genetically engineered foods

Has Europe Been Right All Along to Renounce GE Crops?

Has Europe Been Right All Along to Renounce GE Crops?

By Reynard Loki Editor’s note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of […]

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    Monsanto Issued Two GMO Permits Despite Objection From 5 Million Nigerians

    Monsanto Issued Two GMO Permits Despite Objection From 5 Million Nigerians

    The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), the regulatory body for biotechnology in Nigeria, has issued two permits to Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited for the commercial release and market placement of genetically modified (GMO) cotton and the confined field trial of GMO maize. The two permits were signed by NBMA director-general Rufus Ebegba on May 1, which […]

    In 17 Days Vermont’s Historic GMO Labeling Law Goes Into Effect: Is Big Food Ready?

    In 17 Days Vermont’s Historic GMO Labeling Law Goes Into Effect: Is Big Food Ready?

    In less than three weeks, Vermont will enact a historic mandate that requires labels on products containing genetically modified (GMOs) ingredients. The no-strings-attached bill, which the country’s second smallest state passed on May 2014 and goes into effect July 1, has rippled across the food industry and has sparked a bitter and expensive food fight from opponents of the […]

    Brazil Won’t Buy U.S. GMO Corn, Highlights Worldwide Divide Over GMOs

    Brazil Won’t Buy U.S. GMO Corn, Highlights Worldwide Divide Over GMOs

    While genetically modified (GMO) foods seem to proliferate across the U.S., many other nations do not allow such products to enter or grow within their borders. Brazil grows 29 varieties of GMO corn while the U.S. grows 43 different types, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. Photo credit: Flickr A Bloomberg […]

    First Commercial Crop of GMO Arctic Apples About to Hit Market

    First Commercial Crop of GMO Arctic Apples About to Hit Market

    The first commercial crop of Arctic Apples—genetically modified (GMO) apples that won’t turn brown when sliced—are about to hit the market. Visiting our Washington field trial today, and the Arctic Fujis are certainly a good-looking bunch this year! pic.twitter.com/VeE09TsJlq — Arctic® Apples (@ArcticApples) October 7, 2015 The apples stirred up major controversy in February 2015 […]

    EU Fails to Approve ‘Technical Extension’ for Weed-Killer Glyphosate

    EU Fails to Approve ‘Technical Extension’ for Weed-Killer Glyphosate

    By The Greens / European Free Alliance A proposal for a temporary “technical extension” of the EU approval of the herbicide glyphosate failed today to secure the support of a majority of EU governments. 3 strikes must mean EU Commission rules #glyphosate approval out in Europe https://t.co/m8T7LnjFiL pic.twitter.com/MbWNFj5bBK — Greens/EFA in the EU Parliament ? […]

    6 Questions for Monsanto

    6 Questions for Monsanto

    By Katherine Paul Monsanto may not be the largest company in the world. Or the worst. But the St. Louis, Missouri, biotech giant has become the poster child for all that’s wrong with our industrial food and farming system. With 21,000 employees in 66 countries and $15 billion in revenue, Monsanto is a biotech industry […]

    EU Commission Backs Down on Long-Term Glyphosate Approval, Seeks Last Minute Extension

    EU Commission Backs Down on Long-Term Glyphosate Approval, Seeks Last Minute Extension

    Following a number of unsuccessful meetings on the long-term reauthorization of glyphosate in the European Union, the European Commission—the EU’s executive arm—is now seeking an eleventh-hour extension of the controversial weedkiller’s current approval. Commission continues push for unrestricted #glyphosate use by labelling measure as temporary https://t.co/2tsxuEAvWq pic.twitter.com/5w35YKuytv — Greenpeace EU (@GreenpeaceEU) June 1, 2016 Licensing of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto […]

    Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats Products Imported From U.S. After Detecting Glyphosate

    Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats Products Imported From U.S. After Detecting Glyphosate

    More bad news for Quaker Oats. A random inspection from Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected glyphosate in 10 out of 36 oatmeal products it tested, exceeding the country’s legal limit. Quaker Oats products sold in Taiwan were found to contain glyphosate levels exceeding the legal limit following a random inspection from the country’s FDA. Photo […]