Up to date news and comment about GMO issues.
GM animals exhibit chronic illnesses, reproductive issues and deformities, 15-year study shows
November 24, 2015
GE Free New Zealand, a non-profit organization dedicated to opposing GM products, has recently compiled a report that documents the first 15 years of field trials on transgenic cows — and the results aren’t pretty.
Soper Farms Triples Net Income Switching From GMO Crops to Organic
November 22, 2015
Making the transition from conventional to organic farming can be a big leap, but Harn Soper will tell you—based on experience—that it is worth it in terms of better crops, soil and financial returns.
Comment: The health benefits of organic food are becoming increasingly clear. For example, a recent study conducted in the United States has shown that switching from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to produce grown organically, even just for a few days, significantly reduces the levels of pesticides in children's bodies. Examining 40 children between 3 and 6 years of age, researchers from the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at UC Berkeley found that an organic diet quickly lowered their levels of several pesticides by between one-quarter and one-half. Consistent with other research reporting similar findings, the study is the latest in a long line of scientific investigations confirming the health benefits of eating organically.
‘Frankenfish:’ GMO salmon declared safe to eat, environmentalists rail against FDA
November 20, 2015
The US’ food regulator has given a green light to the world’s first genetically-modified salmon, labelling them safe to eat, while not requiring them to be labeled. However, the FDA’s first ever approval of a “GM animal” has been met with fierce criticism.
Syngenta convicted: Justice finds company responsible for armed attack on encamped rural workers
November 18, 2015
A court has found Syngenta Seeds, a Swiss company producing genetically modified food and pesticides, responsible for the murder of rural worker Valmir Mota de Oliveira (known as Keno) and for the attempted murder of Isabel do Nascimento de Souza. Both of them were members of Via Campesina and were victims of an armed militia attack in 2007.
Are GMOs regulated? Scientist betting $10 million they aren't
November 15, 2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In the ongoing debate over the regulation of genetically modified foods, a $10 million building is now on the line. In a recent press announcement, Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai – a Livingston High School graduate who controversially claims to have invented email – issued a challenge to Monsanto, the nation's leading producer of genetically engineered foods: disprove my research about genetically modified organisms, or "GMOs," and I will give you a $10 million building I own in Massachusetts.
Speakers say a consumer trend toward non-GMO foods is growing
November 14, 2015
Demand for fresh healthy produce continues to rise in the U.S. Studies indicate that consumers are also buying more non-GMO foods and products with non-GMO labeling.
Massive influence of biotech industry on EU research projects on risks of genetically engineered plants
November 9, 2015
The results from the EU research project GRACE are to be presented in Potsdam, Germany on 9 and 10 November. The GRACE team of experts conducted feeding trials with genetically engineered plants on rats and reviewed existing publications on risk research. Testbiotech analysis shows the biotech industry has seriously impacted the results of the research project. As a Testbiotech report published today also shows, the biotech industry has not only systematically influenced the GRACE research project, but four other similar EU research projects. All of the coordinators of these projects are part of a close network of institutions that are funded by industry.
Monsanto Handed ‘Double Whammy’ by Mexican Courts Over Planting GMOs
November 9, 2015
Opponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have claimed victory after Mexico’s Supreme Court blocked last week a move that would allow the cultivation of GMO soy in the Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan. In a separate appeals court decision, a federal judge upheld a 2013 ruling that barred companies such as Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer from planting or selling their GMO corn within the country’s borders.
Rice, Wheat, Mustard… India Drives Forward First GMO Crops Under Veil of Secrecy
November 4, 2015
A secret application has been made to India’s GEAC (Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee) for a new variety of GMO mustard to be released for cultivation. If accepted, this would be the first GMO variety to be approved in India – and could open the way for many more such applications for other major crops including staple foods like rice, wheat and chickpeas.
Agri-giants pull GM maize out of Germany
November 4, 2015
Four large seed companies will no longer grow genetically modified maize in Germany. "We have achieved our goal," said Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt on Tuesday (3 November).
GMO-containing foods would be labeled like tobacco under new Russian bill
October 29, 2015
Two Russian lawmakers propose to amend the Law on Consumers’ Rights. It would demand food producers attach large and readable warnings on all GMO-containing products as well as detailed explanations of artificial additives in foodstuffs.
European Parliament votes down draft GM proposal
October 28, 2015
The European Parliament has rejected the European Commission’s current proposals to allow individual countries to restrict or ban the sale and use of already approved genetically modified food and feed.
GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find
October 26, 2015
Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new Italian study. Publishing in the journal of Small Ruminant Research, the researchers were testing the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready GE soybeans. Roundup Ready soybeans are engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup and are sold by agribusiness giant Monsanto. They are some of the most widely grown soybeans in the world.
Consumer groups press buyers on Arctic apple
October 20, 2015
Following the lead of Gerber and McDonald’s, Wendy’s restaurants have announced they have no plans to use the genetically modified Arctic apple. The company relayed its position in an e-mail to the environmental group Friends of the Earth, according to a news release. Friends of the Earth and other consumer groups have pressed companies to reject the non-browning GMO apple.
EU Committee Wants to Demolish Existing Law Allowing Member States to Ban GMOs
October 15, 2015
Stating a concern that the proposed law would lead to the reintroduction of border controls between GM and non-GMO-growing countries, the European Parliament news service reported that Members of the Environment Committee shot down a draft EU law that would allow member states to restrict or prohibit sales of genetically modified crops.
Monsanto's Stock Is Tanking. Is the Company's Own Excitement About GMOs Backfiring?
October 9, 2015
Pity Monsanto, the genetically modified seed and agrichemical giant. Its share price has plunged 25 percent since the spring. Market prices for corn and soybeans are in the dumps, meaning Monsanto's main customers—farmers who specialize in those crops—have less money to spend on its pricey seeds and flagship herbicide (which recently got named a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health organization, spurring lawsuits).
The EU Commission plans to allow the import of new genetically engineered soybeans despite deep concerns about carcinogenic residues
October 9, 2015
The EU Commission has stated that they see no need for detailed risk assessment of genetically engineered soybeans that can contain a mixture of probably carcinogenic residues. Monsanto’s genetically engineered soybean MON 87708 × MON 89788 have been engineered to be resistant to a combination of the herbicides, glyphosate and dicamba. Residues from spraying with these herbicides are suspected of being carcinogenic.
More than half of EU countries ask for GMO opt-out
October 2, 2015
More than half of the European Union's member states have requested to be allowed to ban genetically modified crops on their territory, including Germany and France.
These Emails Show Monsanto Leaning on Professors to Fight the GMO PR War
October 2, 2015
For a blockbuster recent piece, the New York Times' Eric Lipton got a first look at a massive cache of private emails between prominent public university scientists and GMO industry executives and flacks. The emails came to light through a barrage of controversial Freedom of Information Act requests by U.S. Right to Know, which is funded by the scrappy, anti-corporate Organic Consumers Association.
California school district becomes first in US to go all-organic and non-GMO
September 29, 2015
Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.” A new California-based program has taken the first step to transform school dining in the United States to organic, local, and non-GMO meals.
Comment: Notably, with even the New England Journal of Medicine now calling for the US government to require labelling of GM foods, a new study has shown that switching from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to produce grown organically, even just for a few days, significantly reduces the levels of pesticides in children's bodies. Examining 40 children between 3 and 6 years of age, researchers from the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at UC Berkeley found that an organic diet quickly lowered their levels of several pesticides by between one-quarter and one-half. Consistent with other research reporting similar findings, the study is the latest in a long line of scientific investigations confirming the health benefits of organic food.
Money Talks, Muffling Dissenters
September 25, 2015
In conjunction with the huge amounts of biotech industry money pouring into public universities has come the intimidation of scientists who criticize or question the development of biotechnology. A result has been the relative silence of academic scientists who have concerns about biotechnology or its development. The result of biotech industry money therefore seems to be not only an amplification of industry-friendly academic voices, with their ability to lend credibility to biotech, but also the likely reduction of academic scientist perspectives that could counter industry arguments.
Austria and Italy Celebrate Bans on GM Crops with EU Opt-Out
September 24, 2015
Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser and a number of Italian Ministries have confirmed that both countries are officially requesting an opt-out from growing the eight varieties of GM maize permitted or set to be permitted at the EU level, thus there will now be a full ban on GM crops in both countries under new EU regulations.
Comment: In opting out of GMO cultivation in the Brussels EU, Austria and Italy thus join France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Lithuania, Greece and Latvia, all of whom are similarly taking action to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops. Moreover, in the coming weeks, it is expected that Hungary, Luxembourg and Wales will formally announce their own prohibitions.
Lie of the land: Only 39 of 133 GM crop field trials monitored in 6 years
September 22, 2015
Busting the claims of the Indian government and scientists that the country has a robust regulatory mechanism to test genetically modified (GM) crops, toxic loopholes are emerging. From 2008 to 2014, only 39 of the 133 GM crop field trials were properly monitored, leaving the rest for unknown risks and possible health hazards to common people.
