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Canadian poll indicates opposition against GM apples and lack of information on GM foods

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SUMMARY: "Most Canadians want the federal government to help clear up the debate on genetically modified foods, according to a survey released this week by the B.C. Fruit Growers' Association. The June poll surveyed 1,501 people on the topic of GM foods, and also asked specifically about the Arctic Apple. The BCFGA is trying to block the new, non-browning variety from gaining approval for commercial use from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Just 31 per cent of survey respondents said they were in favour of the apple receiving the federal go-ahead."

EXPERT WARNS OF ILLEGAL GM PAPAYA ON EU MARKET

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SUMMARY: "The food and fruit industries to be vigilant against a banned variety of genetically modified papaya coming into the EU from Thailand, say experts. The warning comes after a 'wave' of genetically modified papaya was rejected by European Union Border Controls in June. Richard Werran, Managing Director of Cert ID Europe, noted that Thailand is an important global producer of papaya – with a significant percentage exported primarily to Europe.

U.S. Apple Association rejects GE apple on socioeconomic grounds

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SUMMARY: "The company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, says the nonbrowning apple will prove popular with consumers and food service companies and help increase sales of apples, in part by making sliced apples more attractive to serve or sell. While Americans have been eating genetically engineered foods since the 1990s, those have been mainly processed foods. The Arctic Apple, as it is being called, could become one of the first genetically engineered versions of a fruit that people directly bite into. But the U.S.

IPA Release--Climate: Record Heat, Policy Adrift (GE Trees to Make Climate Change Worse)

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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

ANNE PETERMANN, (802) 578-0477, anne@globaljusticeecology.org, http://globaljusticeecology.org

Petermann is executive director of the Global Justice Ecology Project and coordinator of the STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Campaign. She said today: "The first six months of 2012 were the hottest ever recorded. Thousands of weather records were broken -- with nearly 4,000 in June alone.

Iconic chestnut trees poised for possible comeback

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Around 100 years ago the American Chestnut Tree was struck by a fungus that killed most all of the trees. This month however, researchers have tweaked the genetic code of the tree to make it sustain against the fungus that wiped it out. Researchers have used a gene from a breed of a wheat plant that has shown resistance in trees against such fungal pathogens. They plan to begin planting the trees this month in a botanical garden.

Once plentiful, the American chestnut tree has largely disappeared, killed off by a deadly fungus that began felling the trees 100 years ago.

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