Indian farmers cotton on to new seed, in blow to Monsanto

Winning against genetic engineering

Thousands of cotton farmers in India have switched from GM Bt cotton to a non-GMO local variety EXCERPT: Monsanto's Bollgard II technology, introduced in 2006, was slowly becoming vulnerable to bollworms… as any technology has a limited shelf life. — In a tiny hamlet at the heart of the cotton belt in northern India, Ramandeep Mann planted Monsanto's genetically modified Bt cotton seed for over a decade, but that changed after a whitefly blight last year.

Will we soon have genetically engineered forests?

Genetically Engineered Trees

Trees created with new methods of genetic engineering to be released for the first time in Sweden

Don’t eat the yellow rice: The danger of deploying vitamin A golden rice

Golden Rice

What better way to discredit your critics than to rope in 107 naive Nobel Prize winners (all without relevant expertise) to criticize your opposition?

But such tactics are not new. Long ago, the GMO industry spent well over $50 million to promote “Golden Rice” as the solution to vitamin A deficiency in low income countries. They did so well before the technology was completely worked out, let alone tested. Let alone consumer acceptability tested. Let alone subjecting it to standard phase 2 and 3 trials to see if it could ever solve problems in the real world.

Burkina Faso’s Bt cotton reversal: Why Africa’s largest producer of GM cotton is phasing it out

GE Failures & Contaminations

Brian Dowd-Uribe and Matthew A. Schnurr explain how a pro-GMO myth of superior yield and performance for Bt cotton was created – and how it imploded

The articles below repay careful reading in full. Note especially the highly questionable way in which the supposed yield advantage for GM Bt cotton over conventional cotton was calculated. It’s hard to believe that this claim of a yield advantage made it into peer-reviewed journals – yet it did.


Bt cotton in Africa: What happened in Burkina Faso?

Glenn Davis Stone
fieldquestions.com, August 6, 2016

When pyramids fall: Rootworm resistance to pyramided Bt corn confirmed

GE Failures & Contaminations

Pyramided Bt corn hybrids, which feature two traits targeting the western corn rootworm, have long been a stronghold against rootworm damage for Corn Belt farmers.

That defense is weakening this year after university entomologists have confirmed resistance in rootworm populations to eCry3.1Ab (found in hybrids containing Duracade) in Iowa and Minnesota cornfields and lower levels of resistance to Cry34/35Ab1 (the Herculex RW trait), found in SmartStax, AcreMax XTreme and Agrisure 3122 hybrids.

How Monsanto and scofflaw farmers hurt soybeans in Arkansas

GE Failures & Contaminations

When Tom Barber, a scientist at the University of Arkansas who studies weeds, drives the country roads of eastern Arkansas this summer, his trained eye can spot the damage: soybean leaves contorted into cup-like shapes.

He's seeing it in field after field. Similar damage is turning up in Tennessee and in the "boot-heel" region of Missouri. Tens of thousands of acres are affected.

USA: FOOD SAFETY EXPERTS SLAM PRESIDENT OBAMA OVER GMO LABELING LEGACY

Regulation

SUMMARY: "US President Barack Obama signed into law a GMO labeling bill that discriminates against more than 100 million Americans on Friday."

US President Barack Obama signed into law a GMO labeling bill that discriminates against more than 100 million Americans on Friday.

The bill recently passed through Congress and allows companies and producers to use QR codes, 1-800 numbers and other difficult to access technology to label food products that contain GMOs, instead of clear, on-package text.

ARGENTINA: LOCAL RESIDENTS FORCE MONSANTO TO TEAR DOWN GMO SEED PLANT

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Monsanto have announced that they will dismantle their half-built multi-million dollar GMO seed plant in Malvinas, Argentina, following protests from local citizens over the past 3 years."

Monsanto have announced that they will dismantle their half-built multi-million dollar GMO seed plant in Malvinas, Argentina, following protests from local citizens over the past 3 years.

JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA BLOCK CERTAIN US WHEAT VARIETIES OVER GMO CONCERNS

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from Monsanto Co seeds were found growing in Washington state, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday."

Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from Monsanto Co seeds were found growing in Washington state, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday.

EMAILS REVEAL ROLE OF MONSANTO IN SERALINI STUDY RETRACTION

Industry

SUMMARY: "In September 2012 the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) published the research of a team led by the French biologist Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, which found liver and kidney toxicity and hormonal disturbances in rats fed Monsanto’s GM maize NK603 and very small doses of the Roundup herbicide it is grown with, over a long-term period. An additional observation was a trend of increased tumours in most treatment groups."

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