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2014-08-25 |

Non-GMO DanubeSoya/DonauSoja: Field day and summer festival

Donau Soja Donau Soja

FIELD DAY AND SUMMER FESTIVAL
DANUBE SOYA
GROß ENZERSDORF
4. September 2014
from 9.30am
Versuchswirtschaft Großenzersdorf
Schlosshoferstraße 31
A-2301 Großenzersdorf

9.30 Welcome and Possibility to Walk through the Demo Fields
10.30 Visiting and Documentation Demoplattform,DI Dr. Helmut Wagentristl

(Continue reading on www.donausoja.org/events)

2014-08-25 |

Canada: Evaluating organic and conventional non-GMO soybean varieties in Manitoba

At $25 a bushel, organic soybeans could be a highly lucrative crop for organic farmers. But right now that market is out of reach for most due to the limited number of varieties suitable for organic production systems. A student researcher at the University of Manitoba is hoping to change that. She is evaluating conventional non-GMO varieties that are adapted to Manitoba’s shorter season, evaluating conventional non-GMO soybean varieties they could possibly grow in Manitoba’s shorter season. Michelle Carkner is overseeing plot trials at the Ian N. Morrison research farm at Carman and working with farmers on five separate farms in southern Manitoba this summer. It’s the first study ever conducted in Western Canada to test the agronomic performance and determine relative maturity rates of mid- and longer-season varieties grown elsewhere in Canada. In Ontario and Quebec, where soybeans have been grown much longer, farmers have many options among the later-maturing, non-GMO varieties developed for the growing conditions of those regions.

2014-08-22 |

Bicolano Farmers Continue Fight Against Golden Rice Field Tests and Commercialization! Call for a GMO Free Bicol

A year after the uprooting of Golden Rice, more than a hundred farmers, scientists, consumers and basic sectors joined hands to call for the immediate halt of the planned field tests and commercialization of Golden Rice in the country, saying that this will only pose more problems rather than solving the problem on hunger and malnutrition. The group also called for respect for farmers’ rights to land, seeds and technology and pushed for sustainable approaches to attaining food sufficiency and genuine rural development.
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To combat GM rice and Vitamin A deficiency, the group are going to eat organically grown foods that are rich in Vitamin A and other nutrients entitled “Pangudto Organiko, Libre sa GMO!” (Organic Lunch, Free from GMOs). This is to show that there are a multitude of safe and nutritious food available compared to Golden Rice and other GMOs.

2014-08-20 |

Liberal Government commits to extend the existing moratorium on GMOs in Tasmania for five years

The Liberal Government is getting on with the job of delivering our long-term plan for Tasmania, including working to achieve our vision of growing the value of our agricultural produce ten-fold by 2050. Next week's Budget is all about keeping our promises, fixing the budget mess and laying the foundations for the future. Today, the Liberal Government is fulfilling its commitment to extend the existing moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Tasmania for five years. Importantly, this will provide certainty to our primary industries to further develop markets for our produce, protect our state's brand and support future growth in the food and agricultural sector. The Genetically Modified Organism Amendment Bill 2014 that I tabled in Parliament this morning takes into account the findings of the comprehensive 2013 review by my Department, which considered 160 public submissions and new market research. The review demonstrated that there is currently no imperative to change from having a moratorium. The Liberal Government believes that a five-year moratorium is a common sense approach that strikes an appropriate balance between the needs of today and the possibilities of tomorrow. Through AgriGrowth Tasmania, we will actively monitor developments in technology, markets and consumer sentiment throughout this period. A new Tasmanian Gene Technology Policy and associated Gene Technology Guidelines provide the necessary detail on how the moratorium will be implemented. The policy and the moratorium will be reviewed prior to its expiry in 2019.

2014-08-20 |

Scientific advice to the European Commission’s President should be transparent and objective

Scientific advice should be transparent, objective and independent, and there should be more science and more diverse expertise available to the European Commission’s President, a coalition of 28 international and national NGOs wrote in a letter addressed to President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. The new President will have to decide whether or not to retain the position of Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) that was established by his predecessor, President José Manuel Barroso. In the majority of European countries, governments rely for advice on scientific committees composed of various experts, who prepare transparent and public reports. Among EU countries, only the UK currently maintains the position of a single CSA as a full-time government office. The NGOs argue that it is unreasonable to expect that one single person can guarantee objective and competent advice on a widespread range of issues to the European Commission’s President. They are concerned that the model chosen by President Barroso lacks transparency and objectivity, and makes it easier for lobbyists to influence scientific policy advice.

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