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Tag Archives: Genetically Modified Organisms

DIFFERENT VIEWS

There are large differences between the public and scientists on a wide range of science-related topics, but the largest one is genetically modified foods. More than any other issue, the public and scientists had very different views about the safety of eating genetically modified (GM) foods. A majority of the general public (57%) says that… read more

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TOO MANY RULES

China’s government has too many rules restricting the adoption of genetically modified food, and that’s ultimately hurting its long-term competitiveness in the sector, according to a leading Chinese researcher on the topic.

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GMO LABELING

More than 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering, according to a recent survey by @okstate Department of Agricultural Economics. The Washington Post reports that excessive and unnecessary warning labels on food products could confuse consumers, and… read more

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VIPTERA UPDATE

Chinese officials have reported that the Ministry of Ag has officially approved imports of GMO corn and soybean varieties from Dupont, Pioneer and Bayer Cropscience. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement in Chicago.

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VIPTERA CORN OKAYED

Chinese officials informed some U.S. seed industry officials late Monday that they approved Syngenta AG’s genetically modified corn Viptera, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg. The corn is at the center of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments rejected by Beijing.

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GMO LABELING FAILS, BUT

Maui voters approved a GMO cropping ban by 50%-48% margin. The winning margin was 1,077 votes out of nearly 46,000 cast. Statewide referendums in Oregon and Colorado to require labels of food made with genetically modified organisms were defeated

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GMO LABELING

Oregon’s Measure 92 to require labeling of GMO foods is behind by six points, according to a new poll released Tuesday, just a week before Election Day.

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CHINESE RESERVES

Grain analysts are expecting China’s government to stockpile some 40 million tonnes (MMT) of corn to state reserves in the 2014/15 marketing year. That compares to last year’s 60 MMT stockpile program. Analysts further suggest the move to stockpile will likely continue to slow the GMO corn import approval process.

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CHIPOTLE BACKS LABELING

Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests. The Denver-based chain said in a statement that consumers want to know whether the food they’re eating has been genetically modified.

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NO PROBLEMS

According to a study of over 100 billion animals, including nine billion broilers annually, genetically engineered crops were found to be safe to feed to livestock. The study included data from 1983, before GE crops, to 2011 and found improved feed-to-gain ratios and decreased age to market.

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