EU: NEW DEAL ALLOWS COUNTRIES TO BAN GMOS WITHOUT ASKING INDUSTRY

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "EU states will find it easier to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territories, under a new EU agreement. "

EU states will find it easier to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territories, under a new EU agreement.

If a company wants to sell GM crop to farmers in a country where the national government wants to ban that crop, that government will not have to ask the company first to refrain from selling there, as was originally proposed.

IFOAM JOINS GLOBAL GMO FREE COALITION TO PROTECT FARMERS FROM BIOTECH CONTROL

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has joined the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC) in a move that has added to the pressure currently being applied on the Biotech industry worldwide."

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has joined the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC) in a move that has added to the pressure currently being applied on the Biotech industry worldwide.

GENE EDITING TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES LOOPHOLE FROM GMO REGULATION

Industry & Government Collusion

SUMMARY: "Historically, genetically modified crops have contained genes from other organisms such as bacteria and require federal government approval."

Historically, genetically modified crops have contained genes from other organisms such as bacteria and require federal government approval.

However, crops such as Scott's new genetically modified grass that requires less mowing, appears greener and is resistant to the weed killer Roundup will not need federal approval, reports The New York Times.

NO SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS ON GMO SAFETY STATEMENT PUBLISHED IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL

GE and Your Health

SUMMARY: "A statement signed by over 300 scientists and legal experts to the effect that there is “No consensus” on the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods has been published in a peer-reviewed open access journal, Environmental Sciences Europe."

MONSANTO'S ROUNDUP BLAMED FOR THE DECLINE OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "An environmental group that opposes genetically modified crops is issuing a 77-page report on the decline of the monarch butterfly that lays much of the blame on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops and Roundup herbicide."

An environmental group that opposes genetically modified crops is issuing a 77-page report on the decline of the monarch butterfly that lays much of the blame on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops and Roundup herbicide.

The Center for Food Safety will release the report Thursday and brief members of Congress on it.

USA: FARMERS FILE MORE THAN 360 CORN LAWSUITS AGAINST SYNGENTA

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward."

Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward.

USA: ARIZONA CONSIDERING LABELING LAW FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

Actions/Protests in the News

SUMMARY: "Advocates for GMO labeling are getting another shot in the Arizona Legislature. Six representatives submitted a bill to require food containing even just one genetically engineered ingredient be labeled as such."

Advocates for GMO labeling are getting another shot in the Arizona Legislature. Six representatives submitted a bill to require food containing even just one genetically engineered ingredient be labeled as such.

EU VOTE GIVES GOVERNMENTS THE CHOICE TO GROW GM CROPS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Individual EU nations will be able to ban cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops under a compromise deal agreed on Tuesday that ends years of deadlock over the barbed issue and could actually boost GM farming."

Individual EU nations will be able to ban cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops under a compromise deal agreed on Tuesday that ends years of deadlock over the barbed issue and could actually boost GM farming.

A list of GM products is awaiting EU approval and Tuesday's vote in the European Parliament opens the way for the authorities to review it.

Columbus Day and the Colonization of Land, Trees and Genes

Global Struggle

I spent the past several days participating in the Indigenous Environmental Network Campaign to Stop GE Trees Action Camp in the Qualla Boundary, homelands of the Eastern Band Cherokee in North Carolina. Participants included members of tribes across the Southeast, who came to learn about plans for growing genetically engineered trees on and/or adjacent to their territories.

GMO Approval Process FINALLY Being Scrutinized

Regulation

In 2013, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) wrote to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) [1] and asked them to look into the review system being used to regulate genetically modified crops—specifically, “to ensure that [it] fully reflects current science.” This week, the GAO agreed to begin a review [2] of how the USDA and FDA look at the long-term safety of genetically engineered crops both in the environment and in the food supply.

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