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#107169
2016-02-10

Kenya approves limited GM maize release

[NAIROBI] Kenya says more tests and safeguards are needed before genetically modified (GM) maize seeds can be grown commercially in the country.

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#107116
2016-02-05

European Parliament opposes import of three herbicide-resistant GM crops

The three GM soybeans are engineered to tolerate spraying with glyphosate or a combination of glyphosate and other herbicides.

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#107104
2016-02-04

India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy

Officials may decide on Friday whether to allow what could be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, spurred by food security concerns and as China makes a big bet on the technology with a $43 billion bid for seed firm Syngenta.

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#106996
2016-01-27

India needs home-grown GM food to stop starvation

At the beginning of this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a road map to guide India’s science and technology over the next two decades.

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#106844
2016-01-14

Govt starts debate on GM mustard launch despite opposition

NEW DELHI: India's chief scientific adviser has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to decide the fate of the country's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, and a recent meeting suggests authorities may support commercialisation.

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#106830
2016-01-13

Father of green revolution MS Swaminathan pitches for field trials of GM crops

EW DELHI: At the time when many states do not appear to be keen on allowing field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops, eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan has come out with a solution, suggesting that the country's premier research institution - Indian Council of Agricultural Re ...

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#106784
2016-01-08

Africa takes fresh look at GMO crops as drought blights continent

A scorching drought in Southern Africa that led to widespread crop failure could nudge African nations to finally embrace genetically modified (GM) crops to improve harvests and reduce grain imports.

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#106711
2015-12-30

Uganda: How Biotechnology Can Be Used to Improve Aquaculture

Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic animals, has been identified by the government as means to improve food and nutrition security and contribute to economic activity and household incomes.

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#106680
2015-12-21

It’s practically impossible to define “GMOs”

Debates rage over what to do about genetically modified organisms, but we rarely stop to ask a more basic question: Do GMOs really exist? It’s an important question, because no one in this debate can tell you precisely what a GMO is. I’ve come to the conclusion that “GMO” is a cultural construct ...

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#106656
2015-12-17

Exclusive: Philippine government to challenge ban on GMO imports ordered by top court

The Philippine government said it will challenge a ban on GMO imports ordered by the country's top court, after the ruling rattled global markets this week over the threat of disruption to millions of tonnes of soybean meal shipments.

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#106633
2015-12-16

India's top GMO regulator's 'Contempt of Court' over GM mustard trials

India's Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee stands accused of Contempt of Court for evading Supreme Court orders to carry out full biosafety tests on GM crops and publish its data

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#106634
2015-12-16

Let's pool knowledge together on Biotechnology - Ayariga

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations, Mahama Ayariga has called on the proponents and skeptics of biotechnology to pool their knowledge together to achieve the collective goal of food security and food sovereignty.

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#106475
2015-12-08

‘Kill switches’ could make genetically modified food more palatable

In the US you can buy and eat genetically modified apples that don’t go brown, potatoes that are less likely to cause cancer, and – as of recently – salmon that grow faster. But in Europe, 19 out of 28 member states have banned the growing of genetically modified crops altogether due to public c ...

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#106252
2015-11-25

Pass the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, Sekandi urges

Vice President Edward Kiwaunka Sekandi has called upon Parliament to pass the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012.

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#106215
2015-11-24

Salmon approval heralds rethink of transgenic animals

Long-awaited decision by US government authorizes the first genetically engineered animal to be sold as food.

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#106219
2015-11-24

GMO food animals should be judged by product, not process, scientists say

In a world with a burgeoning demand for meat, milk and eggs, regulatory policies around the use of biotechnologies in agriculture need to be based on the safety and attributes of those foods rather than on the methods used to produce them, says a UC Davis animal scientist.

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#106177
2015-11-19

FDA Approves Genetically Modified Salmon

Federal regulators approved the production and commercial sale of a strain of salmon whose DNA has been changed to make it grow faster, marking the first U.S. approval for a genetically modified farm animal.

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#106153
2015-11-18

Uganda: Acceptance of GM Crops Spreads As Agricultural Challenges Increase

The Kenyan government is considering lifting the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which will probably be this month.

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#106103
2015-11-16

Biotech bid to take shark off the menu and cut the fin trade

A new San Francisco startup is hoping to combat the trade in shark fins with biotechnology.

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#106045
2015-11-09

NGOs urges govt not to approve GM mustard

New Delhi: Civil society groups including Coalition for a GM-free India Friday asked the government not to approve commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard because of biosafety and health concerns.

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#106027
2015-11-06

Two-thirds of EU states to ban GM crop cultivation

The European Commission has announced 19 EU member states will be able to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops. Environmental groups praised the news.

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#105975
2015-11-04

Farmers Cry Foul Over GM Mustard Cultivation

CHENNAI: Five years ago, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had put an indefinite moratorium on the commercial cropping of Monsanto’s Bt Brinjal. However now, the Centre is considering commercial cultivation of a genetically modified hybrid variety of mustard.

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#105734
2015-10-19

Brazil poised to break global moratorium on GM Terminator seeds

Government disarray often offers opportunities for lobby groups, and Brazil is no exception.

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#105538
2015-10-05

More than half of EU officially bans genetically modified crops

It’s a landslide. More than half the 28 countries in the European Union, including Germany and France, have decided to ban their farmers from growing genetically modified crops. Several regions, including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have also joined the movement.

