GENETICALLY MODIFIED APPLE APPROVED FOR SALE IN CANADA

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Debating whether or not to eat that slightly-brown apple might be a thing of the past. The genetically modified Arctic apple developed in B.C. has been approved for sale in Canada."

Debating whether or not to eat that slightly-brown apple might be a thing of the past.

The genetically modified Arctic apple developed in B.C. has been approved for sale in Canada.

The fruit was developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and has a unique characteristic: it's a non-browning apple.

USA: AN APPETITE FOR LABELLING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

Regulation

SUMMARY: "A large majority of Americans support labelling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not."

A large majority of Americans support labelling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not.

According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66% of Americans favour requiring food manufacturers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified organisms, or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs. Only 7% are opposed to the idea, and 24% are neutral.

COSTA RICA: COURT HANDS GMO OPPONENTS A VICTORY BY DECLARING PERMITTING PROCESS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "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."

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.

PERU: TRANSNATIONALS ACCUSED OF INTERFERING WITH GM FOOD LAWS

Industry

SUMMARY: "Civil society groups denounced on Monday the intervention by transnational corporations like Monsanto in stopping the implementation of a genetically modified (GM) foods prohibition law."

Civil society groups denounced on Monday the intervention by transnational corporations like Monsanto in stopping the implementation of a genetically modified (GM) foods prohibition law.

Three years ago Peru banned genetically modified seeds to protect its rich biodiversity that includes 56 types of corn and close to 4000 thousand types of potatoes among thousands of other products.

SCIENTISTS URGE REVAMPED REGULATIONS FOR GENETIC ENGINEERING

Industry & Government Collusion

SUMMARY: "Are new techniques for genetic modification being used to escape some of the regulatory oversight imposed on conventional genetic engineering techniques for the past several decades?"

Are new techniques for genetic modification being used to escape some of the regulatory oversight imposed on conventional genetic engineering techniques for the past several decades?

USA: IOWA LAWSUITS ACCUSE SYNGENTA OVER REJECTED GMO CROPS

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Iowa farmers and companies are suing Syngenta AG, claiming they suffered financial losses when China rejected corn shipments containing a genetically modified seed developed by the agribusiness giant but not approved for use by China."

Iowa farmers and companies are suing Syngenta AG, claiming they suffered financial losses when China rejected corn shipments containing a genetically modified seed developed by the agribusiness giant but not approved for use by China.

HOW THE GREAT FOOD WAR WILL BE WON

Sustainable Agriculture

SUMMARY: "By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. "

SOUTH AFRICA: TRANSGENES FOUND IN SMALL FARMERS’ MAIZE SEED SUPPLIES

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "Genetically modified (GM) crops were introduced in South Africa in 1997. By 2013, South Africa had 2.3 million hectares of GM crops under cultivation, 78% of which was insect-resistant and/or herbicide-tolerant maize. "

Genetically modified (GM) crops were introduced in South Africa in 1997. By 2013, South Africa had 2.3 million hectares of GM crops under cultivation, 78% of which was insect-resistant and/or herbicide-tolerant maize.

Gene-Altered Apples Get U.S. Approval

Genetically Engineered Trees

The government on Friday approved the commercial planting of genetically engineered apples that are resistant to turning brown when sliced or bruised.

The developer, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, says it believes the nonbrowning feature will be popular with both consumers and food service companies because it will make sliced apples more appealing. The feature could also reduce the number of apples discarded because of bruising.

Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

GE Failures & Contaminations

NEW YORK (AP) — Monsanto said Wednesday it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat.

The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools at land grant colleges in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

It will also reimburse the plaintiffs' and their lawyers for a portion of the costs associated with the case. The company said that under the terms of the settlement agreement it can't disclose how much that will cost.

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