MEXICO: MONSANTO HANDED DOUBLE WHAMMY BY COURTS OVER PLANTING GMOS

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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.

VENEZUELA TO SOON APPROVE SEED LAW TO BAN GMO SEEDS

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SUMMARY: "The Seed Law will regulate the production of hybrid seeds in Venezuela and prevent the research, production, import, and distribution of GMO seeds."

The Seed Law will regulate the production of hybrid seeds in Venezuela and prevent the research, production, import, and distribution of GMO seeds.

USA: FDA APPROVES SECOND GENERATION OF SIMPLOT GMO SPUDS

GE Plants and Crops

SUMMARY: "J.R. Simplot Co.'s second-generation Innate potato has been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration."

The J.R. Simplot Co. announced Jan. 13 it has obtained federal Food and Drug Administration approval for the second generation of its Innate line of potatoes, developed with biotechnology.

The company plans to raise less than 100 acres of second-generation Innate Russet Burbanks this season in anticipation of approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is expected by December and would represent the final step in the review process.

TAIWAN BANS GMOS IN SCHOOLS, MANDATES STRICT LABEL LAWS

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SUMMARY: "Another country is taking action on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Taiwan has banned schools across the nation from serving GMOs to students, citing health and safety concerns."

Another country is taking action on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Taiwan has banned schools across the nation from serving GMOs to students, citing health and safety concerns.

On Dec. 14, 2015, Taiwanese legislature passed amendments to the School Health Act to stamp out raw genetically modified ingredients as well as processed food containing GMOs.

Oregon farmers battle over GMO control

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Oregon farmers are suffering real financial losses because of contamination from nearby genetically engineered crops, a Legislative committee heard Thursday.

“We lose money when we have a GMO contamination event, which I’ve had happen twice,” said Don Tipping, an organic seed grower from Williams. “We lost money directly, as have other growers.”

More than two dozen people testified at a hearing on HB 4122, which would repeal 2013 legislation prohibiting local governments from regulating crops or seeds.

USA: GMO BACKLASH THREATENS BEET FARMERS AS FOODMAKERS SWAP SUGARS

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SUMMARY: "America's sugar beet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun genetically modified (GMO) crops."

America's sugar beet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun genetically modified (GMO) crops.

NEW ZEALAND: HASTINGS DISTRICT BECOMES FIRST OFFICIAL GMO FREE REGION

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SUMMARY: "Hastings District Council has secured a major economic opportunity for local food producers by making the district the first official GMO Free food producing zone in New Zealand."

Hastings District Council has secured a major economic opportunity for local food producers by making the district the first official GMO Free food producing zone in New Zealand.

Rules in the newly released Hastings District Plan prohibit both releases and field trials of GM crops and animals.

RUSSIA: GOVT DECIDES TO BAN GMO FOOD PRODUCTION

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SUMMARY: "A senior Russian government member told reporters the cabinet decided that any food production in the country will completely exclude any genetically-modified organisms or parts thereof. "

A senior Russian government member told reporters the cabinet decided that any food production in the country will completely exclude any genetically-modified organisms or parts thereof.

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