStop SyntheticBiology Kickstarter

June 6, 2013

A public crowd-funding campaign has been launched by a starter Biotech company Genome Compiler, to create bioengineered glow-in-the-dark plants that will be given away to donors. This will be the first organism created by synthetic biology techniques to ever be released into the wild and most astonishingly, it will bypass any regulatory approval procedures in the process.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

Connecticut passes first GMO food labeling law in US

June 5, 2013

The state of Connecticut has become the first to successfully enact a law requiring food containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such, though it comes with the unusual requirement that four other states must pass similar legislation.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

“The Monsanto Protection Plan”: Monsanto’s Deception Game on GMO in Europe

June 4, 2013

On May 31 world media headlines read similar to this from Reuters: “Monsanto backing away from GMO crops in Europe.” The original source for the story is attributed to a German left daily, TAZ which printed excerpts from an interview with an official spokeswoman of Monsanto Germany. Ursula Lüttmer-Ouazane reportedly told Taz “We’ve come to the conclusion that this has no broad acceptance at the moment.” Her remarks were circulated worldwide and Reuters interviewed Monsanto corporate spokesman Thomas Helscher who reportedly said, “We’re going to sell the GM seeds only where they enjoy broad farmer support, broad political support and a functioning regulatory system. As far as we’re convinced this only applies to a few countries in Europe today, primarily Spain and Portugal.” Before the world opens the champagne to celebrate the death of GMO and its paired herbicides such as Roundup, it is worthwhile to look more closely at what was officially said and what not.
Read article by F. William Engdahl on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Venezuela Goes for Ban on GM Seeds

June 2, 2013

Venezuela is going forward in the definitive elaboration and approval for a law guaranteeing security and sovereignty against the threat of transgenic seeds, said Socialist deputy Alfredo Urena.
Read article at nationofchange.org

GM salmon can breed with trout and harm ecosystem, warn scientists

May 29, 2013

Genetically modified salmon can breed with wild trout to produce a new fast growing fish that can harm natural species, scientists have warned.
Read article on the Daily Telegraph website (UK)

Protesters around the world march against Monsanto

May 26, 2013

Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said.
Read article on the USA Today website

From Agent Orange to Pesticides and Genetically Engineered Crops. Why Not to Trust Monsanto

May 26, 2013

The Monsanto Corporation is among the largest pesticide and biotechnical corporations in the world today. Their products are used in most sectors of agriculture, public land upkeep, landscaping/gardening and can be found in most markets across the United States. Monsanto is a multi-billion dollar company with a diverse product base and is among the largest producers of genetically engineered crops. As a company, Monsanto promises to be the creator of new, safer, pesticides as well as stronger bio-engineered crops. Unfortunately, the reality of what Monsanto will deliver to the world is likely very different from what they promise, or what we, as a society, desire.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Former Monsanto employee put in charge of GMO papers at journal

May 20, 2013

Just months after a study was published showing that two Monsanto products, a genetically modified (GM) maize and Roundup herbicide, damaged the health of rats, the journal that published the study appointed a former Monsanto scientist to decide which papers on GM foods and crops should be published, a new article reveals.
Read article at yubanet.com

Biotech crops risky to consume, says former pro-GMO scientist

May 20, 2013

A decade after retiring from his job as a research scientist at Agriculture Canada, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a former promoter of genetically modified organisms (GMO), has warned that eating biotech crops is essentially risky. In an article on PreventDisease.com on May 6, Vrain cites Russian and European studies in saying that “diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats.” He adds that studies have also questioned the efficacy of proteins produced by engineered plants.
Read article at businessmirror.com.ph (Philippines)

At trade talks, U.S., E.U. ready for fight on genetically modified crops

May 18, 2013

LENNEWITZ, Germany — Many Europeans see American farming and its reliance on genetically modified crops as more Frankenstein than Farmer in the Dell. Now, the opposition here to U.S. agricultural practices is threatening to become a major battle in discussions starting next month that could sweep away trade barriers between the United States and Europe.
Read article in The Washington Post (USA)

Monsanto wins landmark patent case in Supreme Court

May 13, 2013

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of biotech giant Monsanto, closing the door on a patent case that has pitted a smalltime farmer from Indiana against a titan of the agriculture industry. The high court said early Monday that 75-year-old farmer Vernon Bowman of Indiana violated Monsanto’s patent rights when he purchased a mix of seeds from a grain elevator that he later planted on his Midwest farm. That mix included patented Roundup Ready soybean seeds manufactured by Monsanto that are sold under license because they can hold up against their namesake, a nasty pesticide regularly used on farms.
Read article at rt.com

Comment: Court cases like this one are the inevitable consequence of biotech companies like Monsanto manipulating the genetic material of seeds and taking out patents on the results. Based on such patents, fruits and vegetables are increasingly being appropriated as the private property of multinational corporations, thus forming the basis for a multi-billion dollar investment industry. With the vast profits of the pharmaceutical investment industry similarly being based on patents, and multinational corporations having essentially now claimed the entire human genome for profit, the abolition of the patent principle as applied to food, health and life is therefore an international task of the highest priority.

