VENEZUELA TO SOON APPROVE SEED LAW TO BAN GMO SEEDS

Winning against genetic engineering

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

Winning against genetic engineering

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

GE Failures & Contaminations

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

Winning against genetic engineering

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

Winning against genetic engineering

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

Winning against genetic engineering

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.

EU: SYNGENTA WITHDRAWS TWO APPLICATIONS FOR GMO PRODUCTS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Syngenta has withdrawn two applications for genetically modified products in the European Union following a re-evaluation of their commercial potential, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday."

Syngenta has withdrawn two applications for genetically modified products in the European Union following a re-evaluation of their commercial potential, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The company applied for approval to cultivate maize in the EU with the MIR604 trait for rootworm control in 2010.

LIES LURK BEHIND SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

GE Plants and Crops

SUMMARY: "Las Vegas seems to be an apt place to launch a risky corporate gamble that could destroy the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers. Earlier this month, the international food conglomerate Cargill chose the city's famous Strip to introduce what it hopes will be its next blockbuster product: EverSweet, a sweetener made of "the same sweet components in the stevia plant"."

UK: FIRST GM HUMAN EMBRYOS COULD BE CREATED IN BRITAIN WITHIN WEEKS

GE & People

SUMMARY: "The first genetically-modified human embryos could be created in Britain within weeks according to the scientists who are about to learn whether their research proposal has been approved by the fertility watchdog."

The first genetically-modified human embryos could be created in Britain within weeks according to the scientists who are about to learn whether their research proposal has been approved by the fertility watchdog.

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