By Renata, January 3, 2013
Warsaw – As a result of bans on cultivation of genetically modified crops, that were introduced by the government today, from January 28 2013, planting GMO crops will not be allowed. Many environmental organizations as well as farmers and scientists can see it as a success, pointing out that it is not yet the final step to eliminate GMOs from the environment and from our food.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
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2012 was the year the lights came up on the biotech industry. Its claims, its tactics and its products all came under scrutiny and some of its biggest PR fairytales bit the dust. Here are some prime examples.
Eric Holt Gimenez argues the need for a pro-active movement based on land sovereignty to fight land grabbing.
Farming Matters | 28.4 | December 2012
In what activists have dubbed the “global land grab”, transnational investment in land has grabbed media headlines worldwide. While attention has focused on the role of hedge funds, sovereign wealth and foreign purchases of vast tracts of land in Africa and Asia, recent research is uncovering a broader pattern. As land values increase, land ownership is concentrating everywhere – even where there have been few reports of foreign land grabbing.
By Raj Patel
Journal of Peasant Studies
Version of record first published: 16 Nov 2012.
By Caroline Dezendorf
On November 6, 2012 after a long, hard-fought campaign, California’s Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of food products containing genetically modified ingredients, was narrowly defeated. The six point loss was due, in large part, to over 46 million dollars of misleading marketing paid for by agribusiness and major food corporations.
November 4, 2012, Rio de Janeiro
Civil society organizations have issued an official letter to Brazil’s federal government questioning the commercial release of the genetically modified maize NK603. Their request for reassessment of the release has been sent to various ministers and representatives of bodies linked to the area with the aim of suspending use of this technology until independent research confirms its dietary and nutritional safety. Social movements, civil organizations, scientific bodies and rights-based NGOs were among the entities signing the document.
Delegates to the 5th Slow Food International Terra Madre endorse California's proposition 37 to label genetically modified ingredients in food
Today, October 29, 2012, the following statement was unanimously adopted by the 650 delegates representing 95 nations of the world participating in the Slow Food International Congress. Carlo Petrini gave an impassioned closing speech in which he emphasized the critical nature of this California vote in the global battle to take back control of our food system from the industrial food companies.
PROPOSITION 37 CONTROVERSY UPDATE: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff—New Organic Heroes Step Forward (No Longer AWOL)
More Organic Brands with Corporate Ties Funding Opposition to GMO Labeling
Updated Cornucopia Infographic Highlights New Funding for CA Proposition - View Here.
Published in MailOnline, UK, September 28, 2012
The European Food Safety Authority orders review in to the research, conducted at a French university. Russia's decision could be followed by other nations
Experts at the University of Caen conducted an experiment running for the full lives of rats - two years.
-- The findings found raised levels of breast cancer, liver and kidney damage
-- The same trials also found minuscule amounts of a commonly used weed killer, Roundup
-- Both the GM corn and Roundup are the creation of US biotech company Monsanto