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Putin Signs Law to Make GMO Labelling Administratively Accountable
December 31, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Wednesday a federal law to make individuals and entities who incorrectly label genetically modified products administratively accountable, according to a document published on the Kremlin's official website.
Monsanto/Bayer's GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban
December 25, 2014
New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer's plants are now freely growing there.
Bill Gates’ Human Experimentation with GM Bananas in Africa Condemned by Scientists
December 18, 2014
At least 124 food and outreach organizations, as well as 26 individual scientists, have signed onto a letter sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation protesting ongoing human trials of genetically modified (GM), beta-carotene-enriched bananas intended for Africa.
China’s hard line on biotech burns US hay
December 15, 2014
Over the summer China began testing imports to detect the presence of hay made from a biotech alfalfa that Beijing hasn’t approved. Consequently, shipments to China have plunged since midsummer and some deliveries have been rejected.
US Human Trials of GM Banana for Africa Widely Condemned
December 10, 2014
The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a Pan African platform comprising civil society networks and farmer organisations working towards food sovereignty in Africa, has submitted an Open Letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Wendy White from Iowa State University and the Human Institutional Review Board of Iowa State University expressing fierce opposition to the human feeding trials taking place at Iowa State University involving genetically modified (GM) bananas.
Roundup ‘GMO crop’ herbicide toxic to the heart
December 10, 2014
You’ve got to hand it to Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini. He may have lost one of the battles along the way, but he’s not deterred and looks like he’s going to win the war. His new study, published this month in Cardiovascular Toxicology, has found that the widely used, Monsanto-manufactured, glyphosate-based herbicide, ‘Roundup’, used with glyphosate-resistant GMO crops, has toxic effects on mammal hearts.
International Tribunal Demands GM Maize Ban in Mexico
December 5, 2014
The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal has called on the Mexican government to ban the planting of genetically modified (GM) maize in the country. The decision cited the importance of maize as one of three principal staple crops globally, which millions depend on. The Tribunal, which considered evidence gathered over three years from over 1000 organizations on this and other issues, also highlighted the importance of Mexico as the centre of origin of maize globally.
The Pro-GMO Lobby: Anti-science and a Politically Motivated Agenda
December 5, 2014
The pro-GMO lobby claims that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of GM food and therefore the GMO debate is over. It claims that GMOs guarantee higher yields and less pesticide/herbicide use. The claim is also made that GM agriculture has no adverse impact on soil, the nutritional value and health of crops or biodiversity. The industry and its supporters claim that the ‘scientific community’ believes GMOs can only have positive effects and point to research to back this up. These claims are bogus.
New EU law grants countries right to ban GM crops but leaves them exposed to industry attacks
December 4, 2014
Brussels – At the end of a late-night round of negotiations, national governments agreed on a new EU law to provide countries the right to ban GM crops in their territory. However, the agreed text delivers less than it promises, as it prevents countries to use evidence of environmental harm to justify national bans of GM crops.
Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice
November 26, 2014
Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice’ that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood.
Vietnam, Agent Orange, and GMOs
November 24, 2014
Vietnam continues to roll out the red carpet for foreign biotech giants, including the infamous Monsanto, to sell the controversial genetically modified (GM) corn varieties in the country. Critics say that by welcoming Monsanto, Vietnam has been too nice to the main manufacturer of Agent Orange, the toxic defoliant used during the Vietnam War that left a devastating legacy still claiming victims today.
Music legend Neil Young boycotts Starbucks because of GMOs
November 20, 2014
Neil Young, legendary musician most known for his time spent with the band Crosby, Stills & Nash, announced this month he is giving up his usual morning coffee routine at Starbucks. The singer/songwriter issued a statement on his website that he will no longer support Starbucks because the company is partnering with Monsanto in Vermont to try and stop accurate food labeling.
‘Monsanto uses Indian farmers to contaminate world with GMO crops’
November 19, 2014
By persuading Indian farmers to buy genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds Monsanto spreads its genetically engineered crops around the world so that no one can compete with pure non-GMO products after that, anti-GMO activist Jeffrey Smith, told RT.
Syngenta facing dozens of lawsuits over GMO seed
November 18, 2014
Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.
Monsanto’s GMO Creations Caused 291,000 Suicides in India
November 17, 2014
It is no secret that Monsanto is making life difficult for countless farmers in America with its parented seeds. After all, the biotech giant has already filed 145 lawsuits, or on average about 9 lawsuits every year for 16 straight years, against farmers who have “improperly reused their patented seeds.” But did you know that Monsanto is also leading hundreds of thousands of farmers to suicide?
