Recent GMO News
07
Dec

How the CRISPR Patent Could Shape the Future of Genetic Engineering (Gizmodo)

Originally published by Gizmodo  December 7th, 2016 Kristen V. Brown On Tuesday, the two feuding parties of the CRISPR gene editing patent fight entered the boxing ring: Attorneys for each side made oral arguments before a three-judge panel, in a case that not only puts billions of potential dollars at stake, but could define the […]

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07
Dec

Adoption of Biotech Alfalfa Lags Other GMO Crops (Capital Press)

Originally published by Capital Press December 7th, 2016 Mateusz Perkowski Adoption of genetically engineered alfalfa among farmers has lagged behind other biotech crops, with the vast majority of U.S. acreage remaining conventional, according to USDA. Only about 13.5 percent of harvested U.S. alfalfa acreage is genetically modified, compared to more than 90 percent of corn, […]

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07
Dec

$18 Million GMO Fine: A Victory Too Late (CrossCut)

Originally published by Crosscut December 7th, 2016 by Praphanit Doowa and Joe Copeland But there’s no prospect for another try in Washington state: Congress — largely acting at the behest of chemical and food companies and agricultural interests — passed a law forbidding any state or local regulation of labeling for genetically engineered ingredients. The […]

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07
Dec

A Terrifying Superbug Just Showed Up on a US Farm for the First Time (Mother Jones)

Originally published by Mother Jones December 7th, 2016 by Tom Philpott More than 70 percent of the antibiotics consumed in the United States go to livestock farms, one of the main triggers driving a rising crisis of antibiotic resistance in human medicine. On Tuesday, researchers from Ohio State University published an alarming finding in a […]

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06
Dec

Man Paints Murals to Bring Attention to the Plight of Honeybees (Modern Farmer)

Originally published by Modern Farmer December 6, 2016 by Joe Phillips “If the bees go, we do, too. The situation’s that dire,” says Matthew Willey, who’s on a quest to bring attention to the plight of the honeybee by painting 50,000 of them—an ideal number for a healthy hive—on buildings across the country. Since 2015, […]

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04
Dec

We’ve Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods (Alternet)

Originally published by Alternet December 4, 2016 by Reynard Loki Editor’s note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons […]

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30
Nov

Boulder County to Proceed With Phasing Out GMO Crops (Times-Call Region News)

Originally published by Times-Call Region News November 30th, 2016 by John Fryar Boulder County will proceed with a policy and plan for phasing out the growing of genetically modified corn and sugar beets on county-owned farmland, county commissioners decided on a 2-1 Wednesday night vote. Tenant farmers who have been growing genetically engineered corn on […]

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29
Nov

State and Local GMO Bans Declared Legal (The Daily Astorian)

Originally published by The Daily Astorian November 29th, 2016 by Mateusz Perkowski Federal law does not preempt state or local governments from banning genetically engineered crops that have been deregulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed an earlier ruling that held Maui County in Hawaii was […]

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28
Nov

Got Organic? Neither Do We (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)

Originally published by DTN/The Progressive Farmer November 28th, 2016 by Chris Clayton MINNEAPOLIS (DTN) — Organic and non-GMO sales in the U.S. amount to chicken feed, but that chicken feed is increasingly imported because U.S. farmers aren’t in a position to fill demand for certified organic or even non-GMO feed. The gap between supply and […]

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27
Nov

Boulder County Commissioners to Consider Plan for Phasing Out GMO’s (Times-Call Local News)

Originally published by Times-Call Local News November 27th, 2016 by John Fryar Boulder County commissioners may decide on Wednesday whether to proceed with implementing a plan for phasing out the growing of genetically engineered crops on county-owned farm land. The commissioners have scheduled a hearing for that afternoon on a GMO phase-out plan drafted by […]

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