GM crop-growing banned in Northern Ireland
September 21, 2015
Stormont's environment minister has banned the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Northern Ireland. Mark H Durkan said he was "unconvinced of the advantages", and his decision would hold for the "foreseeable future".
Govt decides to ban GMO food production in Russia – deputy PM
September 18, 2015
A senior Russian government member told reporters the cabinet decided that any food production in the country will completely exclude any genetically-modified organisms or parts thereof. “As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions,” Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich said at an international conference on biotechnology in the Russian city of Kirov.
Monsanto’s ‘Hand of God’: Planned Obsolescence of the Indian Farmer
September 17, 2015
The mantra of global agribusiness companies is that they care about farmers. They also really care about humanity and want to help to feed a growing world population, preferably by using genetically modified (GM) crops. They say that they want to assist poor farmers by helping them to grow enough to earn a decent income. It seems like a win-win situation for everyone. To listen to the PR, however, you could be forgiven for believing that these companies are driven by altruistic tendencies and humanitarian goals rather than by massive profit margins and delivering on shareholder dividends.
Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show
September 5, 2015
At Monsanto, sales of genetically modified seeds were steadily rising. But executives at the company’s St. Louis headquarters were privately worried about attacks on the safety of their products. So Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, and its industry partners retooled their lobbying and public relations strategy to spotlight a rarefied group of advocates: academics, brought in for the gloss of impartiality and weight of authority that come with a professor’s pedigree.
Organic farmer Steve Marsh loses GM appeal for compensation from neighbour Michael Baxter
September 3, 2015
An organic farmer in Western Australia whose crop was contaminated with genetically modified (GM) canola from a neighbouring farm has lost his court appeal for compensation.
Growing Doubt: a Scientist’s Experience of GMOs
August 31, 2015
The commercial purpose of GMOs is not to feed the world or improve farming. They exist to gain patent rights over seeds and plant breeding and to drive agriculture in directions that benefit agribusiness at the expense of farmers, consumers and the natural world.
Study: Children Exposed to GMO Soy Pesticides Suffer ‘Serious Genetic Damage’
August 31, 2015
A 2015 study has shown that children exposed to pesticides used to grow GM soy suffer serious genetic damage.
Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop
August 27, 2015
Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science. Under a law signed in March individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU.
Comment: Astonishingly, while the European Commission is responsible for approvals to grow GM crops in Europe, requests from countries wanting to opt-out from growing them also have to be submitted to the company making the application. This fact provides still further proof, therefore, that Brussels EU laws are deliberately designed in the interests of those corporations that stand to directly benefit from them.
U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO crops
August 25, 2015
A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.
Germany starts move to ban GMO crops: ministry letter
August 24, 2015
Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday.
Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops
August 23, 2015
Local doctors are in the eye of a storm swirling for the past three years over whether corn that’s been genetically modified to resist pesticides is a source of prosperity, as companies claim, or of birth defects and illnesses.
GMO Labeling Laws Ditched: The Passage of the DARK Act Shows the Arrogance of US Politicians
August 17, 2015
Soon, maybe within a year, Americans could be eating two new varieties of apple that won’t turn brown after slicing. To make these new transgenic apples, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., a Canadian company, turned to an advanced biotechnology called RNA interference (RNAi). Okanagan insists its modified Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties— called Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny — are safe to eat. “By the time Arctic apples reach your market, they will be one of the most researched and tested foods on the planet,” the company says on its website. Despite this assurance, a number of disturbing questions remain about how RNAi technology might affect human health.
Scotland to ban GM crop growing
August 9, 2015
Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced.
64 Nations Say No to GMO, Yet US Govt Nears Illegal GMO Labeling
July 30, 2015
The WHO has already declared that five of the major chemical herbicides used to grow GMO crops are either likely or definitely cancerous, yet the USA still makes secret trade deals that would allow biotech to push their genetically modified ‘food’ on Americans who don’t want to eat it.
We Must End Monsanto’s Colonization, Its Enslavement of Farmers
July 28, 2015
Citizens of the U.S. are being denied the right to know what they are feeding their families. Despite the fact that 90 percent of American citizens want GMO labeling on their food, big business is doing everything it can to prevent people from accessing their rights. Representative Pompeo’s bill, popularly known as the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know), has been written almost entirely by the biotech industry lobby. While American citizens are advocating for their rights to knowledge and healthy, affordable food, Monsanto’s legal team is busy on every legislative level trying to prevent this from happening.
