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GM food: saving lives, or lining corporate pockets?

The consequences of GM are more about politics than science

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Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon

for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

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EU urged to relax GM restrictions

Strict European controls on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be swept away to open the door to new crop improving technologies, Government-funded experts have said.

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Bio-safety law holds many possibilities for Nigeria’s agribusinesses

Agricultural biotechnology is an issue that is very important to the economy of a nation, and for developing countries, it is vital to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Most US packaged foods labeled 'natural' have GM ingredients – report

Non-profit finds that while ‘organic’ products lack GM ingredients, many cereals, chips and infant formula contain them

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China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops

(Reuters) - 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.

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Concerns in agricultural biotechnology up in Nigeria

The last few weeks have seen several write-ups on the pages of newspapers in Nigeria about genetically modified crops (GMCs), food (GMF) and other products (GMPs).

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U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 2014 (IPS) - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.

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Protecting produce: ten African countries get biosecurity investment

An Australia-Africa initiative is sowing nearly $1m in training, mentoring and action plans to combat pests' threat to agriculture

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Genetically modified flies 'could save crops'

A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off could be an effective method of pest control, according to new research.

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GMO cultivation in Europe: A decade of legal battles

The European Union has agreed on a new approach to the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which allows member states to ban or restrict GMOs in their territory. The agreement should mark the end of a decade of legal problems, but in the context of ongoing EU-US free trade negoti ...

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A Swiss pesticide company's plan to bring back the bees

Scientists have been baffled by the mass die-off of honeybees that has destroyed around 10m beehives since 2007. The causes of this so-called “Colony Collapse Disorder” are still unknown, although pesticides, fungicides, stress, poor nutrition and parasites are some of the possible causes being ...

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Africa 'missing out on biotech green revolution'

Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report.

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Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic Crops

Bean grower Manuel Alvarado is part of the majority of producers in Mexico who consider it unnecessary to introduce genetically modified varieties of beans, as the government is promoting.

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Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.

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GM contamination rules should be relaxed, says biotechnology scientist

Australia’s organic regulators have zero GM tolerance, but expert says organic, conventional and GM crops 'can co-exist’

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Genetically modified ‘super banana’ to be tested on Americans

A vitamin-enhanced ‘super-banana’ developed by scientists is to be tested on humans. The trials are to take place in the US over a six-week period. Researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020.

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Tweaking the Banana’s Genome Could Save the Lives of Thousands of Children in Uganda

Each year, thousands of children in East Africa go blind or die because they don't get enough vitamin A.

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France wins greater control over GMOs, but comes under fire from Greens

EU member states have finally agreed on a European law for the authorisation process of GMOs. This decision, which has been in the pipeline for years, has come under fire from French ecologists.

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Famine fear won't sway minds on GM crops

Stories of how genetically modified (GM) crops could have prevented the Irish Potato Famine were no more likely to boost support for disease-resistant genetically modified crops than were generic crop-disease descriptions.

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Debate: What's wrong with GM?

The year 2013 marked the 18th consecutive year of commercial cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or now commonly referred to as biotech crops.

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GM crops: No gain for small farmers

In May 2014, a Pakistani court directed the national bio-safety committee to suspend issuance of new licences for growing GM crops until there was a proper legislative framework and adequate facilities for testing and screening.[1]

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Who's afraid of GMOs?

Opposition to genetically modified crops is fierce, but how much of the anti-GM stance is based on science?

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Nigerian scientists wary of anti-malarial GM mosquitoes

[ABUJA] A vast majority of Nigeria’s scientists are sceptical about using genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to tackle malaria in the country, a study suggests.

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Will use of Biosafety System mitigate GMO risks?

In many developing countries, economic growth and sustainability depend on the strong performance of the agricultural sector.

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Brazil approves GM mosquito that could cut dengue

[SAO PAULO] Brazilian authorities have decided that a genetically modified (GM) strain of mosquitoes whose offspring die before reaching adulthood do not pose a significant risk to humans or the environment.

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Brazil approves GM mosquito that could cut dengue

[SAO PAULO] Brazilian authorities have decided that a genetically modified (GM) strain of mosquitoes whose offspring die before reaching adulthood do not pose a significant risk to humans or the environment.

