North Dakota Grain Terminal Goes GMO-Free To Meet Consumer Demand

Winning against genetic engineering

Captain Drake LLC has acquired a million-bushel terminal with dedicated rail cars that will be used exclusively for the holding and transport of GMO-free grains.

In North Dakota, agriculture is the state’s leading source of revenue. In fact, almost 90% of the state is occupied by farms and ranches, and the chief agricultural commodity is wheat.

You can be certain then, that when a company in the northern state invests in a GMO-free grain plant, the food market is taking on a new trend.

First Monkeys with Autism Created in China

Genetically Engineered Animals

They spin in their cages and don’t interact. The scientists who created autistic monkeys say they’ll now try to cure them.

Scientists in China say they used genetic engineering to create monkeys with a version of autism, an achievement that could make it easier to test treatments but that raises thorny practical and ethical questions over how useful such animal models will be.

Argentina Protests Monsanto Toxicity and GMO Plant

Actions/Protests in the News

Activists protest Monsanto.

Activists mobilized across the country to stand in solidarity with communities affected by Monsanto and reject the eviction of a Monsanto protest camp.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Argentina to protest Monsanto following news of an impending eviction at a key resistance camp blocking a huge Monsanto GMO seed plant in the agricultural province of Cordoba.

JAPAN: TPP COULD LAND GENETICALLY MODIFIED SALMON ON JAPANESE DINNER TABLES

Genetically Engineered Fish

SUMMARY: "In the classic “rakugo” comic story ”Yakan” (kettle), a retired old man who pretends to know everything answers questions posed by a friend about the origins of the names of various things, including fish."

In the classic “rakugo” comic story ”Yakan” (kettle), a retired old man who pretends to know everything answers questions posed by a friend about the origins of the names of various things, including fish.

THAILAND: THE BATTLE OVER THE FUTURE OF FARMING

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "As farmers and activists resist a new law that would permit GM crops, modified produce is already making its way to the tables of unsuspecting consumers."

When Winus Srisombatraethong purchased green papaya seeds from farmers in Pathum Thani province in 2009, he had no reason to suspect anything unusual.

But over the next four years, he made a startling discovery: the seeds were surprisingly resistant to disease and he suspected they were genetically modified.

USA: HERSHEY DUMPS SUGAR BEETS BECAUSE OF GM CONCERNS

Winning against genetic engineering

Something was different about a lot of the Hershey’s kisses in your stocking this year: The popular chocolates no longer contain sugar made in Minnesota.

For decades, the Hershey Co. has used sugar made from both sugar beets and sugar cane, but it decided earlier this year to stop buying beet sugar because it comes from genetically modified, or GM, seeds that some consumers don’t like.

USA: SUGAR BEET GMO CONCERNS COULD AFFECT MINNESOTA PRODUCERS

Farmers and Farming

SUMMARY: "Farms and producers around some Minnesota crops could be crippled if more food companies begin to remove genetically modified crops from their products."

Farms and producers around some Minnesota crops could be crippled if more food companies begin to remove genetically modified crops from their products.

You probably didn’t notice the change in your Hersey kisses this Christmas season: They were made without beet sugar. But it’s a change that could dramatically alter one of Minnesota’s big agricultural outputs.

USA: CAMPBELL SOUP BECOMES FIRST MAJOR COMPANY TO START GMO LABELING

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Campbell Soup Co is to start disclosing the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in all its U.S. products, becoming the first major food company to respond to growing calls for more transparency about ingredients in food."

Campbell Soup Co is to start disclosing the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in all its U.S. products, becoming the first major food company to respond to growing calls for more transparency about ingredients in food.

MALTA OPTS OUT OF GROWING GMO CROPS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Malta has told the European Commission it will ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), availing itself of an opt-out clause. "

Malta has told the European Commission it will ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), availing itself of an opt-out clause.

An EU law approved in March cleared the way for new GMO crops to be approved after years of deadlock. But the law also gave individual countries the right to ban GMO crops even after they have been approved as safe by the European Commission.

CHINA: GREENPEACE REPORTS FARMERS ARE ILLEGALLY GROWING GMO CORN

GE Plants and Crops

SUMMARY: "Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China's northeast, said environmental non-profit Greenpeace on Wednesday, in a report that may generate further distrust of the government's ability to ensure a safe food supply."

Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China's northeast, said environmental non-profit Greenpeace on Wednesday, in a report that may generate further distrust of the government's ability to ensure a safe food supply.

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