Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture


30.01.2009 |

Hungary to defy European Commission call to scrap ban on GMO crops

Hungary will keep its ban on GMO (genetically modified organisms) maize imports and the planting of GMO seeds, Agriculture Ministry undersecretary Zoltan Gogos announced.

The European Commission recently called on Hungary to entirely lift its GMO ban. Last week the EU's executive arm backed proposals that would grant standard ten-year licences for the two GMO maize types. Hungary, one of the region's biggest grain producers, became the first country in eastern Europe to ban GMO crops and foods in 2005, when it outlawed the planting of MON 810 maize seeds, which are marketed by the US biotech company Monsanto.

13.01.2009 |

Biotech industry tags ’GE-free’ labels as misleading

The biotechnology industry remains firmly opposed to the labeling of food products as ”biotech-free” or ”genetically engineered-free.” Such labels wrongly plant the idea with consumers that biotech food products are inferior or pose a health threat, Bill Olson, director of federal government affairs for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, told Farm Bureau members at an issues conference at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 90th annual meeting. ”A non-GE label leads consumers to believe there is a difference between GE products and those produced by traditional methods. There is no difference,” Olson emphasized.

09.01.2009 |

Consumer benefits could drive switch in GM opinion in Europe

Could a purple tomato and soya beans that produce oil with a higher content of omega-3 oil be the turning point for GM crops in the UK and Europe? They are among the first of a second generation of GM crops that concentrate more on providing consumer benefits than the farmer-based benefits of herbicide-tolerance or insecticidal crops. Pro-GM groups hope the change in emphasis will start to swing public opinion in favour of genetically modified crops in Europe.

08.01.2009 |

Agency condemns Sweden’s GMO labeling as ’misleading’

Swedish consumers are being misled by labels falsely claiming that food products are free of genetically modified organisms (GMO), according to a new report. Sweden’s National Food Administration recently tested the contents of 29 different products in six municipalities around the country. [...] Ten products had labels proclaiming they were GMO-free, yet four of them were found to have traces of GMOs.

07.01.2009 |

Optimism remains high on plunging Monsanto Company

While Monsanto Company has had a better 2008 than the S&P 500 Index (SPX), it hasn’t exactly earned the optimism that is prevalent on the Street. In fact, MON has dropped more than 37% (compared to the 38% slip in the broad market index), falling along with its 10-week moving average. The stock has plunged 51% from its June high, and is currently finding some support at the 70 level.

07.01.2009 |

Monsanto is ready to round up seed patent violators in Canada

Monsanto Canada Inc. will go to court on January 15 to settle a case with four farmers who allegedly illegally grew, harvested, and sold products developed from patented Monsanto seeds. The McGill Tribune contacted the farmers involved, but none were willing to comment before they go to court. The January hearing follows Monsanto’s December settlement with three Quebec farmers growing Roundup Ready canola without a license. The farmers agreed to pay $200 per acre.

05.01.2009 |

Greenpeace India pleads for ban on GM food

Environmental group Greenpeace on Tuesday urged the Tamil Nadu Government to ban Genetically Modified (GM) food items in the state, saying they would adversely affect the health of the people and the state of agriculture. Talking to newspersons here, Jai Krishna, Sustainable Agriculture campaigner for Greenpeace said the GM foods were scientifically acknowledged as health hazards and have been shown to cause, allergies, liver and kidney toxicity, immune disorders and retarded growth.

05.01.2009 |

Ban GM food, GEAC member tells Indian Prime Minister

After the recent announcement by Anbumani Ramadoss, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, that he would not let GM foods enter India, Pushpa Bhargava, member of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) and leading molecular biologist, has in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urged a ban on all GM foods being imported into the country, until proper safurged a ban on all GM foods being imported into the country, until proper safety research was done on them.

19.12.2008 |

Kerala (India) says no to genetically modified seeds

Opposing any type of trial-runs of genetically modified seeds in the state, the CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala has asked the Centre to declare the State as ’G M free’ State in the country. It was the government’s declared policy that genetically modified seeds would not be allowed to be cultivated either on experimental basis or otherwise in the state, Agriculture Minister Mullakara Ratnakaran told the Assembly while replying to a submission.

18.12.2008 |

Brazilian Association of Non-GMO Grain Producers expands non-GE offers

The Brazilian Association of Non-GMO Grain Producers, ABRANGE, declares that through its members it is able to originate or produce and crush or trade about 6.3 million metric tons of Brazilian Non-GMO beans or its products. ABRANGE also announces that besides its members other Brazilian traders or crushers are able to trade or crush, under regular programs, about 3.7 million tons of Brazilian Non GMO soybeans or its products, totaling about 10 million tons of Brazilian Non-GMO soybeans or its products (about 7.5 million tons of soy meal, about 1.9 million tons of soy oil and nearly 40,000 tons of lecithin).


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