China: Nation’s main grain-producing province bans GM crop

Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province will ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops starting from May 2017, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing a provincial regulation passed on Friday.  Liang Fei, Global Times. December 18 2016 Cultivation of GM crops, including corn, rice and soybeans, is banned. The production and sale of GM seeds is […]

Waitrose ends use of GM animal feed on its farms

Critics hail decision as ‘beginning of the end’ for use of the crops in the UK Sean Poulter, Daily Mail, November 2 2016 Waitrose’s meat, milk and eggs will no longer come from animals fed a genetically modified diet. The retailer is dropping GM soya feed on its farms in a huge blow to the controversial […]

German cabinet approves draft law banning GMO crops

Reuters, November 2 2016: The German cabinet has approved a draft law banning cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), government sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Germany had announced in September 2015 that it will ban cultivation of crops with GMOs under new European Union rules allowing member states to opt out of their […]

Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops

New York Times — The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat. But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in […]

Canada: Aquaculture industry to MPs: We don’t need GMO salmon

Fish farmers say customers aren’t interested in genetically modified fish Ipolitics, October 11 2016 Canada’s aquaculture industry says its retailers and consumers are not interested in genetically modified salmon despite recent approvals from the federal government. “We’re not really interested in seeing genetically modified technology move forward when our customers are not interested,” Ruth Salmon, […]

Japan defers Western white wheat purchases until new test in place

Capital Press: Japan has deferred new purchases of Western white wheat until a validated test is in place for the genetically engineered wheat under investigation in Washington state, a U.S. Wheat Associates spokesman says. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is investigating 22 genetically engineered wheat plants found in a fallow field in Washington […]

USDA confirms unapproved GMO wheat found in Washington state

Reuters: Genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto Co, and never approved by federal regulators, has been found growing in a Washington state farm field, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Friday. The discovery of 22 unapproved genetically modified (GMO) wheat plants has prompted an investigation by federal and state investigators – the third such […]

Lidl to list GMO-free dairy products in its German stores

AgriLand: Lidl is to introduce several GMO-free dairy products in its German stores this year, with GMO-free milk being listed from July onwards, it has been announced. The GMO-free certified milk will be available under Lidl’s private label brand Milbona, meaning only GMO-free certified milk will be sold under the brand. Furthermore, from August onwards, two […]

Switzerland: Government approves GMO ban extension

June 26 2016: The Swiss cabinet has approved a plan to extend the current moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture from 2017 to 2021. However, it has also recommended an amendment to the law to demarcate specific GMO zones in the country in the future. On Wednesday, the cabinet approved changes to the […]

Co-op offers premium for GM-free milk

Dairy News: European dairy co-op Arla wants its farmer suppliers to use more GM-free feed. It says the market is increasingly willing to pay a price premium and Arla is well placed to exploit this new opportunity. Arla’s move results from German retailers saying they will pay a premium for products from cows fed non-GM feed. […]