Stars and activists join 50 million Americans to warn UK citizens of GM threat
November 12, 2014
Leading American celebrities from the worlds of film and fashion, activists and progressive businesses leaders are among 50 million Americans who have signed an open letter to British citizens warning of them of the threats posed by GM crops.
EU backs bid for national bans on GM crops
November 11, 2014
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to allow individual countries within the EU to ban the cultivation of genetically modified food crops on their soil, even if the EU has already approved them for wider cultivation.
Comment: Should this proposed legislation become law throughout Europe, it would undoubtedly be a step in the right direction. Clearly however, given the extent to which the Brussels EU sham democracy is controlled by corporate interests, only time will tell whether it gains the crucial support of the so-called European Commission – the executive body of Europe – and the European Council, the institution comprising the heads of government of the EU member states.
Genetically Engineered Food: The Criminality of the GMO Biotech Industry. “Poison First, Regulate Later”
November 9, 2014
The GM Contamination Register database has been run by Genewatch and Greenpeace for about ten years and contains cases dating from 1997 to the end of 2013. The authors of a new paper, published in the International Journal of Food Contamination, analysed the 400 or so cases in the database by crop and country.
Suspected manipulation in the outcome of EU research project
November 7, 2014
Testbiotech has today published an independent evaluation of data from feeding trials with rats that were conducted under the GRACE project funded by the EU Commission. The rats were fed over a period of 90 days with genetically engineered maize MON810, which produces an insecticidal protein. The results were published in October 2014 in the journal Archives of Toxicology. The authors conclude that there were no relevant observable toxicological effects. However, an evaluation by Testbiotech has now revealed indications of negative health impacts on kidneys, liver and pancreas.
Peer Reviewed Research Proves Biotech’s Studies on GMOs are Flawed, Inaccurate
October 27, 2014
Remember when doctors and scientists told us cigarettes were safe, with doctors even showing up on commercials puffing away? Or how about when Vietnam Vets were told that being sprayed with Agent Orange wouldn’t cause them any significant health problems? The ‘studies’ supported by biotech on GMOs have been suspected of being falsified in one way or another, and now there is an independent, peer-reviewed study to prove it.
Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin, Says Black Swan Author
October 27, 2014
Experts have severely underestimated the risks of genetically modified food, says a group of researchers lead by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Battling the ‘Monsanto law’ in Ghana
October 20, 2014
This week, farmers in Ghana are on the frontlines of a battle. The national parliament is due to return from its summer break and first thing on the agenda is the government’s Plant Breeders Bill. The proposed legislation contains rules that would restrict farmers from an age-old practice: freely saving, swapping and breeding seeds they rely on. Under the laws, farmers that use seed varieties claimed under new intellectual property rights by individuals and companies anywhere in the world risk hefty fines or even imprisonment.
GMO backlash: Syngenta faces mounting lawsuits over genetically-modified seeds
October 21, 2014
Agribusiness giant Syngenta AG now faces lawsuits from farmers in 11 US states claiming the seed-and-chemical company’s sale of a genetically-engineered variant of corn yet to receive approval in China depressed market prices for the grain.
Genetic Modification Trails Conventional Breeding By Far
October 15, 2014
In the debate about genetically modified (GM) crops, the argument that the biotech industry and their supporters always fall back on is that whether we like it or not, we are going to need them to feed the world. Genetic modification has, they assure us, the potential to produce crops with all sorts of wonderful traits: tolerance of drought, cold, salinity and flooding, resistance to insect pests, extra nutritional value, and more. But for the last 20 years, GM has singularly failed to convert that potential into reality.
Gujarat 11th State to Say ‘No’ to GM Trials
October 10, 2014
NEW DELHI: Joining a list of 10 states that have rejected open trials of the controversial Genetically Modified (GM) crops in India, the Gujarat Government on Thursday denied giving a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to trials for edible crops.
Synbio – the scariest GMOs you’ve never heard of
October 9, 2014
When we think of GMOs, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a field of corn, soya or cotton. Less talked about, but the subject of intense research and development activity, is synthetic biology “synbio”.
The Ongoing Propaganda War Behind GMOs Exposed
October 9, 2014
The United States has been paying farmers for over two decades to NOT produce food, yet biotech would have us believe that genetically modified organisms are necessary to feed the world. This is but one of the many lies they have perpetrated, all the while hiding the real truth behind GM crops. Genetically modified organisms and the chemicals which support their growth are just an outcropping of the military industrial complex and the war industry.
