Recent GMO News
01
Feb

New ‘Super Yield’ GM Wheat Trial Gets Go-Ahead (BBC News)

Originally published by BBC News February 1st, 2017 by Matt Mcgrath The planting of a new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat will take place this spring after the UK government gave the final go ahead. The GM wheat has been engineered to use sunlight more efficiently and has boosted greenhouse yields by up […]

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31
Jan

Monsanto Sees Prolonged Delay on GMO Corn Permits in Mexico (Reuters)

Originally published by Reuters January 31st, 2017 by David Alire Garcia A ban on planting genetically modified corn in Mexico is likely to continue for years as a slow-moving legal battle grinds on, said a top executive of U.S.-based seed and agrochemical company Monsanto Co. Last week, a Mexican court upheld a late 2013 ruling […]

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30
Jan

Judge Blocks Monsanto’s Bid to Stop California From Listing Glyphosate as Carcinogenic (Ecowatch)

Originally published by EcoWatch by Lorraine Chow California could become the first state to require Monsanto to label its glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup, as a possible carcinogen following Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan’s tentative ruling on Friday. The tentative ruling regards the agrochemical giant’s Jan. 2016 lawsuit against California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). In Sept. 2015, […]

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28
Jan

California Clears Hurdle for Cancer Warning Label on Roundup (Sustainable Pulse)

Originally published by Sustainable Pulse January 28th, 2017 California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled Friday. California would be the first U.S. state to order such labeling if it […]

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27
Jan

European Nations Reject GM Crop Cultivation in Groundbreaking Votes (Sustainable Pulse)

Originally published by Sustainable Pulse January 27th, 2017 A key vote on Friday saw European nations oppose the European Commission’s proposal to authorize the first new GM crops for cultivation since 1998, but failed to achieve the necessary majority for the proposal to be formally shelved. The decision concerns GM maize types from Syngenta and […]

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26
Jan

The Death of the Toxic Trade Deal TPP Was Long Overdue – But Don’t Praise Trump for It (Common Dreams)

Originally published by Common Dreams January 25th, 2017 by Nick Dearden It’s good news that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. In fact, the toxic deal – a pacific version of US-EU deal TTIP – was already dead before Trump took office. Popular pressure from trade unions and campaign groups in the US and […]

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25
Jan

If These Trees Don’t Get Time To Chill, Farmers Will Be Out On A Limb (NPR)

Originally published by NPR January 25th, 2017 by Ezra David Romero Tom Coleman is busy pruning branches off pistachio trees that aren’t budding at an orchard just north of Fresno, Calif. He farms and manages more than 8,000 acres of pistachios across the state. “Here’s an example of some hanging down nuts from last year […]

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24
Jan

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

Originally published by EcoWatch  by Lorraine Chow January 18, 2017 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 all started back in Sept. 2015 when the OEHHA issued a notice of intent to list the […]

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24
Jan

Trump will renegotiate our trade deals. Will it really be on behalf of workers? (The Washington Post)

Originally published by the Washington Post by Greg Sargent January 13, 2017 It has been widely speculated that Donald Trump is going to forge ahead with his campaign vow to renegotiate our trade deals. Trump has said his choice for U.S. Trade Representative, who advocates for a tougher stand towards China, will be charged with doing this. Trump […]

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24
Jan

Trump’s Pick To Lead USDA Heads To Washington With Some Political Baggage (NPR)

Originally published by NPR January 20th, 2017 by Johnny Kauffman Last year, Georgia’s former governor, Sonny Perdue, called up a farmer named Gary Paulk for some advice about planting blackberry bushes. Paulk thought it was a prank. “I picked up the phone and he said, ‘Gary, how you doing? This is Sonny Perdue,’ ” Paulk […]

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