GMO Labeling Laws Ditched: The Passage of the DARK Act Shows the Arrogance of US Politicians
July 26, 2015
On July 23, 2015, the United States House of Representatives voted upon and passed (by a 275-150 majority) H.R. 1599, the so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,” otherwise known as the DARK Act. The DARK Act is a more accurate description of the bill – which must now be taken up by the Senate – as the acronym “Deny Americans the Right to Know” more aptly tells us what Congress is doing here: Negating all existing and future GMO labeling laws at State and local levels so that consumers will not be able to make an informed choice as well as eliminating numerous non-Federal laws regulating genetically engineered crops.
Mexico’s GMO Corn Ban and Glyphosate Cancer Findings
July 20, 2015
The CIP Americas Program has been accompanying the grassroots movement of campesinos, indigenous communities, consumers and scientists to maintain the ban on genetically modified corn for over a decade. The pushback from Monsanto and other biotech companies has been constant, but cross-sector organization has succeeded in protecting Mexico’s native corn and campesino livelihoods from the threat.
Semantically engineered crops
July 17, 2015
Big agrochemical companies such as Dow, Bayer and Monsanto are experimenting with a range of new genetic engineering (GE) techniques that they misleadingly refer to as ‘New Plant Breeding Techniques’. These are being used to introduce traits such as herbicide and pathogen resistance and changed nutritional properties into commercial crop varieties that will ultimately end up in our food. By arguing that these techniques are precise, just like conventional breeding, and not really genetic engineering at all, these companies are attempting to circumvent regulation, labelling and public opposition.
GMO imports: MEPs object to draft law allowing national bans, call for plan B
July 16, 2015
A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by MEPs from all political groups in a debate on Wednesday. Members were concerned that the draft did not include an impact assessment, that member state measures might not be compatible with single market or WTO rules and that the proposal might prove unworkable.
Comment: Members of the so-called European Parliament are of course fully aware that the vast majority of their constituents are totally opposed to eating GM foods. As such, through objecting to this draft law that would allow national bans on GMOs, they have made clear that their true loyalty lies not with the voters who elected them but with the dictatorial Brussels EU construct and the multinational corporate interests it was essentially designed to represent.
No scientific evidence of GM food safety
July 13, 2015
A new study commissioned by the Norwegian government, and conducted by a nationally recognised scientific authority on the safety of biotechnologies, concludes that available scientific data on GM crops is inadequate to prove their safety.
Anti-GMO activists claim Canada allowing import of potentially dangerous GM foods
July 10, 2015
After three years of discussions, Canada is close to finalizing its new policy on genetically modified (GM) foods that would allow very low levels of contaminated crops into the country—without a risk assessment by Health Canada.
GM crops growing in Iran amid lax laws
July 6, 2015
Iran imports $5 billion of genetically modified crops a year despite government restrictions on the production of biotech products, local media said on Monday.
Did Monsanto Organize a Fake Grassroots Campaign in Favor of GMOs?
June 30, 2015
The company that brought you genetically-modified foods, the carcinogenic pesticide Roundup, and what many would describe as global mayhem, may be stooping to a new low, according to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA). According to the non-profit advocacy group that works to protect the food supply, Monsanto is now using a fake grassroots campaign in an effort to raise political support for their products. Called “astroturfing,” the approach involves manufacturing an artificial grassroots campaign of citizens or coalitions that is actually a corporately-created and/or funded campaign and a front for corporate interests.
GM wheat no more pest-resistant than ordinary crops, trial shows
June 25, 2015
GM wheat designed to repel aphids is no more effective at repelling the bugs than standard varieties, a major field trial has revealed.
GMO lamb from jellyfish experiment sold as food
June 23, 2015
France's national agricultural institute is investigating how a lamb whose mother had been genetically modified with a jellyfish protein as part of a medical experiment was sold as meat.
Britain is Set to Open the Door to Cancerous GMO
May 28, 2015
This summer, British scientists are expected to begin field trials of a genetically modified (GMO) potato dubbed by proponents the ‘super spud’, whose developers boast will be free of fungal diseases and other pest problems. GMO maize and oil seed rape could also be grown in England by the end of this year, as Westminster is pushing for more GMO foods to be introduced into the UK food supply.
Tens of thousands march worldwide against Monsanto and GM crops
May 24, 2015
The third annual March Against Monsanto was held in around 400 cities in more than 40 countries from the Americas to Africa and Europe.
Major Monsanto Lawsuit Completely Blacked out by Media
May 22, 2015
What happens when one courageous attorney and a few citizens try to take down Monsanto? The MSM doesn’t cover it, for starters. Efforts to publicize a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for false advertising its best-selling herbicide Roundup filed in Los Angeles County Court on April 20, 2015 have been rejected by almost every mainstream media outlet.
