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Genetic Engineering


USA: organic farmers criticise corporation-dominated organic umbrella organization

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

21.07.2016 Editor

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and severly criticised the position it adopted in the dispute about GMO labelling in the USA.


EU: member states support restrictions of use for Glyphosate

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

13.07.2016 Editor

The European Union Member States have voted in favor of limiting the use of the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate, the European Commission announced on Monday.

 


Spanish government does not respond to the risk of massive transgenic contamination

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

05.07.2016 Editor

The appearance of teosinte is having serious consequences for agriculture. The situation could worsen if it crosses with genetically modified maize.


Glyphosate Update: Final EU Commission decision

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

30.06.2016 Editor

The Commission adopted the extension of the current approval of glyphosate for a limited period until the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has concluded its review and gave recommendations on the use of glyphosate.


Glyphosate is to receive 18 months extension

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

29.06.2016 Editor

As the European Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis announced on Tuesday at a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Luxembourg the Commission will extend the European approval for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate to 18 months.


Largest independent’ study on crop biotechnology under scrutiny

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

17.06.2016 Editor

The Factor GMO is a project primarily organized by a Russian NGO called the National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) and claims to be the worlds largest independent study of GMO safety.


Bayer&Monsanto: the next merger in the agrochemical industry is imminent

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

14.06.2016 Editor

Merger mania has broken out among agrochemical corporations. Chinese ChemChina wants to buy Swiss Syngenta, Dow Chemical and DuPont want to join and Bayer has offered US$62bn for its competitor Monsanto.


EU: glyphosate authorisation fails again

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

09.06.2016 Editor

For the third time the EU Commission's proposal to extend the authorisation of the herbicide glyphosate did not gain a qualified majority.


China: consequences of the Syngenta acquisition

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

17.05.2016 Editor

With the aquisition of Swiss GMO company Syngenta China puts genetically modified food on menu. But a majority of Chinese consumers don´t want it.


Modified mushrooms not considered as GMO

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.05.2016 Editor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulators pondered an outwardly unremarkable mushroom for two and a half years before they decided its GMO status earlier this month.


What happens when EU states approve glyphosate again

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.05.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The European parliament submitted a compromise proposal for extending the authorisation of the controversial herbicide glyphosate and voted with a big majority for certain conditions and an extension of only seven instead of fifteen years. This proposal is, however, not legally binding.The fact that the decision was postponed was a morale-booster for many people who oppose pesticides. Our author Leo Frühschütz spoke with Heike Moldenhauer, the expert in genetic engineering at the German Organisation for Environment and Nature Protection (BUND), about the chances of still being able to prevent a renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate.


EU vote: German minister can ban glyphosate

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

03.05.2016 Karin Heinze

It is likely that on 18 or 19 May the EU member states will vote on whether and under what conditions to approve the renewal of authorisation of glyphosate. An open letter calls on the German Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, to vote against approval and thus to prevent further authorisation of glyphosate. The European Commission now wants to restrict the renewal of authorisation to 10 years. In its proposal at the beginning of March renewal was for 15 years. The Dutch Council Presidency had called for a reduction of five years, the Greens asked for a complete ban.


Anti-GMO March and Protest Movement against Monsanto

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

27.04.2016 Editor

On the 21st of May 2016, South Africans will once again unite, in numerous cities throughout the country, to protest Monsanto’s aggressive attempts to force genetically modified organisms.


Attack on Vermont's GMO labeling law!

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.04.2016 Editor

Under pressure from Monsanto and Big Food lobbyists, Vermont lawmakers are weighing a rider to the state budget bill that would let food companies off the hook for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law until January 1, 2018.


Glyphosate: European Environment Commission votes against approval

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

25.03.2016 Editor

The European Commission “should not renew the approval of the herbicide substance glyphosate on the EU market” voted the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI).


Glyphosate - an investigative film

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.03.2016 Editor

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A topical investigation into a controversial substance.


Glyphosate: majority of Germans contaminated

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

08.03.2016 Editor

A new report analysed glyphosate residue in urine and it concluded that 75% of the target group displayed levels that were five times higher than the legal limit of drinking water.


Seed giants active around new methods of genetic engineering

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

03.03.2016 Redaktion

The German organisation Testbiotech has published a report which for the first time gives an overview of patents filed by large corporations for the use of gene-editing and synthetic gene technology in food plants.


Transgenic maize authorisation must be rescinded

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.02.2016 Editor

Thirteen civil society organisations have officially alerted the European Commission that the wild ancestor of cultivated maize, teosinte, has appeared in Spain and is spreading widely in maize growing areas as an invasive species.


EU Parliament opposes import of three herbicide-resistant GM crops

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

05.02.2016 Editor

On Wednesday, 3 February 2015 the European Parliament voted to oppose the import of three genetically modified (GM) soybeans into the European Union.


We’ve had enough: powerful signal in favour of organic agriculture

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.01.2016 Karin Heinze

The big demo against the agriculture industry that took place during the International Green Week in Berlin has become a regular event. For the sixth time, over 100 organisations called for a demonstration. Around 23,000 people responded with a march on Saturday 16 January 2016. 


Giant food corporations are controlling US-food supply

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

23.01.2016 Editor

The giant multibillion dollar agribusinesses are destroying the local and organic farms in America and replacing a huge portion of our food supply with factory farms that are based outside this country.

 


PAN, Anti-chemical group rejects most modern farm technology

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

22.01.2016 Editor

Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN North America), founded in 1984 in Oakland, California, is part of an international coalition of around 600 NGOs, citizens’ groups, and individuals in about 90 countries.


The organic sector urges the Commission to classify new genetic engineering techniques as GMOs

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

15.01.2016 Editor

IFOAM EU has published a position paper on new genetic engineering techniques, ahead of the legal interpretation of the European Commission, expected by March 2016.


Global Food, Farming and Environmental Justice Groups to put Monsanto on trial

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

15.01.2016 Editor

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI), and Millions Against Monsanto and others announced that they will put Monsanto on trial on World Food Day, October 16, 2016.


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