Multi-toxin resistance enables pink bollworm survival on Bt cotton

GE Failures & Contaminations

Two-toxin Bt cotton faces rapid redundancy in India, study finds

In an attempt to counter pest resistance to Bt crops, many growers have switched from GM crops that produce one Bt toxin to those producing two or more Bt toxins that kill the same pest. The idea behind such “pyramid” crops is that insects resistant to one toxin are killed by another.

But in a laboratory study, researchers produced rapid resistance in pink bollworms to two-toxin Bt cotton.

GM soy produces less than non-GMO – university study

GE Plants and Crops

Brazilian research exposes more broken promises of the GMO industry. Claire Robinson reports

Monsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans are outperformed by non-GM soybeans in the major soy-producing regions of Brazil, according to new scientific study reported in Valor Econômico.

Intacta soybeans contain genes for tolerance to glyphosate herbicide and a Bt insecticidal toxin.

MEXICO: TOP COURT BLOCKS MOVE TO PLANT GENETICALLY MODIFIED SOYA

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a move to allow the planting of genetically modified soya seeds in two states, arguing that indigenous communities that had fought the move should be consulted before it was approved."

Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a move to allow the planting of genetically modified soya seeds in two states, arguing that indigenous communities that had fought the move should be consulted before it was approved.

THE HEAVY PRICE TAG OF GMO CONTAMINATION

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SUMMARY: "Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its newest data on the organic sector, featuring results from a survey of organic farmers conducted earlier this year."

NORTHERN IRELAND BANS GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Genetically modified crops have been prohibited in Northern Ireland. Stormont’s Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan said he was unconvinced of the advantages of the technology. "

Genetically modified crops have been prohibited in Northern Ireland.

Stormont’s Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan said he was unconvinced of the advantages of the technology.

The European Union said earlier this year that its 28 member states could adopt their own positions on the issue.

AUSTRIA AND ITALY CELEBRATE BANS ON GM CROPS WITH EU OPT-OUT

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser and a number of Italian Ministries have confirmed that both countries are officially requesting an opt-out from growing the eight varieties of GM maize permitted or set to be permitted at the EU level, thus there will now be a full ban on GM crops in both countries under new EU regulations."

SLOVENIA AND SERBIA GIVE GREEN LIGHT TO GM CROP BANS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The Slovenian Government Committee for Economic Affairs has allowed the country to send an official request to the European Commission for the banning of GM crops."

The Slovenian Government Committee for Economic Affairs has allowed the country to send an official request to the European Commission for the banning of GM crops.

Slovenia gm crops

The Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food will now send an official request to ban the cultivation of eight GM varieties to the European Commission before the deadline of 3 October 2015.

GMO PROPAGANDA AND THE SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE

Industry

SUMMARY: "In August of 2014, the website Gawker revealed documents that demonstrated the lengths to which the global chemical giant Monsanto would go in order to control the narrative about their products – in particular, their genetically modified crops."

USA: GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FUJI APPLE COULD BE ON TABLES SOON

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "A British Columbia company has petitioned the USDA to deregulate sales of the Arctic Fuji, which is genetically modified to resist browning after slicing."

A Fuji apple that resists turning brown could be on U.S. tables sometime this year, despite concerns over the genetically-engineered fruit by consumer and trade groups.

GE SOYBEANS GIVE ALTERED MILK AND STUNTED OFFSPRING, RESEARCHERS FIND

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SUMMARY: "Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new Italian study (Tudisco et al., 2015). Publishing in the journal of Small Ruminant Research, the researchers were testing the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready GE soybeans. "

The reduced growth of the goat kids was attributed by the researchers to their observation that the milk of the GE-fed mothers was significantly less nutritious and contained less of the IgG antibodies important for early growth.

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