TURKEY: MINISTER CONFIRMS GENETICALLY MODIFIED RICE SCANDAL

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "The existence of a large amount of imported genetically modified rice in Turkey that was reportedly unearthed during an operation in 2013 was confirmed by Customs and Trade Minister Cenap Aşçı in response to a parliamentary question on Monday."

The existence of a large amount of imported genetically modified rice in Turkey that was reportedly unearthed during an operation in 2013 was confirmed by Customs and Trade Minister Cenap Aşçı in response to a parliamentary question on Monday.

GENETIC ENGINEERING, TWISTED SCIENCE, ALTERED TRUTH. INSIDE THE CHURCH OF PRO-GMO ACTIVISM

Industry

SUMMARY: "Last year on Twitter, Monsanto Vice President Robert Fraley provided a link to an article that implied those who are suspicious of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), among other things, are confused, motivated by ideology or misinformed as a result of access to the ‘university of Google’, or they are simply conspiracy theorists. "

Philippines’ Ban on GMOs Leaves Asia Shocked

Winning against genetic engineering

New laws could halt the genetically modified organism (GMO) agriculture in the Philippines. This in turn could cripple the adoption of GMO technology in the Southeast Asian region as a whole, especially since the country is ASEAN’s regional pioneer in the field.

Monsanto blockade in Malvinas, Argentina enters third year

Actions/Protests in the News

Protesters have successfully blocked a seed-processing plant in Malvinas, Argentina for over two years. Despite strong national and international support, the fight continues. Report by Ciara Low

Ciara Low in cable car"Cordobeses (residents of Córdoba) will be proud to have one of the most important (seed-producing) plants in the world,” Monsanto’s website claims. “The more than one thousand employees of Monsanto Argentina are proud and thankful to be a part of the community of Malvinas, Argentina.”[1]

USA: FDA BLOCKING GMO SALMON IMPORTS UNTIL GUIDELINES SET

Genetically Engineered Fish

SUMMARY: "The FDA is officially blocking GMO salmon imports for now, as requested in the omnibus spending bill passed at the end of last year."

The FDA is officially blocking GMO salmon imports for now, as requested in the omnibus spending bill passed at the end of last year.

The provision in the bill says that the FDA "shall not allow the introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate comerce of any food that contains genetically engineered salmon until FDA publishes final labeling guidelines for informing consumers of such content."

CANADA: ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS CHALLENGE RULING APPROVING GENETICALLY MODIFIED SALMON EGGS

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SUMMARY: "Environmental groups are appealing a Federal Court ruling not to overturn Environment Canada's decision to approve the production of genetically modified salmon eggs in P.E.I."

Environmental groups are appealing a Federal Court ruling not to overturn Environment Canada's decision to approve the production of genetically modified salmon eggs in P.E.I.

The Ecology Action Centre in Halifax is fighting the ruling which it says creates too much uncertainty about the environmental risks of commercially growing out the genetically-modified salmon.

CRISPR TWEAK MAY HELP GENE-EDITED CROPS BYPASS BIOSAFETY REGULATION

Regulation

SUMMARY: "A twist on a revolutionary gene-editing technique may make it possible to modify plant genomes while sidestepping national biosafety regulations, South Korean researchers say."

A twist on a revolutionary gene-editing technique may make it possible to modify plant genomes while sidestepping national biosafety regulations, South Korean researchers say.

MEXICO: MONSANTO HANDED DOUBLE WHAMMY BY COURTS OVER PLANTING GMOS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Opponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have claimed victory after Mexico’s Supreme Court blocked last week a move that would allow the cultivation of GMO soy in the Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan. In a separate appeals court decision, a federal judge upheld a 2013 ruling that barred companies such as Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer from planting or selling their GMO corn within the country’s borders."

CHINA: MANY FARMERS IN NORTHEAST CHINA GROW GM SOYBEANS DESPITE OFFICIAL BAN

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "Farmers in Heilongjiang Province have been found illegally growing genetically modified (GM) soybeans, media reports revealed Saturday."

Farmers in Heilongjiang Province have been found illegally growing genetically modified (GM) soybeans, media reports revealed Saturday.

While the northeastern province is a key soybean-producing area, the use of GM crops is strictly regulated in China, with no GM foodstuffs having yet been approved for domestic production.

INDIA: FARMERS CRITICISE GM PROMOTERS’ COVERT PRACTISES

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "A group of 101 farmer organisations and activists from across India have slammed the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), India’s apex body for approving trials and commercialization of genetically engineered crops, for working in secrecy and opacity."

A group of 101 farmer organisations and activists from across India have slammed the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), India’s apex body for approving trials and commercialization of genetically engineered crops, for working in secrecy and opacity.

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