G.M.O

The Invention of GMOs
From 1953 and the decoding of DNA, to 1993 and the invention of Roundup-resistant soya, via the invention of the “gene canon” and the “cauliflower mosaic virus”.
A resume of the essential steps that produced the GMOs now found in our everyday world.

The authorisation for the marketing of GMOs: a process closely managed by Monsanto
How Monsanto “inspired” the regulations for the marketing of GMOs.
How the principle of substantial equivalence came to be accepted despite a raft of proof to the contrary.
How the decision to market GMOs in the US was fiercely contested by FDA scientists.

State Regulatory Agencies and Monsanto’s Management – Playing a Game of Musical Chairs
Monsanto’s strategy of establishing a network of influence inside administrations – illustrated by the case of Michael Taylor

Science Subject to Influence.
Two professors review some of Monsanto’s research provided to the FDA, and find it full of inaccuracies.
“Friends” of Monsanto fill a lot of seats on international and national expert committees dealing with GMOs.

Scientists under pressure, the Pusztai affaire and the poisoned GM potatoes.

“As a scientist looking at it, actively working in the field, I find that it’s very, very unfair to use our fellow citizens as guinea pigs."

These few words about GMOs broadcast on ITV’s World In Action destroyed the career of Arpad Pusztai, a world-renowned biochemist who had worked for 30 years (from 1968 to 1998) at the Rowlett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Biotech Giant Monsanto Revises Pledge on ’Suicide Seeds’
The threat of so-called ’suicide seeds’ being used in commercial agriculture has become greater following a change of policy by Monsanto, the world’s largest GM seed and chemicals company.

The threat from Monsanto’s Terminator Project: towards the sterilisation of nature
Terminator technology genetically modifies plants to produce seeds that are sterile when harvested. Developed by thel seed/agrochemical industry and the United States government, it prevents farmers from reusing seed so that they are forced to buy new seed each season.

Whistle Blowers and the Affair of the Contamination of Mexican Maize by GM Plants
A scientific study, by D Quist and I Chapela, revealed that the traditional criollo maize of the State of Oaxaca was contaminated with the Round Up Ready and Bt genes.
A counter attack was organised by Monsanto via the pro-GMO internet site, AgBioWorld, to discredit the scientists.

Suicide Seeds – The next stage: The EU’s Transcontainer turns Terminator into a zombie
ETC Group has published a report “Terminator – The Sequel”, an alert about new research on suicide seeds and other GM-related technologies which constitute an unacceptable threat to farmers, to biodiversity and to food sovereignty

Roundup Ready Soya in Argentina
How Monsanto succeeded in imposing RR soya in Argentina
The worrying environmental and health effects of RR soya

New study confirms that GM food damages fertility.
In a new Austrian study that will send shock waves through the corridors of power in the EU, and through the offices of the GM corporations, it has been discovered that GM corn has a damaging effect upon the reproductive system

The unlawful introduction of GMOs in Brazil and Paraguay
How Brazil and Paraguay were forced to legalise GMOs as a result of illegal importation of seed

Friends of the Earth: Key soy facts
Soy production in South America has more than doubled in the last 15 years. About 16% of the Amazon forests and 60% of the Cerrado grasslands have been lost already. After falling deforestation rates in 2007, the 2008 soy price boom fuelled an increase in deforestation, with more than 770,000 hectares of forest cleared between August 2007 and August 2008 alone. It is estimated that a further 9.6 million hectares of Cerrado could be lost to soy expansion by 2020 and 40% of Amazon rainforest by 2050.

Exposed: the great GM crops myth
Major new study shows that modified soya produces 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent.
An article by The Independent, UK

Friends of the Earth: "EFSA BACK IN BED WITH GMO INDUSTRY"
The supposedly independent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has shared a key scientific paper, which gives its opinion on the future of a controversial GM crop in Europe, with producer corporation Monsanto before making it accessible to the public, Friends of the Earth Europe has learned today.

Why did Monsanto’s latest GE foods get a free pass into Canada?
Health Canada has begun permitting genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified or GM) foods onto the market without any health safety assessment. Our government has never adequately examined the safety of GE foods and crops but has now dropped the pretence altogether.

GM Flax Contamination from Canada Soars to 28 Countries But Canadian farmers still have no answers
Ottawa - 28 countries, including more European countries as well as Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Thailand, have now been affected by contamination from genetically modified (GM) flax in Canadian exports since contamination was first reported on September 8.

