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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Biosafety initiative : Bill to regulate import of genetically modified seeds being prepared

Currently, there is no law at the federal level to check import of genetically modified (GM) seeds in the country. In absence of a law, the country is fast becoming a dumping state for GM seeds being produced by multinational corporations.

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Govt asks Niti Aayog to draft policy on genetically modified crops

The prime minister’s office has asked the government’s new economic think-tank, Niti Aayog, to help draft a policy on genetically modified (GM) crops, a move signalling the Centre’s willingness to settle the polarising issue, a person familiar with the development told HT.

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Novel biotyping tool reveals hidden diversity within the UK's algae bank

Thousands of samples at the UK's 'algae bank' will need to be re-labelled as a ground-breaking new screening tool has revealed greater diversity than was previously known within the collection.

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Is opposition to genetically modified food irrational?

On Saturday 23 May 2015, thousands of activists gathered across the world to demonstrate against genetically-modified (GM) seeds and foods. There were protests in cities including Los Angeles, Paris, Santiago and Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

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Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Equal Partners in Sustainable Development

Plant breeders have been studying genetic variation and plant diversity since time immemorial. They breed plants for improved performance and adaptation to a natural environment. Today, as we consider ways to mitigate climate change, incorporating genetic diversity is absolutely necessary. Advan ...

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Scientists see a natural place for 'rewilded' plants in organic farming

One of the key elements of organic agriculture, as defined by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), is that it rejects unpredictable technologies, such as genetic engineering.

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In unusual move, German scientists lobby for GM labeling

BERLIN—When it comes to labeling genetically modified (GM) food, the battle lines are usually clear: Those who oppose genetic engineering want it labeled, and those who support it see no need.

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USDA develops first government label for GMO-free products

The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

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India eases stance on GM crop trials

Five years ago, India was a hostile place for researchers testing genetically modified (GM) crops. Its government barred the commercial planting of a transgenic aubergine (a vegetable locally known as brinjal) after protests from anti-GM activists.

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Scientists urge Kenya to rescind GMO ban

NAIROBI, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Scientists meeting in Nairobi on Thursday urged the government to lift the ban that was imposed on the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 2012.

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Nigeria: How Important Is Biosafety Law to Nigeria's Economy?

THE need for strategies and products to protect public health and agriculture in the event of a natural emergency or man-made biological incident cannot be over emphasized.

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China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development

(Reuters) - 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.

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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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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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