Canada: Quebec Farmers Oppose Release of GM Alfalfa

The Gazette, May 20 2015 A tiny, genetically modified seed is pitting Quebec farmers against the biotech industry. A GM version of alfalfa, a staple in livestock feed, was supposed to be launched in Canada this year. The product, produced with technology by Monsanto, the world’s largest seed-and-chemical company, has already been approved by the […]

GM-free canola demand rising

The Western Producer, May 16 2014 An Alberta seed grower says the growing market for non-genetically modified canola and the later seeding season are increasing demand for two of his normally less popular varieties. Bob Mastin of Sundre, Alta., has been working with oilseed crushers in Washington state and Manitoba that want his short season, […]

EU: Bavaria Signs Agreement To Go GM Free

Germany‚s Bavaria region has become the 62nd GMO Free farming area in Europe. The Munich-based Bavarian Environment Minister Dr. Marcel Huber, signed the GMO Free agreement in Brussels, with the President of the European GMO Free network, Maura Malaspina, the Environment Minister for the Marche region of Italy. Bavaria is the 62nd member of the […]

EU: French Parliament Bans the Cultivation of GM Maize

Reuters, April 16 2014. Emile Picy, Sybille de La Hamaide France’s lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment. France adopted a decree last month to halt the planting of Monsanto’s insect-resistant MON810 maize, the only […]

US: Vermont Will Require Labeling of Genetically Altered Foods

New York Times, April 23 2014 Stephanie Strom Going further than any state so far, Vermont on Wednesday passed a law requiring the labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Though the move came in a tiny state far from the nation’s population centers, proponents of such labeling immediately hailed the legislative approval as a significant […]

Canada: Nova Scotia Growers Say No to GMO Apples

Nova Scotia farmers are opposed to growing and selling genetically modified apples, as a farmer in British Columbia is proposing. An apple grower in Summerland, B.C., has applied for approval of a genetically modified apple that doesn’t turn brown after it’s sliced. The Arctic apple was designed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, an agricultural biotechnology company. […]

Pressure building to shut out GMO crops

More district and regional councils are poised to fence out genetically modified organisms (GMOs) following a recent Environment Court decision. The court upheld the right of Bay of Plenty Regional Council to take a precautionary approach to the growing of genetically modified crops in its region. The ruling came as submissions closed on a similar […]

Archer-Daniels-Midland refuses Syngenta GM Corn

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), the world’s largest corn processor, won’t accept a genetically modified version of the crop developed by Syngenta AG (SYNN) until its use has been approved by China and other major export markets. The curb applies to grain containing the Agrisure Duracade genetic trait, which helps control rootworm. Decatur, Illinois-based ADM may test […]

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 […]