GM Crops and Water - A Recipe for Disaster

May 6, 2013

Genetically Modified (GM) crops are widely recognised for their potential to damage both human health and the environment. Evidence is now accumulating of the contamination of streams, rivers, rain, as well as groundwater with GM-associated chemicals including Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide, while genetic elements such as antibiotic resistant genes are emerging in water-borne microbes. Further, GM crops have been shown to be less water efficient, corroborating farmer’s reports of failing GM crops during droughts. Industrial farming in general has been shown to be ill-adapted to extreme weather events such as hurricanes as well as droughts; and GM crops are not expected to do any better.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for over 30 countries

May 1, 2013

March Against Monsanto has announced that on May 25, tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the US, events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific in 47 states. Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral Facebook page, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. I couldn't sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”
Read press release at march-against-monsanto.com

New GM Nightmares with RNA

April 29, 2013

Small double-stranded RNA (dsRNAs) that aim to interfere with specific gene expression are increasingly used to create GM crops; unfortunately they have many off-target effects and can also interfere with gene expression in all animals exposed to the crops.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

Genetically Modified Foods Are Not Allowed in Peru

April 28, 2013

Peru is mostly known as being the cradle of the great Inca Empire. For thousands of years, quality products have been produced on its soil which gave life and support to its entire people. Peru is home to many indigenous plant species. Last 2011, the government of Peru became the first nation in the Americas to put a ban on  “Genetically Modified Organisms”, that include genetically modified foods. The law was passed and implemented at the end of 2011. The ban is set to last for a decade.
Read article at daynews.com (USA)

U.S. GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back

April 25, 2013

New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, have struck a nerve with biotech crop developers who say they are rushing to roll out a broad strategy to combat consumer concerns about their products.
Read news report at reuters.com

“Stunning” Difference of GM from non-GM Corn

April 22, 2013

A comparison of US Midwest non-GM with GM corn shows shockingly high levels of glyphosate as well as formaldehyde, and severe depletion of mineral nutrients in the GM corn.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

GM super-pigs and the new threat to our food: How genetically modified produce is becoming a disturbing reality in our lives

April 17, 2013

Despite the deep concerns of the public, genetically modified foods — once the stuff of science fiction — are becoming a disturbing reality in our lives. The big producers, biotech companies and retailers, driven by their own vested commercial interests, keep pushing for the acceptance of these foods.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Study reveals GMO corn to be highly toxic

April 15, 2013

A leaked study examining genetically-modified corn reveals that the lab-made alternative to organic crops contains a startling level of toxic chemicals.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Seeds of dissent: How the biotech industry is gagging the science around genetically modified foods

April 4, 2013

Researchers who have exposed environmental or health-related risks from genetically modified crops have faced harassment, threats and worse.
Read article at ifex.org (Canada)

Tunis 2013: If we rely on corporate seed, we lose food sovereignty

April 2, 2013

It has become crucial to defend seeds. In the past 20 or 30 years, what was once seen as normal – peasant farmers growing, selecting, saving and exchanging seeds – has come under attack from corporations seeking to control and commodify the very basis of agriculture. This was the subject of the session at the World Social Forum in Tunis on Peasant Seeds jointly organized on March 28, 2013 by La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and the ETC Group.
Read article at grain.org (Spain)

German fields are GMO-free in 2013
Very strong anti-GMO-movement and anti-GMO stance in Germany

March 28, 2013

Because of the very strong anti-GMO-movement and anti-GMO stance in Germany, 87% of Germans are against GMOs in agriculture and food production. In 2012 there were no commercial GM crops grown in Germany, and this will remain the case in 2013.
Read article at stopthecrop.org

Spain Leads EU in GM Crops, but No One Knows Where They Are

March 27, 2013

Spain has more large-scale plantations of genetically modified seeds than any other country in the European Union (EU). Based on the number of trials conducted and the area of land planted, Spain accounts for 42 percent of all field trials of genetically modified crops in the EU, according to figures from the European Commission Joint Research Centre.
Read article on the Independent European Daily Express website (UK)

GM insects in food, environment: European Ombudsman investigates conflicts-of-interest at EU regulator

March 26, 2013

GeneWatch UK today called for the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) to suspend the adoption of new rules for the release of genetically modified (GM) animals into the environment while European Ombudsman completes an investigation into the European regulator. The investigation follows a complaint by GeneWatch UK about conflicts-of-interest on the EFSA's Working Group on genetically modified (GM) insects, and EFSA's failure to consult on the risks of allowing GM insects to enter the food chain.
Read press release at genewatch.org (UK)

