Gene-altered apple tested in Washington state

Genetically Engineered Trees

WASHINGTON -- An inspection of an orchard of experimental, genetically modified apples in central Washington last year turned up a troubling finding – gene-altered trees flowering less than 100 feet from conventional apple trees.

The grower, Gebbers Farms of Brewster, Wash., previously had been cited for conducting a field trial too near conventional apples, failing to keep good records and making no effort to keep animals away from the plot.

BRAZIL CONSIDERS TRANSGENIC TREES

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Viewed from above, Brazil’s orderly eucalyptus plantations offer a stark contrast to the hurly-burly of surrounding native forests. The trees, lined up like regiments of soldiers on 3.5 million hectares around the country, have been bred over decades to grow quickly."

Viewed from above, Brazil’s orderly eucalyptus plantations offer a stark contrast to the hurly-burly of surrounding native forests. The trees, lined up like regiments of soldiers on 3.5 million hectares around the country, have been bred over decades to grow quickly.

GERMAN SUPERMARKET GIANTS DEMAND RETURN TO GMO-FREE FED POULTRY

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Germany’s top supermarkets, the powerhouses of Europe when it comes to retail, have delivered a blow to the biotech industry by forcing the German poultry industry to return to the use of non-GMO feed."

Germany’s top supermarkets, the powerhouses of Europe when it comes to retail, have delivered a blow to the biotech industry by forcing the German poultry industry to return to the use of non-GMO feed.

USA: REFUGES TO DISCONTINUE GMO CROPS BY 2016

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "By 2016, national wildlife refuges across the country will discontinue their use of genetically modified crops and certain pesticides."

By 2016, national wildlife refuges across the country will discontinue their use of genetically modified crops and certain pesticides.

LOSS OF HABITAT, MILKWEED CITED IN FALL OF MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "As many as 50 people could attend the monarch butterfly tagging event on Saturday in Moraine State Park. Yet the group will be lucky if it tags a single one, park officials say. "

As many as 50 people could attend the monarch butterfly tagging event on Saturday in Moraine State Park. Yet the group will be lucky if it tags a single one, park officials say.

“They are just not around the way they used to be. I have probably only seen five this year, and I look for them all the time. Years ago, there were so many more,” said Stephanie Taylor, an educator at the park.

USA: MONSANTO SETTLES SOME GMO WHEAT CASES

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Monsanto has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest in a lawsuit over genetically modified wheat. But plaintiffs in the Midwest and other parts of the country are still in negotiations."

Monsanto has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest in a lawsuit over genetically modified wheat. But plaintiffs in the Midwest and other parts of the country are still in negotiations.

The trouble started at an Oregon farm in 20-13, when some wheat plants would not die, even when they were sprayed with Roundup herbicide.

Can Genetic Engineering Save the Florida Orange?

Genetically Engineered Trees

Genetically modified oranges might save Florida's blighted groves—if Americans will drink the juice.

Plant pathologist Yong Ping Duan at the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Research Service lab in Fort Pierce, Fla. is experimenting with thermotherapy to treat infected citrus trees. He’s found that baking the tree with solar radiation to over 100°F for a few days kills some of the bacteria allowing the tree to survive for at least two more years. There is no cure.

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."

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