U.S. foods labeled 'natural' often contain GMOs, group reports
October 7, 2014
A majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group.
Syngenta Genetically Modified Corn Ruined US Corn Exports To China, Farmers Say
October 6, 2014
American farmers in three states are suing seed giant Syngenta AG in billion-dollar lawsuits, alleging that the company harmed U.S. corn markets when it released a new genetically altered strain of corn that wasn’t approved by Chinese authorities.
China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops
September 30, 2014
China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security. The agriculture ministry earlier this week announced it would try to educate the public on GMO via TV, newspapers and the Internet. It hopes to stifle anti-GMO sentiment that has gathered momentum in the wake of incidents such as reports that genetically-modified rice had been illegally sold at a supermarket in the centre of the country.
TTIP is a 'trojan horse' trade deal for GM imports, says Friends of the Earth
September 30, 2014
The proposed EU-US trade deal could see the European market opened up to US imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite the Commission's public assurances to the contrary, claims Friends of the Earth.
Comment: Friends of the Earth are confirming here what we ourselves have said all along about the TAFTA/TTIP deal.
Is 2014 the "Tipping Point" for the GMO Labeling Movement?
September 29, 2014
Is this the year that voters will finally insist on knowing which supermarket foods contain genetically modified organisms? Activists in Oregon say the momentum is on their side for a GMO labeling initiative on the November ballot. "The electorate in Oregon has a greater awareness of this issue than in other states," says Sandeep Kaushik, a spokesman for Yes On 92, as the initiative is known. "We are approaching a tipping point."
Monsanto’s Experimental Genetically Modified Wheat Discovered in Montana
September 27, 2014
Monsanto’s experimental genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in a second US field in Montana, about a year after the discovery of the company’s unapproved crop growing in Oregon disrupted US wheat exports. The plants were discovered at a test site at Montana State University, where back in 2000-2003 Monsanto was conducting field trials of its wheat, genetically modified to tolerate Roundup herbicide.
Meet the new GM crops set to make America’s “superweed” problem even worse
September 26, 2014
Move over, Roundup Ready crops. After gaining USDA approval last week, new generation of genetically modified corn and soybeans is about to make its premiere. Meet “Enlist,” manufactured by Dow Chemical, a line of crops with the ability to withstand the herbicide 2,4-D. Farmers who use the “Enlist Weed Control System” can kill weeds without harming their crop…for now.
'Breast cancer gene' lawyers launch appeal to High court
September 17, 2014
Cancer advocates will appeal to the High Court to overturn a controversial decision that human genes can be controlled by private companies.
Cross-bred crops get fit faster
September 16, 2014
Genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize.
Russians eager to say NO to GMOs
September 10, 2014
The Russian authorities are tightening their grip on genetically modified foods. Proposals are being considered for a full ban on such products. The public at large looks strongly supportive of this measure.
Philippines: farmers call to stop 'Golden Rice' trials
September 8, 2014
Farmers in the Bicol region of the Philippines have gathered to renew their fight against field trials of Golden Rice and halt moves towards its commercialization. But with last year's 'advanced' Golden Rice trials showing low yields, the prospect of a GR release is fast receding.
GMO experiments receive questionable oversight
September 7, 2014
At a secret location among the vineyards of California's Central Coast, a plot of genetically engineered corn is producing proteins for industrial and pharmaceutical uses, including an experimental vaccine for hepatitis B.
EU under pressure to allow GM food imports from US and Canada
September 5, 2014
Britain and other European Union member states are under increasing pressure from North American business groups to open their borders to imports of genetically modified food as part of negotiations for a new Transatlantic trade deal, environmental campaigners have warned.
Comment: TAFTA, the proposed transatlantic trade deal, would inevitably flood Europe with GMOs, destroy environmental safeguards and threaten entire economies. In the United States, it would destroy the "Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act” (DSHEA) – the law that has guaranteed free access to natural therapies for millions of Americans since 1994 – by harmonizing it to the Brussels EU’s notoriously dictatorial “Food Supplements Directive”. For these and many other reasons, Europeans and Americans should Say NO to TAFTA!
Gene-altered apple tested in Washington state
September 5, 2014
An inspection of an orchard of experimental, genetically modified apples in central Washington last year turned up a troubling finding – gene-altered trees flowering less than 100 feet from conventional apple trees.
Guatemala Strikes Down 'Monsanto Law'
September 5, 2014
On Thursday, Guatemalan lawmakers voted 117-111 in favor of repealing the 'Monsanto Law,' a provision of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) with the United States.
