2015-07-29 |

Josephine County to issue GMO order: Officials say farmers must report in by Sept. 4

Attention all farmers growing GMO crops in Josephine County (if any):

Please notify authorities you are growing said crops, in order that you may be penalized if you continue to grow them past Sept. 4.
That's the essence of a public notice due to be published by the county, following voter passage last year of a local measure banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

County Counsel Wally Hicks said last week that his office is fine-tuning the notice in preparation for publication in the Daily Courier.

Following voter passage of the ban in May 2014, any farmers growing GMO crops had a 12-month window to harvest or otherwise get rid of the crops, according to the measure.

The notice being published states that farmers currently growing GMO crops must contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office with their name, crop location and crop type, plus a phase-out plan to be done by Sept. 4.

2015-07-28 |

What Does Labeling Mean? Mandatory Biotech Labeling vs. Voluntary Non-GMO Labeling

A new Organic & Non-GMO Forum has been added to the agenda at the 10th annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, which will take place this year in Minneapolis, September 30 - October 2, at the Hyatt Regency. This new forum will address growing concerns by major food manufacturers and retailers over lack of sufficient suppliers of ingredients to meet increasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods.

The forum, a unique one-day event, is the first industry event to convene stakeholders from across the organic and non-GMO supply chain in order to address the growth, opportunities and significant supply chain challenges that this sector of the food value chain presents. Critical trade flow data, along with innovative strategies, and new management tools and systems designed specifically to meet these supply and logistic challenges, will be highlighted and covered in-depth by leading industry experts.

Key topics to be addressed at the new Organic & Non-GMO Forum include:
GMO Testing Protocols: What's the Current Science?
Defining and Comparing Costs, Yields and Benefits for Conventional, Non-GMO and Organic Farm Practices
What Does Labeling Mean? Mandatory Biotech Labeling vs. Voluntary Non-GMO Labeling
PANEL: Managing Co-Existence and Chain of Custody
PANEL: Can Industry Work Together to Support Farmer's Right to Choose?

2015-07-24 |

US House of Representatives voted in favor of the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act: Don´t let this bill get through the U.S. Senate

You Don't Matter to Congress. But Monsanto Does.

275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling.

They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods.

They voted against you.

2015-07-23 |

Stop Monsanto´s GM soybeans - Write to EU Commissioner

Stop the toxic soybeans! Support our call!
Testbiotech, 23 July 2015

Testbiotech is warning that EU market authorisation might be given to a new genetically engineered soybean produced by Monsanto. Soybean MON 87708 × MON 89788 was made resistant to two pesticides, glyphosate and dicamba. Spraying soybean crops with these herbicides leaves residues in the plants which might be carcinogenic. Glyphosate was recently classified as “probably carcinogenic” by an international expert group. Dicamba degrades to compounds such as formaldehyde, which has already been classified as carcinogenic for several years. It follows that the harvested soybeans will regularly contain a combination of residues from these herbicides. If they are imported, the food and feed chain could be permanently exposed to this specific mixture.

This is the first time that this combination of herbicides will be used to spray soybeans.

2015-07-22 |

Biosafety and Knowledge Gaps of New Plant Breeding Technologies Necessitate Further Research

New plant breeding techniques, such as those involving site-directed or sequence-specific modifications to the genomes of crop species, have emerged as a group that is different from conventional breeding and standard genetic modification. Current international biosafety regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may not be applicable to all novel products arising from these new techniques, giving rise to the concern on how to assess, monitor and regulate them properly.

A report by GenØk–Centre for Biosafety, Norway, reviews the potential applications and knowledge gaps related to two new plant breeding techniques, site directed nucleases (SDN) and oligonucleotide directed mutagenesis (ODM). The aim is to both create a historical record of the emergence of these technologies and to serve as a case study in how ‘early warnings’ may be incorporated into risk assessments of new technologies.

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