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01.01.1970

Brazil To Fight Dengue With GM Mosquitoes

The world's largest ever swarm of genetically modified mosquitoes (GM) has been released in a Brazilian town to combat dengue -- a leading cause of illness and fatality in several Latin Mercosur group countries, except for Uruguay.

01.01.1970

Russia postpones planting of GMOs by 3 years

Russia will not start certifying GM seeds for at least three more years due to delays in creating the necessary infrastructure, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told MPs. Earlier Russia had expected to allow planting such seeds from June.

01.01.1970

USA: GMO fight rages on in Jackson County

More than $1 million has been raised on both sides of a proposal to ban genetically modified crops and seeds from being grown in Southern Oregon?s Jackson County.

01.01.1970

USA: Leaders Try To Put Grass Seed Debate Behind Them

It?s been a week since the House, in a rare move, defeated a bill that would have banned genetically modified grass seed just one day after the Senate passed it.

01.01.1970

Ghana: politician calls for ban on GM foods

Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, Chairperson, Convention People?s Party (CPP), has expressed reservation over attempts to introduce Genetically Modified Foods (GM) into the country.

01.01.1970

USA: Not many are hooked on GE fish

Developers of genetically-modified fish and meat face an uphill battle to get their products on US store shelves.

01.01.1970

Chilean Farmers Beat Monsanto Law and Win Seed Sovereignty

Chile has scored a major victory against ?Monsanto Law? ? a bill that sought to privatize the country?s seeds and Monsanto Company ? an almost unstoppable force. Indigenous communities, farmers and women beat one of the biggest seed giants on the globe.

01.01.1970

USA: Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling

The Vermont Senate voted 26-2 vote earlier this week, approving a bill to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, the Burlington Free Press reports, speculating that Vermont could be the nation?s first state to enact such a law.

01.01.1970

USA: President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology

The dedication of Dr. Norman Borlaug's statue in the U.S. Capitol last month brought together an amazing array of Democrats and Republicans, united in highlighting his accomplishments in feeding the world. The event also prompted the president of the United States to give his clearest endorsement to date of the important role biotechnology plays in agriculture.

01.01.1970

UK: Owen Paterson refused Freedom of Information request about 'Frankenfood' talks

Ministers are trying to cover up secret briefings with GM companies hoping to push ?Frankenfood? on to dinner tables.

01.01.1970

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

01.01.1970

Pakistan and Australia are natural partners in Agriculture

Pakistan and Australia are natural partners in Agriculture sector as Pakistan has a rich Agriculture tradition while Australia is world leader in Agriculture Research and innovation. This was stated by Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward while talking to LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari here on Friday. Senior Trade Investment Commissioner Australian Trade Commission South Asia Ms Nicola Watkinson and LCCI former Senior Vice President Abdul Basit also spoke on the occasion.

01.01.1970

Russia Could Ban Import of Untested GMOs

The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited should such products fail to pass inspections, according to a draft law published on the Russian government?s legal web portal.

01.01.1970

Brazil: Historic Court Ruling Stops Cultivation of Bayers GM Maize

In an historic ruling on Thursday Brazil?s Federal Appeals Court has unanimously decided to cancel the release for cultivation of Bayer?s Liberty Link GM Maize.

01.01.1970

UK: Experts urge change to GM regulation

Europe's stringent regulation of genetically modified crops has no rational basis and should be revamped to allow countries who want to opt out and grow GM foods to do so, British scientific advisers said on Friday.

01.01.1970

New Zealand: Greens attack AgResearch GE spend

The Green Party is criticising AgResearch for what it says is its un-natural level of spending on genetic engineering experiments on livestock and forage crops.

01.01.1970

Cis-Genetic Engineering Yields Bio-Friendly Fire-Blight Resistant Apples

Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Julius KŁhn Institute in Germany have created the first fire-blight-resistant apple. With the aid of so-called cis-genetic engineering, they transfered a resistance gene from a wild apple into the genome of a Gala apple. Tests in the greenhouse indicate that the gene is effective in protecting the tree against the disease.

01.01.1970

GM tobacco plants as an alternative for producing bioethanol

Tobacco, a high-density crop which is mown several times throughout its cycle, can produce as much as 160 tonnes of fresh matter per hectare and become a source of biomass suitable for producing bioethanol. As Jon Veramendi, head of the plant Agrobiotechnology research group, explained, "tobacco plants as a source of biomass for producing bioethanol could be an alternative to traditional tobacco growing which is in decline in the USA and in Europe because it cannot compete with emerging countries like China".

01.01.1970

Golden Rice: One GE crop doesn't change root causes of poverty

A recent Scientific American blog post blamed environmentalists for costing poor, malnourished people an estimated 1,424,000 life years in India alone. Why? Because they presumably kept Golden Rice off the market for over a decade when it could have been helping the world?s poor during that time.

01.01.1970

Germany: Market Realities Showcased by Turn to GM Soybean Meal

The availability of, and preference for, non-genetically modified (non-GM) soybeans as an animal feed is again being debated in Germany.

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