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Posted By: Ethan on Sep 08th, 2014
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (Bari) plans to widen farming of its first genetically modified (GM) crop -- Bt brinjal -- by distributing its saplings among 100 more growers in the coming winter, said Bari Director General Dr Md Rafiqul Islam Mondal at a press briefing in the city yesterday.The briefing was arranged mainly to dispel worries, voiced by some green groups, that the GM... more

Posted By: Ethan on Sep 08th, 2014
By: Abu Bakar SiddiqueThe government has finally acknowledged that before releasing four varieties of genetically modified Bt brinjal – patented by US seed giant Monsanto – at the farmers’ level, it did not conduct any laboratory test by itself regarding the possible negative impacts on human health. “We could not carry out any test regarding human health hazards... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 07th, 2014
By: Dr. MercolaAccording to a survey by Gardeners' World magazine,1 80 percent of gardeners reported being happy and satisfied with their lives, compared to 67 percent of non-gardeners. This feeling of well being can have other more-far reaching implications for your physical health as well. According to research from Johns Hopkins,2 having a cheerful temperament can... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 06th, 2014
By: Tiffany SteckerSeed and crop management company Syngenta Crop Protection LLC has petitioned U.S. EPA to increase the legal tolerance for a neonicotinoid pesticide residue in several crops -- in one case increasing the acceptable level by 400 times, according to a notice in today'sFederal Register.Syngenta, one of the biggest manufacturers of pesticides, wants to increase the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 06th, 2014
In a close vote, Guatemala's Congress rejects genetically modified seeds in country's agricultural development. On Thursday, Guatemalan lawmakers voted 117-111 in favor of repealing the 'Monsanto Law,' a provision of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) with the United States.The 'Law for the Protection of New Plant Varieties,'... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 06th, 2014
In an official letter Wednesday to Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev, a group of top Russian experts including scientists, farmers and eco groups urged him to add all foods containing GMOs to the existing food sanctions that have been placed by Russia on the EU, U.S. and Australia amongst others.The suggested ban includes all 18 varieties of genetically modified crops, registered and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 06th, 2014
WASHINGTON -- An inspection of an orchard of experimental, genetically modified apples in central Washington last year turned up a troubling finding – gene-altered trees flowering less than 100 feet from conventional apple trees.The grower, Gebbers Farms of Brewster, Wash., previously had been cited for conducting a field trial too near conventional apples, failing to keep good records... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 06th, 2014
Big wins can happen in small places. The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals.The settlement was approved last year, but details were worked out only weeks ago as to how the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 06th, 2014
Where is the justice? Since 1997, Monsanto has filed 145 lawsuits, or on average about 9 lawsuits every year for 16 straight years, against farmers who have “improperly reused their patented seeds.”The biotech giant hasn’t lost a single case, either. Not one. This includes when farmers tried to sue Monsanto over cross-... more

Posted By: Ethan on Sep 06th, 2014
By: Carey GillamSept 3 (Reuters) - Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and major food makers such as Coca-Cola Co and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 05th, 2014
By: Akhilesh SharmaNEW DELHI:  Four law-makers of the ruling BJP have reportedly opted out of a junket to the US organised by seed giant Monsanto. The week-long study tour begins tomorrow; 15 MPs from various parties were invited. Sources said the BJP members of Parliament opted out after they were told by the party that they could not be part of the tour, following media reports.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 05th, 2014
By Nick MeyerFormer Microsoft CEO and mega mogul Bill Gates has long utilized his vast fortune to push genetically modified organisms (GMOs) through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but Gates’ efforts have been met with sharp criticism from millions of grassroots activists both home and abroad.The debate around GMOs has become increasingly one-sided in recent years, with activists... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 03rd, 2014
Germany’s top supermarkets, the powerhouses of Europe when it comes to retail, have delivered a blow to the biotech industry by forcing the German poultry industry to return to the use of non-GMO feed.It was announced last Thursday that the German supermarkets, with a broad consensus, recently demanded from the German Poultry Association (ZDG) to stop using GMO feed for both egg and poultry... more

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