Westminster “breaking own rules” with genetically modified food consultation

24 February 2021 — Outline

Boris Johnson expressed a desire to change the law around genetically modified food on his first day in office

Boris Johnson expressed a desire to change the law around genetically modified food on his first day in office

THE London Government has been accused of breaking its own rules with its recently launched consultation on the introduction of genetically edited (GE) foods into the UK.

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The WEF Agenda Behind Modi Farm Reform

17 February 2021 — Counter Currents

In September 2021 the UN will hold a Food Systems Summit. The aim will be to reshape world agriculture and food production in the context of the Malthusian UN Agenda 2030 “sustainable agriculture” goals. The recent radical farm laws from the government of Narenda Modi in India are part of the same global agenda, and it’s all not good.

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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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“No one wants GM food – but Westminster wants to foist it upon Scotland anyway”

18 January 2021 — GMWatch

UK Gene editing consultation updates

Beyond GM and GM Freeze will be sending out information very soon on how members of the public can best respond to the UK government’s public consultation on gene editing. GMWatch has been actively contributing to this information.

Below are two short pieces that offer useful overviews of the situation.
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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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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 11 December 2020

11 December 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Glyphosate Causes Genetic Changes Leading to Increased Disease in Future Generations – New Study

Exposure to the widely used weed-killer glyphosate makes genetic changes to rats that can be linked to increased disease in their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a new study has found. The study provides evidence that glyphosate-induced changes to sperm from exposed rats could be used as biomarkers for determining propensity in subsequent generations for prostate and […]

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Bayer seeks to profit both from weedkiller linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and drug to treat it

21 October 2020 — GMWatch

Attorney Ben Crump denounces Bayer’s cynicism

Personal injury and civil rights attorney Ben Crump has denounced Bayer Corporation for seeking to profit both from the sale of its weedkiller Roundup, which has been linked to non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and a new Bayer drug to treat the disease. Continue reading

Over 2,000 studies and journal publications document risks and harms from GMOs and related pesticides

22 October 2020 — GMWatch

New database launched

The US nonprofit GMO/Toxin Free USA has launched GMOResearch.org, the first-of-its-kind searchable science database of studies and reports on the safety and effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and associated agrochemicals. Continue reading

Bayer’s Monsanto headache persists

1 October 2020 — US Right to Know

by Carey Gillam

The migraine that is Monsanto doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon for Bayer AG.

Efforts at settling the mass of lawsuits brought in the United States by tens of thousands of people who claim Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides gave them cancer continue to inch forward, but are not addressing all outstanding cases, nor are all plaintiffs offered settlements agreeing to them. Continue reading

Gates Foundation doubles down on misinfo campaign at Cornell as African leaders call for agroecology

30 September 2020 — US Right to Know

by Stacy Malkan

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded another $10 million last week to the controversial Cornell Alliance for Science, a communications campaign housed at Cornell that trains fellows in Africa and elsewhere to promote and defend genetically engineered foods, crops and agrichemicals. The new grant brings BMGF grants to the group to $22 million. Continue reading