Recent GMO News
19
Jan

Trump Picks Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary (Washington Post)

Originally published by the Washington Post  January 19th, 2017 by Chris Mooney and John Wagner Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to be his secretary of agriculture, completing a protracted search with implications for how the president-elect plans to deliver on his promises to the army of rural voters widely credited with […]

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18
Jan

Monsanto, California Battle Over Listing Glyphosate as a Carcinogen (EcoWatch)

Originally published by EcoWatch January 18th, 2017 by Lorraine Chow Next week, Monsanto and California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will face off over the agency’s plan to list the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen. The outcome of this legal battle could have major ramifications to California’s long-established regulatory program. It […]

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18
Jan

USDA Grants Final Approval for Monsanto/Scotts’ Genetically Engineered Grass (EcoWatch)

Originally published by EcoWatch January 18th, 2017 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final deregulation decision Wednesday approving Monsanto and Scotts’ genetically engineered (GE) bentgrass, even as the highly invasive creeping grass continues to spread unchecked beyond its Oregon and Idaho test plots. Decades-old outdoor experiments have proven the bentgrass impossible to control […]

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17
Jan

French National Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Cameras in Slaughterhouses (Mercy for Animals)

Originally published by Mercy for Animals January 17th, 2017 by Sarah Von Alt Last week, the French national assembly passed a bill requiring cameras in all slaughterhouses. Only four opposed the measure, while 28 voted in favor of it. The move comes after the release late last year of shocking undercover video by the French […]

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17
Jan

Former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s New Job: Head Of US Dairy Export Council (Modern Farmer)

Originally published by Modern Farmer January 17th, 2017 by Dan Nosowitz Tom Vilsack, who helmed the US Department of Agriculture for (almost) the entire two terms under President Barack Obama, has a new job. Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, was a well-liked agriculture secretary, having expanded the department’s reach in rural issues ranging from […]

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17
Jan

Syngenta Sees No Sale of ChemChina’s Adama to Get Merger Nod (WHBL)

Originally published by WHBL January 17th, 2017 by Martinne  Geller DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Syngenta , the Swiss pesticides and seeds group being taken over by ChemChina [CNNCC.UL], does not expect antitrust regulators to force the Chinese state-owned company to put its subsidiary Adama up for sale, Syngenta’s CEO said on Tuesday. “Adama will not need […]

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16
Jan

Burkina Faso Says Cotton Production Increases After It Discontinues Monsanto Variety (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Originally published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch  January 16th, 2017 by Guz Trompiz PARIS  •  Burkina Faso estimates its production of raw cotton for the 2016-17 harvest will rise by 25 percent compared to the previous harvest as favorable rainfall boosts output, the country’s agriculture minister said on Monday. The west African country’s growers had reverted […]

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13
Jan

Momentum Building! Chipotle & LPQ Announce Chicken Welfare Policies (Mercy for Animals)

Originally published by Mercy for Animals January 13th, 2017 by Brent Cox 2017 is off to a great start when it comes to progress for farmed animals. Today Chipotle, a popular fast-casual restaurant chain with more than 2,000 locations in the United States, announced a commitment to improving chicken welfare standards following discussions with Mercy […]

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13
Jan

Bermuda Environment Minister Continues Ban on Glyphosate (Sustainable Pulse)

Originally published by Sustainable Pulse January 13th, 2017 Bermuda’s Environment Minister Cole Simons is not prepared to lift the ban on weedkillers containing glyphosate “at this point in time”, he stated Thursday. The announcement, made at a stakeholder consultation meeting on Thursday on the Glyphosate Monitoring Study Draft Report, was applauded by the public and […]

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13
Jan

GM Mustard Issue Not Discussed at GEAC Meet (India Today)

Originally published by India Today January 13th, 2017 New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) Biotech regulator Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) today met but did not discuss the contentious issue of commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard as officials termed it as a “routine meeting”. A top Environment Ministry official said other issues related to […]

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