Tasmania to remain free of GMO for at least five more years

Daily Telegraph, August 20 2014 TASMANIAN agriculture is set to remain free of genetically modified organisms for at least five more years, with the State Government opting to extend a longstanding GMO ban. The Bill tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday has received qualified support from the state’s peak farming body, beekeepers and the Greens. […]

Tasmania benefits from GMO ban

Jane Wardell, Stuff August 1 2014 Reuters: Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the frigid early morning air at Tasmania’s largest cattle feedlot as they jostle for space at a long grain trough. The pitch black cattle, blending into their muddy surroundings and stretching as far as the eye can see, are being fattened […]

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 […]