Hawke’s Bay Today: Council view on GM trees awaited

Simon Hendery, Hawke’s Bay Today, August 3 2015 The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has yet to decide if it will join a local growers’ lobby group in opposing a Government policy change that could allow genetically modified trees to be grown in the region. Pure Hawke’s Bay says the region’s image as a premium food producer is […]

Protest over plans to end regions right to be GMO free

Hawke’s Bay premium food producers have accused the government of a “back door” move to strip regions of the power to stay free of genetically modified organisms. ROB STOCK, Stuff, August 2 2015 New Zealand’s pure image boosts produce growing exporters to earn a premium in global markets for their fruit, veges, wine and food. […]

Non-GMO Labels are on the rise in Europe. But why?

Food Navigator, July 14 2015. Any product manufactured in the EU that contains more than 0.9% GM material must be labelled as such. Despite this, demand for GM-free food – containing no more than 0.1% GM – is growing. So far this year, GMO-free claims have been made for 3.5% of new product launches in Germany, […]

Australia: Dairy processors reject GM pastures

Australia’s dairy processors say more needs to be done before they can support the use of genetically modified (GM) pastures on farm. The use of GM pastures was too big a threat to markets both domestically and internationally to be acceptable at this time, Australian Dairy Products Federation executive director Dr Peter Stahle told this […]

China to Strengthen Oversight of GMOs under Development

China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing’s ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain. Maxx Chatsko, Reuters, April 30 2015. Beijing supports genetically modified organisms (GMO) technology, which it sees as crucial to future food security. But critics have alleged the […]

USA: Chipotle’s non-GMO Stance Changes Everything

Phil Lempert, Forbes, May 7 2015 Yesterday’s announcement by Chipotle that it start serving food only made with non-GMO ingredients was not a surprise. After all they have built their brand based on a consistent messaging plan that set them apart from their competition by positioning themselves as doing what is best for the land, farmers, animals, […]

New wave of conventional retailers wants natural, organic, non-GMO

Elaine Watson Food Navigator, May 11 2015 Speaking to analysts after posting an 18.9% rise in net sales to $662.7m in the three months to March 31 (net profit dipped 5% to $33.4m) US chief executive John Carroll said retailers are increasingly looking to work more closely with companies that can deliver growth by supplying them […]

New wave of conventional retailers want natural, organic, non-GMO

Food Navigator: Elaine Watson. May 11 2015 Speaking to analysts after posting an 18.9% rise in net sales to $662.7m in the three months to March 31 (net profit dipped 5% to $33.4m) US chief executive John Carroll said retailers are increasingly looking to work more closely with companies that can deliver growth by supplying them […]

US Forced to Import Corn as Shoppers Demand Organic Non-GM Food

A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering. Messenger-Inquirer: Alan Bjerga, April 21 2015 Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming, according to an analysis […]

US fast food giants reject newly approved GM potatoes

Two US food giants have reportedly ruled out using the newly approved genetically modified Innate potato, even before the variety has gone on sale. In November 2014, US breeder Simplot secured US Department of Agriculture approval for its generation one potatoes, which offer less bruising and a reduction in acrylamide. Innate is predicted to have […]