US: Major spread maker dumps GMO oils

Boulder-based Smart Balance announced Monday that it has stopped using genetically modified ingredients in its 15 buttery spreads and hopes to be a catalyst for change in the food industry.

 “I think we are the first mainstream brand to make this conversion,” Stephen Hughes, chairman and CEO of Smart Balance Brands parent Boulder Brands, said […]

French government moves to reintroduce ban on GM crops

Farming News, February 20 2014 The French government has announced that it intends to maintain a moratorium on cultivation of genetically modified crops on French territory, despite the opposition of legislators in the EU. On Tuesday, Philippe Martin and Stéphane Le Foll, French ministers for Ecology and Agriculture announced in a joint statement that they would […]

Cargill to reject for export crops with new GMO Syngenta corn trait

Agri.EU February 18 2014 Cargill Inc, the top exporter of U.S. grain and oilseeds, on Friday said it will reject crops containing a new genetically modified Syngenta AG corn trait that are delivered to its grain elevators for export contracts. Corn seeds containing Syngenta’s Agrisure Duracade trait are available for planting in the United States […]

German state of Hesse declares itself GM Free

The state of Hesse has become the latest GM free zone in Germany as part of a coalition arrangement between the state Christian Democrats and the Green Party, the USDA reports. There are already around 200 ‘biotech free zones’ in Germany, which are intended to promote the regions and encourage tourism. Political support for GM […]

China set to bar more US corn as ban on GM foods drags on

Bangor Daily News, January 27 2014 China is set to keep rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing an unapproved genetically modified strain at least until the end of March, shrugging off pressure from Washington to swiftly approve the variety developed by crop chemicals giant Syngenta AG. Under Chinese regulations, the earliest approval of the genetically modified […]

A GMO-free future for Tasmania

Media Statement, Tasmanian Government 9 January 2014 The Government plans to continue a ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food crops and animals to maintain the integrity of Tasmania’s brand and maximise future marketing opportunities. The Deputy Premier Bryan Green said the Government’s position was to keep an indefinite moratorium on the release of commercial […]

Tasmania’s GMO-free status will continue indefinitely

Helen Kempton Mercury, January 9 2014 TASMANIA will maintain its nationally unique GMO-free status after Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green decided the State’s growing international food brand needed to be safeguarded. The decision to continue the moratorium on genetically modified organisms for food crops and animals comes after a review of the Act which allows […]

US: Cheerios drops genetically modified ingredients

Bruce Horovitz, USA Today January 2 2014 Under pressure from consumers and activist groups, General Mills says it will stop using genetically modified ingredients to make its original Cheerios cereal. While the oats used to make Cheerios have never contained any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the company did make changes to its sourcing — and […]

USA: Prices for distillers grains plunge after China rejections

CNBC News, January 2 2014 Bids for shipments during the first quarter of 2014 fell to $190 a ton in the Mississippi River market that feeds export terminals along the Gulf Coast, traders said. That is down from $220 last week, when Chinese news agency Xinhau reported that two cargoes of DDGs from the United […]

Overwhelming Support for Local Decisions on GM Free Status: National Poll

Four out of five New Zealanders think councils should be able to keep their districts GM Free using local plans, according to a Colmar Brunton poll. The poll was commissioned by Pure Hawke’s Bay, a group of premium food producers who are asking councils in the region to secure Hawke’s Bay’s GM free status through […]