Genetically modified crops ban to be extended in South Australia

South Australia will extend a moratorium on genetically modified crops until at least 2019. SA is the only mainland state maintaining a ban on GM crop production and trials. Government Minister Leon Bignell said the state’s GM-free status gave primary producers a competitive advantage in key overseas markets, including Japan. He said a continuing ban […]

Washington state testing alfalfa for GMO contamination

Carey Gillam, Reuters Baltimore Sun, September 11 2013 (Reuters) – Agriculture officials in Washington state are testing samples of alfalfa after a farmer reported his hay was rejected for export because it tested positive for a genetically modified trait that was not supposed to be in his crop. If it is confirmed that the alfalfa […]

US: Strong Support for Labeling Modified Foods

Allison Kopicki New York Times, July 27 2013 Americans overwhelmingly support labeling foods that have been genetically modified or engineered, according to a New York Times poll conducted this year, with 93 percent of respondents saying that foods containing such ingredients should be identified. Three-quarters of Americans expressed concern about genetically modified organisms in their […]

Modified Wheat Is Discovered in Oregon

Andrew Pollack, New York Times, May 29, 2013 Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been found growing on a farm in Oregon, federal officials said Wednesday, a development that could disrupt American exports of the grain. The Agriculture Department said the wheat was of the type developed by Monsanto to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup, also […]

Wheat Drops as Japan Suspends U.S. Imports on Modified Crops

Phoebe Sedgman and Rudy Ruitenberg: Bloomberg News, May 30 2013 Wheat fell, heading for the biggest monthly decline since February, as Japan suspended imports of some U.S. varieties after the discovery of gene-altered crops that were never approved. Japan suspended imports of western-white wheat and feed wheat from the U.S., the world’s biggest exporter, and canceled […]

US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender

Reuters May 30 2013 Naveen Thukral Singapore/Tokyo: A strain of genetically modified (GM) wheat found in the US fuelled concerns over food supplies across Asia on Thursday, with major importer Japan cancelling a tender offer to buy US grain. Other top Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were closely monitoring the […]

US: Non-GM canola oil demand has crusher scrambling

Sean Pratt, Western Producer May 24 2013   A major canola crusher is calling for a retreat from the 17-year march toward genetically modified canola. Pacific Coast Canola, a newly constructed processing plant in Warden, Washington, will take as much non-GM canola as it can find. “The market for non-GMO canola in the west coast of the […]

US: Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered

New York Times, May 26 2013 Stephanie Strom Pressure is growing to label products made from genetically modified organisms, or “G.M.O.” In Connecticut, Vermont and Maine, at least one chamber of the state legislature has approved bills that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, and similar legislation is pending in more […]

UK: The inconvenient truth about GM

The Telegraph, 17 May 2013 Geoffrey Lean Genetic modification has so far mainly been confined to developing crops that tolerate herbicides and resist pests. It has done little to increase yields Some 10,000 years ago, somewhere in the Middle East’s fertile crescent, happenstance sowed the seeds of much of modern agriculture. Pollen from a wild goat […]

Australia: Slow take-up of GM canola

ABC, 16 May 2013 Laura Poole  An agribusiness in western Victoria is selling genetically modified canola seed for half price because demand is limited. Across Australia, 8 per cent of canola plantings are GM varieties. Elders agronomist Jamie Ball says farmers are reluctant to sow GM canola because they’re concerned it will increase the number […]