GM climate craze seizes African food
The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has today released a report exposing the patents and players involved in appropriating key African food crops to produce genetically modified (GM) climate crops. According to the report, biotechnology is being used to identify "climate genes" in African crop plants, which are able to withstand the stresses that are likely to become prevalent as the world’s climate changes. By patenting genes that can withstand stresses like drought, heat and salinity corporations are positioning themselves to turn a fat profit.

Mexico issues first permits to grow GM corn
MEXICO CITY, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Mexico, considered by many to be the cradle of corn, issued permits on Thursday to grow genetically modified corn for the first time in a bid to eventually boost production of the grain.

Bill Gates reveals support for GMO ag
As it has come to dominate the agenda for reshaping African agriculture over the years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been very careful not to associate itself too closely with patent-protected biotechnology as a panacea for African farmers.

Illegal GM ’Triffid’ seeds found in M&S bread
Illegal genetically modified ’Triffid’ flax seed has been found in bread sold by Marks & Spencer.

Industry avoid the truth about GM segregation problems
As farmers are commencing delivery of their canola, the agricultural industry is avoiding answering genuine questions from non-GM farmers who claim they need answering prior to delivery. According to the Network of Concerned Farmers (NCF), the grain industry is accepting GM contamination but refusing to outline the difficult conditions and consequences for non-GM farmers.

$2 million verdict against Bayer CropScience
Bayer CropScience LP must pay about $2 million for losses sustained by two Missouri farmers when an experimental variety of rice the company was testing cross-bred with their crops, a federal jury ruled.

Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control
$2 million US dollar verdict against Bayer confirms company’s liability for an uncontrollable technology

GrainCorp’s GM-free Dunolly receival depot GM contaminated
A GM grower has delivered a shipment of GM canola to GrainCorp’s GM-free silo at Dunolly in Victoria. Monsanto and GrainCorp’s claims that voluntary segregation could protect GM-free growers and shoppers are shown to be false and misleading.

Contaminated Canadian flax barred from Europe
In September 2009, farmers in Canada were shocked to learn that their flax (linseed) exports were contaminated with genetically modified (GM) flax.

GM Crop Expansion Limited in 2009 – ISAAA figures show reduced areas in seven countries
The latest data from the ISAAA on GM crops around the world reveals that seven out of 25 countries had reduced GM cultivation areas in 2009 and another remained static. The data from the industry-funded group reveals that no new countries grew GM crops during this period.

CRIIGEN : Global GMO cultivation 2009 (from ISAAA)
After 14 years of commercialisation, GMOs are approaching 8.9% of world cultivation. These GMOs are distributed in just 4 plants (soya, maize, cotton, canola), and the first two (soya and maize) represent 83% of the total, despite numerous other unused authorizations.

Bt cotton has failed admits Monsanto
New Delhi - The ongoing debate on biotechnology crops in India took a new turn on Friday when American seed firm Monsanto disclosed that cotton pest—pink bollworm—has developed resistance to its much-touted Bt cotton variety in Gujarat.

Genetically Modified Foods Not Good Economically Either?
Are genetically modified foods costing farmers billions of dollars every year? Greenpeace finds that genetically modified soy is.

New Studies Expose Potential Risks of GMO Trees
Red Flags Raised About Potential Negative Impacts of Proposed Large-Scale Release of Genetically Engineered Trees in the U.S.

GM Trees Approved in U.S.
May 12, 2010: USDA Approves ArborGen’s Request to Plant 260,000 Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees Across U.S. South: The USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service issued its decision to approve the mass-release of over a quarter of a million GE eucalyptus trees

E.U. Signals Big Shift on Genetically Modified Crops
BRUSSELS — Madeira is more than 500 kilometers from the African coast and is officially one of the “outermost regions” of the European Union.

Commission plan to ease GM authorization - Greenpeace reaction
Brussels, International — Reuters today published revelations from several European Commission sources confirming its plan to ease the GM authorisation process.

As U.S. Approves GM Soybean, DuPont and Monsanto Gird for Cooking-Oil War
The Agriculture Department will approve for broad use tomorrow a genetically modified soybean engineered to contain healthier oils, the opening salvo in a biotech oil fight between DuPont Co. and its rival, Monsanto Co.

Brussels plan to unblock the GMO dossier
Has the European Commission found the way to unblock the thorny GMO dossier? The Old Continent, strongly opposed to genetically modified crops, only grows 100,000 hectares, compared to 134 million in the rest of the world. And the President of the Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has never hidden his intention to end this exception.

EU governments wary of GM crop overhaul plans
LUXEMBOURG - France said on Friday it would not support draft proposals to allow European Union governments to grow or ban genetically modified (GM) crops before a complete review of the bloc’s GM approval system.

