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. […]

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 […]

Cargill to reject for export crops with new GMO Syngenta corn trait

Agri.EU February 18 2014 Cargill Inc, the top exporter of U.S. grain and oilseeds, on Friday said it will reject crops containing a new genetically modified Syngenta AG corn trait that are delivered to its grain elevators for export contracts. Corn seeds containing Syngenta’s Agrisure Duracade trait are available for planting in the United States […]

German state of Hesse declares itself GM Free

The state of Hesse has become the latest GM free zone in Germany as part of a coalition arrangement between the state Christian Democrats and the Green Party, the USDA reports. There are already around 200 ‘biotech free zones’ in Germany, which are intended to promote the regions and encourage tourism. Political support for GM […]

China set to bar more US corn as ban on GM foods drags on

Bangor Daily News, January 27 2014 China is set to keep rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing an unapproved genetically modified strain at least until the end of March, shrugging off pressure from Washington to swiftly approve the variety developed by crop chemicals giant Syngenta AG. Under Chinese regulations, the earliest approval of the genetically modified […]

A GMO-free future for Tasmania

Media Statement, Tasmanian Government 9 January 2014 The Government plans to continue a ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food crops and animals to maintain the integrity of Tasmania’s brand and maximise future marketing opportunities. The Deputy Premier Bryan Green said the Government’s position was to keep an indefinite moratorium on the release of commercial […]