GM iron and zinc biofortified rice not adequately tested for safety

GE Plants and Crops

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[1] 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.

Growing pest resistance shows GM Bt crop technology not sustainable

GE Failures & Contaminations

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

Missouri's largest peach farmer sues Monsanto over alleged damage from illegal herbicide use

Farmers and Farming

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.”

NE China province to ban GM crops

Winning against genetic engineering

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

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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.

GMO-free: Yucatan, Campeche and QR to sign pact this week at COP13 in Cancun

Winning against genetic engineering

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.

German GMO-free industry body says gene-edited foods are GMOs

GE Plants and Crops

GMO Maize and Gene Editing

Products of new genetic engineering techniques must be tested, regulated, and labelled as GMOs – VLOG

FDA backs down from releasing genetically modified mosquitoes after lawsuit threatened

Winning against genetic engineering

KEY HAVEN, Fla. — When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was dropping plans to release millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Key Haven, Florida, many people breathed a sigh of relief.

Monsanto GM corn MON810 damaged the intestines of rats – new study

GE and Your Health

Findings contradict reassuring reports on GM products, say researchers

Rats fed GM Bt corn MON810 for only 90 days suffered serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum (part of the small intestine), according to a new study.[1]

The type of corn fed to the rats was MON810: Ajeeb YG, a GM version of Ajeeb, a locally adapted variety of corn grown in Egypt. MON810: Ajeeb YG was developed by Monsanto for the Egyptian market. The GM-fed rats ate a diet containing 30% of MON810: Ajeeb YG corn. Control rats were fed the same amount of non-GM corn.

Roundup causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at very low doses

GE and Your Health

Fatty Liver disease and glyphosate

Cutting-edge molecular profiling analyses reveal that the popular weedkiller Roundup causes liver damage at doses permitted by regulators. Report: Claire Robinson

The weedkiller Roundup causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at very low doses permitted by regulators worldwide, a new peer-reviewed study shows. The study is the first ever to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmentally relevant dose and a serious disease.

First GMO apple slices to go on sale in Midwest

Genetically Engineered Trees

A small amount of genetically modified sliced apples will go on sale in 10 Midwest stores this February and March.

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — The first genetically modified apples to be sold in the U.S. will debut in select Midwestern stores next month.

A small amount of Arctic brand sliced and packaged Golden Delicious, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, B.C., will be in 10 stores this February and March, said Neal Carter, the company’s founder and president. He would not identify the retailers, saying that’s up to them.

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