Food Companies Fail to Disclose Shareholder Risk of GE Crops

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Despite Requirements, Most Companies Not Following Letter or Spirit of The Law

Ninety-five percent of the top food companies in the United States fail to properly inform shareholders about the risks posed by genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, according to Duty to Disclose: The Failure of Food Companies to Disclose Risks of Genetically Engineered Crops to Shareholders, a new report released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG).

Widespread GMO Contamination of Papayas in Hawaii

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Hilo, Hawaii -- Independent laboratory testing results released today
reveal widespread contamination from the world's first commercially
planted genetically engineered tree, the papaya, on Oahu, the Big
Island, and Kauai. Contamination was also found in the stock of
non-genetically engineered seeds being sold commercially by the
University of Hawaii.

Farmers, health professionals, concerned citizens, and University of
Hawaii scientists joined GMO-Free Hawaii in announcing the shocking

Who cares what you want? Just eat the Frankenfoods and be happy!

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British want GE Free Foods

British consumers are increasingly worried about genetically modified foods, a survey by consumer magazine "Which?" suggests.

Of the 1,000 people polled, 61% said they were concerned about the use of GM material in food production.

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The poll also suggested more consumers are trying not to buy GM food, while fewer back GM crops in the UK.

Earlier this year, the government gave the go-ahead to the commercial growing of a variety of GM maize, but banned two more varieties of crops.

Mad Scientists Working to Develop Genetically Engineered Mosquito Repellent

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Smell Gene May Help People Hide from Mosquitoes

Thu Sep 2, 3:15 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New insect repellents may work by stopping pesky mosquitoes and flies from sniffing out their prey, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. They found a single gene controls the sense of smell in fruit flies and probably other insects.

China: Genetically Modified Madness

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By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 85, August 2004.

Two years ago, China's State Forestry Administration approved genetically modified (GM) poplar trees for commercial planting. Well over one million insect resistant GM poplars have now been planted in China.

Also two years ago, China launched the world's largest tree planting project. By 2012 the government aims to have covered an area of 44 million hectares with trees.


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By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 83, June 2004.

Making clean white paper from trees is a dirty business. To make bleached kraft pulp, trees are chipped, cooked under pressure, washed and then bleached. Toxic chemicals are used in the cooking process to remove lignin, a glue-like substance that holds wood cells together and makes trees strong. As lignin causes yellowing of paper, any lignin remaining has to be bleached.

GM Sheep to be Used in Fight Against Cruel Disease

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SOURCE: New Zealand Herald, by Simon Collins
DATE: 24 Aug 2004

New Zealand researchers have won approval to create the world's first flock of sheep that will be genetically modified to get Huntington's disease.

The flock of about 60 ewes and their descendants will give their lives to help scientists learn how the fatal hereditary disease develops.

Thai Cabinet Overturns GMO Approval

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SOURCE: Reuters, by Trirat Puttajanyawong
Additional reporting by Sasithorn Simaporn
DATE: 31 Aug 2004

BANGKOK, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Thailand's cabinet decided on Tuesday to keep a three-year ban on planting crops using genetically modified organisms (GMO), overturning a decision by a panel chaired by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thailand's Pro-GMO Move Irks Organic Food Traders

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PM Urged to Keep Ban on Open-field Trials

KULTIDA SAMABUDDHI Bangkok Post Aug.31 , 2004

Thailand's major organic food exporters yesterday demanded Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra scrap his decision to approve open-field trials and commercial growing of genetically-modified crops, saying that it would severely hurt the 800-million-baht industry.

Trinity County California Bans GE Crops/Animals

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Today Trinity County, California became only the second county in the nation to ban the growing of genetically engineered (GE) crops and animals. By a vote of 3-1, Trinity County Supervisors elected to ban GE crops and animals in an effort to protect Trinity's local economy and environment.

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