Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture

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01.01.1970

EU Lawmakers Advance GMO Restrictions

The European Union moved a step closer to tighter controls on genetically modified organisms, after the EU Council voted Wednesday to give member states the power to restrict or prohibit GMOs for any reason.

01.01.1970

GMOs Have NOT Been Proven Safe

The resounding claim of GMO proponents is that GMOs have been proven safe. Some scientists are quite emphatic about this, such as Dr. Pamela Ronald from UC Davis, who says: "Genetically engineered crops currently on the market are as safe to eat and safe for the environment as organic or conventional foods."

01.01.1970

Zimbabwe: why it should continue to say NO to GM crops and food

GMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African farmers is the alternative that Zimbabwe should adopt

01.01.1970

China: new feed grain rule unworkable says U.S. export group

The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a GMO corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

01.01.1970

USA: Oregon GMO labeling measure certified for November ballot

An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

01.01.1970

USDA withdraws GMO disclosure rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is backing down from a GMO disclosure rule that would have provided state regulators with critical information about the genetically modified organisms that farmers use to spray their crops.

01.01.1970

USA: Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.

01.01.1970

UK: Independent safety reviews will foster trust in GM technology

The topic of releasing genetically modified (GM) products into food and the environment is highly polarised. But are we making any progress with it?

01.01.1970

Africa's GM-phobia hinders agricultural development - report

The ?dysfunctional? debate surrounding genetically modified crops is stifling agricultural development in Africa, experts said on Monday.

01.01.1970

China: Beijing Researchers Use Gene Editing to Create Disease-Resistant Wheat

Advanced genome-editing techniques have been used to create a strain of wheat resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen?called powdery mildew?that is a major bane to the world?s top food source, according to scientists at one of China?s leading centers for agricultural research.

01.01.1970

U.S. researchers call for greater oversight of powerful genetic technology

In 2011, experiments that allowed the potentially deadly H5N1 flu virus to spread between mammals ignited intense discussions about whether such research should be done at all, much less published. But most of the debate occurred after the research had been carried out.

01.01.1970

US-EU trade talks sour amid chlorine chicken fears

Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified ?Frankenfood? invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28-country bloc.

01.01.1970

Are silent farmlands the canary in the coal mine?

The size of private donations given to universities by big agribusiness is astounding. From grant money to construction of research labs and even the funding of actual positions, corporate influence is firmly rooted in this once sacred world.

01.01.1970

India: GEAC clears import of GM soyabean oil

India's biotech regulator Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has given green signal for the import of Genetically Modified (GM) soybean oil.

01.01.1970

Do Not GM My Food!

Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have prompted world-wide criticism by environmental, nutritionists and agriculture experts, who say that protecting and fomenting biodiversity is a far better solution to hunger and malnutrition.

01.01.1970

Nigeria to adopt GM crops, says agency

A disclosure Thursday came from the National Agricultural Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) that the Federal Government has put in place necessary regulatory guidelines to fast track the adoption of Genetically Modified Organisms (crops) (GMO).

01.01.1970

Tasmania: Beef farmers fear lifting of ban on GM animal feed

Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot. They are being fattened up for the Japanese market where marbled Angus beef is in high demand.

01.01.1970

GM debate: A postscript

GM is still contentious two decades on, and our live debate shows a need to dig deeper into people?s responses. When, earlier this year, SciDev.Net decided to host a live online debate around genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, it was because we knew the topic elicits strong views.

01.01.1970

GM farm animals could tackle drug resistance

Genetically modified farm animals could be bred in increasing numbers to tackle problems like drug resistance, a leading scientist has said.

01.01.1970

USA: Herbicide-resistant weeds trouble Midwestern farms

Midwestern farmers are increasingly running into aggressive varieties of weeds that can?t be killed by a popular herbicide that revolutionized modern farming nearly two decades ago.

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