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Argentinia: Federal Prosecutor requests ban on GMO crops

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03.01.2017 Editor

The Argentinian Federal Prosecutor Fabián Canda has officially filed a request to the Federal Administrative Court of Buenos Aires to prohibit the sale of GMO seeds that are designed to be grown with glyphosate herbicides (Roundup Ready).

China: Heilongjiang province bans GMOs

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02.01.2017 Editor

According to several sources China´s top grain producing province Heilongjiang has decided in December to prohibit to grow GMO crops. The regulation will become effective on May 1,2017.

EU Court: authorisation of GM soya lawful

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30.12.2016 Editor

The GM soya "Intacta" can continue to be sold in the EU.  On Thursday, the EU court (ECJ) in Luxembourg rejected an action against the marketing of this variety produced by Monsanto and contained in animal feed and food for humans.

ChemChina further extended takeover offer to Syngenta

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29.12.2016 Editor

The absence of regulatory approvals has forced the Chinese chemical company ChemChina to extend its takeover offer to the Swiss seed and crop protection company Syngenta once more.

Review of the year 2016

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Not an easy year - politically as well as for the organic industry. Although turnover is still growing political developments as in the UK, in Turkey and the US will all impact on to the organic sector. The worldwide organic movement is working on new ideas and is fighting very hard against GMO and pesticides. Looking back over the organic year, we are summarising important events, market data, developments, trends and reports from Europe and across the world. Please join us for our review! Many more themes are available in our archive and on YouTube  and Twitter.

Glyphosate: EFSA shares raw data from risk assessment

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20.12.2016 Editor

The European Food Safety Authority EFSA has shared the raw data that was used in the EU safety evaluation of the pesticide glyphosate. The information has been sent to a group of MEPs who submitted an official request to see the information.

Genetic engineering law: German Federal Council calls for corrections

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19.12.2016 Editor

The German Federal Council Bundesrat calls for comprehensive corrections and improvements to the draft of the new Genetic Engineering Act (Opt out).

EU safety review on glyphosate still pending

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09.12.2016 Editor

Although there has been shown clear evidence of the cancerogen potential of the weedkiller glyphosate by the WHO IARC study and the EU Parliament voted against an extension the commission will not accelerate the review. 

German Minister for the Environment opposed to the release of organisms with a 'gene-drive'

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07.12.2016 Editor

The German Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has taken a clear stand against any release of genetically engineered organisms inheriting a 'gene drive'.

Moratorium on new genetic extinction technology at UN convention

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06.12.2016 Editor

Gene drive technology poses serious and potentially irreversible threats to biodiversity, as well as national sovereignty, peace, and food security, declare 160 global groups at the COP13 meetings in Cancun, Mexico. 


Nigeria: Agency warns against consumption of genetically-modified foods

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06.12.2016 Editor

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) of Nigeria has warned the public of genetically-modified products that are on offer in some stores. None of the products has yet been approved for local and commercial consumption.

US National Organic Standards: no GMO 2.0

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02.12.2016 Editor

According to US-based Organic Consumers Association (OCA) the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) decided last month that new GMO technologies won´t be allowed in organics.

EU: Genetically engineered maize - risks not under control

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28.11.2016 Editor

The EU Commission wants to allow the cultivation of three variant of genetically engineered maize for 2017. EU Member States are expected to vote on this issue on 9 December.

CropLife urged EPA to remove scientists from glyphosate panel

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23.11.2016 Editor

According to GMWatch the epidemiologist Dr Peter Infante was removed from the review panel because the Monsanto and industry funded group CropLife had specifically demanded that to EPA.

The Syngenta Blackbook

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18.11.2016 Editor

Syngenta is besides Monsanto an example of big chemical companies that pollute environment and try to control the food supply. The Swiss corporation is the largest pesticide producer in the world.

Successful Tribunal and Peoples Assembly – What’s next?

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16.11.2016 Editor

Both the hearings of the Monsanto Tribunal and the parallel People’s Assembly were a great success. The victims are very happy that their voices have been heard, media coverage was positive especially in France and Germany.

Monsanto Tribunal Multimedia Site is online

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11.11.2016 Editor

All the Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly's multimedia material is completed now and available on Monsanto Tribunal website: pictures, short interviews and all the videos from the two days of hearings in The Hague, translated into different languages.

EU parliament voted against GMO varieties

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10.11.2016 Editor

For the fifth time in less than a year European Union politicians voted against genetically modified crop. The European Parliament has rejected three varieties of GMO maize, as well as one variety of maize and one variety of cotton for import and use in food and feed.

Swiss GMO program in India in spite of their own ban

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07.11.2016 Editor

India is heavily relying on its agriculture and when the harvest is not good the consequences can be catastrophic for their farmers. The garbanzo bean is one of the most popular crops of produce, particularly in northern India.

Nestle with GMO free pasta in future?

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02.11.2016 Editor

The US pasta and sauce brand Buitoni which is owned by Nestle announced to remove GM ingredients. The move was part of an ongoing effort to provide customers with good quality products they can trust, the company explains.

Post-Brexit: the future of GMOs

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01.11.2016 Editor

Bristish Farming Minister George Eustace has confirmed he is discussing new rules for GM crops after Brexit, and while some believe this will free the UK to move towards a more open approach to GM, others aren’t so certain.

The World’s Largest GMO-Free Territory

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24.10.2016 Editor

In July of this year the Russian Federation passed a law that prohibits genetically modified agriculture. With this law signed by Vladimir Putin, Russia becomes the largest GMO free land in the world, ahead the European Union.

Tribunal gathers evidence of Monsanto´s ecocide

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The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already  “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.

People’s Assembly Verdict: Monsanto guilty of crimes against the planet and humanity

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20.10.2016 Editor

Monsanto and the Poison Cartel are guilty of crimes against our planet and humanity. This is the verdict from the People’s Assembly organized in the Hague alongside the Monsanto Tribunal.

Ecocide must be punishable

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Tribunals are being launched because of serious crimes to accuse and punish crimes against humanity. The Monsanto Tribunal and the People's Assembly has taken place in The Hague from 14 to 16 October. Our blog gives details of the event.

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