MALAWI: CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION AGAINST THE GENERAL RELEASE OF GM COTTON

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "An alliance of 19 civil society organisations and an organic vegetable farmers group led by the Commons for EcoJustice (EcoJustice) and representing Malawian small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, organic movements, non-governmental organisations and the media, among others, have lodged a substantive submission to the Malawian authorities, vehemently opposing Monsanto's application to obtain a general release permit for its genetically modified (GM) cotton, MON 15985, commonly known as Bollgard II. "

MONSANTO WANTS REPORTER FIRED FOR EXPOSING GMO DANGERS

Industry

SUMMARY: "First Monsanto took over our Congress, then our Supreme Court, and now they are trying to take over journalism. Without freedom of speech and fair reporting, none of us would ever know just what hideous deeds these monopolizing corporations were up to. In Monsanto’s latest inexcusable move, the company is trying to have a veteran reporter fired for reporting on genetically modified organisms fairly."

BRAZIL TO RELEASE MILLIONS OF GM-MOSQUITOS TO FIGHT DENGUE

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "Next week, the biotech company Oxitec, based in Abingdon, England, will begin raising millions of genetically modified mosquitos at a new factory in Campinas, Brazil. The objective: curb the spread of dengue fever."

Next week, the biotech company Oxitec, based in Abingdon, England, will begin raising millions of genetically modified mosquitos at a new factory in Campinas, Brazil. The objective: curb the spread of dengue fever.

USA: GMO-LABELING MOVEMENT POISED FOR BALLOT INITIATIVE IN COLORADO

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "Supporters for the labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in Colorado delivered a petition on Monday with about twice the number of signatures required for a ballot initiative to appear before voters in November."

Supporters for the labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in Colorado delivered a petition on Monday with about twice the number of signatures required for a ballot initiative to appear before voters in November.

USA: NEW TOXIC WEED KILLER THAT THREATENS ENVIRONMENT & GE SEEDS MAY BE DEREGULATED

GE Plants and Crops

SUMMARY: "A U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommendation to deregulate new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds would bring a chemical manufacturer one step closer to selling a new toxic weed killer that would threaten human health and the environment."

A U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommendation to deregulate new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds would bring a chemical manufacturer one step closer to selling a new toxic weed killer that would threaten human health and the environment.

MONSANTO BIOTECH PUBLIC RELATIONS MAKEOVER: LUBRICATING THE WHEELS OF THE GMO TROJAN HORSE

Industry

SUMMARY: "Monsanto believes it is having trouble getting its message across to the public. Last year, it began a makeover. It realised that it and GMOs have an image problem."

Monsanto believes it is having trouble getting its message across to the public. Last year, it began a makeover. It realised that it and GMOs have an image problem.

Biotech Reels Over Patent Ruling

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Drugs based on natural sources, such as sea-snail venom, are becoming harder to patent under US law.

Guidelines that forbid patents on a wide array of natural products, phenomena and principles have many in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries worried about the future of their business.

The Government Owns Your DNA. What Are They Doing with it?

GE & People

Thinner than average, with serious, shadowed eyes, Kevin Anderson, 36, has worked as a filmmaker for over 10 years. He’s traveled throughout Europe and the Americas producing web and sports videos, news packages and documentary shorts. In his infancy, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, phenylketonuria (commonly referred to as PKU), where the body cannot properly break down protein. Throughout his life, he has taken medicine and followed a special low-protein diet, but other than these restrictions he enjoys a healthy life.

Bangladeshi Bt Brinjal Pilot Scheme Failed

GE Failures & Contaminations

Pest infestations, low yields, unwanted produce and unlicensed cultivation as Bt Brinjal is forced on South Asian citizens Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji

The GMO fight ripples down the food chain

Winning against genetic engineering

* Facing consumer pressure, more firms are jettisoning GMOs from their foods

Two years ago, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. initiated a plan to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its ice cream, an effort to address a nascent consumer backlash and to fulfill its own environmental goals.

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