(AFP - 24 April 2016) Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton producer and the sole West African nation to venture into biotech farming, is dropping genetically-modified (GM) cotton on quality grounds.
The world's 10th largest cotton producer, with four of its 19 million people dependent on the "white gold", Burkina Faso earlier this month said it was giving up Monsanto's GM Bt cotton because it had proved uneconomical.
(University of California, Los Angeles - April 22, 2016) A range of diseases -- from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer's disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that's common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases.
(Beyond Pesticides, March 25, 2016) Glyphosate is found to contaminate California wines, according to a new report from the non-profit group Moms Across America. Glyphosate is [a] pervasive and toxic chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and was classified in 2015 as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
The last poll I saw a few weeks ago was from MNBC surveying people in the USA asking if they wanted to know what is in their food, i.e. would they support some legislated mandatory food labeling policy. Ninety three out of 100 people (93%) voted their concern and distrust of the food supply by voting yes. I have seen many surveys like this over the last 10 years and the people have consistently expressed their concern and anxiety about GMOs.
Thanks to everyone who wrote or called, and especially to everyone who showed up at Wednesday afternoon's public hearing, and even more to those who had the passion and courage to speak, the OCP for Areas D and E will be amended to say that both Areas D and E "do not support the introduction, cultivation, use or propagation of Genetically Engineered organisms and encourage agricultural producers to adopt a GE Free policy..."
A scientific study that identified serious health impacts on rats fed on 'Roundup ready' GMO maize has been republished following its controversial retraction under strong commercial pressure. Now regulators must respond and review GMO and agro-chemical licenses, and licensing procedures.