GM Moths Field Release near New York Causes Outrage

Genetically Engineered Insects

 Environmental, advocacy and organic farming organizations have sent a letter Thursday to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball along with Cornell University President David Skorton and Agricultural School Associate Dean Susan Brown, urging them to release information to the public about the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York and to stop any outdoor trials until more adequate information is available.

Swiss Supermarkets Stop Sales of Glyphosate over Health Concerns

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Swiss supermarket giants Coop and Migros have announced that they will no longer sell products that contain glyphosate, following the World Health Organization’s report stating that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. They have also announced that they will be exploring non-toxic alternative weed-killers.
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Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Environmental and Social Damage

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Pope Francis slams both GMOs and pesticides in a draft of his major environmental document that was leaked Monday. He has also called for the financing of independent and interdisciplinary research to study GMOs.

You can find the full draft document here (In Italian): speciali.espresso.repubblica.it/pdf/laudato_si.pdf

CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL, INC. GOES GMO-FREE AND GIVES CONSUMERS A REAL FOOD CHOICE (CMG)

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SUMMARY: "On Monday, Chipotle Mexican Grill said it was G-M-Over It. All 1,800 or so restaurants would stop serving food that had been genetically modified, making Chipotle the first national chain "to cook only with non-GMO ingredients." And the Internet lost its mind."

On Monday, Chipotle Mexican Grill said it was G-M-Over It. All 1,800 or so restaurants would stop serving food that had been genetically modified, making Chipotle the first national chain "to cook only with non-GMO ingredients." And the Internet lost its mind.

NEW REPORT DEBUNKS "MYTH" THAT GMOS ARE KEY TO FEEDING WORLD

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "A new study upholds value of traditional methods 'shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production'. Common Dreams staff writer, Lauren McCauley, reports."

A new study upholds value of traditional methods 'shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production'. Common Dreams staff writer, Lauren McCauley, reports.

CANADIAN RISK ASSESSMENT FINDS GMO SALMON MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO DISEASE

Genetically Engineered Fish

SUMMARY: "A Canadian risk assessment has found genetically modified salmon is susceptible to disease than normal salmon, reports eNews Park Forest."

NAMIBIA: ABOUT 80% OF MAIZE MEAL IS GMO

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "Most of the maize meal brands Namibians buy in shops entails Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)."

Most of the maize meal brands Namibians buy in shops entails Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

The situation has become worse since 2012 when Top Score still had 1,09% GMOs and White Star 2,75%.

On Saturday, the Namibia Consumer Trust said they found that Top Score now contains 66,79% GMO and White Star maize meal 87,34%.

Their findings, however, could not be verified independently, nor were the companies producing the maize immediately available for comment.

USA: AS OREGON'S GMO DEBATES CONTINUE, TWO COUNTRIES MOVE FORWARD WITH LABELING PUSH

Regulation

SUMMARY: "Oregon's fight over whether to label products with genetically-engineered ingredients continues, following a close vote in November, echoing similar conversations on the international stage."

Oregon's fight over whether to label products with genetically-engineered ingredients continues, following a close vote in November, echoing similar conversations on the international stage.

Taiwan just finalized labeling requirements that extend to retailers and restaurants, while Germany is agitating among European Union countries to form a coalition in favor of mandatory labeling.

USA: ARE WE CROSSING THE TIPPING POINT REGARDING GMOS?

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SUMMARY: "In the last week or two I have seen many references in the media, which show a dramatic shift in positive trends regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). Today I saw that Hellman's Mayonnaise is the latest brand going non-GMO, and that Chipotle is the first national food chain that is going non-GMO. "

SUDAN: GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD ISSUE REVISITED

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "In the last few weeks the concerned authorities seized a shipment of imported genetically modified foodstuffs which were in its way to the Sudanese markets."

In the last few weeks the concerned authorities seized a shipment of imported genetically modified foodstuffs which were in its way to the Sudanese markets.

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