31/01/13 GM Freeze – BASF Drops Key GM Projects


BASF is abandoning efforts to gain EU authorisation for three GM potatoes after over a decade of investment and research. The company is also dropping research into GM “nutritionally enhanced corn” in the US, which will trigger the closure of six field sites and the loss of 40 jobs. BASF’s statement says of its GM […]

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24/01/13 La Via Campesina – The Maize Manifesto: No to GMO Maize


The National Union of Autonomous Regional Peasant Organization (UNORCA) rejects that the State, in Mexico, sacrifice the consumer population (turning them into lab rats) and the peasants and small producers, to support transnational companies who produce GMO seeds and agro-chemicals. UNORCA calls upon organizations, activists, and cultural and public figures, and all concerned people, to join […]

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24/01/13 La Via Campesina – Mexico: Hunger strike against GM maize


This Wednesday, January 23rd, a new phase of struggle against the planting of GMO maize started in Mexico, consisting of a collective hunger strike, to express indignation for the terrible blow that would come with the imminent approval of large-scale commercial planting of GMO maize in Mexico. The National Union of Autonomous Regional Peasant Organization (UNORCA) […]

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24/01/13 The Atlantic- The Agricultural Fulcrum: Better Food, Better Climate


This past year treated us to a climate change preview in spades: crazy heat waves, prolonged drought, and epic storms like Sandy. To help us stabilize the climate, before we reach the point of no return, we must tap the immense potential of our food system.Since becoming an agrarian society, we’ve known that growing food […]

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24/01/13 GM Freeze – Designed to Mislead: Inaccurate “coexistence” survey won’t help Government


A postal survey sent to English farmers by the Centre for Agricultural Strategy at Reading University  gives inaccurate and misleading information about coexistence of GM and conventional oilseed rape and should be abandoned, GM Freeze said today. GM Freeze is critical of the survey because it uses inaccurate and misleading information, omits other information and […]

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24/01/13 GM Freeze – Hidden viral gene revealed in GMOs


Biotech industry claims, and regulator reassurances, that GM technology is predictable and safe have been shaken by the discovery of viral gene sequence in many GM crops. Two thirds of GM crops approved in the US contain the hitherto unidentified viral gene, but although regulators have insufficient information to determine if it is safe for […]

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23/01/13 The Guardian- Europe has failed to learn from environmental disasters


Europe has failed to learn the lessons from many environmental and health disasters like Chernobyl, leaded petrol and DDT insecticides, and is now ignoring warnings about bee deaths, GM food and nanotechnology, according to an 800-page report by the European environmental Agency. Thousands of lives could have been saved and extensive damage to ecosystems avoided if […]

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23/01/13 AFP – EU freezes approval of GM crops to 2014


The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states. A spokeman for Health Commissioner Tonio Borg said “The authorisations for farming are frozen”, and added that the priority of Borg, who […]

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23/01/13 – Baronet farmer to drive tractor to Reading


A symbolic ‘solidarity’ action in support of Polish farmers will take place on Sir Julian Rose’s Path Hill Farm on the Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames,  Saturday 26th January. Sir Julian will also drive his tractor on a shopping trip to Reading. The action is being organized by Sir Julian, owner of the Hardwick Estate and President of The […]

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17/01/13 GMO Inside – Call on US Cereal Giants to Take GMOs Out of Our Breakfasts


GMO Inside, a coalition dedicated to advancing the right of consumers to know whether or not foods are genetically engineered, announced that it is shining the light on the largest breakfast cereal companies: Kellogg’s and General Mills. GMO Inside is calling on these companies, who claim to be wholesome and healthy, to make aFresh Start and […]

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