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#105526
2015-10-02

Half of Europe opts out of new GM crop scheme

Bid for exclusion by 14 countries and three regions would make two-thirds of Europe’s population and arable land GM-free

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#105527
2015-10-02

Europe's GMO compromise: bound to unravel?

Six months after a European Union compromise allowing member states to decide themselves whether or not to grow genetically modified crops, half the bloc's members has announced plans to ban them. How will this play out?

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#105499
2015-09-30

Was the Scottish Government right to ban GM crops?

THEY have not been grown in Scotland since 2001 but remain a divisive political issue.

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#105500
2015-09-30

Poland opts out of GMOs

Poland is the latest country to reject genetically modified organisms in their food production, thus exercising a right granted to all EU member states earlier this year.

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#105333
2015-09-21

Harvesting clues to GMO dilemmas from China's soybean fields

China's struggle -- mirrored across the globe -- to balance public concern over the safety of genetically modified crops with a swelling demand for affordable food crops has left a disconnect: In China's case, shrinking fields of domestic soybean -- by law non-GM -- and massive imports of cheape ...

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#105256
2015-09-14

East Africa: Making Case for Genetically Modified Foods

Kenya will soon lift the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), wedging the gates of GMO acceptance a bit wider in the region.

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#105112
2015-09-04

Agriculture MEPs call for rejection of GMO plan

MEPs from the agriculture committee spoke out on Thursday (3 September) against a proposal by the European Commission to allow member states to ban the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in the first legal protest following an already widely verbalised opposition to the plan.

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#105071
2015-09-02

Rejection of GM crops is not a failure for science

Last week, Reuters reported that Germany is set to continue its moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops.

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#105005
2015-08-27

Golden Rice: a shining solution, or an impending danger?

Beta-carotene enriched Golden Rice is a much touted humanitarian solution to widespread Vitamin A deficiency in poor countries. But many argue the golden grains are only meant to improve the image of big biotechs.

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#104996
2015-08-26

Germany follows Scotland's example with move to ban all GM crops and opt out of EU approvals

Germany has reportedly begun taking steps towards banning the use of all genetically modified crops.

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#104947
2015-08-21

Genetically modified trees are being 'strangled' by red tape

US researchers say it has become "virtually impossible" to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world.

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#104943
2015-08-20

More Foods Boast Non-GMO Labels—Even Those Without GMOs

Last year, Evolution Salt Co. proudly slapped a label on its packages of Himalayan salt proclaiming they contained no genetically modified organisms.

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#104899
2015-08-19

GMOs Are Becoming A Proxy For Bigger Concerns About The Food System

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band on stage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos.

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#104827
2015-08-11

Pope Francis Joins Battle Against Transgenic Crops

MEXICO CITY, Aug 11 2015 (IPS) - A few centuries ago, the biotechnology industry would have been able to buy a papal bull to expiate its sins and grant it redemption. But in his encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si”, Pope Francis condemns genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without leavi ...

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#104808
2015-08-10

Scotland to ban GM crop growing

Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced.

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#104741
2015-08-03

'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

News Headlines
#104704
2015-07-30

GMO Labeling Debate: Controversy Over Genetically Modified Organisms Driven By Politics And Emotions, Not Science, Sociologist Says

The growing clamor in the United States over whether and how to label foods that have been genetically modified is fueled by emotions and politics, not science, a sociologist said Wednesday, less than one week after Congress passed a bill that banned states from mandating labels on genetically m ...

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#104630
2015-07-23

Ethiopia: A Boon or Bane for the Country?

Ethiopian agricultural scientists particularly biotechnology researchers are debating on the issue of adopting the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) though their stance could hardly be recognized as a pro- and anti- GMO position. Interestingly, scholars of both categories do have the same fe ...

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#104612
2015-07-22

Bt Cotton In Ghana – False Claims and Legal Sleight Of Hand

Field trials of GMO cotton, genetically modified Bt cotton, have been going on in three northern areas in Ghana, according to a news report published by the Graphic on Monday, 29 June 2015. With Ghana being a signatory to the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol, the very decision to approve the applica ...

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#104503
2015-07-07

President Museveni’s commitment to adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could earn him another term.

Just imagine the economic and social gain to Ugandan farmers if Uganda had adopted genetically modified (GM) crops in 2000-the time when President Museveni committed his support to GM crop research?

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#104461
2015-07-02

William Reville: Fears about GM crops are not backed up by the facts

GM foods are widely misunderstood by the public. They offer advantages that we forgo at our peril

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#104415
2015-06-26

Consumer Group Head Calls For Mandatory GMO Labeling

The head of a leading consumer group said Thursday that labels informing consumers about whether a product has genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a “good idea,” weighing in on a contentious issue that has divided industry and consumer groups.

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#104392
2015-06-25

GM wheat that emits pest alarm-signals fails in field trials

A pioneering genetically modified (GM) wheat crop that emits an insect alarm pheromone to ward off pests has not worked in field trials, disappointed researchers say.

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#104396
2015-06-25

London mayor suggests $15 billion 'megafund' to boost biotech

Banks, investors and big drug companies should consider creating a 10-billion-pound ($15.7 billion) "megafund" to help biotech firms in London and across Britain compete with U.S. rivals, London mayor Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

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#104397
2015-06-25

GM wheat no more pest-resistant than ordinary crops, trial shows

GM wheat designed to repel aphids is no more effective at repelling the bugs than standard varieties a major field trial has revealed

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#104289
2015-06-16

Opinion: GM Cotton a False Promise for Africa

MELVILLE, South Africa, Jun 15 2015 (IPS) - Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis – South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan.

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