New Genetically Engineered Tree To Avoid Federal Oversight Completely

Genetically Engineered Trees

USDA Refuses to Regulate or Assess GE Tree

January 26, 2015 (Washington, DC) A genetically engineered (GE) tree may already be planted in field tests, and eventually be commercialized, in the U.S. without having gone through any regulatory oversight or environmental risk assessment. On January 13th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) quietly posted its August reply to a letter from ArborGen, a biotechnology company that is developing GE forest trees for plantations, confirming that USDA will require no regulation of ArborGen’s GE loblolly pine.

USA: BIG CROWD TELLS MOSQUITO CONTROL NO TO MODIFIED MOSQUITOES

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SUMMARY: "Keys residents sounded off against the proposed release of genetically modified mosquitoes Thursday at a town-hall meeting held by Oxitec and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District at the Harvey Government Center in Key West."

Keys residents sounded off against the proposed release of genetically modified mosquitoes Thursday at a town-hall meeting held by Oxitec and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District at the Harvey Government Center in Key West.

NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES BAN GM FISH FEED OVER ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE FEARS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "According to the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has stopped approving (on a yearly basis) GMOs for use in fish feed that contain genes coding for antibiotic resistance. According to the Advisory Board, this applies to 8 out of 19 GMOs which the fish feed industry had previously been given permission to use since 2008."

FILIPINO FARMERS PROTEST GOVERNMENT RESEARCH ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED RICE

Golden Rice

SUMMARY: "Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice’ that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood."

USA: IN WAKE OF CHINA REJECTIONS, GMO SEED MAKERS LIMIT U.S. LAUNCHES

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether."

China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.

SYNGENTA GM CORN RUINED US CORN EXPORTS TO CHINA, FARMERS SAY

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "American farmers in three states are suing seed giant Syngenta AG in billion-dollar lawsuits, alleging that the company harmed U.S. corn markets when it released a new genetically altered strain of corn that wasn’t approved by Chinese authorities. "

American farmers in three states are suing seed giant Syngenta AG in billion-dollar lawsuits, alleging that the company harmed U.S. corn markets when it released a new genetically altered strain of corn that wasn’t approved by Chinese authorities.

OPEN-SOURCE SEED RELEASED TO NURTURE PATENT-FREE FOOD

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "An ‘open-source’ seed initiative has released 36 varieties of 14 food crops, which the project’s leaders say could help poor farmers get access to better quality seeds."

An ‘open-source’ seed initiative has released 36 varieties of 14 food crops, which the project’s leaders say could help poor farmers get access to better quality seeds.

The new seed varieties have been available for delivery globally from mid-May, says Irwin Goldman, a vegetable breeder and horticulturalist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who was involved in the release.

Mardi Gras Misappropriation: Sri Lankan Purple Rice Served up at Louisiana Celebration

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Every year, usually in February but sometimes in March, the celebration of Mardi Gras (Carnival) reaches its crescendo. Especially popular in the Americas, huge Mardi Gras celebrations take place every year in places ranging from Brazil to Colombia, Trinidad, Mexico, and the US.

Top anti-GMO scientists band together in film exposing threats and secrecy

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Looking for a some mind-expanding entertainment? Check out Scientists Under Attack: Genetic Engineering in the Magnetic Field of Money, a film by german director Bertram Verhaag.

Costa Rican court hands GMO opponents a victory by declaring permitting process unconstitutional

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Correction: This story originally said the court rejected the process on two grounds rather than one.

In a ruling Thursday lauded by Costa Rica’s anti-GMO activists, the country’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck down the government’s regulatory framework on genetically modified organisms, declaring the process of approval for GMO projects unconstitutional.

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