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East African Community plans to quicken GMO regulation

ARUSHA, Tanzania - The East African Community is working on fast-tracking a proposed harmonized policy on Biosafety as a key priority. This will inform future decision-making on the use of the Genetic Modified Organisms (GMOs) crops in the region.

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A Journalist and a Scientist Break Ground in the G.M.O. Debate

There was a trace of mischief in Michael Pollan’s smile as he took the stage of Wheeler Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, last week to introduce a lecture for a course that he co-teaches called Edible Education 101.

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Vermont Leading US in GMO Labeling Campaign

Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.

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Plotting GM contamination

[NEW DELHI] A new algorithm for rapid screening of transgenic content could help cheaper and easier detection of genetic contamination of traditional crop varieties, food and feed, researchers say.

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Trial of GM plants to help fight heart disease given go-ahead

Scientists to grow a crop of camelina plants genetically modified to produce fish oils that could be used in health supplements

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Vermont steps closer to passing GMO food-labeling law

(Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

(Reuters) - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment

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Five fears about GM corn

The cultivation of genetically modified corn is being debated throughout the European Union. There are big fears about possible health and environmental dangers. Are the worries warranted or unfounded?

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Five fears about GM corn

The cultivation of genetically modified corn is being debated throughout the European Union. There are big fears about possible health and environmental dangers. Are the worries warranted or unfounded?

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Nigeria to develop bio-safety regulatory infrastructure

LAGOS, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The government of Nigeria is set to develop bio-safety regulatory infrastructure in research institutions in the country, Minister of Environment Laurentia Mallam said on Tuesday.

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French maize growers, seedmakers to appeal GMO ban again

(Reuters) - French farmers and seed firms said they would mount a new challenge to a ban on growing genetically modified maize at the country's top administrative court, saying it was unjustified.

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Pests worm their way into genetically modified maize

Even with biotech crops, farmers still need to make use of age-old practices such as crop rotation to fight insect pests. That’s the lesson to be drawn from the latest discovery of resistance to the pest-fighting toxins added to maize — also known as corn.

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Relaxing of rules urged for genetically modified crops

It is time to loosen Europe's draconian regulations on genetically modified crops, say a group of biotechnology experts

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There's no choice: we must grow GM crops now

Almost a billion people face starvation and that problem will worsen unless we use the most effective technologies

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GM crops: UK scientists call for new trials

A new report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions.

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Ghana: Food Sovereignty Ghana Holds Workshop

A capacity-building and skills sharing workshop to discuss the Biosafety Law, the Plant Breeders bill and the Plant and Fertilizer Act (seed law) has taken place in Accra.

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Look back at US soybeans shows genetic improvement behind increased yields

Soybean improvement through plant breeding has been critical over the years for the success of the crop.

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U.S. Farmers Report Widespread GM Crop Contamination

WASHINGTON, Mar 3 2014 (IPS) - 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.

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Super-rice defies triple whammy of stresses

For the first time, a single strain of genetically modified rice has been developed to handle drought, salty soils and lack of fertiliser. The aim is to "climate-proof" rice farms in Asia and Africa so that they can grow the same variety each year, regardless of the conditions.

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Germany considers compromise on GM crops

Germany's environment minister has signalled that the German government would be willing to consider a compromise that would allow member states to bring in national bans on GM crops authorised at EU level.

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Duma seeks moratorium on GMO production in Russia

Legislators are asking the government to impose a temporary ban on all genetically-altered products in Russia, while the Agriculture Ministry suggests the punishment for illegal GMO production be equated to that of growing cannabis.

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Govt moves closer to allow field trials for GM crops in India

NEW DELHI: Even as the final call on fate of genetically modified (GM) food crops in India will be taken by the Supreme Court, the government on Wednesday made its intention clear by announcing that it does not have any reservation against transgenic crop if it passes the test of field trials un ...

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GM crops: European scientists descend on Africa to promote biotech

Delegation to meet Ghanaian, Ethiopian, Kenyan and Nigerian farm ministers as well as officials from the African Union

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