BURKINA FASO: WHY AFRICA'S BIGGEST ADOPTER OF GM CROPS CHANGED ITS MIND

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Bt cotton reportedly increased production as intended. So why is Burkina Faso phasing it out?"

Bt cotton reportedly increased production as intended. So why is Burkina Faso phasing it out?

The thorny topic of genetically modified (GM) crops was recently thrust into the global spotlight again. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill Gates said that GM crops are a necessary tool to fight hunger and poverty in Africa.

Permanently changing a species: What could go wrong?

Ethics Debate

No commercial or environmental release of gene drives, says Friends of the Earth

The National Academies of Sciences released a new report today, which calls for robust safety assessments for “gene drive modified organisms.” The NAS says the controversial new genetic engineering technology is not ready for release into the environment.

GM farming is creating superweeds and resistant bugs: Controversial technology has created a 'major agricultural problem'

GE Failures & Contaminations

Report by the American National Academies of Science looked at GM crops
Many promises for the controversial technology have not been fulfilled
Genes inserted into some crops have transferred to wild plants
GM food remains generally safe for human consumption, the report found

Superweeds and toxin resistant pests have been created by GM farming, according to a landmark study.

New research from the American National Academies of Science reveals that many promises for the controversial technology have not been fulfilled.

Native forests threatened by genetically engineered trees

Genetically Engineered Trees

The phrase "integral ecology" that Pope Francis uses in his environmental encyclical neatly compresses the concept of the timeless interrelationship of all creation into two words.

"It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected," he writes in chapter four of "Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home," which is dedicated to exploring the concept of integral ecology.

PHILIPPINES: NO GMO CROP TRIALS SAYS SUPREME COURT

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered a permanent ban on field trials of GM eggplant, and a temporary halt to approving applications “contained use, import, commercialization and propagation” of GMO crops and products."

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered a permanent ban on field trials of GM eggplant, and a temporary halt to approving applications “contained use, import, commercialization and propagation” of GMO crops and products.

USA: GMO LABELLING LAW ROILS FOOD COMPANIES

Regulation

SUMMARY: "The U.S. food industry is fighting one of its fiercest regulatory battles in years over labels for ingredients made with genetically modified organisms. And it is losing—to Vermont."

The U.S. food industry is fighting one of its fiercest regulatory battles in years over labels for ingredients made with genetically modified organisms. And it is losing—to Vermont.

USA: FLORIDA RESIDENTS FIGHT TO STOP RELEASE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "Florida residents are launching an opposition campaign against the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to combat the Zika virus. "

Florida residents are launching an opposition campaign against the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to combat the Zika virus. Opponents contend that the release of the “mutant bugs” is likely to have unintended consequences and should not be done against the will of the people, particularly without “third-party, peer-reviewed research.”

GLOBAL GMO CULTIVATION DIPPED IN 2015

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The hectarage of genetically modified crops around the world went down for the first time in two decades, a new report says. People in African countries in particular seem newly wary of genetically manipulated seeds. "

The year 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the first global commercialization of a genetically modified plant - and that year has brought changes in the field - quite literally.

This War Over GMOs Could Change Your Grocery Shopping Forever

Genetically Engineered Food

Update (3/16/16): With 49 nays and 48 yeas, the US Senate has nixed Sen. Pat Roberts' bill, which would have nullified all state labeling efforts, including Vermont's. The San Francisco Chronicle's Tara Duggan reports that a last-minute amendment to the bill would have forced manufacturers to "provide toll-free numbers, web sites, QR codes or even social media symbols on labels as a way for consumers to learn whether genetically engineered ingredients are present in the product." That means the bill's supporters unsuccessfully attempted to enact the Vilsack compromise described below.

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