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China Ban Slows, Stops GMO Seed Roll-Out

Syngenta and Dow AgroScience are tightly controlling US launches of new GMO seeds, and Bayer CropScience has decided to keep a new soybean variety on hold as the result of China’s import barriers of some US genetically modified crops, Reuters reports. In November 2013, Chinese ports began rejecting US imports saying they … Read more »

GMO Ban Passes in Maui, Labeling Requirement Fails in Colorado, Oregon

Voters across the US were of two minds about GMOs Tuesday, as a ban on GMOs passed in Maui, while voters in Colorado and Oregon voted against initiatives to label products containing GMOs, according to media reports. Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences were among the companies actively opposing the GMO ban in … Read more »

Monsanto, Dow, Others Raise Nearly $8M to Defeat GMO Ballot Initiative

Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences are among the seed companies that have raised about $8 million to defeat a Maui County voter initiative to temporarily ban GMO farming until the county conducts a public health and environmental study of its impact, as reported by the Honolulu Civil Beat. Campaign spending records … Read more »

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GMA Slams EWG’s Food Rating System

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has slammed a new food rating system by the Environmental Working Group, calling it “severely flawed” and saying it will give consumers “misinformation” about the food and beverage products. EWG launched Food Scores: Rate Your Plate on Monday. The food database and mobile app houses ratings … Read more »

General Mills Rejects GMO Ban

The majority of participating shareholders — 97.8 percent — at General Mills’ annual shareholder meeting Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban genetically modified organisms from all of its brands, according to the LA Times. Earlier this year the company removed genetically modified ingredients from its well-known cereal brand Cheerios and … Read more »

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Shareholders Ask Safeway to Label GMOs

Safeway shareholders will urge the company to label store brand products that contain genetically modified organisms. Green Century Capital Management filed a shareholder proposal with Safeway, citing public demand for GMO labeling as a reason for Safeway to voluntarily provide this information. At Safeway’s annual meeting today consumer advocacy group … Read more »

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Hawaii Becomes Flash Point in GMO Controversy

Hawaii, the cornerstone of corn-growing operations by the world’s leading seed companies, has become a flash point in the debate over genetic engineering in agriculture. As companies have expanded their seed crop operations in Hawaii, opposition to genetically modified organisms has grown. It’s become a particularly touchy subject because so … Read more »

Vermont Poised to Label GMO Foods

A bill passed by the Vermont Senate would make that state the first to enshrine mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms. Reuters reports the effort comes as the developers of genetically modified crops and the $360 billion packaged food industry push an opposing bill in Congress. Last week … Read more »

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Food Brands, Organic Farmers Urge Federal GMO Labeling Law

Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Farms, Annie’s and some 200 other food companies, organic farming and environmental groups have signed a letter to President Obama urging mandatory labeling laws for genetically engineered foods. “While we will continue to support state-level labeling efforts, we believe there should be a mandatory national labeling system. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Better Buildings Act, Chinese Investments, California Drought, Monsanto

The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved The Better Buildings Act (HR 2126), a bipartisan energy efficiency bill authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV).  As part of the bill, energy efficiency best practices will be established for tenants in commercial building spaces and awarded … Read more »

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Technology Aims to Produce More Corn Using Less Water

Agricultural tech company Arcadia Biosciences and Genective, a joint venture between Group Limagrain and Group KWS, have signed an agreement that will allow Genective to develop new corn hybrids incorporating Arcadia’s Water Use Efficiency (WUE) technology. The partners say Arcadia’s WUE technology may enable corn to produce high yields using … Read more »

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No More GMOs in Grape Nuts, Post Foods Says

Post Foods, which will roll out a non-GMO verified Grape Nuts in January 2014, has become the second food company this month to cave to pressure from an environmental group and the public and stop using genetically modified ingredients in a cereal. GMO Inside, an anti-GMO campaign organized by members of … Read more »