Scotland: Ban on GM crops makes sense ethically and is good for the economy

Herald Scotland, August 13 2015 Richard Lochhead,  Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment This week I announced that the Scottish Government will take advantage of new EU measures that allow Scotland to prevent the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland in line with our long-standing policy to protect our country’s clean, green status. There […]

GM Crops Set to be Banned in Scotland

Growing genetically modified crops will be banned in Scotland after ministers decided they are not prepared to “gamble with the future” of Scotland’s £14 billion food and drink sector. Press Association. The Courier, August 9 2015. The Scottish Government will request an opt-out from European consents for the cultivation of GM crops, including an EU […]

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 […]