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Listen: Dr. Michael Hansen on Genetically Engineered Food 19.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

This week’s Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Radio Show was Dr. Michael Hansen, a Senior Staff Scientist with Consumer Reports for more than 20 years. Dr. Hansen and host Margaret Prescod discussed a disclosure rule issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in late 2018 that will not help consumers easily identify food that has been genetically engineered or that contains genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), according to Consumer Reports. 

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Biotech Proposes Paying for Pricey Drugs by Installment 9.1.2019 Wall St. Journal: US Business
A Boston-area biotech says it may have a found a way to bring off the expected seven-figure cost of its experimental gene therapy: paying on installment.
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USDA Gives Food Makers Until 2022 to Label Products With GMOs 21.12.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The new rules for labeling “bioengineered foods” mark a win for companies that asked for more time before disclosing use of the controversial crops.
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Chinese Scientist Claims World's First Genetically Modified Babies 27.11.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
A Chinese scientist claims to have produced the world’s first genetically modified babies, stirring alarm among doctors who warn such experiments using nascent DNA-editing technology pose too many health and ethical risks.
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Organic farming with gene editing: an oxymoron or a tool for sustainable agriculture? 19.10.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Many farmers cultivating organic crops believe that genetically modified crops pose threats to human health. It's not that simple.
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Chinese Drugmaker's IPO Tests a Slumping Biotech Market 15.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: Asia
A Chinese cancer drug developer is pushing ahead with an initial public offering in Hong Kong, despite a global markets rout and the recent poor performance of other biotechnology startups that have listed in the city.
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Biotech Is Down but Far From Out 10.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The biotechnology industry is set up for long term success, even if recent stock selloff worsens.
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Where Are All the Biotech Deals? 4.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Biotech companies are some of the riskiest in the market and may be getting riskier. That’s one reason for the recent drought in big biotech deals.
Mosquitoes genetically modified to crash species that spreads malaria 24.9.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Scientists demonstrate that a "gene drive" can rapidly spread a genetic mutation through a species, perhaps providing a potent new weapon against malaria. But there are plenty of skeptics.
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Biotech Analysts Set for Payday 29.8.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Higher paydays come as the drug-development industry raises capital at a rapid clip and undergoes a surge in mergers.
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How do Americans view genetic engineering of humans, animals? Men and women disagree, survey finds 17.8.2018 Philly.com News
Most favor certain health-promoting changes, such as correcting inherited diseases that would affect newborns or altering animals so that they can grow organs for people who need them. But crafting luminous pets and smarter babies would be taking the science too far, a majority of respondents said.
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Confession of an Anti-GMO Activist 23.6.2018 Wall St. Journal: US
Genetically modified crops have been vilified and banned, but the science is clear: They’re perfectly safe. And what’s more, the world desperately needs them.
Two important stories about seed and Monsanto 20.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Food & Health For decades, pockets of resistance around the world have been tracking and educating general publics about farmers' right to seed and the importance of not allowing corporations to patent seed or to manipulate genetic material for pure speculation and gain. Behind most of these stories of resistance has been the far-reaching control exercised by corporate giant Monsanto, particularly when it comes to demanding royalties on seed (harken back to Percy Schmeiser ) and modifying seed to be resistant to glysophate, a chemical pesticide it produces and sells under the brand of Roundup. Yes, we have all heard it said: Roundup Ready! Catchy and scary at the same time. This week two stories once again are showing how carelessness in food production and a lax regulatory framework, as well as popular pressure and resistance on food issues, can have dramatic results. These stories run deep. Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) has been monitoring the regulatory climate around genetically ...
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China's Investors Pour Into Western Biotech Startups 14.6.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Fledgling biotech and medical-technology startups in the U.S. and Europe have found a new source of cash to pay for costly research: China’s private-equity and venture-capital investors.
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Big rent hikes could force out labs and biotech start-ups at University City Science Center 31.5.2018 Philly.com News
Significant increases in lab rents "could force some outstanding start-ups to make the difficult decision to leave Philly."
Why biotech innovator Novozymes uses the SDGs as a catalyst for growth 14.5.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
And it compensates top managers accordingly.
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Mandatory GMO labels are coming to your food 5.5.2018 Washington Post
Mandatory GMO labels are coming to your food
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Are you anti-GMO? Then you’re anti-science, too. 4.5.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The movement against genetic modification is detached from reality.
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If you're troubled by food waste, you should support GMOs 25.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Reading the article, “The food that goes bad in your fridge amounts to trillions of gallons of wasted water,” I was disheartened about the sheer amount of wasted food and resources when so many are without any food at all. I was equally disappointed with the lack of solutions mentioned...

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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Two new studies from Europe  have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population  mirrors the discovery last October  that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides,  particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer . These pesticides,  along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) , have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st  the EU approved  the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant producing Roundup and the genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity ...
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