Monsanto Bullies Small Farmers Over Planting Harvested GMO Seeds

March 24, 2013

Does Monsanto own all future generations of genetically modified seeds that it sells? The Missouri-based agribusiness giant wants farmers to pay a royalty to plant any seed that descended from a patented original.
Read article at corpwatch.org (USA)

Lawsuit filed against EU authorisation of genetically engineered soybeans

March 21, 2013

The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER), the Society for Ecological Research, the foundation Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung for Nature Conservation and Environmental Protection, the Foundation on Future Farming, the non-profit organisation Sambucus and Testbiotech are challenging a decision made by the EU Commission to authorise a new genetically engineered Monsanto soybean at the European Court of Justice.
Read press release at testbiotech.org (Germany)

Genetically modified crops: European farming at risk

March 18, 2013

Environment and agriculture organisations have launched a new campaign to prevent the further spread of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe. The European Commission is currently considering reviving talks to approve 25 new GM-crops for cultivation in Europe – including crops resistant to the pesticide RoundUp and insecticide-producing varieties of GM maize, soybean and sugarbeet. The groups claim that such a move would drastically change farming in Europe, leading to a big increase in pesticide use, contamination of conventional and organic crops and a further industrialisation of the countryside.
Read article at farminglife.com (UK)

Argentina's Bad Seeds
The country's soya industry is booming, but what is the impact on Argentinians and their land?

March 14, 2013

For much of the past decade Argentina has seen a commodities-driven export boom, built largely on genetically-modified soy bean crops and the aggressive use of pesticides. Argentina's leaders say it has turned the country's economy around, while others say the consequences are a dramatic surge in cancer rates, birth defects and land theft.
Read article at aljazeera.com

Monsanto threatens EFSA with lawsuit to keep GM data under wraps

March 13, 2013

A spat appears to be brewing between the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and biotech behemoth Monsanto, two organisations that appear to have enjoyed cordial relations in the past. Their relationship up to this point can be accurately summed up in a single sentence: Monsanto creates patented GM crops – EFSA approves them as safe. In fact, EFSA has yet to find a GM crop that it didn’t like, giving the green light to every single one that it has assessed so far. Recently, EFSA did further sterling work for Monsanto by burying the results of a long-term rat feeding study carried out by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini et al, in which animals fed Monsanto’s NK603 GM corn and Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide died early and developed various cancers.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

GMO and the Corporate Patenting of Living Organisms: Monsanto’s Patents on Life

March 1, 2013

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in a seed patent infringement case that pits a small farmer from Indiana, 75-year old Vernon Hugh Bowman, against biotech goliath Monsanto. Reporters from the New York Times to the Sacramento Bee dissected the legal arguments. They speculated on the odds. They opined on the impact a Monsanto loss might have, not only on genetically modified crops, but on medical research and software. What most of them didn’t report on is the absurdity – and the danger – of allowing companies to patent living organisms in the first place, and then use those patents to attempt to monopolize world seed and food production.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Farmers’ seed options drastically reduced in GMO-producing countries

February 28, 2013

Farmers in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, and South Africa find fewer non-GMO options as biotech companies monopolize seed markets with GMOs.
Read article at non-gmoreport.com

Macedonia to jail individuals producing or selling GM Foods

February 23, 2013

While the Serb Government has promised to find and punish individuals and organizations repsonsible for spreading false stories natural milk was poisonous in order for the population to favor the import of GM milk, Macedonia went a step further and enacted laws that not just bans GM foods, but to jail those who use GM seeds to grow their products.
Read news report on the website of the Macedonian International News Agency

The ISAAA "Rose-tinted" GM Survey and What’s Left Out

February 20, 2013

GM Freeze described the annual report of the status of GM crops around the world as "rose-tinted" and said it fails to describe the growing opposition and problems with GM crops. GM crops still only occupy a tiny percentage of global farmland (3.4% of all farmed land) and are only grown by a small minority of farmers (17.3 million out of a total 513 million (3.4%). One fewer country grew GM crops in 2012 compared to 2011 (28 down from 29). Brazil alone accounted for nearly two thirds of the increase in global area in 2012. In the US expansion slowed to less than a 1% increase in 2012. Many key facts are completely ignored or glossed over by the latest International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) report published today.
Read press release at gmfreeze.org (UK)

Do GMO Crops Really Have Higher Yields?

