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Corporate Spin on Gene Editing

The biotechnology and pesticide industry lobby group CropLife Canada has just launched a website to promote the new genetic engineering techniques of gene editing, or genome editing. The new industry PR website has been published just before Health Canada is expected to propose that some products of gene editing can skip government regulation. Health Canada...

Mexico to Ban Glyphosate, GM Corn Presidential Decree Comes Despite Intense Pressure from Industry, U.S. Authorities

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn. His administration sent an even stronger aftershock two weeks later, clarifying that the government would also phase out GM corn imports in three...

GMO Bans Start 2021: Mexico, Peru & Tanzania act to protect farmers

In the global fight over the future of farming, there is significant news at the start of 2021. Some national governments in Latin America and Africa took historic steps to protect food and farming from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Mexico has banned genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) corn and glyphosate-based herbicides, Peru has extended...

GM SALMON: US COURT ORDERS NEW ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

A US court has ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to approve the GM salmon was unlawful. The decision does not interrupt GM salmon production or sale in the US but requires a new environmental assessment. The court ruled that the FDA ignored the serious environmental consequences of approving GM salmon and...

In Memoriam: Percy Schmeiser

Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser died at 89, on October 13, 2020. “Corporations should not be able to control people, seeds, plants, and food through patent law.” – Percy Schmesier, 2007. The large seed and biotechnology company Monsanto took Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser to court alleging infringement of the company’s patent rights over its genetically engineered (genetically modified...

USA Organic not always what it should be

As consumers call for improved animal welfare, stewardship of the soil, and conservation of dwindling water supplies, Aurora Organic Dairy is preparing to open a heifer factory on 1,900 acres in the dry High Plains of Colorado. The feedlot will house 7,000 “organic” heifers (a young cow that hasn’t born offspring yet) when fully operational....
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