Iowa State University goes Bananas over GMOs
May 22, 2015
When news circulated that the first people to consume a new GMO banana would be student guinea pigs at Iowa State University, the university community had questions. A recently released, redacted copy of the initial “informed consent document” that ISU lead researcher Wendy White gave to students doesn’t appear to mention that the GMO banana has never been approved as safe to eat by any regulatory agency anywhere in the world, that there have been documented human health risks associated with some GMOs or that there is no consensus on the safety of GMOs. After public controversy swelled around the feeding trial, ISU’s ethical review boards worked with White to revamp the informed consent document to include some additional “bulleted points” about GMOs. What appears to have resulted is a list of one-sided science, misleading citations and industry-funded research, not an honest, accurate, impartial assessment of the potential risks associated with the GMO banana.
Monsanto soon to receive 30 European patents on food plants
May 21, 2015
The coalition of No Patents on Seeds! has published an international call to European governments to stop patents on plants and animals. They are warning that international corporations such as Monsanto are taking more and more control of resources needed for food production. As recent research shows, the European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and lettuce.
Monsanto's Worst Fear May Be Coming True
May 18, 2015
The tide is turning against the globalization of GMO-based agriculture and forced feeding with consumers leading the charge from the bottom up demanding informed consent (e.g. labeling, independent science) and organic alternatives.
Hungary to become first member state to implement new EU regulations on GMOs
May 11, 2015
“Hungary could be the first to introduce the new European Union regulations allowing countries to ban the cultivation of GMO crops”, a Ministry of Agriculture’s official told Hungarian news agency MTI in Berlin on Friday.
Monsanto’s Glyphosate Blankets GMO Crops Near U.S. Schools. 3,247 Elementary Schools across America Affected
May 11, 2015
Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers’ use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers.
Thousands of Farmers in India Rise up Against Monsanto
May 4, 2015
Some have said that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the nation’s pro-GMO position with the help of generous campaign funding from a GMO lobby, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Indian farmers from demonstrating against Monsanto and their biotech cronies in a massive grassroots movement that shuns anti-farmer practices and genetically modified crop farming.
Unmasking The GMO Humanitarian Narrative
May 2, 2015
Genetically modified (GM) crops are going to feed the world. Not only that, supporters of GM technology say it will produce better yields than non-GM crops, increase farmers’ incomes, lead to less chemical inputs, be better suited to climatic changes, is safe for human consumption and will save the lives of millions. Sections of the pro-GMO lobby are modern-day evangelists who denounce, often with a hefty dose of bigoted zeal, anyone who questions their claims and self-proclaimed humanitarian motives. But their claims do NOT stack up!
Time to stop the cultivation of genetically engineered maize MON810
April 30, 2015
As several documents from Monsanto, the EU Commission and European Food Safety Authority EFSA show, cultivation of genetically engineered maize MON810 does not comply with EU regulations. The main problem is the legally required monitoring of potentially adverse environmental effects. There is also new evidence that the environmental risk assessment for MON810 carried out by EFSA was based on flawed assumptions. Maize MON810 is the only genetically engineered crop authorised for cultivation in the EU. In a letter to the EU Commission, Testbiotech is now requesting that the cultivation of MON810 is stopped in 2015.
Monsanto Secretly Gave Money to Farmer Caught Contaminating Organic Farms with GMOs
April 30, 2015
Natural Society reported on organic farmer Steve Marsh’s dilemma with GMO cross pollination of his organic farms a while back, but some shocking news has recently bubbled to the surface about Monsanto’s involvement.
China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development
April 27, 2015
China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain.
EU trait approvals break 18 month deadlock on GM crop imports
April 24, 2015
The Commission today adopted ten new authorizations and seven renewals of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food and feed use.
Comment: With surveys overwhelmingly showing the majority of people across Europe are opposed to GM foods, by adopting these new authorizations and renewals of GM crops the Brussels EU Commission has demonstrated yet again that its primary function is to represent multinational corporate interests.
Scientists successfully genetically modify human embryos, allowing for editing of babies’ genes
April 23, 2015
Chinese scientists have successfully edited the genes of human embryos for the first time, confirming rumours that secret genetic experiments had been happening in the country and prompting fears that the discovery could lead to a new kind of eugenics.
