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Genetic Engineering Has Failed to Significantly Boost US Crop Yields Despite Biotech Industry Claims, New Report Finds 14.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2009

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

For years, the biotechnology industry has trumpeted that it will feed the world, promising that its genetically engineered crops will produce higher yields.

That promise has proven to be empty, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields.

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Germany to ban genetically modified maize 14.4.2009 Earth Times
Berlin - Germany has decided to ban genetically modified maize, Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner announced Tuesday. The decision affects MON 810 seeds produced by US agriculture giant Monsanto, which is the only genetically modified seed currently al...
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Australian Unions Call for Action to Oversee Nanotechnology 14.4.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Dan Harrison

UNIONS are demanding urgent regulation of the nanotechnology industry, citing mounting evidence that some tiny particles used in products such as sunscreens and cosmetics could be as harmful as asbestos.

The ACTU is pushing for closer oversight of the rapidly growing industry, which contributes to more than 800 products including bedsheets, building materials and paints.

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Jeffrey Smith: FDA Promotes Unsafe Milk Due to Industry Pressure 9.4.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following is the second part of a series called Get Our Milk Off Drugs, written in response to pending legislation that would interfere with...
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EU Wary About Pushing Vote on France GM Maize Ban 2.4.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Jeremy Smith

BRUSSELS - European Union regulators may be dragging their heels with their proposal to order farming powerhouse France to end its ban on growing biotech maize, fearing another rebuff by other EU states, officials said.

France slapped a ban on growing genetically modified maize in February 2008. The European Commission, which administers farm and environment policy for the bloc's 27 member countries, wants the ban lifted, saying it is not scientifically justified.

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Out, Monsanto! No GMOs in National Wildlife Refuge, Says Federal Judge 28.3.2009 TreeHugger
Photo via In what could be a huge blow to and a boon for small farms, a federal judge issued a ruling in Missouri stating that the US Fish and Wildlife shouldn't have allowed on a national wildlife refuge. As a result of the ruling, 37 farming contracts—most of which were being used for GMO soybean and corn crops—have been canceled. Will this set a nat... ...
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Pop Science & Propaganda: The GM Debate Revisited 26.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Edward Targett

March 25 -- When the British government last week ordered its chief scientist to conduct a review of the merits of genetically modified (GM) crops, those involved in the long running debate over the controversial technology were unsurprised.

Designated a "wealth creator" and future growth industry by the government, biotechnology was unlikely to disappear despite widespread public opposition to the technology and the announcement was soon followed by all the standard tropes of the now-familiar debate.

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Federal Judge Says No to Modified Crops on US Refuge Land 25.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Bill Lambrecht WASHINGTON - In a court case with potential impact in Missouri and across the country, a federal judge in Delaware ruled today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife should not have permitted farming with genetically modified crops on a national wildlife refuge. U.S. District Judge Gregory Sleet wrote that the Fish and Wildlife agency erred by failing to conduct environmental studies to determine whether farming with genetically modified crops at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware was compatible with conservation and habitat preservation. ...
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Lawsuit Ends Genetically Engineered Crops on Wildlife Refuge 25.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

A federal court has ordered the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to stop planting genetically engineered (GE) crops on its Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. While the ruling is limited to Prime Hook, the lawsuit may serve as a model for similar litigation at more than 80 other national wildlife refuges now growing GE crops across the country.

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Jeffrey Smith: Will Obama's Food Safety Team Finally Regulate the Biggest Food Safety Hazard of Our Time 24.3.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If President Obama's new Food Safety Working Group dedicates all their time and credentials to prevent future food recalls, they will have saved thousands of...
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Do GM Crops Increase Yield? The Answer is No 21.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

Lies, damn lies, and the Monsanto website. Tell a lie a hundred times, and the chances are that it will eventually appear to be true. When it comes to genetically modified crops, Monsanto makes such an effort - and it could be that you too are duped into accepting their distortions as truth.

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U.S. Farmers Planting Less GMO Soy 13.3.2009 TreeHugger
Illinois Soybean Association Soy is one of the big three genetically engineered crops along with corn and canola. Since its introduction to farmers in 1992 90% of the soy grown in the United States has been bought from and comes . Up until now it seemed like Monsanto had a lock on the U.S. soy industry, but this year there is a small whiff of change. After a decade of astronomical growth this could be the first year that farmers start turning away from the GE giant's seeds. ... ...
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The Good Food Revolution 9.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

The island of Kaua‘i is one of the most beautiful and fragile places on earth. From above, it looks like a vibrant green flower, lush and pulsing with life, floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian tourist industry calls it "The Garden Isle," comparing it to the Garden of Eden. The image of Hawai‘i has always been sold as a "paradise." But there is another side to life on this island, one that visitors rarely see.

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New Report From the Oakland Institute Issues a Challenge to Western-led Plans for a Genetically Engineered Revolution in Africa 3.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

A new report from the Oakland Institute, Voices from Africa: African Farmers & Environmentalists Speak Out Against a New Green Revolution in Africa, issues a direct challenge to Western-led plans for a genetically engineered revolution in African agriculture, particularly the recent misguided philanthropic efforts of the Gates Foundation's Alliance for a New Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and presents African resistance and solutions rooted in first-hand knowledge of what Africans need.

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EUROPE: Europe to Allow Two Bans on Genetically Altered Crops 2.3.2009 Globalization News
European Union governments delivered a blow Monday to the biotechnology industry, allowing Austria and Hungary to maintain national bans on growing genetically modified crops from Monsanto. The market for genetically engineered crops is worth several billion dollars worldwide.
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EU Commission Fails in Push for Genetically Modified Corn 2.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

On Monday, EU environment ministers successfully blocked a move by the European Commission to force Austria and Hungary to lift bans on genetically modified corn. A German decision on the Monsanto product is expected soon, as well.

The European corn borer is a tiny, nocturnal moth. It likes to eat potatoes and sorghum, but -- as can be gathered from its name -- its food of choice is corn. There's only one kind of insecticide that is approved for fighting the flying scourge.

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EU Foiled in Bid to Force France, Greece to Allow GM Crop 17.2.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

BRUSSELS - The European Commission was foiled Monday in its bid to force France and Greece to allow genetically modified maize from US biotech giant Monsanto to be grown in their fields.

Food chain experts from the EU member states, meeting in Brussels, could not reach agreement on whether to back or oppose the French and Greek refusal to allow the maize, which has been given the green light to be grown in Europe.

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Biotech Scientists and Curators Join Forces to Prevent Decay of the World's Art 9.2.2009 TreeHugger
Image via With climate change still on the rise and a worldwide f still in full swing, a perfect storm is brewing that could claim a victim few could've expected: the world's art and cultural heritage sites. More extreme weather conditions and less funding for the arts means much of the world's most important art and most cherished monuments go unprotected. Luckily, ...
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First Drug Made from Genetically Engineered Animals Approved by FDA 7.2.2009 TreeHugger
Photo via A blood thinning drug called ATryn, which is made from the milk of genetically altered goats, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last Friday—making it the first drug made from genetically engineered animals ever to be approved for use in the US, according to the . The approval of the drug clears the way for a whole new class of medications—those that are created from genetically altered animals instead of chemicals. ... ...
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How to green your grocery list 6.8.2008 From A to Green


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