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2014-09-30 |

Assembly Bill No. 504 to ban transgenic fish approved by Governor

Governor signs bill banning commercial production of genetically modified salmon

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a North Coast lawmaker’s bill banning the commercial production of genetically altered salmon. AB 504, authored by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, extends the prohibition of spawning or cultivating so-called “transgenic salmonids” in the Pacific Ocean to all waters of the state. The hatchery production and stocking of such fish also is prohibited. The legislation protects the state’s native steelhead trout and salmon populations, Chesbro said. He noted that federal food and drug regulators are reviewing an application by a company, AquaBounty Technologies, that seeks to raise genetically altered salmon in the United States. (.....) The bill was sponsored by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations.

2014-09-30 |

China Stumbles Into Future of Genetically Modified Food

On Aug. 17 safety certificates for genetically modified (GMO) varieties of corn and rice were due to be renewed by China’s Ministry of Agriculture, but the deadline came and went with no action being taken.

2014-09-30 |

USA: Unregulated GM wheat found in Montana

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in state of Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday.

2014-09-30 |

USA: Governor signs bill banning commercial production of GM salmon

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a North Coast lawmaker’s bill banning the commercial production of genetically altered salmon.

2014-09-30 |

EU: According to a lobby group new plant breeding techniques are not GE

Are plants, animals, microorganisms or fungus manipulated using new plant breeding techniques (NPBT) genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under European legislation or not? This question was raised in 2008 and has yet to be answered. Some stakeholders (among which industries), members of the New Breeding Techniques Platform (NBT Platform), say that such plants are not GMOs and should not fall under the scope of the GMO legislation. Thanks to UK freedom of information laws, documents – including a legal analysis by the NBT platform – provided by the biotechnology lobby group EuropaBio to the British environment ministry DEFRA have been disclosed

2014-09-29 |

EU-US trade deal could open the door to GM food in Europe, campaigners warn

Horse TTIP - a trojan horse? (Photo: Gillian/flickr)

As the seventh round of EU-U.S. negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement kicks off in Washington today, fears are growing that the proposed trade deal will lead to food contaminated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) being allowed into Europe for human consumption, despite public affirmations that food safety standards would be maintained. According to Friends of the Earth Europe, analysis from recently completed trade negotiations with Canada - seen as a model for TTIP - suggests that the EU has already agreed to co-operate with Canada, allowing low levels of GMO contamination in food and seed. The campaign group says that a leaked letter from the EU's former food safety chief signals a willingness to increase imports of GM rapeseed as part of the Canadian trade deal. “Once Europe has accepted low levels of GM contamination, there is a real risk that the existing protection will be whittled away. This trade deal agreed with Canada shows that the EU negotiators are too happy to trade away citizens' rights and environmental protections in order to benefit industry”, says Friends of the Earth Europe food campaigner Mute Schimpf. The proposed TTIP would be the biggest free trade deal in history. US negotiators and industry lobbyists have been pushing for weaker rules on GM imports, arguing that the EU’s current “zero tolerance” rule on GMOs is a barrier to trade, and damages business for US exporters. Mrs Schimpf warns that the biotech industry is using their lobby power in what she calls a “Trojan horse trade deal” to open up the European market to foods contaminated with GMOs.

2014-09-28 |

UN Meeting on the Use of Living Modified Organisms opens on Monday

Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms
- First of three major United Nations meetings opens Monday
Pyeongchang/Montreal, 26 September 2014 – On Monday, delegates from around the world will convene for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7). The meeting will discuss and adopt further decisions to contribute to ensuring the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology and consider the issue of integrating biosafety into other relevant national initiatives to enhance further implementation. The Cartagena Protocol, an additional agreement to the Convention on Biodiversity, entered into force on 11 September 2003. To date, 168 countries are Parties to the Protocol. The Supplementary Protocol, an additional agreement to the Cartagena Protocol, was adopted in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. To date, 26 countries are Parties to the Supplementary Protocol. It will enter into force 90 days after 40 Parties have acceded or ratified it. The latest country to accede to the Cartagena Protocol and the Supplementary Protocol is the United Arab Emirates on 12 September 2014.

2014-09-26 |

FAO highlighted

New approaches to food systems needed to cope with climate change
FAO Director-General addresses UN Climate Change Summit
23 September 2014, New York - Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said here today in a speech at the UN Climate Summit.

2014-09-26 |

USA: biggest proponents of GMO labeling in Oregon launch their first ads

The group that has raised the most money in the fight over labeling genetically modified foods in Oregon launched its first ads on Tuesday.

2014-09-26 |

Ghana: Africa Must Spurn GM crops

Human beings were created to reproduce; so as crops and animals on the stream of living things. Can you imagine if people on earth stop the process of reproduction and decide to clone them? This will undoubtedly lead to the process of human extinction.

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