German Supermarket Giants Demand Return to GMO-Free Fed Poultry
September 2, 2014
Germany’s top supermarkets, the powerhouses of Europe when it comes to retail, have delivered a blow to the biotech industry by forcing the German poultry industry to return to the use of non-GMO feed.
Mexican Judge Departs From Script, Turns Monsanto’s Mexican Dream Into Legal Nightmare
September 1, 2014
The U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto is long accustomed to getting its own way. Through a combination of back-channel lobbying, opaque political funding and revolving-door politics, the multinational agrochemical and biotechnology corporation has subverted, corrupted and infiltrated the elected governments of countries around the world, from the smallest and poorest to the biggest and richest. However, if recent events in Europe and Latin America are any indication, the tide may well be subtly turning against the interests of Monsanto and its fellow GMO oligopolies and in the favor of independent food growers and consumers.
Is Cornell the Go-To University for Industry Science?
August 28, 2014
Cornell University announced last week that it is embarking on a multi-million dollar campaign to “depolarize the charged debate” around GMOs. Can you guess who’s behind this effort? The biotech industry and its supporters.
Judge Overturns GMO Crop Curbs in Hawaii
August 25, 2014
A federal judge ruled against a new law in Hawaii curbing genetically modified crops, handing a victory to seed and chemical companies in a battle over modern agricultural techniques.
Cancer deaths double in Argentina's GMO agribusiness areas
August 24, 2014
Sharply increased levels of crop spraying in Argentina's most intensively farmed areas have resulted in a public health disaster, writes Lawrence Woodward, with large increases in cancer incidence. And it's all the result of the widespread use of GMO crops engineered for herbicide resistance.
On Behalf of Monsanto: GMO Food Crops for Ukraine’s Bread Basket
August 24, 2014
On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.
China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn
August 20, 2014
China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.
Tasmania to remain free of GMO for at least five more years
August 20, 2014
Tasmanian agriculture is set to remain free of genetically modified organisms for at least five more years, with the State Government opting to extend a longstanding GMO ban.
Govt approves fines for improper GMO labeling
August 19, 2014
The Russian cabinet has approved the bill introducing heavy fines for businessmen who violate the rules on obligatory marking of foodstuffs containing genetically-modified products.
Monsanto’s Biotech Public Relations Makeover: Lubricating the Wheels of the GMO Trojan Horse
August 11, 2014
Monsanto believes it is having trouble getting its message across to the public. Last year, it began a makeover. It realised that it and GMOs have an image problem. According to the Holmes Report, an information service following the public relations industry, Monsanto has embarked on an international campaign by upgrading its association with Fleishman Hillard, one of the biggest public relations firms in the US.
Sweet victory for Mexico beekeepers as Monsanto loses GM permit
August 8, 2014
A small group of beekeepers in Mexico has inflicted a blow on biotech giant Monsanto, which has halted the company’s ambitions to plant thousands of hectares of soybeans genetically modified to resist the company’s pesticide Roundup.
Vague GM labeling rules a source for concern in China
August 5, 2014
Amid rising public concern, the regulations of GM produce labeling remain vague in China. Since 2005, there have been continued reports of farmers growing unapproved GM crops.
Why Monsanto's 'Cure' For World Hunger Is Cursing The Global Food Supply
August 3, 2014
What if the very GM agricultural system that Monsanto claims will help to solve the problem of world hunger depends on a chemical that kills the very pollinator upon which approximately 70% of world's food supply now depends?
Big Food uses mommy bloggers to shape public opinion
August 1, 2014
This past weekend, biotech giant Monsanto paid bloggers $150 each to attend “an intimate and interactive panel” with “two female farmers and a team from Monsanto.” The strictly invitation-only three-hour brunch, which took place on the heels of the BlogHer Conference, promised bloggers a chance to learn about “where your food comes from” and to hear about the “impact growing food has on the environment, and how farmers are using fewer resources to feed a growing population.” Though the invitation from BlogHer explicitly stated, “No blog posts or social media posts expected,” the event was clearly designed to influence the opinions — and the writing — of a key influencer: the mommy blogger.
India puts GM crop trials on hold
July 31, 2014
The battle over testing of genetically modified crops in India took a new turn this week with the Bharatiya Janata party-led government putting field trials on hold.
Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests
July 28, 2014
Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday.
Fine Print of the Food Wars: Monsanto and Biotech Industry Pushing for World Food Monopoly Through Seed Supply
July 24, 2014
Creating ‘ownership’ of seed through patents and intellectual property rights and imposing it globally through the WTO, the biotech industry has established a monopoly empire over seed and food.
