USA: BIOTECH CRITICS CLAIM GMO LOOPHOLE WILL BACKFIRE

Regulation

SUMMARY: "GMO critics say a loophole in federal biotech regulations will backfire against major developers of transgenic seed."

GMO critics say a loophole in federal biotech regulations will backfire against major developers of transgenic seed.

Critics say a loophole in federal regulations for genetically engineered crops will backfire against biotech companies.

Under current rules, USDA can only restrict biotech crops if they incorporate genes that pose a possible plant pest risk.

GHANA: PRESSURE GROUP SUES LAWLESS AUTHORITIES OVER GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "A GHANAIAN civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has moved to court in Accra seeking to have the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the agriculture ministry prevented from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.

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A GHANAIAN civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has moved to court in Accra seeking to have the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the agriculture ministry prevented from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.

SOUTH KOREA: IMPORTED GMOS FOUND DISRUPTING LOCAL ECOSYSTEM

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "NGOs say government needs to institute measures to protect ecosystem from potentially harmful or invasive plant species.

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NGOs say government needs to institute measures to protect ecosystem from potentially harmful or invasive plant species

HUNGARY SET TO INITIATE EU ALLIANCE TO REJECT GM CROPS

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states rejecting the use of genetically modified organisms in farming with the aim to make the entire European Union free from GMO crops, Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas said on the sidelines of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin at the weekend."

GERMAN STATES WANT NATIONWIDE BAN ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "The majority of Germany壮 16 federal states would like a nationwide ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, according to a survey carried out by dpa and published on Saturday.

The majority of Germany壮 16 federal states would like a nationwide ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, according to a survey carried out by dpa and published on Saturday.

If there is no nationwide ban, than some of the states will implement their own bans, the survey of the various state agriculture ministries found.

GMO PESTICIDE PROPAGANDA MACHINE CONTINUES TO BAMBOOZLE

Industry & Government Collusion

SUMMARY: "Media Silence Deafening as 2,4 D Herbicide-Tolerant GMO Crops Cleared for Planting in UN's "International Year of Soils""

Media Silence Deafening as 2,4 D Herbicide-Tolerant GMO Crops Cleared for Planting in UN's "International Year of Soils".

The recent February 13th issue of Science magazine opens with an editorial titled "Give Soils Their Due" abridged in relevant part:

DR JANE GOODALL CONDEMNS SUPPORTERS OF GM FOOD AS BEING 'ANTI-SCIENCE'

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SUMMARY: "Dame Jane Goodall, the renowned primate expert, has condemned ‘deluded’ politicians for pushing ‘Frankenstein Food’."

Dame Jane Goodall, the renowned primate expert, has condemned ‘deluded’ politicians for pushing ‘Frankenstein Food’.

The highly respected academic has endorsed a new book, which argues the companies responsible for developing genetically modified farming and food have twisted the evidence to minimise the dangers.

EU COUNCIL RULES TO GIVE MEMBER STATES GMO AUTHORITY

Regulation

SUMMARY: "The European Council has adopted new rules allowing Member States to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their territory."

The European Council has adopted new rules allowing Member States to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their territory.

ZIMBABWE: FARMERS UP IN ARMS OVER GMO IMPORTS

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "Government should protect local farmers from cheap agricultural imports, which undermine their viability and compromise the land reform, farmers unions have said."

Government should protect local farmers from cheap agricultural imports, which undermine their viability and compromise the land reform, farmers unions have said.

The unions said allowing the importation of genetically modified foods at cheaper prices undermines efforts to revolutionise the agrarian sector.

Forage seed industry wants Western Canada to be a GM alfalfa-free zone

GE Plants and Crops

Seed growers say keeping GM alfalfa out of Western Canada would save 
current export markets and open the door to additional sales

Keeping Roundup Ready alfalfa out of Western Canada is critical, says Fairview seed grower and Forage Seed Canada president Heather Kerschbaumer. Photo: File

Alfalfa seed growers in Alberta could stand to gain a huge market advantage over their neighbours to the south — if the industry can keep GM alfalfa out of Western Canada.

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