February 13, 2013

According to the biotech industry, genetically modified (GM) crops are a boon to humanity because they allow farmers to "generate higher crop yields with fewer inputs," as the trade group Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) puts it on its web page. Buoyed by such rhetoric, genetically modified seed giant Monsanto and its peers have managed to flood the corn, soybean, and cotton seed markets with two major traits: herbicide resistance and pesticide expression—giving plants the ability to, respectively, withstand regular lashings of particular herbicides and kill bugs with the toxic trait of Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. Turns out, though, that both assertions in BIO's statement are highly questionable.
Read article at motherjones.com

Harvest of Hypocrisy: Farmers Being Blamed for GMO Crop Failures

February 13, 2013

Of all the GMO controversies around the world, the saga of Bt cotton in India continues to be one of the most interesting and important. In the latest chapter, reported by the Business Standard, cotton yields have dropped to a 5-year low, setting off a fascinating round of finger pointing.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

GMO trial verdict: Criminalisation of Struggle for a sustainable agricultural system

February 12, 2013

Today the court of Dendermonde convicted 11 activists of gang formation. In doing so, the judge has criminalised their participation in the non violent direct action and debate on May 29th, 2011, which brought attention to the need for a  sustainable agriculture system. This is an extremely dangerous precedent which will have an impact on all kinds of civil action. With this verdict, the Belgian court has fundamentally undermined the right of citizens to freedom of speech. For example, one of the participants has been given a six month custodial sentence for talking to the press.
Read press release at fieldliberation.wordpress.com

Label GMOs or bin them

February 13, 2013

GMO Inside is calling on Hershey and Mars to either stop putting Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their products, or to start labelling the products as containing GMOs.
Read article at confectioneryproduction.com

Indiana soybean farmer sees Monsanto lawsuit reach US supreme court

February 9, 2013

Who controls the rights to the seeds planted in the ground? A 75-year-old farmer takes the agricultural giant to court to find out.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Hawaii to pass GMO labeling bill, but with amendment

February 8, 2013

Honolulu – Hawaii might have cause to celebrate, as lawmakers have passed a new measure in the House Committee on Agriculture, requiring labeling on genetically modified food. But will the final bill be everything it was hoped to be?
Read article at digitaljournal.com

Imperialism still live and well in India

February 6, 2013

India has its own problems with genetically modified (GM) crops and health claims, providing further evidence of a worldwide agenda.  But the global GM push is having tragic consequences for the country’s small farmers – and in both cases, India’s bureaucrats have a lot to answer for.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

US farmers may stop planting GMs after poor global yields

February 6, 2013

Some US farmers are considering returning to conventional seed after increased pest resistance and crop failures meant GM crops saw smaller yields globally than their non-GM counterparts.
Read article on the Farmers Weekly website (UK)

Environmentalists push for GMO labeling in Hawaii

February 5, 2013

Environmental groups are urging Hawaii lawmakers to require all genetically modified food to carry boldface labeling.
Read article at businessweek.com

It is hard to trust GM when it is in the grip of a few global giants

February 3, 2013

Don't believe the hype: GM is in the grip of a few firms that profit from selling the chemicals they engineer their seeds to resist.
Read article in The Observer (UK)

The GMO Seed Cartel

February 1, 2013

How biotechnology companies monopolize seed markets, escalate seed prices, and eliminate farmer choice.
Read article at non-gmoreport.com

BASF Gives Up Seeking Approval for GMO Potatoes in Europe

January 29, 2013

BASF has given up seeking approval for genetically modified potatoes in Europe, the German chemical company said Tuesday, after concerted opposition from consumers, farmers and lawmakers.
Read article at 4-traders.com

GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans

January 22, 2013

One of the great mysteries surrounding the spread of GMO plants around the world since the first commercial crops were released in the early 1990’s in the USA and Argentina has been the absence of independent scientific studies of possible long-term effects of a diet of GMO plants on humans or even rats. Now it has come to light the real reason. The GMO agribusiness companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and others prohibit independent research.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Uncovered, the 'toxic' gene hiding in GM crops: Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

January 21, 2013

A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Dow's controversial new GMO corn delayed amid protests

January 18, 2013

A controversial new biotech corn developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical,, will be delayed at least another year as the company awaits regulatory approval amid opposition from farmers, consumers and public health officials.
Read news report at reuters.com

Citizens were lied to over GM study

January 14, 2013

Addressing criticisms targeted at a study showing GM maize harmed the health of rats, a campaigner concludes that the public was misled to in order to protect powerful commercial interests.
Read article at publicserviceeurope.com (UK)

Farmers demand an appeal in Monsanto GMO case

January 11, 2013

A group of farmers are in Washington, DC this week to demand that the federal court reconsiders a case against biotech giants Monsanto.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

UK government's enthusiasm for GM not matched in developing nations

January 4, 2013

Across the world, countries are turning their backs on GM crops; perhaps the coalition in the UK could learn something from them.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Poland imposes farming bans on GM maize, potatoes

January 3, 2013

The Polish government has banned cultivation of certain genetically modified (GM) strains of maize and potatoes, according to a government statement on January 2.
Read article on the Warsaw Voice website (Poland)