MONSANTO'S NEWEST GM CROPS MAY CREATE MORE PROBLEMS THAN THEY SOLVE

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "The latest in a new generation of genetically engineered crops is poised to enter widespread use—and critics think they’ll cause more problems than they solve."

The latest in a new generation of genetically engineered crops is poised to enter widespread use—and critics think they’ll cause more problems than they solve.

USA: ANTI-GMO ACTIVIST SEEKS TO EXPOSE SCIENTISTS' EMAILS WITH BIG AG

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "The legal attack hit Kevin Folta in early February. After receiving a FOIA request from US Right to Know—a nonprofit dedicated to exposing “the failures of the corporate food system“—the University of Florida notified Folta, a food and agricultural science professor at the university, that he would have to turn over all of his e-mails relating to correspondence with 14 different firms involved in agribusiness."

The legal attack hit Kevin Folta in early February.

PHILIPPINES: ROW OVER CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH GOLDEN RICE

Golden Rice

SUMMARY: "A campaign is set to be launched on March 16 in the country to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin A deficiency in children."

A campaign is set to be launched on March 16 in the country to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin A deficiency in children.

This is part of the Allow Golden Rice Campaign Now, headed by co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore. The campaign for the golden rice was launched in the Philippines on March 6 and in Bangladesh on Wednesday. In India, it will begin in New Delhi and then extend to Mumbai on March 19.

Oppositions ahead

MEXICO: FOUR FEBRUARY COURT VICTORIES UPHOLD BAN ON GMO CORN

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The legal battles over the existing ban on the planting of transgenic maize in Mexico continue to unfold with a string of four important court victories by anti-GMO activists. On February 28, 2015, the collective of social movement organizations known as Acción Colectiva del Maíz announced that they had secured four more favorable court decisions involving amparo (shelter) corporate challenges seeking to end the GMO corn ban in Mexico."

For Monsanto, a Season of Woes

Industry

Agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. is confronting some of its stiffest challenges in years, as it contends with consumer criticism of biotech foods, farmers tightening their belts, and a global health agency that has labeled its trademark weed killer as a potential carcinogen.

US APPROVES GENETICALLY ENGINEERED NON-BROWNING APPLES

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Genetically engineered apples that wouldn’t turn brown on cutting are approved to be planted in the US. "

Genetically engineered apples that wouldn’t turn brown on cutting are approved to be planted in the US. The non-browning feature of the apples would appeal both to the consumers and the food service companies, said Okanagan Speciality Fruits, the developers of the unique apple variety.

GLOBAL HEALTH EXPERTS SAY GLYPHOSATE PROBABLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "On March 20th, a scientific working group consisting of seventeen experts from eleven countries released their evaluation of the herbicide glyphosate and four organophosphate insecticides for the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The group classified Monsanto’s glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” "

GMO CRITICS VINDICATED: BIOTECH CORPORATIONS WERE PUSHING FRAUD ALL ALONG

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The sordid sequence of events that opened the floodgates for the genetic takeover of the American food supply — that is, the mass introduction of untested genetically-engineered (GE) food ingredients on the sly — is outlined in an eye-opening new book by American public interest lawyer Steve Druker, entitled Altered Genes, Twisted Truth."

GENETICALLY MODIFIED APPLE APPROVED FOR SALE IN CANADA

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Debating whether or not to eat that slightly-brown apple might be a thing of the past. The genetically modified Arctic apple developed in B.C. has been approved for sale in Canada."

Debating whether or not to eat that slightly-brown apple might be a thing of the past.

The genetically modified Arctic apple developed in B.C. has been approved for sale in Canada.

The fruit was developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and has a unique characteristic: it's a non-browning apple.

USA: AN APPETITE FOR LABELLING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

Regulation

SUMMARY: "A large majority of Americans support labelling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not."

A large majority of Americans support labelling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not.

According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66% of Americans favour requiring food manufacturers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified organisms, or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs. Only 7% are opposed to the idea, and 24% are neutral.

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