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01.01.1970

Swaziland: Minister encourages farmers to grow GMO crops

Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs Jabulani Mabuza has challenged local farmers to embrace genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and apply the technology to maximise their produce.

01.01.1970

GM tobacco plants aid in new Ebola drug

While research is inconclusive on the effectiveness of the experimental drug ZMapp, which was developed to fight the deadly Ebola virus, it does demonstrate that genetic engineering is emerging as a much more far-reaching technology than we could have imagined.

01.01.1970

Golden rice and the struggle over GM food

As the world grapples with malnutrition and famine, some scientists argue that biofortifying food through GM technology is the only way to save millions of lives, but is GM technology safe and should it be embraced by all humanity? Cathy Pryor and Michael Mackenzie report.

01.01.1970

Vietnam grants licenses to four GM corn varieties

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for the first time has granted licenses to four genetically-modified corn varieties to be used for both human consumption and animal feed.

01.01.1970

Genetically edited fruit coming soon?

Recent advances that allow the precise editing of genomes now raise the possibility that fruit and other crops might be genetically improved without the need to introduce foreign genes, according to researchers.

01.01.1970

Mexico: Monsanto Loses GMO Permit as Judge Sides With The Bees

A number of countries around the world have now completely banned GM food and the pesticides that go with them, or have severe restrictions against them. This comes after the world has experienced a massive resistance against Monsanto and other biotech giants that manufacture GMOs and pesticides.

01.01.1970

USA: Colorado GMO-labeling initiative likely to make fall election ballot

?Right to Know Colorado GMO? has collected approximately 167,995 signatures in favor of its ballot initiative requiring manufacturers to disclose which foods contain genetically modified organisms (?GMOs?). The number of signatures obtained is more than enough to present the initiative to the Colorado Secretary of State. Despite this success, the Colorado initiative must still surmount several obstacles.

01.01.1970

USA: Refuges to discontinue GMO crops by 2016

By 2016, national wildlife refuges across the country will discontinue their use of genetically modified crops and certain pesticides.

01.01.1970

On two views of GMOs: Michael Specter vs. Vandana Shiva and Gary Hirshberg

Michael Specter?s article ?Seeds of Doubt? in the current issue of The New Yorker is a critical profile of India?s Vandana Shiva and her active opposition to genetically modified foods.

01.01.1970

ISAAA Biotech Crops Adoption Report Launched in Pakistan

The launching ceremony of ISAAA report on global status of GM crops (ISAAA Brief 46) was organized by the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) in collaboration with PABIC Lahore chapter at Forman Christian College on August 19, 2014. Renowned biotechnologists of Pakistan, Dr. Kauser Abdullah Malik and Dr. Tayyab Hussain, delivered talks at the event and said that that agriculture is the backbone of national economy.

01.01.1970

Glyphosate Herbicide Sales Boom Powers Global Biotech Industry

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global glyphosate herbicides market was valued at USD 5.46 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 8.79 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 7.2% over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. In terms of volume, the global glyphosate market demand was 718.6 kilo tons in 2012.

01.01.1970

India: Concerns about BT Brinjal

There is a raging debate in the country about BT brinjal which is poised to become India?s first GM food if the biotech industry has its way. Its entry is resisted by scientists and civil society groups that question its safety.

01.01.1970

USA: Why Liberals Are Turning Against GMO Labeling

Europeans and many other countries that consider themselves ?liberal minded? scratch their heads over why there is such a big controversy in the United States over the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Sixty-four nations around the world have enacted mandatory labeling laws.

01.01.1970

USA: Why Liberals Are Turning Against GMO Labeling

Europeans and many other countries that consider themselves ?liberal minded? scratch their heads over why there is such a big controversy in the United States over the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Sixty-four nations around the world have enacted mandatory labeling laws.

01.01.1970

China gives genetically modified corn and rice the boot

Genetically modified (GM) rice and genetically modified corn used to have a place in China, as one of Monsanto's, and other bio-tech companies, main growing regions. In a program that was believed to reduce the use of pesticide use and boost production leading to a boost in revenue, a program was started, a few years ago, in China that included growing of GM rice and GM corn. On August 17, 2014, China, during a meeting to possibly renew this program halted the production of GMO rice and corn in its country, effectively kicking the bio-tech companies to the curb.

01.01.1970

India to have indigenous genetically engineered mosquitoes

India will soon have an army of indigenous genetically engineered mosquitoes which are sterile and unable to reproduce, thereby wiping out deadly dengue and malaria spreading wild vectors.

01.01.1970

USA, Brazil nearing approval of genetically engineered trees

The United States and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.

01.01.1970

Argentina: Cancer deaths double in GMO agribusiness areas

Sharply increased levels of crop spraying in Argentina's most intensively farmed areas have resulted in a public health disaster, writes Lawrence Woodward, with large increases in cancer incidence. And it's all the result of the widespread use of GMO crops engineered for herbicide resistance.

01.01.1970

India: GM crops could put food security goal at stake

A common fear that lurks in the minds of people around the world is that if a country?s food production relies excessively on supply of seeds and other inputs from a handful of multinationals that have virtual monopoly over genetically-modified (GM) crop technology, the nation will be forced to compromise on food security.

01.01.1970

USA: GMO foes, farmers clash at meeting in Keaau

A small group of anti-GMO activists and organic food proponents was ejected Tuesday afternoon from a talk-story session in Keaau aimed at helping farmers recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle.

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