Winning against genetic engineering
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EU VOTE GIVES GOVERNMENTS THE CHOICE TO GROW GM CROPS

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SUMMARY: "Individual EU nations will be able to ban cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops under a compromise deal agreed on Tuesday that ends years of deadlock over the barbed issue and could actually boost GM farming."

Individual EU nations will be able to ban cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops under a compromise deal agreed on Tuesday that ends years of deadlock over the barbed issue and could actually boost GM farming.

A list of GM products is awaiting EU approval and Tuesday's vote in the European Parliament opens the way for the authorities to review it.

NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES BAN GM FISH FEED OVER ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE FEARS

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SUMMARY: "According to the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has stopped approving (on a yearly basis) GMOs for use in fish feed that contain genes coding for antibiotic resistance. According to the Advisory Board, this applies to 8 out of 19 GMOs which the fish feed industry had previously been given permission to use since 2008."

OPEN-SOURCE SEED RELEASED TO NURTURE PATENT-FREE FOOD

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SUMMARY: "An ‘open-source’ seed initiative has released 36 varieties of 14 food crops, which the project’s leaders say could help poor farmers get access to better quality seeds."

An ‘open-source’ seed initiative has released 36 varieties of 14 food crops, which the project’s leaders say could help poor farmers get access to better quality seeds.

The new seed varieties have been available for delivery globally from mid-May, says Irwin Goldman, a vegetable breeder and horticulturalist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who was involved in the release.

Costa Rican court hands GMO opponents a victory by declaring permitting process unconstitutional

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Correction: This story originally said the court rejected the process on two grounds rather than one.

In a ruling Thursday lauded by Costa Rica’s anti-GMO activists, the country’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck down the government’s regulatory framework on genetically modified organisms, declaring the process of approval for GMO projects unconstitutional.

EU MAKES MOVE TO LET MEMBER STATES BLOCK GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS

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SUMMARY: "The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc."

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.

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