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Roundup-Ready corn in a Roundup-bombed landscape, near Adrian, Minnesota. Photo: Matthew Traucht via Flickr.com.

Say No to 'Roundup-ready' GM crops

The Ecologist

17th March 2013

The UK Government is desperate to get planting GM crops - and could get its way as soon as 2015. Now environment groups warn: our wildlife will suffer - and just as demand for 'GMO-free' food is soaring. more...
Warburtons 'Toastie'. Graphic by Hwa Young Jung via Flickr.com.

Harmful weedkiller in your bread and cereal bars

Andrew Wasley

31st December, 2013

Jordans cereal bars and Warburtons bread have been found to contain traces of glyphosate - a controversial herbicide that campaigners say poses a risk to human health. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...

Non-GM corn hybrids smash GM varieties in Illinois trials

The Ecologist

25th November 2013

The harvest is in from hybrid corn trials in Illinois. The outcome? Spectrum Seeds' non-GM corn hybrids performed as well or better than the GMO corn hybrids. more...
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Does Kenya need GM crops as it battles famine in the Horn of Africa?

Rosie Spinks

8th September, 2011

In the midst of a dire need to feed millions of people facing hunger because of drought, Kenya's newly passed Biosafety Act allows for the importation of GM crops - but at what cost? more...
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Public sector should develop GM crops for seed companies, says leading researcher

Tom Levitt

1st August, 2011

As controversial UK trials of a potato genetically-modified to be resistant to late blight get underway, we speak to research leader and plant geneticist Professor Jonathan Jones about why he is in favour of an expansion in GM crops more...
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Trial of anti-aphid GM wheat awaits government green light

Hal Hodson, The Guardian

22nd June, 2011

Latest field test could begin in March 2012 after research centre creates crop by synthesising repellent gene found in mint. Hal Hodson reports more...
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Intense lobbying could enable unapproved GM crops to enter European food chain

Tom Levitt

15th February, 2011

Agribusiness accused of 'scaremongering' lobbying tactics as it pushes for the import of animal feed containing traces of unapproved genetically modified (GM) crops - using the guise of combating feed shortages

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The Ecologist February 1971: The Pesticide Fallacy

The Ecologist

14th February, 2011

Forty years ago this February Roy Bridger wrote The Pesticide Fallacy - outlining early concerns over certain pest control methods. But have things improved? more...

Revealed: the glyphosate research the GM soy lobby doesn't want you to read

Claire Robinson

24th November, 2010

Andres Carrasco's research linking a controversial herbicide with birth defects highlighted the potential health dangers posed by GM crop-spraying in Argentina – and led to violence and intimidation for those behind the study more...
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India bans planting of first GM food crop

Ecologist

9th February, 2010

Campaigners welcome decision to put on hold cultivation of genetically modified (GM) aubergine crop, Bt Brinjal, until 'safety of product' established more...
Trials of GM cotton in the USA

Call for publicly funded research into GM crops

Ecologist

20th October, 2009

Technologies to increase agricultural productivity will allow the UK to help feed the world, says Royal Society report more...
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GM-free Europe: how we could still ban GMOs

Tom Levitt

21st October, 2009

Re-nationalising decisions on growing GM crops would allow EU countries to declare themselves GM-free, but could bring new dangers more...

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Wales consults on tighter GM contamination laws

Ecologist

7th July, 2009

A consultation by the Welsh Assembly Government proposes more stringent measures to protect Wales's farmers from the threat of cross-contamination by GM crops more...
In the News

Government advisor lobbies for EU and UK to overhaul GM regulations

Ecologist

1st March, 2009

A Government adviser has called for the regulatory overhaul on genetically modified crops in the EU and opposes the ‘strange’ ban on pesticides. more...
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US Department of Agriculture worried about GM food imports

News

6th March, 2009

Having exported largely untested GM crops around the world for decades, the US is suddenly starting to worry about what genetically modified organisms other countries might send their way. more...
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New Mexico's traditional chilies are threatened by GMO seeds

Ecologist

22nd January, 2009

New Mexico’s chilli farmers are under threat. The film 'Red, green of GE?' hears from those concerned about the potentially devastating effects GMO crops would have on the New Mexico chilli. more...
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Feed the world?

Dr Ricarda A Steinbrecher and Antje Lorch

1st November, 2008

The promise of more food from increased yields is driving the appeal for more GM crops, but that promise is theoretical and unfulfilled, argue Dr Ricarda A Steinbrecher and Antje Lorch more...
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Desert grain

Prof Jack Heinemann

1st November, 2008

Can food crops really be engineered to thrive - and to yield more - under drought conditions? After 25 years we're still waiting for the flood of evidence, says Prof Jack Heinemann more...
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Growing concern

Pat Thomas

1st November, 2008

Genetically modified food. It’s a big issue. Increasingly, we are handed the notion that GM food is just like any other food, only better, because of its almost magical power to solve our most immediate crises of poverty, hunger, fossil-fuel depletion and climate change. more...
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10 reasons why GM won't feed the world

Mark Anslow

1st March, 2008

Genetic modification can't deliver a safe, secure future food supply. Here's why... more...
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Give Bees a chance

Pat Thomas

11th February, 2008

Recent reports of catastrophic declines in bee populations have had scientists buzzing around looking for a plausible explanation. Is it mites? Is it GM crops? Is it mobile phones or habitat loss? It's all of these things, says Pat Thomas, but it's also so much more than that. more...
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Government committee wants to see more GM crops

News

4th May, 2007

A government committee has suggested that ministers and policy makers look more favourably upon genetically modified (GM) crops if they can be shown to have an environmental benefit. more...
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Percy Schmeiser: the man that took on Monsanto

Edward Goldsmith.

1st May, 2004

For 40 years Percy Schmeiser grew oilseed rape on his farm in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Usually, he would sow each year’s crop with seeds saved from the previous harvest. In 1998 Monsanto took Schmeiser to court. more...
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Debate, What Debate?

Andy Rowell

1st July, 2003

The GM public debate, which runs throughout June and July, is the public’s chance to express any concerns it may have over the growing of GM crops in Britain. Andy Rowell explains why your participation is vital more...

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