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2009-08-03 16:22:04

Volunteer corn -- unwanted plants from a previous year's harvest -- can provide a safe harbor for pests from insecticides, U.S. researchers reported Monday. Less insecticide is squeezed out by the volunteer plants than from new plants, basically exposing western corn rootworm larvae to non-threatening doses, Purdue University researchers said in a news release. Now they're exposed to a sub-lethal source of (insecticide) Bt that didn't exist before, Christian Krupke, an assistant professor of...

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2009-07-27 12:20:00

A newspaper reported Monday that genetically modified crops are being grown in Britain for the first time since a year ago when controversial trials were resumed without alerting the public. The Daily Telegraph said the cultivation of a field of potatoes designed to be resistant to pests was abandoned for over a year when environmental protesters ripped up the crop. Then, without alerting the public, the project near Tadcaster in northern England has been restarted, prompting warnings from...

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2009-07-01 06:03:58

The European Food Safety Authority declared on Tuesday that a genetically modified strain of maize banned in some EU countries poses no risk to health or the environment, AFP reported. This means the European Commission, which supports use of the maize, will be battling the member states, most of which are against it. After studying the strain, the independent risk assessor said the Monsanto MON810 maize was as safe as its conventional counterpart with respect to potential effects on human...

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2009-04-14 13:20:00

Germany has announced plans to ban the cultivation and sale of genetically modified maize. The decision is aimed directly at Monsanto's MON 810 maize, said Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner. MON 810 is the only genetically modified crop approved for use by the European Union. "I have come to the conclusion there are just reasons to assume that the genetically-modified maize MON 810 represents a danger for the environment," Aigner said. "Therefore, the cultivation of MON 810 is now banned in...

2009-02-26 15:07:44

Two genetically modified corn varieties failed to garner enough votes for approval or for dismissal in a European bid for licensing. A European Commission science committee gave Bt-11 corn seed made by Swiss company Syngenta and 1507 seed made jointly by Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Dow AgroScience 127 votes for approval Wednesday. With 255 votes required for licensing, the decision will now fall on the European Commission's Council of Ministers for a decision, the EU Observer reported...

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2009-02-23 16:40:23

Research from scientists in the United States, Mexico and the Netherlands has identified genes from genetically-engineered corn in conventional crop strains in Mexico. The study is likely to reignite the bitter controversy over biotech maize. The study supports a 2001 inquiry that sparked a dispute over the safety of genetically-modified (GM) crops, which environmentalists say are a potential hazard.  Green campaigners argue that cross-pollination could spread genes of GM crops to...

2008-07-07 15:00:35

By The Yomiuri Shimbun Jul. 4--TOKYO -- In Maumee Plain in Ohio, in the Corn Belt of the U.S. Midwest, Jeff Goetz pointed to a vast field of soybeans stretching out before him. "Until last year, non-genetically modified soybeans were grown here," said Goetz, marketing director of The Andersons Inc., an Ohio-based company that collects and sells grain. "But since the beginning of this year, genetically modified soybeans have replaced ordinary soybeans." This change in crops grown in...

2005-09-19 06:25:00

PARIS -- When Pierre, a 50-year-old French maize farmer, was offered the chance to grow his first genetically-modified (GMO) crops, he jumped at the chance and predicts many others will soon follow suit. Such is the sensitivity surrounding GMOs in a country where test fields of GMO maize and rapeseed are regularly ripped up, Pierre told only his family and the local mayor of his plans. "Before I decided to grow GMO maize there was a lot of debate in my family," the farmer in southwest France...

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2005-08-31 14:50:00

NEW YORK -- Despite concerns from some critics of genetically modified crops that the foods may raise consumers' risk of allergic reactions, a new study finds no evidence that this is the case. The study, by researchers in Portugal, adds to evidence that several widely used strains of GM corn and soybeans do not promote food allergies. All of the products -- three corn strains engineered to resist certain crop-ravaging insects and a soybean variety that tolerates a common weed killer --have...

2005-08-08 06:37:37

By Jeremy Smith BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union authorized imports of a genetically modified (GMO) maize on Monday, the third GMO product to win approval since the EU ended its unofficial biotech ban last year, officials said. The maize, known as MON 863, is engineered by U.S. biotech giant Monsanto to resist the corn rootworm insect. In theory, the maize may now be sold across EU territory for processing into animal feed -- not for growing -- but will have to receive a second EU...


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