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Organic Consumers sur Twitter : "Scotland announces TOTAL BAN on #GMO crops! Learn more about this momentous decision! Scotland Announces Total Ban on GM Crops. Growing genetically modified (GM) crops will not be permitted in Scotland, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced as he moved to protect Scotland’s clean, green status.

Scotland Announces Total Ban on GM Crops

Mr Lochhead has confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take advantage of new EU rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorised GM crops. The Scottish Government will shortly submit a request that Scotland is excluded from any European consents for the cultivation of GM crops, including the variety of genetically modified maize already approved and six other GM crops that are awaiting authorisation. The Cabinet Secretary said: “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment – and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status.

Scotland Bans the Growing of Genetically Modified Crops. In an effort to protect its “clean, green status,” Scotland will prohibit the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Scotland Bans the Growing of Genetically Modified Crops

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead (the country’s minister for the environment, food and rural affairs) said in a statement on Sunday that Scotland is taking advantage of new European Union rules that allow its member countries to opt out of growing EU-authorized GM crops, including GM-maize (corn) and six other GM crops that are awaiting authorization. “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment—and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status,” Lochhead said.

“There is no evidence of significant demand for GM products by Scottish consumers and I am concerned that allowing GM crops to be grown in Scotland would damage our clean and green brand, thereby gambling with the future of our £14 billion food and drink sector.” GMWatch sur Twitter : "Why’s Monsanto always hiding behind a wall of secrecy? This time in Hawaii #gmo. Revealed: a secret Monsanto document in the Maui GMO case. Gene Giants Kick OCA Off SXSW Food Panel Discussion. If you’re headed to Austin, Texas, next week to attend the “Southbites: Feed Your Mind” session during Austin’s South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, don’t expect to hear an honest debate on the health and safety of genetically engineered crops or food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—at least not if the biotech industry can help it.

Gene Giants Kick OCA Off SXSW Food Panel Discussion

According to Cathleen Enright, executive vice president food & agriculture, for the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO), there is nothing to debate. Organic Consumers sur Twitter : "The @USDA approved a #GMO apple saying, “ it doesn’t pose any harm to other plants or pests.” Organic Bytes #460: GMO Apples Approved, Consumers Fight Back. Last week, we asked you to ask Kettle Chips to drop out of the Snack Foods Association, a junk food lobbying group that is suing Vermont to overturn the state’s GMO labeling law.

Organic Bytes #460: GMO Apples Approved, Consumers Fight Back

More than 12,000 of you signed the petition. Thank you! Many of you also posted on Kettle Chips Facebook page, and/or commented on OCA’s own Facebook posts linking to the petition. GMWatch sur Twitter : "Govts in Scotland & Wales likely to join majority of EU States in formally banning GMOs #gmo. The EU and GM - Will It 'Let GM Crops Flourish' or Stop GM Being Used 'Under Any Pretext'?  The European Parliament's decision on GM last week was hailed by the pro-GM campaign in the UK as a great victory.

The EU and GM - Will It 'Let GM Crops Flourish' or Stop GM Being Used 'Under Any Pretext'? 

As the recently sacked, pro-GM environment secretary Owen Paterson's main supporter, Matt Ridley, wrote in the Times 'the argument's over - let GM crops flourish', claiming that the EU move was 'a triumph of subtle diplomacy' by Owen Paterson. This is a peculiarly English view of the European decision. Witter / ? GMW: China approves GMO corn and soybeans – but US exporters shouldn't get excited. A Chinese government official has confirmed that the country has approved imports of GM Agrisure Viptera corn (MIR 162) and two varieties of GM soybeans (item 2).

GMW: China approves GMO corn and soybeans – but US exporters shouldn't get excited

Global Scientists Issue Stunning GMO Safety Warning. There is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified foods and crops, according to a statement released today by an international group of more than 90 scientists, academics and physicians.

Global Scientists Issue Stunning GMO Safety Warning

The statement comes in response to recent claims from the GM industry and some scientists, journalists, and commentators that there is a “scientific consensus” that GM foods and crops were generally found safe for human and animal health and the environment. The statement calls these claims “misleading”, adding, “This claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist.” Read the Full Statement HereFind the List of Signatories Here. Maine activists join opponents of bill that would block food labeling - Central Maine. Big companies including Monsanto want Congress to pass the measure, which effectively blocks states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods.

Maine activists join opponents of bill that would block food labeling - Central Maine

Organic food activists in Maine are backing a national effort to defeat a proposal that would effectively pre-empt states from requiring labeling of genetically modified food. The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday will debate a resolution called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which allows for disclosure of GMOs to the Food and Drug Administration but not to the general public. Opponents, led by the Organic Consumers Association, have dubbed the bill the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act.

That group is leading a rally Wednesday before the committee hearing. Sixteen states, including Maine, planned to bus residents to Washington, D.C., to attend the rally. Charlotte Warren, a newly elected state representative from Hallowell, organized Maine’s bus and said 49 people had signed up to go. The Real Costs Of Patchwork Labeling Initiatives. GeneWatch UK - GM insects - <p>Read GeneWatch UK's <a href=" on failures of the transboundary notification process for living genetically modified. You are in GM animals → GM insects Researchers have been experimenting with genetically modifying a variety of insects, including mosquitoes, fruit flies, moths and bollworms.

