The Agri-Food Model, Unregulated Gene Editing Technologies

6 April 2021 — Global Research

Four Words Gates and His Pals Despise: Democracy and Minimum Support Price

By Colin Todhunter

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an assortment of high-profile figures and policy makers are pushing for unregulated gene-editing technologies, the rollout of bio-synthetic food created in laboratories, the expanded use of patented seeds and the roll back of subsidies and support for farmers in places like India.

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Bill Gates finances lobby for “new GMOs” in Europe

29 March 2021 — GMWatch

Bill Gates

Aim is to derail EU rules on GMOs

These new revelations from Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) are crucially important to read and understand if we want to preserve our democracy and food freedom. Please alert all your contacts.

1. Derailing EU rules on new GMOs
2. Bill Gates finances lobby for “new GMOs” in Europe

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European Group on Ethics presents biased and inaccurate report on new genetic engineering

23 March 2021 — GMWatch

Ethics of genome editing report BIAS

Report is scientifically inaccurate and skewed by anti-regulatory agenda. Report: Claire Robinson and Jonathan Matthews

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), which advises the EU Commission, has published its report on New Genetic Engineering (New GE or gene editing). The report deals with New GE applications in humans, animals and plants. While the report makes thoughtful points on gene editing in humans and livestock animals, the chapter on plants is another matter. Separate analyses of the report by GMWatch and Testbiotech have found that this section lacks balance and scientific accuracy.

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New analytical tool reveals massive DNA damage caused by CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing

20 March 2021 — GMWatch

Much of the damage would have been missed by analyses conducted till now. Report: Claire Robinson

New research from Chinese scientists shows that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing causes massive damage to the genome, much of which would have been missed by the analytical tools used so far.

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GMWatch mythbuster exposes UK government misinformation on gene editing

16 February 2021 — GMWatch

Gene Editing Misinformation

DEFRA’s evidence-free leaflet is a wish list for GMO boosters and misleads the public

UK farm and environment ministry DEFRA published an “Explainer” document on gene editing as a guide for members of the public who want to respond to the UK government’s consultation on its plan to deregulate gene editing. It may also have been meant to assist the media, as parts of the text also occur in DEFRA’s press release for the launch of the public consultation.

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Genetic Engineering, Agriculture and Brexit: Treachery in Our Midst

9 January 2021 — Counter Currents

By Colin Todhunter

The UK government has launched its public consultation on the deregulation of gene editing in England. To kick things off, somewhat predictably Environment Secretary George Eustice recently spun a staunch pro-industry line at the Oxford Farming Conference by stating:

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GMO promoter Krebs misleads the BBC and the British public on gene editing

1 August 2020 — GMWatch

GMO promoter John Krebs and Gene Editing

Makes inflated promises and false claims for an unproven technology

Below is a transcript of what the GMO promoter and member of the UK’s House of Lords, John Krebs, told the BBC in an interview about the government’s intention to deregulate gene editing so that it’s no longer defined and regulated as a genetic modification technique.

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British people won’t thank the NFU for its stance on gene editing

22 July 2020 — The Grocer

By Joanna Blythman, food journalist and author of Swallow This

Farmers’ popularity has shot up. The general public used to ignore them, or view them as subsidy junkies. Now, as the people who put food on our plates during the Covid-19 crisis, they are enjoying levels of gratitude unprecedented since the Second World War.

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The “Geneva Statement” Calls for Course Correction on Heritable Genome Editing

31 January 2020 — Center for Genetics & Society

By CGS StaffGreen and white graphic with the words The Geneva Statement

Trends in Biotechnology has published an important new statement authored by CGS’ Katie Hasson (program director on genetic justice), Marcy Darnovsky (executive director), and Osagie K. Obasogie (senior fellow) along with 18 influential social scientists, ethicists, life scientists, policy experts, and public interest advocates from around the world.

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