USA: VILSACK SAYS CONGRESS MUST RESOLVE GMO LABELING DISPUTE

Regulation

SUMMARY: "The biotech labeling negotiations led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack broke down over whether GMOs had to be disclosed on food labels or whether it would be enough to ensure that electronic disclosure would be adequate to serve consumers, he says. "

The biotech labeling negotiations led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack broke down over whether GMOs had to be disclosed on food labels or whether it would be enough to ensure that electronic disclosure would be adequate to serve consumers, he says.

USA: BOULDER COUNTY TO PHASE OUT GMO CROPS ON PUBLIC LAND

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Boulder County authorities have decided to stop allowing genetically engineered crops to be grown on county-owned farmland."

Boulder County authorities have decided to stop allowing genetically engineered crops to be grown on county-owned farmland.

County commissioners on Thursday directed staff to draft a plan for phasing out GMO crops. The decision ends years of debate between opponents of GMOs and the tenant farmers that grow them.

USA: BIG FOOD ILLEGALLY HID FUNDERS OF ANTI-GMO-LABELING EFFORT, JUDGE SAYS

Industry

SUMMARY: "The nation’s largest food industry group broke the “spirit and letter” of the law when it concealed the backers of a multimillion dollar campaign to kill a food-labeling initiative, a state of Washington Superior Court judge ruled on Friday."

The nation’s largest food industry group broke the “spirit and letter” of the law when it concealed the backers of a multimillion dollar campaign to kill a food-labeling initiative, a state of Washington Superior Court judge ruled on Friday.

US ENVIRONMENTALISTS SUE TO OVERTURN APPROVAL OF GMO SALMON

Genetically Engineered Fish

SUMMARY: "U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government's landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption."

U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government's landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption.

USA: ANTI-GMO-LABELING WALL CRUMBLES AS MAJOR FOOD COMPANIES AGREE TO LABEL

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "The wall of opposition to labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms is crumbling. After Campbell Soup created the first crack in January by agreeing to slap labels on its soup cans saying they contain GMOs, it was only a matter of time before more fissures would appear."

The wall of opposition to labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms is crumbling. After Campbell Soup created the first crack in January by agreeing to slap labels on its soup cans saying they contain GMOs, it was only a matter of time before more fissures would appear.

USA: 8 BATTLEGROUND STATES IN THE GMO FOOD LABELING FIGHT

Regulation

SUMMARY: "As the food fight over the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) stalls in Congress, state-level GMO mandates are gaining steam. At least 30 states have introduced some type of legislation in recent years, including three states—Connecticut, Maine and Vermont—that have actually passed GMO labeling mandates."

USA: IOWA RESEARCHES TO PAY STUDENTS TO EAT GMO BANANAS

GE and Your Health

SUMMARY: "Iowa State University researchers are moving ahead with a long-delayed project in which a dozen students will be paid to eat genetically modified bananas."

Iowa State University researchers are moving ahead with a long-delayed project in which a dozen students will be paid to eat genetically modified bananas.

The Des Moines Register reports that the bananas were created by an Australian scientist and have a gene that's supposed to help people living in Africa make vitamin A. The participants would be paid $900 each.

INDIA: BLACK CLOUDS OVER BT COTTON AS WHITEFLY RUNS AMOK

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Farmers in Punjab and Haryana are perturbed over a sense of deja vu they are experiencing ever since the attack of the pest - the whitefly - on their BT cotton crop."

The Complexity of Reductionism: A Case Study of Genetic Engineering

Ethics Debate

As Albert Einstein famously said – “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” In my opinion, there is no area where this statement holds more relevance today than in relation to our tendency to view problems in isolation, to oversimplify complex discussions – reductionism.

Biotech Industry Truth: Genetic Engineering Is Not So Precise

GE Failures & Contaminations

The reality surrounding the broadly acknowledged uncertainty inherent within definitions of the gene and outdated interpretations of molecular biology stand in stark contrast to the language that continues to flow from industry. For example, Croplife International, the global federation representing the plant science [including genetic engineering] industry, defines biotechnology in simplistic and misleading terms. This is the first paragraph taken from the biotechnology section of the Croplife International website –

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