‘No to TAFTA’: France celebs campaign against EU-US trade deal, sign petition
July 11, 2014
One hundred French celebrities have launched a campaign against the upcoming TAFTA deal between the US and Europe. The protesters say the new treaty will lower economic standards and bring a large influx of GMO products from the US.
Salvadoran Farmers Successfully Oppose the Use of Monsanto Seeds
July 8, 2014
Farmers across El Salvador united to block a stipulation in a US aid package to their country that would have indirectly required the purchase of Monsanto genetically modified (GM) seeds.
Monsanto's GMO Food and its Dark Connections to the "Military Industrial Complex"
July 3, 2014
Monsanto, the world's largest genetically modified (GM/GMO) seed producer, has been at the centre of controversy for decades as evidence of the harmful effects on humans of GM foods continues to mount. Joined with the likes of DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Syngenta, Monsanto and partners comprise the corporate nexus of Big-Agri, where the control over our food supply is increasingly transferred into the hands of private trans-national corporations as opposed to local farmers and governments.
Monsanto and Pioneer withdraw another four applications for the cultivation of genetically engineered crops in the EU
July 1, 2014
Although an EU Commission decision on the cultivation of genetically engineered maize 1507 has been expected for several months, it has still not been published. In the meantime, new information has become available indicating that the biotech industry is pulling out of the cultivation of transgenic crops in the EU. According to Testbiotech investigations, US companies have just recently quietly withdrawn four EU applications for the cultivation genetically engineered plants.
New GMO Crops Tolerant to Monsanto's Roundup Ready
June 26, 2014
The first of a new generation of genetically modified crops is poised to win government approval in the United States, igniting a controversy that may continue for years, and foreshadowing the future of genetically modified crops.
The agribusiness industry says the plants - soy and corn engineered to tolerate two herbicides, rather than one - are a safe, necessary tool to help farmers fight so-called superweeds. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture appear to agree. However, many health and environmental groups say the crops represent yet another step on what they call a pesticide treadmill: an approach to farming that relies on ever-larger amounts of chemical use, threatening to create even more superweeds and flood America’s landscapes with potentially harmful compounds.
PARIS: Scientists who wrote a contested study linking pesticide-treated, genetically-modified corn with tumours and liver and kidney disease in lab rats returned to the attack on Tuesday, republishing their work online.
EU go-ahead for GMO crops
June 12, 2014
The EU's Environment Council voted today to devolve GMO decisions to member states - in effect allowing pro-GM governments to go ahead. This messy compromise threatens to allow GMO corporations to ride roughshod over Europe.
Nucleic Acid Invaders from Food Confirmed
June 11, 2014
New research confirms that DNA fragments derived from meals, large enough to carry complete genes, can escape degradation and enter the human circulatory system, and so can RNA, raising serious concerns over new nucleic acids introduced into the human food chain via genetically modified organisms.
World needs UN GMO watchdog - Russia
June 5, 2014
Russian lawmakers advocate creation of an international UN agency not only to strictly control the turnover of GMO products worldwide, but with a top priority mission to scrutinize how consuming GMO foods would affect human health in the long run.
GMO Agriculture and Dow AgroSciences’ Genetically Modified Soyabeans: Waging War on Peasants
June 4, 2014
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.
DuPont Co. Sued for $1 Billion Over Genetic Technology
June 4, 2014
DuPont Co., the maker of Pioneer genetically modified corn, was sued for $1 billion by an investment fund that claims company directors promoted herbicide-resistant crop traits knowing they didn't work.
Deceitful compromise clears the way for GMO crops in Europe
May 31, 2014
An unholy alliance of pro- and anti-GMO countries have struck a deal that will sweep away the obstacles to genetically engineered crops in the EU.
Proposed GM law creates uproar
May 28, 2014
A new law being discussed in Brussels this week could give biotech companies "unprecedented power" over decisions to ban genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, according to Friends of the Earth (FoE).
Millions March Against Monsanto Calling for Boycott of GMOs
May 27, 2014
On May 24, millions of people from around the world participated in the March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of genetically engineered foods and other harmful agro-chemicals. Marches occurred on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in more than 400 cities, including 47 U.S. states.
Voters in rural Oregon ban GMO crops
May 21, 2014
Residents of a southwestern Oregon county voted emphatically on Tuesday to ban the planting of most genetically engineered crops.
