GMO-free news from Norway

2013-12-09 |

Norway: Marine Harvest, WWF call for proper GM salmon labelling

Marine Harvest, the world’s largest farmed salmon producer, does not support the introduction of genetically modified salmon and is calling for it to be labelled as GM if approved for the American market.

2013-02-04 |

Genetically modified salmon - a fast growing hype

The U.S. government may be about to approve genetically modified salmon from the company AquaBounty. If the salmon is allowed, it will become the first genetically modified animal heading for our dinner plates. The salmon is genetically engineered to grow faster, and the company therefore argues that the fish will help to feed a hungry world. “Here once again we have the GM industry proclaiming it is going to save the World. This time with a luxury product, salmon, of all things. In fact this salmon is a textbook example of why genetic modification is a dead end investment if you really want to feed the world”, says Bell Batta Torheim, advisor to the Development Fund.

2013-01-09 |

Genetically modified maize doesn’t reduce salmon growth according to Norwegian study

A recent study contradicts earlier findings of reduced growth and appetite in salmon. There were only minimal differences between salmon that were fed genetically modified maize and those on a diet of normal maize. These were the results of a study carried out by NIFES and the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. The feeding trial lasted for three months, and the results are different from those found by an earlier experiment in 2007, which showed that salmon on a diet of GM maize ate less and grew less than salmon given ordinary maize. “It is still too early to draw any conclusions, but such a difference in the results suggests that it was not the GM maize that led to reduced growth,” says NIFES scientist Nini H. Sissener.

2012-07-27 |

Rats growing fatter on a GM maize diet according to international research project

An international research project is exploring the effects of GM food, studying the impact on rats, mice, pig and salmon. The wide-ranging study includes researchers from Hungary, Austria, Ireland, Turkey, Australia and Norway. [...] As part of the project, a group of rats were fed corn which had been genetically modified for pest resistance. Over a period of 90 days they became slightly fatter than the control group of rats fed non-GM corn. The same effect occurred where rats were fed fish which, in turn, had eaten GM corn. ”If the same effect applies to humans, how would it impact on people eating this type of corn over a number of years, or even eating meat from animals feeding on this corn?”, he asks. ”I don't wish to sound alarmist, but it is an interesting phenomenon and worth exploring further.”

2011-10-12 |

Gene technology to secure global food supply say Norwegian scientists

Rapid population growth and a swiftly changing climate compound the challenges of ensuring a secure global food supply. Genetically modified plants could help to solve the problem, believes a Norwegian crop researcher. Over 90 per cent of the global food supply consists of either plants or meat from production animals raised on plant-based feeds. By 2050, 70 per cent more food will need to be produced worldwide on roughly the same area of farmland to keep up with global population growth. At the same time, major changes in climate are expected to occur.

2011-06-09 |

Norway’s regulators say no to BASF’s GM potato

DN has evaluated the available information regarding the product’s risk to health and the environment, social benefit, contribution to sustainable development and ethical issues in accordance with the Norwegian Gene Technology Act and Nature Diversity Act. DN has concluded that the potato should not be cultivated, nor used for industry purposes or in animal feed in Norway. DN has also recommended against allowing unintended mixing of the potato in food and feed products up to 0.9%.

2011-05-23 |

How safe are genetically modified plants in fish feed?

In trials reviewed, there was little consistency from trial to trial for a specific GM plant, so drawing any general conclusions on the safety of using GM plants in fish feed is difficult to do. ”This may reflect genetic differences between each batch of GM plants, possibly due to random insertion of the transgene into the plant genome, or that there were variations due to differing environmental conditions that each batch of GM plant tested were grown under,” says Bakke. [...] ”However, we did not see any dramatic effects on fish performance and health,” says Bakke.

2010-11-24 |

GE fod not necessary to achieve food security says Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food

How will we feed a dramatically increased world population in 2050? The title of this seminar suggests that genetically modified food may secure the world food supply. I have a strong opinion and have previously spoken clearly on these matters. I do not think that genetic modified food is necessary to achieve food security and secure the right to food for everyone. I believe that there are no magic technological bullets that will solve the emerging food crisis. We should confront this crisis in a multitude of different ways.

2010-02-19 |

Norway says ’no’ to genetically modified seeds

His government has said ’no’ to genetically modified seeds and other imports – three applications for GM maize are still pending. He said that His government was pursuing a different route – increasing crop productivity by releasing the untapped potential of grains to be water-efficient and nutrient-efficient. ”We know we will be challenged by international companies… They have patented their products and want to sell them in Norway,” [the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food Lars Peder Brekk] said.

2008-10-29 |

European Nordic Council urges governments to allow GMO-free zones

Setting up GMO-free zones in the Nordic countries could give the region a competitive advantage by producing organic GMO-free products. Moreover it will give the Nordic consumers the opportunity to make conscious consumer choices, as long as the products they buy are properly labelled. Therefore, the Nordic Council at its Session in Helsinki on Wednesday 29 October agreed that the Nordic governments should report on the opportunities for tightening current norms and regulations for the labelling of GMO products.

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