An odd royalty calculus
Monsanto’s way of calculating royalty on its Bt cotton seeds raises serious questions about how tenable it is

EU votes against compulsory GM food labelling
Campaigners angry at EU’s decision to keep consumers ’in the dark’ over food from animals given genetically modified (GM) feed

Europe Clears Import of New Biotech Corn Varieties
BRUSSELS — The European Commission on Wednesday approved six genetically modified corn varieties for import to the bloc, another sign of its desire to speed decision-making on the controversial technology.

DNA from transgenic plants found in milk and animal tissue
Munich - A recent Testbiotech survey shows that DNA fragments from transgenic plants are increasingly found in animal tissue such as milk, inner organs and muscles.

GM salmon may go on sale in US after public consultation
Food and Drug administration begins 60-day process to approve animal critics call a ’frankenfish’

Is genetically altered fish OK? FDA to decide
WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials are set to rule on whether a faster-growing, genetically engineered fish is safe to eat in a decision that could deliver the first altered animal food to consumers’ dinner plates.

Is Genetic Engineering Liberating Women?
*More Desperate Science from Monsanto & Co. about Bt. Cotton in India Empowering Women

Illegal GM potato variety found in Sweden
The European Commission has asked German chemicals company BASF to explain why an unauthorised genetically modified variety of potato has been planted in Sweden.

Commissioner Dalli admits EU food safety regime must change

- Conference hears shocking evidence that key herbicide linked to deformities in unborn children

- Carrefour Group among major retailers vowing to maintain non-GMO policy

- Minister declares Brussels a GMO-free region

GM Roundup Ready® soy linked to birth defects and environmental damage
A group of international scientists has released a report detailing health and environmental hazards from the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready soy and the use of glyphosate (Roundup®) herbicide.

GM maize ’has polluted rivers across the United States’
An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment.

Little agreement on commission GMO proposal
BRUSSELS - European Union member states have concluded their first debate on a recent European Commission proposal to allow differentiated GMO cultivation, with most capitals raising serious objections.

States rip apart EU bid to fix GM crops mess
One of Monsanto’s genetically-modified maize cobs is pictured in July 2007. European states accused by the European Commission of "flouting" WTO rules by banning genetically-modified crops on Thursday rejected commission moves aimed at speeding new authorisations.

FRANCE: Carrefour launches ’non-GM’ labels
French grocery retailer Carrefour [the largest hypermarket chain in world] is launching a label to tell its customers that its animals have not been fed genetically-modified food.

Monsanto’s Superweeds Come Home to Roost
There’s been much recent news about Monsanto paying farmers to use its competitors’ herbicides, in what many see as a last ditch effort to address the spread of superweeds created by the company’s "Roundup Ready" (RR) GMO crops.

Playing politics with genetically modified organisms
In 2008, after three years of solid work, over 400 scientists, 30 governments from developed and developing countries, as well as 30 civil society organisations, concluded an epochal work under the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). About 60 countries endorsed the report at a meeting in Johannesburg in April of that year.

EU Zero Tolerance Proposals "Completely Unacceptable"
This week’s announcement that the Euroepan Commission is proposing to allow up to 0.1% GM content in animal feed from unapproved traits has been described by GM Freeze as "completely unacceptable" and not based on evidence.

New GM proposals could open Europe’s doors to risky unauthorised crops
European Commission accused of caving in to industry scare tactics Brussels, 3 November, 2010

Half a dozen insecticidal toxins in genetically engineered maize
Munich-Parma - European Food Safety Agency EFSA has given a positive opinion on the authorisation of genetically engineered maize that inherits eight technically inserted gene sequences.

Legal doubts over EU plans to give states choice on whether to grow GM
*Leaked documents suggest European commission proposal is vulnerable to legal actions by biotechnology companies

55.Glyphosate affects photosynthesis in first and second generation of glyphosate-resistant soybeans
The crop area planted to conventional soybeans has decreased annually while that planted to glyphosate-resistant (RR) soybean has drastically increased mainly due to the wide adoption of glyphosate in current weed management systems.

GE food and animals - the year in review
Starting with the humble alfalfa seed and ending with a genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon, the controversies in 2010 over genetic engineering multiplied and tumbled over each other, with the year ending in unprecedented uncertainty.

Europe : GM proposal could face legal challenge
Parliament’s lawyers concerned about plans, but Commission wants states to make own GM decisions

India : Worms eat into GM crop myth - Insects expected to drop dead thrive on cotton
Insects expected to drop dead after feeding on genetically modified cotton plants have instead been found for the first time in India to be thriving and even successfully breeding on the plants.

