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What made Burkina Faso phase out Bt cotton

February 17, 2017 02:12 PM

 

Even as India grapples with a host of issues with regard to Bt cotton, Burkina Faso, one of the biggest adopters of the genetically modified crop, has done away with it.

 

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Indian state will pay farmers to go 100% organic and GMO-free

December 15, 2016 09:32 AM

 

Is India on its way to becoming an entirely organic nation? Just over two years ago, in September 2014, the Indian Government launched their revolutionary Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (National Agriculture Development Program) as a way to encourage organic farming, and decrease dependence on chemical agents. In January 2015, the state of Sikkim was declared as the country’s first 100 percent organic state. Sikkim produces 800,000 tons of organic produce that’s free of harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers and toxic GMOs — accounting for roughly 65 percent of India’s total organic produce yields.

 

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Karnataka's silence on GM mustard worries farmers

December 11, 2016 09:33 AM

 

The Karnataka government is yet to take its stand on the heated debate over genetically-modified (GM) mustard that is raging across the country. Some major mustard-growing States such as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have been emphatically opposing GM mustard and its field trials. Despite several farmers’ groups and organic farmers asking the State government to urge the Centre to not allow open field trials, there seems to have been no discussion on this by the Agriculture Department, according to senior officials.

 

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Biodiversity Convention call to block new 'genetic extinction' GMOs

December 06, 2016 08:30 AM

 

160 global groups have called for a moratorium on new 'genetic extinction' technology at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Cancun, Mexico. Gene drive technology, they say, poses serious and irreversible threats to biodiversity, national sovereignty, peace and food security.

 

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Herbicide-resistant 'superweeds' and GM crops

December 01, 2016 09:39 AM

 

Herbicide-resistant "superweeds" change their mating strategies over time, an evolutionary shift that helps them hold onto valuable genes and outcompete other plants, including herbicide-resistant genetically modified (GM) crops, according to a new study from University of Michigan.The study examined the relationships between plant mating systems and herbicide resistance in the common agricultural weed morning glory.The researchers found that morning glory populations that have evolved resistance to the herbicide Roundup rely on self-fertilization more than susceptible populations do.

 

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The hidden agenda behind GM Mustard

November 30, 2016 09:24 AM

 

Ignoring the assurance given to ban GM crops before it came to power, the BJP led NDA government is fast tracking the process to give clearance to genetically modified mustard seeds. The pretext is: GM mustard is developed by Deepak Pental, an Indian scientist with the support of Public Sector. It is not a product of Multinational Seed Company.

 

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Boulder County to proceed with phasing out GMO crops

November 30, 2016 06:45 AM

 

Boulder County will proceed with a policy and plan for phasing out the growing of genetically modified corn and sugar beets on county-owned farmland, county commissioners decided on a 2-1 Wednesday night vote.

 

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US farmers in retreat from “all-GMO”

November 25, 2016 08:30 AM

 

There is a wave of revolt in the kingdom of GMOs. Driven by lower cereal prices, some US farmers are wondering if they still have an interest in growing genetically modified crops, which cost them up to twice as much to plant than conventional seeds. The debate on GMOs that is emerging in the United States is far removed from European concerns about public health and biodiversity. It’s about a completely different aspect: the return on investment.

 

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Vital soil fungi damaged by GMO Bt cotton

November 24, 2016 09:09 AM

 

A study of GMO cotton varieties shows they disrupt an important beneficial soil fungus, writes Eva Sirinathsinghji, apparently due to the Bt insecticide they are engineered to express. Disruption caused by the transgenic cotton to mycorrhizal fungi, and the wider soil ecosystem, may underlie the low yields and poor pest resistance now endemic among Bt GM crops.

 

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Superweeds: It’s game over for GM herbicide-tolerant crops

November 22, 2016 09:16 AM

 

The widespread planting of GM glyphosate-tolerant crops has led to the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds. Attempts to control the weeds through the use of other herbicides are not always effective as weeds often are resistant to those chemicals too, even before they are used. At best this practice can provide only a temporary solution.

 

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