GeneWatch UK - GM insects - <p>Read GeneWatch UK's <a href=" on failures of the transboundary notification process for living genetically modified

The Oxfordshire-based company Oxitec is the main company working in this area. Monsanto-killer or ‘Trojan Horse’? New law lets EU states ban GM crops — RT News. Published time: December 05, 2014 14:23 Reuters / Alessandro Garofalo The European Union has approved a law that will enable the bloc’s 28 member states to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops, even if the EU has declared them as safe.

Monsanto-killer or ‘Trojan Horse’? New law lets EU states ban GM crops — RT News

The law comes despite furious lobbying from multinationals. Previously, countries that opposed the cultivation of crops approved by Brussels potentially faced legal challenges. Want to wipe out earthworms and ruin your soil? Use glyphosate. Using glyphosate puts worms at "risk of local extinction" – study Using glyphosate herbicide can wipe out local earthworm populations, a new study (below) shows.

Even under the regular dose for perennial weeds, the earthworm population showed negative growth rates, meaning there were not enough young worms to replace the old ones as they died out. This means the local worm population could rapidly go extinct. Given the irreplaceable work that earthworms do to keep the soil healthy, and the negative effects of glyphosate herbicide on beneficial soil microorganisms, it's no surprise that Roundup Ready crop cultivation is associated by some farmers with poor soil quality.

Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over GMO Lawsuit. By Miriam Coleman | Neil Young is seeking a new source for his daily latte. The rocker announced on his website this week that he's boycotting Starbucks over the coffee company's involvement in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont's new requirements to label genetically modified ingredients. "I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one," Young wrote. "Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling. " Vermont passed a law last spring that requires all food products containing GMOs to be labeled as such by July 1, 2016, with the exception of dairy products, meat, alcohol and food served in restaurants.

The GM Contamination Register: a review of recorded contamination incidents associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), 1997¿2013. As of 31 December 2013, the Register had recorded 396 incidents since 1997 (i.e. over a period of 17 years) and across 63 different countries (Additional file 1). Since 2000, there have been more than 10 incidents per year and, since 2005, more than 20 incidents per year (Figure 1). For 2006, there is a sharp spike in the number of incidents to nearly 60.

This spike primarily relates to the discovery and spread of GM rice from the USA, which accounted for 28 incidents that year. Genetically-modified purple tomatoes heading for shops. 24 January 2014Last updated at 17:00 ET By David Shukman Science editor, BBC News The new tomatoes could improve the nutritional value of everyday foods The prospect of genetically modified purple tomatoes reaching the shelves has come a step closer. Their dark pigment is intended to give tomatoes the same potential health benefits as fruit such as blueberries.

Developed in Britain, large-scale production is now under way in Canada with the first 1,200 litres of purple tomato juice ready for shipping. The pigment, known as anthocyanin, is an antioxidant which studies on animals show could help fight cancer. Move Over, Round-up: USDA Approves 2nd Gen GMOs That Can Withstand Even Deadlier Herbicide. The USDA has just approved a new generation of GMOs for use with more deadly herbicides than the toxic glyphosate that currently taints farms across America. You won’t hear about this on the mainstream though – it was all done very quietly in the hopes that no one would notice. Bayer has developed a soybean that can withstand applications of the toxin isoxaflutole (IFT). That’s right – they KNOW that it causes cancer and they created a plant with which they can use it anyway. A plant that is meant to feed us or feed our livestock. They’re going to douse the fields with it and allow it to leach into groundwater and contaminate soil.

VVV Public Relations: BPR + Guerrilla Marketing. How To Avoid Food Brands Made With Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM) of food involves the laboratory process of artificially inserting genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. The result is called a genetically modified organism or GMO. GMOs can be engineered with genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals, or even humans. New Generation of Genetically Engineered Crops Found to Drastically Increase Use of Toxic Pesticides. Center for Food Safety The U.S. Wired.co.uk: Filipino farmers destroy GM crops designed to alleviate malnutrition. Russia Warns Obama: Global War Over “Bee Apocalypse” Coming Soon. World's Largest English Language News Service with Over 500 Articles Updated Daily "The News You Need Today…For The World You’ll Live In Tomorrow.

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Consumers Will Soon Have Devices In Their Hands To Detect GMO and Toxic Foods. In the not too distant future, consumers will be able to run on-the-spot tests for environmental toxins, GMOs, pesticides, food safety and more with their smartphones and other hand-held devices. Every human being on every developed nation on Earth, whether living in a rural or isolated area, in the middle of a large city, or near an industrialized area, now contains at least 700 contaminants in their body including pesticides, pthalates, benzenes, parabens, xylenes and many other carcinogenic and endrocrine disrupting chemicals.

Banned wheat discovered on Oregon farm.