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  • The Irrational Fear of GM Food

    11/09/2013 1:48:05 AM PST · by iowamark · 144 replies
    WorldFoodPrize.org ^ | Oct. 22, 2013 | MARC VAN MONTAGU
    Farmers can now produce more crops in an environmentally sustainable way at a lower cost thanks to the efforts of hundreds of scientists over the past half-century. Seeds are developed in a laboratory and then field tested to enhance nutritional value or resistance to drought, disease and herbicides. Genetically modified crops are now planted on nearly a quarter of the world's farm land by some 17.3 million farmers. More than 90% of those farmers are smallholders who harvest a few acres in developing countries. Society, the economy and the environment have benefited enormously from GM crops. India has flipped from...
  • Delhi Bill to Criminalize Opposition to GM Food

    06/16/2013 1:05:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Asia Times ^ | June 14, '13 | Ranjit Devraj
    India's environmental and food security activists who have so far succeeded in stalling attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) food crops into this largely farming country now find themselves up against a bill in parliament that could criminalize such opposition. The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill, introduced into parliament in April, provides for "single window clearance" for projects by biotechnology and agribusiness companies including those to bring GM food crops into this country, 70% of whose 1.1 billion people are involved in agricultural activities. "Popular opposition to the introduction of GM crops is the result of a campaign...
  • Danish Farmer Reverses Illnesses in pigs by reverting to a GM-free diet

    06/06/2013 6:33:04 AM PDT · by Renfield · 68 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | 6/2013 | Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji
    Danish Farmer Reverses Illnesses in pigs by reverting to a GM-free diet for his animals, which is yet further evidence for the toxicity of glyphosate tolerant GM crops Dr Eva SirinathsinghjiA Danish farmer has gained huge public recognition for publishing his simple method for ridding his pigs of illness- removing genetically modified (GM) ingredients from their diet.Published in the farming magazine Effektivt Landbrug on 13 April 2012 [1], the farmer Ib Borup Perderson describes how his pigs suffered from symptoms including chronic diarrhoea, birth defects, reproductive problems, reduced appetite, bloating, stomach ulcers, weaker and smaller piglets, and reduced litter sizes....
  • US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender

    05/31/2013 8:44:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 125 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 30, 2013 | Naveen Thukral and Risa Maeda
    - A strain of genetically modified wheat found in the United States fuelled concerns over food supplies across Asia on Thursday, with major importer Japan cancelling a tender offer to buy U.S. grain. Other top Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were closely monitoring the situation after the U.S. government found genetically engineered wheat sprouting on a farm in the state of Oregon. The strain was never approved for sale or consumption. Asian consumers are keenly sensitive to gene-altered food, with few countries allowing imports of such cereals for human consumption. However, most of the...
  • Farmer’s use of genetically modified soybeans grows into Supreme Court case

    02/11/2013 9:16:12 AM PST · by Theoria · 75 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 09 Feb 2013 | Robert Barnes
    Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto’s pursuit of new products it says will “feed the world.” “Hell’s fire,” said the 75-year-old self-described “eccentric old bachelor,” who farms 300 acres of land passed down from his father. Bowman rested in a recliner, boots off, the tag that once held his Foster Grant reading glasses to a drugstore rack still attached, a Monsanto gimme cap perched ironically on his balding head. “I am less than a drop in the bucket.” Yet Bowman’s unorthodox soybean farming...
  • Uncovered, the 'toxic' gene hiding in GM crops: Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

    01/25/2013 7:38:13 AM PST · by opentalk · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    •EU watchdog reveals approval for GM foods fails to identify poisonous gene •54 of the 86 GM plants approved contain the dangerous gene •Gene found in food for farm animals producing meat, milk and eggs •Biotech supporters argue there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety. GM crops such as corn and soya, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include the gene. A new study by the EU’s official food...
  • Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

    02/13/2012 10:30:41 AM PST · by Twotone · 73 replies · 1+ views
    TrueActivist.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | NA
    Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.
  • Disgruntled GMO firms start pulling out of EU market

    01/25/2012 4:18:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 January 2012
    Monsanto has announced it will scrap plans to sell an insect-resistant maize in France, the second move in a week by biotech company to retreat from the genetically modified foods market in Europe. Monsanto's announcement on Tuesday (24 January) came a week after Germany's BASF said it would suspend the development of GM crops in Europe and move its plant science arm to the United States. BASF's move is a particular blow for Europe, said Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, director of agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio. "The BASF decision is not good for Europe because I think it is the reaction...
  • Genetically Modified Corn – Safe or Toxic?

    Pick up a box of cereal or other packaged food at the grocery store, and chances are you’re looking at a genetically modified product. The Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit organization that seeks sustainable alternatives to harmful methods of food production technologies, estimates that more than 70 percent of the processed foods in U.S. grocery stores contain some genetically modified ingredients — mostly corn or soy. But, in most cases, these modified foods have received only limited testing. For example, take the three genetically modified corn varieties already being sold by Monsanto that are the subject of new analysis...
  • Another Green Revolution - Genetically modified food offers hope for the world’s malnourished.