Ending GMOs Now
April 21, 2015
Global rejection sent Monsanto profits plummeting, farmers abandoning GM crops in record numbers, reclassification of glyphosate as probable carcinogen triggering fresh calls for bans and restrictions, GMOs failing old and new, while organic and non-GMO markets continue booming. The days of GMOs are numbered, let’s hasten the demise.
Neil Young Announces Monsanto-Themed LP Recorded With Willie Nelson's Sons
April 20, 2015
Neil Young has teamed up with Promise of the Real, a band featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons of the legendary Willie Nelson), to record an album titled The Monsanto Years, as Rolling Stone reports. As you might guess, the album is composed of songs criticizing food industry giant Monsanto, which Young has spoken out against for years.
Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income
April 18, 2015
WASHINGTON – When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants grown without genetically modified seeds.
EU clears path for 17 new GM foods
April 16, 2015
Seventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade, the Guardian has learned.
El Salvador Farmers Kick Monsanto Out
April 14, 2015
Farmers from El Salvador make many US biotech farming practices look like the work of a bunch of crazed lunatics. At least in El Salvador they realize the importance of non-GM food and heritage seed saving. After outperforming Monsanto’s biotech seed with record crop yields, they have also now managed a giant defeat of Monsanto by preventing the company from supplying El Salvador with its poison seeds.
GMO Lies: Study Shows How Pesticide Use Soars with more GMO Crops
April 9, 2015
Remember those flagrant claims that Big Biotech made, that genetically modified foods were a big reason why the world was enjoying food with less pesticide residues? Well, it turns out, those promises were like all the other biotech claims – baseless.
Brazil govt approves GMO eucalyptus trees: groups denounce illegal decision
April 9, 2015
Today the Brazilian Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio) formally approved an industry request to release genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees. The application was made by FuturaGene, a company owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano. This is the first approval for commercial release of GE trees in Brazil or Latin America. Organizations in Brazil are exploring legal avenues to stop the commercial release of GE eucalyptus trees, pointing out that this decision violates national law.
Azerbaijan may imprison GMO distributors
April 8, 2015
Azerbaijan can jail any person - importers or salespersons – engaged in sale of genetically modified products in the country. The naturally rich country prohibits the import and trade of genetically modified plants, as well as use in food of genetically modified elements.
Future of GM in Germany hangs in the balance
April 7, 2015
Germany’s national academy of sciences has strongly endorsed genetically modified (GM) crops as the Bundestag – Germany’s lower house of parliament – begins what will likely be months of debate on whether or not to enact a new law that would ban the cultivation of GM crops in Germany.
Seed firms begin field trials of GM crops in Maharashtra
March 31, 2015
At least five large seed companies, including Monsanto, Mahyco and BASF, have started field trials of genetically-modified (GM) crops in Maharashtra, which granted permission earlier this year. The companies are focussing on crops such as rice, corn, chickpea and cotton.
GM crop farmer told to reveal if he was backed by Monsanto in legal battle
March 25, 2015
Judges tell West Australian canola farmer to say if he had help from industry after winning battle against neighbour who lost organic certification.
Monsanto Asks World Health Organization to ‘Retract’ Cancer Link
March 25, 2015
Just days after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released a report publicly declaring the well-known link between Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and cancer, the GMO leviathan is already calling on the entire agency to issue a ‘retraction.’
The GM crops debate moves to Africa – and it’s just as noisy
March 22, 2015
It is strange to see an apparently ordinary field surrounded by a seven-foot steel fence topped with barbed wire. The banana trees being grown inside don’t look any different from those that are ubiquitous in the surrounding African countryside. The only thing that marks them apart is the fence, two security guards in smart green-and-black uniforms, and little white markers at the foot of each plant, each with a unique but unintelligible code.
Bt brinjal turns out to be ‘upset case’ for farmers
March 21, 2015
The cultivation of genetically engineered Bt Brinjal in the country’s several districts has cost the farmers their fortunes again this year as the plants have either died out prematurely or fruited very insignificantly compared to the locally available varieties, reports United News of Bangladesh.
Monsanto settles with farmers over GMO wheat
March 18, 2015
Monsanto Company has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in seven states, including Missouri, over the 2013 contamination of an Oregon wheat farm with the seed and biotech company's genetically modified wheat.
EU's new GMO law leaves questions unanswered
March 12, 2015
A new directive on cultivation of genetically-modified crops (GMOs) in Europe breaks an old deadlock between the European Commission, member states, and producers. But it leaves open political and legal questions.