ENDS Europe reports that GM maize (corn) crops are declining in the EU.
Drawing on a Plataforma Transgenicos Fora press release, ENDS notes how the popularity of GM maize - the main GM crop approved for cultivation in the European Union - is waning among cereal growers in the Iberian peninsular.

Australia : GM contamination of organic crop confirmed
AUTHORITIES have confirmed Kojonup organic oat farmer Steve Marsh’s worst fears, that his harvest is contaminated with genetically modified canola.

NEW PEST IN CROP CAUSED BY LARGE SCALE OF BT CORN
Since the year 2000 it has been observed that genetically engineered corn expressing the Bt toxin Cry1Ab is being infested by western bean cutworm (Striacosta albicosta) (Rice 2000; O’Rourke & Hutchison 2000).

The Effects of Genetically Modified Foods on Animal Health
In what is being described as the first ever and most comprehensive study of the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers have linked organ damage with consumption of Monsanto’s GM maize.

Waves of gene pollution
A land-mark federal court case in the US in 2010 has, at last, formally recognised the existence of real dangers from gene pollution, and at the same time highlighted the irresponsible attitude of regulators and industry.

Do we need GM to feed the world? It’s not as simple as it seems
And yet, the world’s biggest ever agricultural study – the work of 400 scientists and 60 governments, headed by Dr Bob Watson, now Chief Scientist at Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture – concluded that GM was not the simple answer to poverty. In truth, it could even do more harm than good.

Honey Made Close to Modified Crops May Need Regulatory Approval

Studies Show Animals Fed on GM Diet Face Organ Problems
A new report reviewing 19 studies of mammals fed with commercialized GM soybean and maize which account for more than 80% of all GMOs grown on a large scale appears to indicate liver and kidney problems in the mammals fed on the GMO diet.

USDA Looks to Approve Monsanto’s Drought-Tolerant Corn
The Obama administration will seek to allow the unlimited sale of a corn variety genetically engineered by Monsanto Co. to resist drought, the Department of Agriculture announced today. The corn, if approved, would be the first commercial biotech crop designed to resist stressful environmental conditions like drought, rather than pests or herbicides.

No improvement in EU’s GMO risk assessment
EFSA has released new "Guidance for risk assessment of food and feed from GM plants". Analysis of the document shows that no substantial improvements have been made.

U.S. Ends Opposition to GM labeling Guidelines
Consumer rights victory as US ends opposition to GM labeling guidelines Consumers International, Press release, 5 July 2011

India takes action against Bt Brinjal biopiracy

August 10, 2011

The development of Bt Brinjal was a case of biopiracy, according to the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA). According to sources, the NBA has finally concluded its year-long investigation and recommended action against the U.S. agribusiness giant, Monsanto, and its Indian collaborators, who developed and promoted the controversial, genetically modified vegetable.

Monsanto launching GM sweet corn

August 8, 2011

Monsanto Co. is expanding its reach -– into the grocery store’s produce aisle.

Polish president vetoes GMO bill

August 24, 2011

Greenpeace About a Presidential Veto: a Good Decision

Monsanto Corn Plant Losing Bug Resistance

September 2, 2011

Widely grown corn plants that Monsanto Co. genetically modified to thwart a voracious bug are falling prey to that very pest in a few Iowa fields, the first time a major Midwest scourge has developed resistance to a genetically modified crop.

European Court of Justice ruling on GMOs

September 7, 2011

Court ruling on GM contamination blows hole in the myth of coexistence

"The GMO Emperor has no clothes": Vandana Shiva and José Bové present an indepedant report on GMO!
October 19, 2011 Vandana Shiva, alternative Nobel Prize, and José Bové, MEP and famous advocate of sustainable agriculture have presented in Paris the first-international report on the issue of GMOs.

Biotech group bids to recruit high-profile GM ’ambassadors’

October 20, 2011

Europe’s largest and most influential biotech industry group, whose members include Monsanto, Bayer and other GM companies, is recruiting high-profile "ambassadors" to lobby European leaders on GM policy.

The new report of CEO on the scandalous approving of the GM potato
November 7, 2011 In March 2010, the European Commission approved BASF’s genetically modified Amflora potato for cultivation in the European Union. CEO [1] has investigated the background to this decision, including the controversial scientific advice provided by the European Food Safety Authority on the use of antibiotic resistant marker genes.

PETITION - Monsanto corn: coming soon to a Wal-Mart near you
April 2012 Do you or anyone you know buy food at Wal-Mart? If you do, you could soon be eating Monsanto GMO corn — unmarked, unlabeled, and untested on humans — with toxins built right into the plant’s DNA.