October 26th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
While the merits of a recent study on genetically modified organisms conducted by the University of Caen in France are still being scrutinized by the scientific community and the biotech industry, government officials in France say they will not change their opinion on Monsanto’s NK603 GMO corn variety, which is currently allowed for sale in the country.
Read More:France Won’t Ban Monsanto’s GMO Corn
October 25th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Los Angeles City Council members unanimously voted yesterday to approve a resolution that officially supports Proposition 37—the November ballot initiative that would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients sold within the state.
Read More:Los Angeles Wants GMOs Labeled, City Council ‘Unanimously’ Supports Prop 37
October 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A coalition of environmental organizations is urging the executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to enact a global ban on the industrial planting of genetically modified trees.
Read More:Where’s the Lorax When You Need Him? Global Ban Called for on GMO Trees
October 9th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Monsanto will face farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman in front of the Supreme Court, the justices announced last week, agreeing to hear the dispute brought about by an appeal from Bowman—an Indiana soybean farmer targeted by the biotech industry giant.
Read More:Soy Farmer and Monsanto Head to the Supreme Court Over Patent Rights
September 30th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A recent L.A. Times poll suggests California’s Proposition 37, which would make it the first state to require mandatory labeling on foods containing genetically modified ingredients, is likely to pass by more than a 2-to-1 margin this coming November.
Read More:Polls Show Californians Will Pass GMO Labeling Law in November
September 27th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
While no stranger to the pharmaceutical industry, genetically modified organisms could be used to mass-produce enzymes in treatment for rare diseases.
Read More:Could GMO Corn Be A Medical Breakthrough?
September 10th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Genetically modified glow-in-the-dark Electric Green Tetra fish pose a risk to non-GMO native species and have raised concerns with environmental advocacy groups, reports the Washington Post.
Read More:One Fish, Two Fish, Glow in the Dark Genetically Modified Pet Fish?
July 25th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Provisions to the Farm Bill that could support speedy approval of genetically engineered foods has incited outrage from groups and activists concerned over food safety.
Read More:Farm Bill Could Allow Faster Approval of ‘Illegal’ GMOs
July 15th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Aside from the controversies routinely surrounding genetically modified (GMO) foods, the biotech industry’s other elephant in the room may just be a mouse in a cage, according to new data released by the UK’s Home Office division. While the report shows a decline in tests involving monkeys, experiments involving other test animals, particularly mice, are actually at 30-year high, reports the BBC.
Read More:Biotech Animal Testing in UK Climbs to 30-Year High in 2011
July 5th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A new report details plans by the genetically modified soybean industry to expand its livestock feeding of GMO soybeans to the massive amounts of aquaculture fish raised in open ocean pens located in federal waters. While soy is already being fed to some farmed fish, if this happens to the scale the industry hopes, it could mean devastating consequences for the world’s oceans and consumer health, reports Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe, the organizations behind the report.
Read More:Sea Soy Monsters: GMO Industry Taking Over Farmed Fish Feed, Cites New Report