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2010-09-27 15:31:42

A report presented today by Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli to the Agriculture Council concludes that specific measures relating to storing and the application of isolation distances can help limit or avoid the co-mingling of genetically modified (GM) maize with conventional and organic maize. In particular, the Best Practice Document, prepared by the European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB) and published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), notes that...

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2009-10-26 15:05:44

Genetically modified squash plants that are resistant to a debilitating viral disease become more vulnerable to a fatal bacterial infection, according to biologists. "Cultivated squash is susceptible to a variety of viral diseases and that is a major problem for farmers," said Andrew Stephenson, Penn State professor of biology. "Infected plants grow more slowly and their fruit becomes misshapen." In the mid-1990s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved genetically modified squash, which...

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2009-10-22 07:25:00

In a somewhat controversial statement made on Wednesday, England's elite science academy, The Royal Society, said that world must utilize genetically modified crops in order to feed a rapidly growing global population and reduce the environmental damage of large-scale farming. The academy's report referred to the "grand challenge" of feeding an additional 2.3 billion people by 2050"”a statement corroborated by a report issued earlier this month by the UN's Food and Agricultural...

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2009-07-07 17:30:00

An international team of scientists has developed salt-tolerant plants using a new type of genetic modification (GM), bringing salt-tolerant cereal crops a step closer to reality.The research team "“ based at the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus in Australia "“ has used a new GM technique to contain salt in parts of the plant where it does less damage.Salinity affects agriculture worldwide, which means the results of this research could impact on world food production and...

2008-06-24 03:00:39

By Nickson, Thomas E A scientifically sound environmental risk assessment is required for crops derived from modern biotechnology (also referred to as genetically modified [GM]) prior to unrestricted release into the environment. The scientific principles underlying the environmental risk assessments completed for herbicide-tolerant and insect- protected GM crops commercialized to date are now being applied to crops currently under development that are modified for improved tolerance to...

2008-06-20 12:00:30

By CAROLYN CHURCHILL IT was an issue which sparked mass protests only five years ago when demonstrators cut down fields of genetically modified crops as part of an ongoing campaign against what they termed "Frankenstein foods". Protesters descended on farms in Scotland where commercial trials were under way and staged protests, at times damaging the GM oilseed rape plants which were growing on sites in Aberdeenshire and Fife. The public opposition was such that Scottish ministers later...

2006-03-24 16:35:00

CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - Environmental group Greenpeace criticized Australia on Friday for promoting the experimental use of highly controversial "terminator seeds" derived from genetically modified plants. The non-government group gave Australia its first Flat Ball Award for its defense of a seed that critics say undermines biological diversity and creates dependence among poor farmers. Terminator seeds come from genetically modified plants and their offspring are sterile, meaning they...

2005-11-27 15:01:03

By Tom Armitage ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland voted in favor of a five-year ban on the farming of genetically modified plants and animals on Sunday, putting in place some of the toughest restrictions in Europe. The move, supported by farmers, ecologists and consumer groups, will force the government to impose a blanket ban on the cultivation of GMO crops and the import of animals whose genes have been modified in the laboratory. The moratorium does not apply to research into GMOs...

2005-11-27 08:55:38

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland voted in favor of a five-year ban on the use of genetically modified plants and animals in farming on Sunday, putting in place some of the toughest measures in Europe. Results of the referendum, compiled by Swiss television SF DRS, showed that 55 percent of voters had accepted the proposal to place a five-year moratorium on GMO crops and the import of genetically modified animals. A majority of Switzerland's 26 cantons had also accepted the ban, SF DRS...

2005-08-17 09:25:32

By Jeremy Smith BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments face a slew of decisions in the next few months on whether to allow more imports of genetically modified (GMO) foods but nothing is expected that might break Europe's deadlock over biotechnology. With EU institutions mostly closed in August, ministers and national experts will be asked to process a backlog of applications for new GMO approvals in four crammed months. That doesn't necessarily mean they will be able to agree. In...


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