US Review of GMO Crops Finds Risks and Rewards

Huffington Post:  A new study of genetically modified crop technology by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a mix of observations about the controversial crops, and takes U.S. regulators to task for an ongoing lack of transparency that is fueling distrust by consumers and calls for mandatory labeling of GMO foods. The lengthy report, sponsored in […]

Parliament must protect regions right to chose

Dominion Post, May 20 2016 OPINION: A Hawke’s Bay initiative to add value to the region’s food exports will likely be axed if Parliament gives the Minister for the Environment sweeping new powers under the Resource Management Act. In response to strong market demand for GM Free products, Hawke’s Bay producers want to protect the region’s […]

GM free group making progress

Hawke’s Bay Today, May 17 2016 Victoria White The fight to keep Hawke’s Bay GM free took another step forward yesterday, when members of the Pure Hawke’s Bay Group presented to a parliamentary select committee in Auckland. Scott Lawson, John Bostock, and Pure Hawke’s Bay president Bruno Chambers spoke in opposition to changes in section 360D […]

Dannon Yogurt Brand Commits to GMO-Free Products

Food Safety Magazine: This week, major yogurt brand Dannon announced plans that will improve the company’s sustainable agriculture practices for its milk supply, increase transparency for its portfolio of products and evolve to more natural and fewer ingredients for Dannon’s three flagship brands–Dannon, Oikos and Danimals. To achieve these goals, Dannon says it will use […]

Germany: Lidl Germany Announces GMO-Free Milk Pledge

ESM: Lidl Germany has pledged that all of its Milbona own-brand milk will be GMO-free from July of this year. With the move, Lidl said that it is “sending a clear signal against the use of genetically modified feed in the production of dairy products”. As well as milk products, the retailer’s cream, whipped cream, cottage […]

Swiss Federal Council: Extend GMO moratorium until 2021

In December, the Swiss Federal Council voted in favour of extending the nation-wide moratorium on GM releases until 2021. The moratorium has already been extended twice and is otherwise due to expire on 2017. The Council considered that the extension until 2021 will allow a thorough debate on the potential future use of GMOs in Swiss agriculture. Should […]

USA Leads New Surge in GMO-Free Labelling

Innova Market Insights Posted on Food South Australia News, October 30 2105. With ongoing interest in clean labelling and greater transparency, the free-from category is continuing to grow globally and, in addition to the high-profile developments in areas such as lactose-, dairy- and gluten-free foods and drinks, there has also been a marked upturn in […]

Feds should support Pure Hawke’s Bay Initiative

Farmers Weekly, October 19 2015 Last month Hawke’s Bay farmers and food producers celebrated a significant victory with the Hastings District Council’s decision to protect the district’s GM Free food producer status in the local plan. The council was responding to a request by some of the region’s leading food producers, along with Ngati Kahungunu […]

Most EU nations seek to bar GM crops

Nineteen of the 28 EU member states have applied to keep genetically modified crops out of all or part of their territory, the bloc’s executive arm said Sunday, the deadline for opting out of new European legislation on GM crops. AFP, Yahoo News The EU nations had until October 3 to seek an opt-out which […]

Half of Europe opts out of new GM crop scheme

Bid for exclusion by 14 countries and three regions would make two-thirds of Europe’s population and arable land GM-free The Guardian, October 1 2015 Half of the European Union’s 28 countries and three of its regions have opted out of a new GM crop scheme, in a blow to biotech industry hopes. Under new EU rules agreed […]