COSTA RICA: SCIENTISTS OPPOSE GMO BIOCOLONIZATION

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "Personalities from the eco-scientific and organic agriculture environments are speaking up against the letter from the American Embassy, in which the Costa Rican government is put under pressure to adopt transgenic seeds."

Personalities from the eco-scientific and organic agriculture environments are speaking up against the letter from the American Embassy, in which the Costa Rican government is put under pressure to adopt transgenic seeds.

WHO CANCER EXPERT: GLYPHOSATE IS DEFINITELY GENOTOXIC

GE and Your Health

SUMMARY: "Professor Christopher Portier, one of the co-authors of the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) recent report which determined Glyphosate’s status as a probable carcinogen, reiterated the IARC’s conclusions, and said: “Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.”"

SCIENTISTS SOUND ALARM OVER SUPERCHARGED GM ORGANISMS WHICH COULD SPREAD IN THE WILD AND CAUSE ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS

GE Plants and Crops

SUMMARY: "A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster."

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

JOURNAL RETRACTS STUDY ON BENEFITS OF GMO RICE

Golden Rice

SUMMARY: "Golden Rice, often touted as a shining example of the benefits of genetic engineering, might not be as golden as originally thought."

Golden Rice, often touted as a shining example of the benefits of genetic engineering, might not be as golden as originally thought.

U.S. REGULATOR SUED FOR WITHHOLDING INFORMATION ON GMO CROPS

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops."

A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.

MEXICO: JUDGE OVERTURNS GMO MAIZE BAN IN TRAGIC RULING

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "Mexico’s XII District Court has overturned a 2013 ruling that prevented biotech companies, including Monsanto and Syngenta, planting genetically modified (GM) maize in Mexico."

Mexico’s XII District Court has overturned a 2013 ruling that prevented biotech companies, including Monsanto and Syngenta, planting genetically modified (GM) maize in Mexico.

The decision has been appealed by Acción Colectiva del Maíz and will not come into force until the appeal/s have been heard and ruled on.

USA: WHY SOME FARMERS ARE DECIDING TO GO GMO-FREE

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction."

Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction.

The Pana, Ill.-area farmer had been using corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to work with glyphosate — the generic name for Monsanto’s signature Roundup herbicide. But he reached a point at which he said it no longer made sense from a dollars standpoint.

So he turned his back on GMO crops.

GM-CROP OPPONENTS EXPAND PROBE INTO TIES BETWEEN SCIENTISTS AND INDUSTRY

Industry

SUMMARY: "Activist group compels records from 40 researchers at US public universities.

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Michelle McGuire, a nutrition scientist at Washington State University in Pullman, was stunned last month when activists who oppose the use of genetically modified (GM) organisms asked to read her e-mail.

GERMANY STARTS MOVE TO BAN GMO CROPS - MINISTRY LETTER

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday."

Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

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.

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