USA: OBAMA BREAKS HIS PROMISE ON FRANKENFISH, AND ALASKANS WILL PAY

Genetically Engineered Fish

SUMMARY: "For close to two decades, AquaBounty, a company from Massachusetts, has been genetically modifying salmon. Apparently the whole years in the ocean, swimming back to the home creek, spawning upriver natural progression, is just too much of a pain. It takes too long."

For close to two decades, AquaBounty, a company from Massachusetts, has been genetically modifying salmon. Apparently the whole years in the ocean, swimming back to the home creek, spawning upriver natural progression, is just too much of a pain. It takes too long.

UK: WHY WE'RE TUCKING INTO MORE HEALTHY FOOD & GOING GM-FREE

GE and Your Health

SUMMARY: "Among the various predicted food trends for 2016, one is of special interest for anyone interested in the genetically modified organisms (GMO) debate, especially those who don’t quite get why opting out of growing genetically modified crops, as Scotland has chosen to do along with 18 other EU countries and counting, chimes with the global zeitgeist. "

USA: EPA REVOKES APPROVAL OF NEW DOW HERBICIDE FOR GMO CROPS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The Environmental Protection Agency, in a surprising move, has decided to revoke the approval of a herbicide that was made to be used on a new generation of genetically modified crops."

The Environmental Protection Agency, in a surprising move, has decided to revoke the approval of a herbicide that was made to be used on a new generation of genetically modified crops.

The agency’s decision could delay the introduction of corn, soybeans and cotton developed by Dow Chemical to be resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D. But Dow said it did not anticipate a significant delay.

CANADA: GENETICALLY MODIFIED SALMON LEGAL CASE

Genetically Engineered Fish

SUMMARY: "Environmental groups in Canada which have been fighting a lengthy battle over genetically modified salmon, finally had their day in court."

Environmental groups in Canada which have been fighting a lengthy battle over genetically modified salmon, finally had their day in court.

An American-based international operation called Aqua-Bounty has set up a development facility in Canada’s maritime province of Prince Edward Island where they have genetically modified Atlantic salmon to grow larger and faster.

USA: AROUND THE COUNTRY, ORGANIC FARMERS ARE PUSHING FOR GE-FREE ZONES

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "Jackson County, Oregon, has just joined the small but growing ranks of “GE-free zones” in the U.S., which prohibit the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. It’s at least the eighth county in the country to create such an ordinance, and efforts are springing up to pass similar measures in other places."

USA: YUROK ORDINANCE BANS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ORGANISMS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The Yurok Tribe has passed a tribal ordinance banning genetically engineered organisms such as GMO corn or altered salmon from its territory."

The Yurok Tribe has passed a tribal ordinance banning genetically engineered organisms such as GMO corn or altered salmon from its territory.

Gates Foundation: stop 'biopirated' GMO banana feeding trials

Biopiracy

The Gates Foundation has received a 57,000 strong petition denouncing its support for a 'biopirated' GM banana program in Africa, and calling on it to suspend a feeding trial on US students, writes Vanessa Amaral-Rogers. The banana threatens both the health of the students, say campaigners, and the future of African agriculture.

Beta carotene is chemically related to compounds that are known to cause birth defects and other problems in humans at extremely low levels, and these toxic chemicals are possible if not likely by-products of the GM bananas.

Multi-toxin resistance enables pink bollworm survival on Bt cotton

GE Failures & Contaminations

Two-toxin Bt cotton faces rapid redundancy in India, study finds

In an attempt to counter pest resistance to Bt crops, many growers have switched from GM crops that produce one Bt toxin to those producing two or more Bt toxins that kill the same pest. The idea behind such “pyramid” crops is that insects resistant to one toxin are killed by another.

But in a laboratory study, researchers produced rapid resistance in pink bollworms to two-toxin Bt cotton.

GM soy produces less than non-GMO – university study

GE Plants and Crops

Brazilian research exposes more broken promises of the GMO industry. Claire Robinson reports

Monsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans are outperformed by non-GM soybeans in the major soy-producing regions of Brazil, according to new scientific study reported in Valor Econômico.

Intacta soybeans contain genes for tolerance to glyphosate herbicide and a Bt insecticidal toxin.

MEXICO: TOP COURT BLOCKS MOVE TO PLANT GENETICALLY MODIFIED SOYA

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a move to allow the planting of genetically modified soya seeds in two states, arguing that indigenous communities that had fought the move should be consulted before it was approved."

Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a move to allow the planting of genetically modified soya seeds in two states, arguing that indigenous communities that had fought the move should be consulted before it was approved.

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