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#103598
2015-04-23

European GMO Ban: Backlash Follows EU Proposal To Let States Decide Whether To Import Genetically Modified Produce

After the European Union proposed Wednesday to allow its 28 member countries to decide individually whether they wanted to ban or allow the importation of genetically modified organisms, food industry groups and the U.S. government reacted promptly, and with some ire.

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#103505
2015-04-16

EU clears path for 17 new GM foods

Industry and environmentalists rally against proposed new EU rules to authorise GM imports this spring, with national opt-outs

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#103484
2015-04-15

EU to give countries greater powers on GM food

The European Commission wants to give individual member states the power to ban food products made from genetically modified organisms, even if those GM foods have been given an EU-wide stamp of approval.

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#103339
2015-04-01

Genetically modified crops are Western Australia's future: WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston

Agriculture Minister Ken Baston says he fully supports genetically modified crops and believes the technology is the future for Western Australia.

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#103312
2015-03-30

Can Plant Genetics Help Solve World Hunger? Science Says Yes

When it comes to the earth’s dwindling resources, climbing temperatures and burgeoning population, talk is as plentiful as it is cheap. It can also be contentious.

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#103253
2015-03-23

The GM crops debate moves to Africa – and it’s just as noisy

It is strange to see an apparently ordinary field surrounded by a seven-foot steel fence topped with barbed wire.

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#103212
2015-03-19

German government quarrels over GMO cultivation ban

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but leave them up to the regions.

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#103119
2015-03-12

Greater GM protection urged for small-scale farmers

African governments must do more to control the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops that could affect smallholders, says a report by Friends of the Earth International.

News Headlines
#103108
2015-03-11

EU law on GM crops clears the ground for wave of approvals

(Reuters) - EU politicians on Wednesday will sign a new law on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union, clearing the way for a wave of approvals after years of deadlock.

News Headlines
#103043
2015-03-05

Biotechnology not panacea for food security – Report

With 65 percent of Africa’s labour workforce employed by agriculture coupled with aging farmers, climate change, drought and famine and the youth shunning agriculture, biotechnology may not be a panacea for food security in Africa but essential.

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#102943
2015-02-26

MPs call for reform of EU's 'flawed' rules on GM crops

Europe's approval system for genetically modified (GM) crops is "fundamentally flawed", say MPs..

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#102897
2015-02-23

Modi bets on GM crops for India's second green revolution

(Reuters) - On a fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government's reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops.

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#102794
2015-02-13

USDA approves new biotech apple for growth in U.S.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a new genetically modified variation of the fruit -- approved Friday for growth in the United States -- also keeps the spoiling away. At least for a while.

News Headlines
#102616
2015-02-04

Russia may ban genetically modified animals and plants

Russia may ban the cultivation and growth of genetically modified plants and animals. An adequate bill has already been submitted to the State Duma.

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#102606
2015-02-03

China underlines cautious approach to biotech crops

BEIJING: China will continue to promote research into genetically modified crops while maintaining strict controls on safety of the technology, a top agriculture official said on Tuesday, underscoring Beijing's cautious approach towards biotechnology.

News Headlines
#102541
2015-01-28

Europe cannot ignore GM and the next green revolution

Europe has been cheated of a proper debate on how food is grown; that must change

News Headlines
#102529
2015-01-27

Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.

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#102474
2015-01-22

'Safer GMOs' made by US scientists

US scientists say they have taken the first step towards making "safer" GMOs that cannot spread in the wild, using synthetic biology.

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#102434
2015-01-19

GM crop vote was just the beginning of Europe's biotech battle

Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week, but the battle for biotechnology is far from done.

News Headlines
#102377
2015-01-14

EU changes rules on GM crop cultivation

The EU has given governments more power to decide whether to plant genetically modified (GM) crops, which are highly restricted in Europe.

News Headlines
#102186
2014-12-09

Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology

The demand for nutritious food continues to rise. By 2050 the global demand for food could nearly double as the population grows and the developing world becomes more affluent, demanding more calories in their daily diet.

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#102173
2014-12-08

Compromise blooms in European GM crop debate

Agreement to permit country-level bans of genetically modified plants should ease deadlocks in EU approval process.

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#102115
2014-12-04

EU deal gives countries opt-out on growing approved GM crops

(Reuters) - The European Union agreed a compromise on growing genetically modified crops on Thursday that gives nations the option to ban them, even if EU authorities have approved them for cultivation.

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#102083
2014-12-02

Genetic research could offer alternatives to GM crops

PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Advances in understanding the genetic make-up of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain said, with the potential to end the heated debate over genetic modification.

News Headlines
#101995
2014-11-26

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

MANILA, Nov 26 2014 (IPS) - 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.

News Headlines
#101949
2014-11-21

Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

UK’s chief scientist has said GM crops could provide plentiful food with less damage to the environment and at lower costs. But does that mean we should grow them?

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#101876
2014-11-13

GMO battles over 'settled' science spur new study of crops

(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side.

News Headlines
#101857
2014-11-12

GMO battles over 'settled' science spur new study of crops

(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side.

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#101863
2014-11-12

Largest international study into safety of GM food launched by Russian NGO

Thousands of rats will be fed Monsanto maize diets in a $23m, three-year ‘Factor GMO’ study into long-term health effects of GM food and associated pesticides

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#101839
2014-11-11

MEPs vote to firm up national bans on GM crops in Europe

European Commission proposal to prevent national bans on environmental or health grounds is defeated

News Headlines
#101844
2014-11-11

South Africa: Strong Biosafety Framework Needed - Minister Pandor

Pretoria — Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says a strong biosafety framework is needed in the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

News Headlines
#101693
2014-10-30

GM food: saving lives, or lining corporate pockets?

The consequences of GM are more about politics than science

News Headlines
#101683
2014-10-29

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.

News Headlines
#101668
2014-10-28

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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#101591
2014-10-22

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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#101299
2014-10-07

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

News Headlines
#101161
2014-09-30

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.

News Headlines
#101037
2014-09-23

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).

News Headlines
#100559
2014-08-21

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.

News Headlines
#100538
2014-08-20

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

News Headlines
#100443
2014-08-13

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.

News Headlines
#100403
2014-08-08

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 ...

News Headlines
#100360
2014-08-05

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 ...

News Headlines
#100180
2014-07-25

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.

News Headlines
#100057
2014-07-15

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.

News Headlines
#99809
2014-06-24

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.

News Headlines
#99727
2014-06-18

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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#99713
2014-06-17

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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#99714
2014-06-17

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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#99660
2014-06-13

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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