A study of GMO cotton varieties shows they disrupt an important beneficial soil fungus, writes Eva Sirinathsinghji, apparently due to the Bt insecticide they are engineered to express. Disruption caused by the transgenic cotton to mycorrhizal fungi, and the wider soil ecosystem, may underlie the low yields and poor pest resistance now endemic among Bt GM crops.
New ruling says federal law does not prohibit states and counties from passing local laws to regulate and ban commercially-grown GM crops
EXCERPT: The court [declared]: "The regulation of commercialized crops, both of GE and traditional varieties, remains within the authority of state and local governments." At the same time, however, the court ruled that under Hawai'i law, counties and municipalities do not have the authority to regulate GE crops (as some in other states do), and that Hawai'i state law places such authority in the hands of the State alone.
Decreased efficacy of the Bt trait in corn hybrids against bollworms
Coming after frequent reports of the growing resistance of pests to the Bt insecticidal toxin engineered into GM Bt crops, this article is further proof that claims of reduced pesticide spraying due to Bt crop adoption are ludicrously out-of-date.
Application techniques affect efficacy of crop chemistries
Patrick R. Shepard
Delta Farm Press, Dec 3, 2016
Bangladeshi people to be used as lab rats
With funding from the Gates Foundation, University of Melbourne plant biologist Dr Alex Johnson and colleagues have developed a GM rice that contains increased iron and zinc.
The rice is reported to yield as well as non-GM rice.
Just as with GM golden rice, the biofortified GM rice is being touted as a marvel that will help solve hunger in the developing world.
Corn earworm pest evolves resistance to multiple Bt insecticidal toxins
The corn earworm pest is showing increasing resistance to the insecticidal toxins engineered into GM Bt corn, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
The authors state that “Many sweet corn farmers in Maryland either have stopped growing” GM Bt corn or “are applying more insecticide sprays to compensate for the reduced control efficacy”.
They also note that the resistance is likely to increase and spread in future due to a number of factors, including
Spraying of Monsanto’s GMO dicamba-tolerant Xtend crops led to spray drift, killing neighboring crops
EXCERPT: The suit alleges that illegal spraying was a predictable consequence of the Xtend seed being released without intended complement of low-volatility dicamba. “The issue here is one of ‘foreseeability,’” said Randles. “It was entirely foreseeable that if Monsanto released the Xtend products onto the market that farmers would seek a way to protect those Xtend seeds from damage and they would do that by spraying dicamba.”
Farmers in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, China's top grain producer, will be prohibited from growing GM crops
EXCERPT: The decision comes after 91.5 percent of responses in a survey in the province in October raised objections to GM crops.
NE China province to ban GM crops
Editor: Li Yan
Ecns.cn, 17 Dec 2016
Farmers in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, China's top grain producer, will be prohibited from growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops, according to a provincial regulation passed on Friday.
CANCUN — The state governments of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche have pledged to make the Yucatan Peninsula a GMO-free region through the signing of a cooperative pact during the COP13 Global Biodiversity Summit, taking place in Cancun this week.
The declaration will be made through the states’ ministries of environment, said Quintana Roo’s minister of environment and forestry, Alfredo Arellano Guillermo.