GM foods neither safe nor needed, say genetic engineers
May 19, 2014
Genetically modified crops and foods are neither safe nor necessary to feed the world, a new report by genetic engineers shows.
Start of an international call to stop genetically engineered organisms spreading into the environment!
May 16, 2014
Today sees the start of an international call by a broad coalition of organisations to stop the spread of genetically engineered organisms into the environment. The initiative says that binding regulations must be implemented to prevent the release of genetically engineered plants that can persist and invade the environment or lead to transgene flow into native populations or local varieties at centres of origin and of genetic diversity.
GMO producers should be punished as terrorists, Russian MPs say
May 15, 2014
A draft law submitted to the Russian parliament seeks to impose punishment up to criminal prosecution to producers of genetically-modified organisms harmful to health or the environment.
'Syngenta methods of silencing GMO opposition are unbelievable'
May 15, 2014
A German farmer has revealed shocking GMO company tactics to silence him in an exclusive interview with RT Op-Edge.
Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer CropScience: The GMO Biotech Sector can't win the Scientific Debate. Co-optation, Deception and Collusion
May 11, 2014
British Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Owen Paterson is a staunch supporter of the GM sector. Despite criticisms of him being an industry puppet and content to ignore the devastating, deleterious health, environmental, social and agricultural impacts of GMOs, both he and other officials like the EU's chief science advisor Anne Glover have been more than happy to act as mouthpieces for the GM sector by making false statements and claims about the benefits and safety of GMOs that fly in the face of scientific findings.
UK Government and GM industry collusion exposed
May 6, 2014
GeneWatch UK today released a dossier of correspondence and meetings between the UK Government and the GM industry, obtained through a series of Freedom of Information requests. A briefing summarising the findings, with links to the released documents, has been posted on the GeneWatch UK website. "Members of the public will be shocked by the extent to which foreign GM companies have muscled their way in to Government departments, developing a cosy relationship with ministers", said Dr Helen Wallace, Director of GeneWatch UK.
Chinese Ministry Newspaper: GM Soybeans Harm Health of China's 1.3 Billion People
April 30, 2014
The Chinese 'Science & Technology Abstracts Newspaper' under the leadership of China's State Science & Technology Ministry has published a paper that may deeply damage the Biotech industry worldwide.
GM acceptance in decline as global crop cultivation falls
May 5, 2014
The number of countries cultivating genetically modified crops has fallen for the first time, as acceptance of the technology declines, say Friends of the Earth (FoE).
France Definitively Bans Genetically Modified Corn
May 5, 2014
France definitively banned the growing of genetically modified corn on Monday after its highest court and Senate both confirmed an existing ban.
It's the toxic herbicide Roundup and glyphosates, stupid!
April 22, 2014
Remember Bill Clinton's famous line in his 1992 presidential debate with then-President G.W. Bush when Clinton said, "It's the economy, stupid!" The Medvedev government in Russia recently announced it would ban import and commercialization of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the Russian Federation. That is commendable to be sure, but new evidence suggests that the health and safety dangers of the GMO assault on our food quality involve the paired agrichemicals that are used in almost all GMO seeds today, namely Monsanto Roundup and other glysophate-based weed killers.
Hawaii becomes genetically engineered crop flash point
April 22, 2014
You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.
GM food's fate in China uncertain
April 20, 2014
In November of 2013, China rejected imports of 600,000 tonnes of US-grown corn on the grounds they it was a genetically modified food not approved in China. Since then, more than 400,000 tonnes of US corn has been turned away by Chinese authorities for the same reason. This is merely the tip of the iceberg in China where genetically modified food has been a fiercely debated issue, and not one that will be resolved soon.
Vermont Senate passes mandatory GMO food-labeling law
April 16, 2014
The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops.
Scientists find multiple problems with GMOs
April 13, 2014
"GMO seeds have not been shown to definitively increase yield potentials" and "in fact, the yields of herbicide-tolerant or insect-resistant seeds may be occasionally lower than the yields of conventional varieties." A February 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture report declared what many scientists already knew: There are no significant differences in yields of GMO and non-GMO crops.
Russia will not import GMO products - PM Medvedev
April 6, 2014
Russia will not import GMO products, the country's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.
UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa
April 3, 2014
£600 million of UK aid money is going to help companies like Unilever and Monsanto take over African land and agriculture, writes Miriam Ross. The corporate power-grab will be disastrous for the small-scale farmers who feed at least 70% of Africa's people.
Indians consuming imported GM-processed food,
March 29, 2014
NEW DELHI: India doesn't allow commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops but Indians may well be consuming GM processed food- knowingly or un-knowingly.
