2015-11-27 |

Séralini’s team and CRIIGEN win two court cases about their research on toxicity of GMOs and pesticides

On 25 November 2015, the High Court of Paris indicted Marc Fellous, former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, for “forgery" and “the use of forgery”, in a libel trial that he lost to Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini. The Biomolecular Engineering Commission has authorised many GM crops for consumption.

The details of the case have not yet been publicly released but a source close to the case told GMWatch that Fellous had used or copied the signature of a scientist without his agreement to argue that Séralini and his co-researchers were wrong in their reassessment of Monsanto studies.

The Séralini team’s re-assessment reported finding signs of toxicity in the raw data from Monsanto’s own rat feeding studies with GM maize.

The sentence against Fellous has not yet been passed and is expected in June 2016.

2015-11-26 |

EPA asks court to withdraw registration of Dow herbicide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking court approval to withdraw registration of Dow Chemical Co.’s new herbicide Enlist Duo, as the agency studies new information regarding the product’s impact on nontarget plants, according to court documents filed late Tuesday.

The EPA approved the herbicide for sale and use in several states, including Illinois and Missouri, more than a year ago, but later found that its assessment of the product’s two active ingredients was incomplete.

2015-11-25 |

Costco, Red Lobster will not sell GMO salmon

Coalition demands labeling in wake of FDA approval

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of FDA’s approval of GMO salmon, Costco Wholesale (COST), has made a public commitment to not sell GMO salmon. Friends of the Earth and a coalition of more than 30 consumer, health, food safety and fishing groups released the retailer’s statement today.

Costco, the second largest retailer in the world, with 487 stores, and one of the largest retailers of salmon and seafood in the U.S., joins more than 60 other supermarket chains including Kroger (NYSE: KR), Safeway (NYSE: SWY), Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM), now totaling more than 9,500 stores nationwide, in making a commitment to not sell GMO salmon.

2015-11-24 |

Syngenta files complaint against accusers in corn case including Cargill, ADM

Syngenta is suing Cargill, ADM and other agribusiness groups in the US over their claims alleging serious damages incurred from the sale of the Swiss company’s Viptera seed into the US prior to Chinese trait authorization.

2015-11-24 |

Are GM crops better for farmers?

Report 4 | November 2015

GMO Inquiry 2015’s fourth report investigates the impacts of genetically modified crops on farmers in Canada over the past twenty years.

Have GM crops benefited farmers? Have they increased yields and farm incomes? And what are the costs of herbicide-resistant weeds and GM contamination for farmers?

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