USA: GMO SAFETY, WEED CONTROL TOP CONCERNS AS US STUDY KICKS OFF

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday."

Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday.

USA: COMPANIES PURSUING NON-GMO PRODUCTS FOR COMPETITIVE EDGE, EXPERTS SAY

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Genetically modified organisms are either going to solve world hunger or kill off the human race, depending on who you ask. The words “Monsanto” or “GMO” engender strong reactions in people around the globe, as governments, scientists, advocates and consumers are finding themselves adopting strong stances either for or against the new technology."

CHINA: ALLEGED ILLEGAL GM RICE TRIAL ON STUDENTS LEADS TO LEUKEMIA BOOM

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "According to reports from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, an alleged illegal GM rice trial on the University students has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to three times the normal rate in China."

According to reports from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, an alleged illegal GM rice trial on the University students has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to three times the normal rate in China.

USDA GREENLIGHTING OF AGENT ORANGE CROPS SPARKS CONDEMNATION

GE Plants and Crops

SUMMARY: "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision this week to approve two new genetically engineered crops is being denounced by watchdog groups as a false solution to herbicide-resistant weeds and a move that threatens human and environment safety alike."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision this week to approve two new genetically engineered crops is being denounced by watchdog groups as a false solution to herbicide-resistant weeds and a move that threatens human and environment safety alike.

SOUTH AFRICA: WOOLWORTHS TO HALVE OWN-LABEL GM GOODS

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "Woolworths aimed to reduce by 50 percent the number of its private-label products that contained genetically modified (GM) ingredients, the food and fashion retailer said last week. It would do this within 12 months."

Woolworths aimed to reduce by 50 percent the number of its private-label products that contained genetically modified (GM) ingredients, the food and fashion retailer said last week. It would do this within 12 months.

The retailer said this followed a number of pleas from its customers that they would prefer not to buy products that contained GM ingredients.

USA: UNREGULATED GM WHEAT POPPING UP IN MONTANA

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department has said."

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department has said.

No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.

CALIFORNIA BAN ON GE SALMON EXPANDS PROTECTIONS, BUT OPENS A DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE

Genetically Engineered Fish

SUMMARY: "Center for Food Safety (CFS) cautiously welcomes California law AB 504, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, which bans commercial production of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in all state waters. However, CFS also warns that the bill contains a dangerous loophole that must be closed."

Center for Food Safety (CFS) cautiously welcomes California law AB 504, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, which bans commercial production of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in all state waters. However, CFS also warns that the bill contains a dangerous loophole that must be closed.

'Smart Genes' Prove Elusive

GE & People

Scientists looking for the genes underlying intelligence are in for a slog. One of the largest, most rigorous genetic studies of human cognition1 has turned up inconclusive findings, and experts concede that they will probably need to scour the genomes of more than 1 million people to confidently identify even a small genetic influence on intelligence and other behavioural traits.

USA: UNAPPROVED GM WHEAT FOUND IN MONTANA

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago. "

Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago.

UKRAINE: IMF LOAN FOR UKRAINE MAY GIVE GMO GIANT A BACKDOOR INTO EU

Industry & Government Collusion

SUMMARY: "Ukraine’s bid for closer ties with the west could come at a cost. With the IMF set to loan the country $17 billion, the deal could also see GMO crops grown in some of the most fertile lands on the continent, warns Frederic Mousseau."

Ukraine’s bid for closer ties with the west could come at a cost. With the IMF set to loan the country $17 billion, the deal could also see GMO crops grown in some of the most fertile lands on the continent, warns Frederic Mousseau.

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