USA: LABEL GMOS TEXAS GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN FOR FOOD TRANSPARENCY

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "A grassroots campaign to require honest GMO labeling on food products has been launched in Texas. Called "Label GMOs Texas," the campaign follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Vermont campaign which achieved victory earlier this year."

A grassroots campaign to require honest GMO labeling on food products has been launched in Texas. Called "Label GMOs Texas," the campaign follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Vermont campaign which achieved victory earlier this year.

A petition demanding the labeling of GMOs in Texas has also been launched here.

MEXICO: MONSANTO LOSES GMO PERMIT AS JUDGE SIDES WITH THE BEES

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "A number of countries around the world have now completely banned GM food and the pesticides that go with them, or have severe restrictions against them. This comes after the world has experienced a massive resistance against Monsanto and other biotech giants that manufacture GMOs and pesticides."

USA: COLORADO GMO-LABELING INITIATIVE LIKELY TO MAKE FALL ELECTION BALLOT

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "“Right to Know Colorado GMO” has collected approximately 167,995 signatures in favor of its ballot initiative requiring manufacturers to disclose which foods contain genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”). The number of signatures obtained is more than enough to present the initiative to the Colorado Secretary of State. Despite this success, the Colorado initiative must still surmount several obstacles."

Open Letter to CTNBio to reject Genetically Engineered Trees in Brazil

Genetically Engineered Trees

Genetically engineered eucalyptus plantations threaten the entire ecosystem.

The International Campaign to STOP GE Trees urges the Brazilian government and CTNBio to refuse Futuragene’s plot to plant genetically engineered trees in Brazil.

Brazil considers transgenic trees

Genetically Engineered Trees

Genetically modified eucalyptus could be a global test case.

On 4 September, a public hearing will consider bringing an even more vigorous recruit into the ranks: genetically engineered eucalyptus that produces around 20% more wood than conventional trees and is ready for harvest in five and a half years instead of seven. Brazilian regulators are evaluating the trees for commercial release; a decision could come as early as the end of this year.

BRAZIL: PESTS DEVELOP RESISTANCE TO GMO BT CORN, LEAVING FARMERS WITH HIGHER COSTS AND LOWER YIELDS

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Those who promote genetically modified crops are also quick to promote a common myth about them which says that GMO agriculture uses fewer pesticides and is therefore better for the environment."

Those who promote genetically modified crops are also quick to promote a common myth about them which says that GMO agriculture uses fewer pesticides and is therefore better for the environment.

Proving this myth wrong are Brazilian farmers who work directly with the failing GM crops, on site, at the farm, on the ground.

ARGENTINA: CANCER DEATHS DOUBLE IN GMO AGRIBUSINESS AREAS

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Sharply increased levels of crop spraying in Argentina's most intensively farmed areas have resulted in a public health disaster, writes Lawrence Woodward, with large increases in cancer incidence. And it's all the result of the widespread use of GMO crops engineered for herbicide resistance."

INDIA: GM CROPS COULD PUT FOOD SECURITY GOAL AT STAKE

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "A common fear that lurks in the minds of people around the world is that if a country’s food production relies excessively on supply of seeds and other inputs from a handful of multinationals that have virtual monopoly over genetically-modified (GM) crop technology, the nation will be forced to compromise on food security."

UKRAINE: GMO FOOD CROPS ON BEHALF OF MONSANTO

Industry & Government Collusion

SUMMARY: "Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention. On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.” "

MALAWI: CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION AGAINST THE GENERAL RELEASE OF GM COTTON

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "An alliance of 19 civil society organisations and an organic vegetable farmers group led by the Commons for EcoJustice (EcoJustice) and representing Malawian small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, organic movements, non-governmental organisations and the media, among others, have lodged a substantive submission to the Malawian authorities, vehemently opposing Monsanto's application to obtain a general release permit for its genetically modified (GM) cotton, MON 15985, commonly known as Bollgard II. "

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