Biotech: EU Commission spreading misinformation

14 July 2021 — GMWatch

Testbiotech warns against disregarding scientific evidence

The EU Commission has rejected criticism of its report on plants and New GE (New Genetic Engineering, genome editing). In a letter to Testbiotech, the Commission stated that there were no new risks associated with plants derived from genetically engineered plants compared to conventionally bred plants, as long as no transgenes were inserted. The Commission is directly repeating claims made by industry and affiliated experts that are contrary to existing scientific evidence. Testbiotech is therefore warning against the spread of misinformation and disregarding of science.

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Former Tory Party advisor wants us to swallow GM food

23 June 2021 — GMWatch

Camilla Cavendish and GMO Corn CobsCamilla Cavendish promotes false and misleading narratives to warm up the public to deregulated GMOs.

Report: Claire Robinson

An article has been published in the Financial Times, with the headline, “We must overcome the fear of genetic engineering in our food”, and the subhead, “From countering climate change to saving bananas, new gene-editing technology could prove crucial”.

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UK gene editing public consultation announcement expected mid-June

3 June 2021 — GMWatch

Burnt ToastChange in law could speed commercialisation of GM wheat for people who can’t “use a toaster properly”

This month the UK government is expected to follow through on Boris Johnson’s promise to “liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti–genetic modification rules” by removing safety checks and (probably) GMO labelling and traceability from some crops and livestock made with experimental new genetic engineering techniques.

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Residents adopt council land to stop it using toxic glyphosate weedkiller

21 April 2021 — GMWatch

“We don’t want this toxic weedkiller sprayed in our community” – Guerrilla Gardeners

In Midlothian, Scotland, residents who are concerned about the use of toxic weedkiller in their community have come together to adopt public land and stop council workers spraying it, according to a report in Midlothian View.

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The myth of a food crisis

12 April 2021 — GMWatch

No matter where one looks in global agriculture, food prices are low because products are in surplus

Following is an excellent article about a new peer-reviewed paper with a message that should be highlighted first and last in any discussion about the supposed need for GMOs and pesticides in order to maximise food production. That is: There is no food crisis, nor is there ever likely to be one, in spite of the world’s growing population.

1. Agriculture’s greatest myth – commentary on new peer-reviewed paper
2. The myth of a food crisis – details of the new paper
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Why new genetic techniques need to be stringently regulated – study

6 April 2021 — GMWatch

Terms such as “like nature”, “precise”, and “no foreign genes” are being wrongly applied to new GM techniques

1. Why new genetic techniques need to be stringently regulated – comment on new study
2. Differentiated impacts of human interventions on nature: Scaling the conversation on regulation of gene technologies – new study abstract

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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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Revealed: The new lobbying effort to deregulate GMOs

30 March 2021 — GMWatch

74% of the input into the EU Commission’s forthcoming study on new GM comes from agri-industry bodies

EXCERPT: A new investigation by the NGO Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), published on Monday (29 March), has uncovered how fresh lobbying strategies aimed at deregulating modern genetic techniques are driven by various academic and biotech research institutes with corporate interests – using ‘climate-friendly’ narratives.

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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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