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Hungry for innovation: pathways from GM crops to agroecology

#GMCrops #Biosafety #AgroEcology Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation David  A.   Quist,   Jack  A.   Heinemann,  Anne   I.   Myhr,   Iulie  Aslaksen   and   Silvio   Funtowicz Hungry for innovation: pathways from GM crops to agroecology Emerging issues | Hungry for innovation: pathways from GM crops to agroecology download Innovation’s potential to deliver food security and solve other agriculture-related problems is high on the agenda of virtually all nations. This chapter looks at two different examples of food and agricultural innovation: genetically modified (GM) crops and agroecological methods, which illustrate how different innovation strategies affect future agricultural and social options. GM crops are well […]

“BIODIVERSITY AND BIOSAFETY KEY TO FOOD SECURITY” “TRANSGENICS WILL NOT MEET OUR FOOD SECURITY NEEDS”

National Seminar on GM Crops and Food Security asks for a Biosafety Law to be enacted  New Delhi / Ahmedabad, February 15, 2013: The 2-day national seminar on “GM Crops and Food Security” jointly organized by Jatan Trust, Gujarat Vidyapith and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh concluded in Ahmedabad today by calling for a Biosafety Law to be enacted in the country. Speakers emphasized on Biodiversity and Biosafety being key to food security of the country, whereas the current aggressive promotion of transgenic crops is jeopardizing this. Speaking on democratizing the debate and decision-making around GM crops, Kartikeya Sarabhai of CEE (Centre for Environment Education) pointed out that debate on GM crops […]

Seed Giants vs US Farmers

As Challenge over Seed Rights Approaches Supreme Court, New Report Exposes Devastating Impact of Monsanto Practices on U.S. Farmers WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 12, 2013 – Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds Investigate Role of Seed Patents in Consolidating Corporate Control of Global Food Supply Today, one week before the Supreme Court hears arguments in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Save our Seeds (SOS) – two legal and policy organizations dedicated to promoting safe, sustainable food and farming systems – will launch their new report, Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers. (download) The new report investigates how the current seed patent regime has led to a radical shift to […]

GM crops: Promises outweigh perils?

President of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh in Gujarat, Maganbhai Patel, ardently opposes cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in India. But on his farm in Modasa (Sabarkantha), Maganbhai harvests castor, groundnut, potatoes and well, BT Cotton, too. In a long comment on why GM crops need to be avoided at all costs, he said that after a decade of BT Cotton in Gujarat, multiple reports reveal per hectare yield is falling and fertilizer costs increasing. However, when asked why he cultivates Bt Cotton, he says: “My dear, I don’t have an option. In Gujarat, it is difficult to get any good quality non-Bt cotton seeds.” Approximately 97% of seven million bales […]

Battle lines harden over GM crops

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130209/jsp/nation/story_16541614.jsp#.URdabR1ciYV OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT New Delhi, Feb. 8: The biotechnology industry and an environmental group have hardened battle lines over the future of genetically modified food crops in India on the third anniversary of the indefinite moratorium on GM brinjal imposed by former environment minister Jairam Ramesh. The agricultural group of the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) today said it was “disappointed over the continued delay” on GM brinjal, and warned the government’s “indecisiveness” was making it difficult for the industry to continue investing in research. The agricultural focus group of ABLE has urged the Union government to end the moratorium on GM brinjal to draw benefits from crop biotechnology. […]

Farmer unions speak out in Hyderabad on GM crops on National Food Safety Day

On National Safe Food Day (Feb 9, 2013), Farmer Unions and Civil Society groups in Hyderabad declare that GM crops are not required for Food Security, and demand that the government should implement Parliamentary Standing Committee and Supreme Court Tech Committee recommendations Several farmer union leaders and civil society groups came together at press meet on National Safe Food Day to speak out about GM crops, 3 years after they raised strong concerns about Bt Brinjal which led to the Centre declaring a moratorium on Feb 9th, 2010. This day is being observed as National Safe Food Day by groups across the country. The following points were highlighted: (1) We reject […]

The GMO Seed Cartel: Ken Roseboro

How biotechnology companies monopolize seed markets, escalate seed prices, and eliminate farmer choice http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/february2013/the-gmo-seed-cartel.php This is the first of a 2-part series The introduction of genetically modified crops has corresponded with increasing monopolization of seed by biotechnology companies and higher seed costs that have led to tragedies in some countries, while pushing out conventional, non-GMO seeds, and reducing farmer seed choices. These impacts are being seen in the United States, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and South Africa, and even Europe. Seed monopoly According to Philip Howard, a researcher at Michigan State University, economists say that when four firms control 40% of a market, it is no longer competitive. According to AgWeb, […]

30 Years of genetically engineered plants – Consequences of commercial growing in the US

http://www.testbiotech.org/en/node/765 Munich/ Berlin 01.02.2013 Today in Berlin a new report was published presenting a critical assessment of the consequences of the commercial cultivation of genetically engineered plants in the US. The first genetically engineered plants were created 30 years ago in Europe and the US. Commercial growing in the USA began almost 20 years ago, but in the EU, acceptance of these crops is much lower. Nevertheless, companies are asking for further authorisations for cultivation, including in the EU. In the light of this development, past experience in the USA was assessed and recommendations made for the future handling of this technology in the EU. Some of the principal findings […]

Study linking GM maize to cancer must be taken seriously by regulators

Trial suggesting a GM maize strain causes cancer has attracted a torrent of abuse, but it cannot be swept under the carpet Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, professor of molecular biology at Caen University in France, knows how to inflame the GM industry and its friends. For seven years he and his team have questioned the safety standards applied to varieties of GM maize and tried to re-analyse industry-funded studies presented to governments.The GM industry has traditionally reacted furiously and personally. Séralini has been widely insulted and smeared and last year, in some desperation, he sued Marc Fellous, president of the French Association of Plant Biotechnology, for defamation, and won (although he was only awarded a nominal €1 […]

Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation

The European Environment Agency has come up with the part 2 of their path breaking report “Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation”. ( 800 pages)  with a summary report of 48 pages . The part 1 of this report was released in 2001 to global acclaim. This report and case studies is peer reviewed . According to the EEA (http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/late-lessons-2): “The 2013 Late lessons from early warnings report is the second of its type produced by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in collaboration with a broad range of external authors and peer reviewers. The case studies across both volumes of Late lessons from early warnings cover a diverse range of […]

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