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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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#104279
2015-06-15

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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#104251
2015-06-11

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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#104210
2015-06-08

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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#104156
2015-06-03

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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#104116
2015-06-02

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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#104111
2015-05-29

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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#103896
2015-05-19

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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#103833
2015-05-14

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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#103808
2015-05-13

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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#103770
2015-05-08

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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#103710
2015-05-05

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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#103651
2015-04-28

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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#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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?

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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.

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