    03/20/2009 9:52:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 736+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2009 | Bjørn Lomborg
    Shortly after the Second World War, a “Green Revolution” began to transform agriculture around the globe, allowing food production to keep pace with worldwide population growth. By means of irrigation, fertilizer, pesticides, and plant breeding, the Green Revolution increased world grain production by an astonishing 250 percent between 1950 and 1984, raising the calorie intake of the world’s poorest people and averting serious famines. The revolution’s benefits have tapered off, however, as the number of mouths to feed has grown ever larger and as conventional breeding of new plant varieties has produced diminishing returns. What’s needed is a new revolution....
  • World wheat production may be threatened

    05/08/2007 6:02:49 PM PDT · by Flavius · 40 replies · 1,127+ views
    upi ^ | 5/8/07 | upi
    ccording to Marshall, if the new strain were to reach regions at risk, it could create epidemics more severe than farmers have encountered in decades and destroy harvests in wheat-producing areas worldwide.
  • Mysterious illness stings beekeepers

    02/15/2007 7:29:48 PM PST · by VxH · 50 replies · 1,263+ views
    Herald Daily News / Associated Press ^ | 15-Feb-2007 | Genaro C. Armas / Associated Press
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination. Reports of unusual colony deaths have come from at least 22 states. Some affected commercial beekeepers — who often keep thousands of colonies — have reported losing more than 50 percent of their bees. A colony can have roughly 20,000 bees in the winter, and up to 60,000 in the summer. The country‘s bee population had already been shocked in recent years by a tiny, parasitic bug...
  • Mad Cow Breakthrough? Genetically Modified Cattle Are Prion Free

    01/01/2007 11:44:31 AM PST · by Brilliant · 7 replies · 547+ views
    Science Daily ^ | January 1, 2007 | USDA/Agricultural Research Service
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have announced initial results of a research project involving prion-free cattle. ARS scientists evaluated cattle that have been genetically modified so they do not produce prions, and determined that there were no observable adverse effects on the animals' health. "These cattle can help in the exploration and improved understanding of how prions function and cause disease, especially with relation to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE," said Edward B. Knipling, administrator of ARS. "In particular, cattle lacking the gene that produces prions can help scientists test the resistance to prion propagation, not...
  • Let Them Eat Cake (a.k.a. Frankenfood)

    04/02/2004 6:16:04 AM PST · by OESY · 19 replies · 150+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 2, 2004 | Editorial
    <p>For residents of developed countries, the campaign to demonize genetically modified food simply means higher prices at the supermarket. In the Third World, however, the scaremongering has a much more dire effect. Nothing demonstrates that more graphically than Angola's decision this week to ban GM grain, even though this will disrupt the food aid that keeps 1.9 million Angolans alive.</p>
  • Massive protest roils downtown

    06/23/2003 10:23:45 AM PDT · by bicycle thug · 30 replies · 576+ views
    sacbee.com ^ | Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Monday, June 23, 2003 | By Dorothy Korber, Terri Hardy and Elizabeth Hume -- Bee Staff Writers
    <p>The chaotic scene was a precursor to an even larger rally and march beginning at 10 a.m. today at the state Capitol. Organizers have taken out a march permit for 8,000 people. Their target: an international agriculture conference, hosted by the U.S. government, that starts today at the Sacramento Convention Center.</p>
  • US policy on aid is 'wicked' - Meacher

    12/18/2002 6:49:10 AM PST · by lavaroise · 29 replies · 364+ views
    Independent ^ | 01 December 2002 | By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
    US policy on aid is 'wicked' - Meacher By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor 01 December 2002 Forcing starving countries to accept genetically modified (GM) food in aid is "wicked", Michael Meacher, the environment minister, said late last week. He called for "anger to be harnessed" against the policy, which is being vigorously pushed by the United States government. Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and other southern African countries have refused to accept GM food from the US even though some 12 million people in the region are threatened with famine. The US , for its part, refused to supply the non-GM grain...
  • Zambians starve as food aid lies rejected

    10/16/2002 7:02:13 PM PDT · by naine · 13 replies · 170+ views
    Guardian ^ | October 17, 2002 | Rory Carroll
    Zambians starve as food aid lies rejected Despite a terrible drought, the African state says it is right to refuse GM maize from the US Rory Carroll in SiatumbuThursday October 17, 2002The Guardian In the woodlands of southern Zambia hunger arrives with the rhythmic clack of stone against stone as villagers pound open the hard mungongo nuts, a food of last resort for which they compete with monkeys and elephants. The pounding is the only sound in hamlets such as Siatumbu where families slump in front of thatched huts, weakened and tired. The matriarch, Muntimba, has witnessed drought many times...