Transgenes Found in Small Farmers’ Maize Seed Supplies in South Africa
March 11, 2015
Genetically modified (GM) crops were introduced in South Africa in 1997. By 2013, South Africa had 2.3 million hectares of GM crops under cultivation, 78% of which was insect-resistant and/or herbicide-tolerant maize. A first study of its kind has found that GM maize has penetrated the informal seed supplies of smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Calls for ban on 'toxic' GM corn after tests reveal wind can carry it 2.7 MILES, not 65 feet as previously claimed
March 5, 2015
‘Toxic’ pollen from GM corn can travel miles to contaminate the countryside, researchers claim. Currently, European Union regulators assume pollen from the crop, which has been manipulated to include a toxin that kills pests, can travel only 20 to 40 metres. However, research suggests that significant amounts of the pollen, which harms butterflies and moths, can be carried up to 4.45 kilometres – 2.7 miles – on the wind.
Member states back national bans for GM crops
March 3, 2015
EU member states have voted to allow national governments to ban or restrict cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops even when approved at EU level, meaning the new rules will be written into law.
Gambia Will Never Accept GM Food, Says Jammeh
March 2, 2015
President Yahya Jammeh on Friday said The Gambia "will never accept GM food", in his speech at the State Opening of the National Assembly for the 2015 legislative year, held at the new National Assembly Building in Banjul.
Arkansas Farmers Say Syngenta Tainted Grain Supply To Promote GMO
February 23, 2015
At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media.
US force feeds GM crops to African nations, says new report
February 23, 2015
US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today.
Angry Polish farmers march on Warsaw
February 20, 2015
Thousands of angry Polish farmers have marched on Warsaw demanding land rights, a ban on GMs and government compensation for losses in the agricultural sector.
Devastating Impacts of Glyphosate Use with GMO Seeds in Argentina
February 18, 2015
Widespread GM soybean cultivation and accompanying pesticide spraying is wreaking havoc on the health of millions.
Genetically engineered soybean are impacting growth in offspring from goats
February 17, 2015
A recent scientific publication has reported significant impacts on the offspring of goats fed with genetically engineered soybeans. According to the publication prepared by the University of Naples (Italy), there were changes in the composition of the goats’ milk and the weight of the kids was significantly reduced. DNA sequences stemming from genetically engineered soybeans were resistant to digestion and subsequently found in the milk.
USDA Approves Genetically Engineered Apple Despite Health Concerns
February 13, 2015
Center for Food Safety today expressed deep concern over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to approve a first-of-its-kind genetically engineered (GE) apple that doesn't brown after bruising or slicing. The apple, developed by the company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, uses a relatively new form of genetic engineering called RNA interference or gene silencing, which has raised numerous concerns from consumer groups, environmentalists, and the apple industry.
Pressure group sues ‘lawless’ Ghana authorities over genetically modified foods
February 11, 2015
A Ghanaian civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has moved to court in Accra seeking to have the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the agriculture ministry prevented from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.
Farmers file more than 360 corn lawsuits against Syngenta
February 6, 2015
Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward. The dispute centers around Syngenta's sale of a corn seed called Agrisure Viptera, which was genetically altered to contain a protein that kills corn-eating bugs such as earworms and cutworms.
Comment on House of Commons Vote Approving the Germline Engineering Technique “3-Person IVF”
February 3, 2015
The UK House of Commons voted today to clear the way for fertility clinics to use controversial germline engineering techniques to create embryos with DNA from three people. If also approved by the House of Lords, the bill would enact an exception to the UK’s law against inheritable genetic modification, which is also prohibited by more than 40 other countries and several international human rights treaties. Many questions have been raised about the health risks of the techniques, and about the policy implications of crossing the long-held bright line against human germline modification.
Monsanto’s Newest GM Crops May Create More Problems Than They Solve
February 2, 2015
The latest in a new generation of genetically engineered crops is poised to enter widespread use—and critics think they’ll cause more problems than they solve.
India world’s 4th in GM crop acreage, well ahead of China
February 2, 2015
India has the fourth largest area planted under genetically modified (GM) crops, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).
There is no “Scientific Consensus” on the Safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
January 30, 2015
In an attempt to try and justify the case for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), supporters of GM technology often churn out the baseless claim that there is a consensus within the ‘scientific community’ over the human, animal and environmental safety aspects of GMOs. A statement signed by over 300 scientists and legal experts to the effect that there is “No consensus” on the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods has now been published in a peer-reviewed open access journal, Environmental Sciences Europe. It now belongs to the body of open peer-reviewed scientific literature and stands as a citable publication.