Chile Derails 'Monsanto Law' That Would Privatize Seeds
March 28, 2014
SANTIAGO, Chile -- This month, rural women, indigenous communities, and farmers in Chile found themselves on the winning end of a long-fought battle against a bill that had come to be known by many in this country as simply, the "Monsanto Law." The bill, which would have given multinational agribusiness corporations the right to patent seeds they discover, develop or modify, was withdrawn by the Chilean government now controlled by newly elected members of the center-left coalition known as the New Majority, amid concerns that the law would bring harm to the country's small and mid-sized farmers.
How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Normal
March 25, 2014
Food and feed quality are crucial to human and animal health. Quality can be defined as sufficiency of appropriate minerals, vitamins and fats, etc. but it also includes the absence of toxins, whether man-made or from other sources. Surprisingly, almost no data exist in the scientific literature on herbicide residues in herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) plants, even after nearly 20 years on the market.
MEPs say GMO in honey is OK
March 24, 2014
Members of a European Parliament committee on Wednesday (19 March) endorsed draft rules that define pollen as a natural constituent of honey and not an ingredient. Genetically-modified (GM) pollen will only be labelled if it makes up more than 0.9% of the honey.
Comment: With the so-called “European Parliament” having no right for independent lawmaking, the endorsement of GM pollen in honey illustrates that its sole purpose is to rubberstamp the laws drafted by the unelected Brussels EU Commission. Operating outside the basic principles of freedom and democracy, the Brussels EU construct – by definition – is a dictatorship. Unlike in a true democracy, the power no longer resides with the people.
GMO-Free Europe: activists occupy EFSA headquarters
March 21, 2014
On March the 20th about 100 activists from the social centers of Emilia-Romagna, Marche and North-East of Italy entered in the EFSA's headquarters in Parma, and occupied it for half an hour, also blocking the ongoing proclamation of the new executive director.
Monsanto's ‘healthier environment’ ads banned in South Africa
March 21, 2014
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa has ordered biotech titan Monsanto to withdraw its ads on local radio in which the company boasts the supposed benefits of GM crops, including a “healthier environment” and “more food sustainably.”.
New Science Sounds the Alarm About Destructive Beetles on GMO Corn
March 20, 2014
Genetically engineered (or GMO) corn that was developed to kill insect pests has been causing resistance in some of those very insects for several years. But the issue has not received as much attention as it should. A new research paper in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), may change this by providing additional cause for concern.
France's agricultural ministry on Saturday banned the sale, use and cultivation of Monsanto's genetically modified maize MON 810, after France highest court twice previously struck down similar measures.
Scientists' hidden links to the GM food giants:
March 15, 2014
The authors of a study calling for GM crops to be fast-tracked into Britain's farms and kitchens all have links to the industry, it can be revealed.
In an historic ruling on Thursday Brazil's Federal Appeals Court has unanimously decided to cancel the release for cultivation of Bayer's Liberty Link GM Maize.
Detection of genetically modified (GM) material in internationally traded non-GM food and feed has spiked in the past few years, interrupting trade and adding to food losses, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Following a ban on the cultivation of GM Maize in Mexico in 2013, the Campeche region of the country has now prohibited the growing of GM Soybeans following a two year court battle.
Syngenta AG said on Monday it had halted commercial sales in Canada of corn seed containing a new and controversial genetically modified trait because major importers had not approved the product.
A third of U.S. organic farmers have experienced problems in their fields due to the nearby use of genetically modified crops, and over half of those growers have had loads of grain rejected because of unwitting GMO contamination.
There is currently a battle waging across the planet over genetically modified (GM) crops. It seems like not a month goes by when a new report is released on the health, environmental or productivity aspects of GM organisms. The GM biotech industry tries to assure governments and the public about the safety and efficacy of their products, while study after study calls into question its claims.
Who Owns Organic Now? The Corporate Takeover of Organics
March 5, 2014
In 1995 there were 81 independent organic processing companies in the United States. A decade later, Big Food had gobbled up all but 15 of them.
A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto's Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.
Today a broad coalition consisting of 34 NGO's, farmers' and breeders' organisations from 27 European countries filed an opposition to a pepper-patent from Syngenta. The company patented an insect resistance, which they copied from a wild pepper. Such patents are ethically questionable, increase the seed market concentration, hinder innovation, and consequently pose a threat to global food security.
Africa is expected to be the next target of GM food companies, as European scientists and policymakers travel to Ethiopia to boost the prospect of growing more of the controversial crops on the continent.
