Occupy Wall Street Information services GENET-news Below you find the postings of the last seven days. 2014-04-17 | permalink USA: Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling The Vermont Senate voted 26-2 vote earlier this week, approving a bill to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, the Burlington Free Press reports, speculating that Vermont could be the nation’s first state to enact such a law. 2014-04-16 | permalink USA: President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology The dedication of Dr. AgriPulse (16.04.2014): USA: President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology 2014-04-16 | permalink UK: Owen Paterson refused Freedom of Information request about 'Frankenfood' talks Ministers are trying to cover up secret briefings with GM companies hoping to push ‘Frankenfood’ on to dinner tables. Mail Online (16.04.2014): UK: Owen Paterson refused Freedom of Information request about 'Frankenfood' talks 2014-04-16 | permalink 2014-04-16 | permalink Overview News email.
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Occupy Monsanto AnonOps Communications One account. All of Google. Sign in to continue to Blogger Find my account Forgot password? Sign in with a different account Create account One Google Account for everything Google Say No To GMOs! - September 2006 GM Food: A Guide for the Confused Our thanks to UK campaigner and lecturer Luke Anderson, geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou, and Prof Joe Cummins, Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Western Ontario, for helping us through the maze. Q: What are genes? A: Genes are the inherited blueprints for the thousands of proteins that form the building blocks of all life, from bacteria to humans. Q: What is genetic engineering? A: Genetic engineering involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into another. Q: Is genetic engineering precise? A: No. Q: Isn't GM just an extension of traditional breeding practices? A: No - GM bears no resemblance to traditional breeding techniques. Traditional breeding techniques operate within established natural boundaries which allow reproduction to take place only between closely related forms. Q: Could this be dangerous? A: Potentially, yes. A: Dr Cunningham is talking about the concept of "substantial equivalence". Q: Which foods are not GM?
Seed contamination Foreign seeds can be caught anywhere, including these harvested flax seeds Seed contamination is the mixing of seeds used for agriculture with other seeds which are not desirable or soil (which may carry seeds). An example would be mixing corn seed with weed seed. These contaminant seeds can be either common weeds or other crop seeds. In genetic engineering, seed contamination may refer to unwanted genes found in a seed, or pieces of DNA from other genetically engineered seeds. Contamination in genetic engineering Contamination in this area is most likely caused by other genetically engineered seeds cross pollinating with unchanged seeds. Prevention Preventing seed contamination in agriculture is fairly difficult, almost impossible. Machines, such as this tractor, help gather seeds. Preventing seed contamination in genetic engineering is simply a matter of separating "pure" seeds from contaminated ones. References
Change.org Do we need GM? Non-GM index Here's a list, ordered by year, of some of the non-GM successes we have come across. They include allergen-free peanuts, striga-resistant cowpeas, salt-resistant wheat, beta-carotene rich sweet potatoes, virus-resistant cassavas - exactly the kind of developments that GM is typically claimed to be necessary to achieve. Non-GM potatoes resist potato cyst nematode (PCN) and late blight (April 2014) Drought tolerant maize varieties ready (January 2014) Washington State University develops non-GMO, non-browning apple alternative (January 2014) New disease-resistant pea lines developed (November 2013) Rainbow-coloured corn bred from old varieties (October 2013) Rice gene discovered that triples yields in drought (August 2013) – GM was used as a research tool but the end-product rice was developed using marker assisted selection (MAS) Nigeria releases two extra-early maturing white maize hybrids with combined resistance/tolerance to Striga, drought, and low soil nitrogen (August 2013)
Do GMO Crops Really Have Higher Yields? According to the biotech industry, genetically modified (GM) crops are a boon to humanity because they allow farmers to "generate higher crop yields with fewer inputs," as the trade group Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) puts it on its web page. Buoyed by such rhetoric, genetically modified seed giant Monsanto and its peers have managed to flood the corn, soybean, and cotton seed markets with two major traits: herbicide resistance and pesticide expression—giving plants the ability to, respectively, withstand regular lashings of particular herbicides and kill bugs with the toxic trait of Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. Turns out, though, that both assertions in BIO's statement are highly questionable. Washington State University researcher Charles Benbrook has demonstrated that the net effect of GMOs in the United States has been an increase in use of toxic chemical inputs. That may be true, but it's a long way from "generating higher crop yields with fewer inputs."
Drought tolerant maize wins 2012 UK Climate Week Award Printer friendly version Share 13 March 2012 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID, has won Best Technological Breakthrough at the UK Climate Week Awards for its support to a project to develop drought-tolerant maize in Africa. The prize was announced at the Climate Week Awards, held in London today to celebrate the UK’s most effective and ambitious organizations, communities, and individuals and their efforts to combat climate change. Known as “Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa” (DTMA, the winning initiative is responsible for the development and dissemination of 34 new drought-tolerant maize varieties to farmers in 13 project countries—Angola, Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—between 2007 and 2011. Attached files