USA: GMO LABELLING LAW ROILS FOOD COMPANIES

Regulation

SUMMARY: "The U.S. food industry is fighting one of its fiercest regulatory battles in years over labels for ingredients made with genetically modified organisms. And it is losing—to Vermont."

The U.S. food industry is fighting one of its fiercest regulatory battles in years over labels for ingredients made with genetically modified organisms. And it is losing—to Vermont.

USA: FLORIDA RESIDENTS FIGHT TO STOP RELEASE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "Florida residents are launching an opposition campaign against the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to combat the Zika virus. "

Florida residents are launching an opposition campaign against the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to combat the Zika virus. Opponents contend that the release of the “mutant bugs” is likely to have unintended consequences and should not be done against the will of the people, particularly without “third-party, peer-reviewed research.”

GLOBAL GMO CULTIVATION DIPPED IN 2015

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The hectarage of genetically modified crops around the world went down for the first time in two decades, a new report says. People in African countries in particular seem newly wary of genetically manipulated seeds. "

The year 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the first global commercialization of a genetically modified plant - and that year has brought changes in the field - quite literally.

This War Over GMOs Could Change Your Grocery Shopping Forever

Genetically Engineered Food

Update (3/16/16): With 49 nays and 48 yeas, the US Senate has nixed Sen. Pat Roberts' bill, which would have nullified all state labeling efforts, including Vermont's. The San Francisco Chronicle's Tara Duggan reports that a last-minute amendment to the bill would have forced manufacturers to "provide toll-free numbers, web sites, QR codes or even social media symbols on labels as a way for consumers to learn whether genetically engineered ingredients are present in the product." That means the bill's supporters unsuccessfully attempted to enact the Vilsack compromise described below.

CRISPR Is Going To Revolutionize Our Food System—And Start A New War Over GMOs

GE Plants and Crops

The gene-editing tool could create drought-resistant grain or allergy-free peanuts. Will a society on edge about genetically modified food embrace this newest innovation?

In five years, there might be a little CRISPR-edited corn in your breakfast cereal or CRISPR-edited wheat in your pasta. CRISPR'd tomatoes and CRISPR'd pork might follow. There's already a little CRISPR in your yogurt.

Bt cotton failure forces govt to promote native seeds

GE Failures & Contaminations

Govt decides to promote cultivation of indigenous varieties of the crop in a big way this year as bollworm develops resistance to Bt cotton crop

New Delhi: With bollworm developing resistance to Bt cotton crop, the government has decided to promote cultivation of indigenous varieties of the crop in a big way this year. In 2015-16 crop year (July-June), there was a significant damage to cotton crop because of whitefly and pink bollworm pest attack in states like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

Gene-edited mushroom doesn’t need regulation, USDA says

Genetically Engineered Fungi

A gene-edited version of edible Agaricus bisporus mushrooms (unedited mushroom shown) doesn’t need to be regulated as a genetically modified crop, agriculture officials say.

A mushroom whose genes have been edited with molecular scissors known as CRISPR/Cas9 doesn’t need to be regulated like other genetically modified crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said April 13 in a letter to the mushroom’s creator. The edible fungus is the first CRISPR-edited crop to clear USDA regulation.

Is Franken-salmon safe to eat?

Genetically Engineered Fish

The FDA says the world's first genetically modified food animal is, but several American grocery chains have vowed not to stock the engineered fish

It's called the AquAdvantage salmon, and if Maynard, Massachusetts-based biotech firm AquaBounty gets its way, the world's first genetically modified food animal will soon be entering our food supply.

God’s Red Pencil? CRISPR and The Three Myths of Precise Genome Editing

GE Failures & Contaminations

For the benefit of those parts of the world where public acceptance of biotechnology is incomplete, a public relations blitz is at full tilt. It concerns an emerging set of methods for altering the DNA of living organisms. “Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up“; “We Have the Technology to Destroy All Zika Mosquitoes“; and “CRISPR: gene editing is just the beginning”. (CRISPR is short for CRISPR/cas9, which is short for Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats/CRISPR associated protein 9; Jinek et al., 2012.

USA: MONSANTO'S GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ROUNDUP READY ALFALFA HAS GONE WILD

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "A recent study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists shows that genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa has gone wild, in a big way, in alfalfa-growing parts of the West. "

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