“Organic Food Activist” Jamie Oliver Sells Out to Bill Gates, GMO-Pusher
January 29, 2015
Popular TV show host and food activist Jamie Oliver has become one of the biggest and most famous spokespeople for the clean food movement, and he’s thrown his support behind organic and healthier food plenty of times in the past while working for a better food system. But now the trusted entrepreneur and longtime chef is throwing his support behind the very foundation that may be out to destroy the food system.
Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
January 29, 2015
Groups from around the world today joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to GE trees.
Why won’t Europeans swallow GMOs?
January 28, 2015
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are "organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in such a way that does not occur naturally". GMOs are often promoted by governments and the biotechnology industry, as the best solution to feeding the world’s 9 billion population by 2050 and protecting the environment. We are promised that the genetic modification of food is safe, will increase crop yields, reduce pesticide use, solve problems caused by climate change and – the big, emotionally-charged one — alleviate world hunger. If all of these claims were true, why is it that European public and farmers continue to reject GMOs?
Millions of GMO mosquitoes may be released in Florida neighborhood
January 26, 2015
Pointing to climate change and the rise of tropical diseases, British researchers hope to sell their idea of releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Almost 140,000 people have signed a petition against the plan.
GMO-Crops Don’t Live Up To The Hype With Regards To Pest Control, Research Shows
January 21, 2015
New research from the University of Arizona has shown us yet another example of the many ways in which GMO-crops (genetically modified organisms) fail to live up to the hype.
Farm minister advocates GMO-free Europe
January 19, 2015
Hungary is planning to initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states in order to reject the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in farming in order to render the entire EU free from GMO crops, Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas said on the sidelines of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin this past weekend.
‘We are fed up!’: Thousands march against TTIP & GMOs in Berlin
January 17, 2015
A broad alliance of farmers, ethical consumers, and anti-capitalist activists staged a march through Berlin that numbered up to 50,000, to denounce the proposed TTIP treaty between the US and EU, and mass farming technologies.
Comment: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement (TTIP), also known as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), is being negotiated between the Obama Administration and unelected bureaucrats of the so-called "Brussels European Union“. Essentially conducted in clandestine, the talks are taking place under heavy influence of the trillion dollar-a-year global pharmaceutical investment industry. To learn more, visit the Say No to TAFTA campaign page on our Foundation website.
Costa Rica Court Labels Approval Process for GMOs ‘Unconstitutional’
January 16, 2015
In a ruling Thursday lauded by Costa Rica’s anti-GMO activists, the country’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck down the government’s regulatory framework on genetically modified organisms, declaring the process of approval for GMO projects unconstitutional.
International Court Calls on Mexico to Ban Genetically Modified Corn
January 16, 2015
Mexico is desperately trying to avoid a bioterrorism takeover by Big GMO, which is insistent upon ushering in genetically modified (GM) maize to replace the dozens of native corn varieties already grown throughout the country. The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has issued an urgent plea to the Mexican government to once and for all ban all plantings of GM maize in order to avoid catastrophic losses to the “center of origin and diversity of this staple crop.”
EU changes rules on GM crop cultivation
January 13, 2015
The EU has given governments more power to decide whether to plant genetically modified (GM) crops, which are highly restricted in Europe.
Comment: Whilst a step in the right direction, this new law still has significant shortcomings as it forces national governments to comply with the assessments of the Brussels EU Food Safety Authority and, when banning any GM crop, to only use environmental grounds that are "complementary" to these. It also doesn’t apply to GM materials used in animal feed, which can enter the human food chain indirectly. Notably, therefore, the UK already seems intent on using the new law to fast-track GM crops onto the dinner plates of the British people.
Poll: US has an appetite for labeling GMO foods
January 13, 2015
Washington - A large majority of Americans support labelling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not.
Scottish Government sounds warning to farmers over GM crops
January 10, 2015
Scottish farmers could face strict sanctions making it impossible to grow genetically modified (GM) crops should the technology be given the green light by the UK Government.
Monsanto earnings fall 34% after a year of global protests
January 7, 2015
Monsanto said Wednesday its earnings fell 34% in its first fiscal quarter, as South American farmers cut back on planting corn, reducing demand for the company’s biotech-enhanced seeds.
By ‘Editing’ Plant Genes, Companies Avoid Regulation
January 1, 2015
Its first attempt to develop genetically engineered grass ended disastrously for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The grass escaped into the wild from test plots in Oregon in 2003, dooming the chances that the government would approve the product for commercial use. Yet Scotts is once again developing genetically modified grass that would need less mowing, be a deeper green and be resistant to damage from the popular weedkiller Roundup. But this time the grass will not need federal approval before it can be field-tested and marketed.
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