Several new studies carried out by scientists independent of the biotech industry are showing up glaring differences between GMOs and their non-GMO counterparts. This makes a mockery of the regulatory principle of 'Substantial Equivalence' which has facilitated approvals of GMOs with practically no protection for public health and the environment.
Genetically modified crop plantings fell in industrialized nations for the first time since the technology was commercialized in 1996, an industry report said.
Twelve EU ministers have sent an open letter to the health commissioner, Tonio Borg, pressuring the Commission to withdraw its proposal to approve the genetically modified maize 'Pioneer 1507'.
Comment: By approving the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize in Europe, the Brussels EU Council of Ministers demonstrated yet again that the construct represents corporate interests. The maize, produced by the American chemicals giants Du Pont and Dow, was approved despite a majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) having voted against it and despite the fact that surveys show an overwhelming majority of people across Europe are opposed to GM foods. As the recent public statement of the Movement of Life therefore pointed out, if the will of the people is ignored on this issue it must surely be the final nail in the coffin of European democracy.
Following the GMO debate some countries seek tighter regulations, while others place them at the core of agriculture. China is one of the world's largest producers of GMO crops. And Japan, Austria, Venezuela and New Zealand, for example, are GMO free. In a recent move of Russia's lawmakers, the country could introduce a total ban on genetically modified foods' production and turnover.
A landmark court case to decide on a farmer's right to produce genetically modified crops begins in the Western Australian Supreme Court today. An organic farmer in Kojonup, Western Australia, is suing his neighbour for loss of income and damages after his property was allegedly contaminated with genetically modified (GM) canola.
Things can get quite surreal in Brussels' EU quarter. On 22 January EuropaBio - the biotech lobby hub - organised an event to "explain the consumer benefits of GMOs". But no consumer could possibly have learned about it: the event was confidential and no consumer group had been invited. A former Greenpeace member turned industry consultant and obsessional Greenpeace critic (he accuses them of being responsible for "crimes against humanity" for their opposition to a GM rice) was also invited. This did not stop some MEPs and high level Commission officials from speaking at the event.
France has launched a move to restore a ban on genetically modified (GMO) maize annulled by its top court to prevent sowings this spring that could raise public outcry in a country strongly opposed to GMO crops.
An important new manuscript accepted for publication in the journal Food Chemistry disproves the widely held notion that GMO crops are 'substantially equivalent' to their traditional counterparts; a notion which forms the basis for national and international agencies - including the U.S. FDA, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization - declaring genetically modified foods to be safe without having performed adequate health risk assessments.
A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production.
GeneWatch UK warned Wednesday, January 29 that open releases of millions of GM mosquitoes should not take place in Panama until members of the public have been fully informed about the risks. The mosquitoes are produced by UK company Oxitec.
American Farmers Abandoning Genetically Modified Seeds: "Non-GMO Crops are more Productive and Profitable"
January 27, 2014
A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it's not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry. Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable.
The first comprehensive test to detect genetic modification in food has been unveiled. As the abundance of genetically modified (GM) foods continues to grow, so does the demand for monitoring and labeling them.
The US Supreme Court has denied organic and GMO-free farmers their day in Court against Monsanto - leaving them unable to challenge the company's patents or seek redress for GMO seed contamination.
Three of the world's largest agrochemical companies have filed a lawsuit in Hawaii to block a law enacted on the island of Kauai in November to limit the planting of biotech crops and the use of pesticides. DuPont, Syngenta and Agrigenetics Inc, a company affiliated with the Dow AgroSciences unit of Dow Chemical Co, filed suit Friday in U.S. district court in Honolulu.
Tasmania's ban on genetically modified crops made indefinite in bid to protect clean, green brand
January 10, 2014
The Tasmanian Government has extended indefinitely the state's moratorium on genetically modified crops and animals. Tasmania is the only Australian state to have to a blanket ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
A labor appeals court in north-central Argentina ruled that the construction of a Monsanto plant is unconstitutional, halting work on the site.
The trade association representing many of America's biggest food and drink firms wants to label genetically modified foods 'natural', reports the New York Times.
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A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies.
The commercial use of new herbicide-resistant, genetically modified corn and soybean seeds moved one step closer to reality on Friday when the United States Department of Agriculture announced their introduction in limited quantities. The new seeds have been genetically engineered by Dow AgroSciences to survive the hefty application of 2,4-D, a widely used weed killer that's commonly known as one of the ingredients in the Vietnam War-era herbicide Agent Orange.
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