The Non-GMO E-Newsletter

Mail-order DNA, DIY gene tinkering: looming catastrophe?

Gene editing technology has become accessible to biohackers of all ages and stripes—sending ripples of alarm through academic and non-scientific circles alike. “To unleash something deadly… could really happen any day now,” said Dr. George Church, leading synthetic biologist. Using tools like Crispr-Cas9, hackers “glue” DNA fragments (easily purchased on Science Exchange, a Craigslist for […]

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New research shows risks to insects from Rothamsted’s GMO “fishy” camelina

A camelina plant genetically engineered to produce omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA may reduce the learning ability of bees and other insects. United Kingdom-based Rothamsted Research genetically engineered the oilseed crop to produce the two fatty acids because they are not produced by most plants. Rothamsted’s aim was to establish a plant-based production facility […]

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Monsanto stops Bt GMO soybean launch in U.S.

Monsanto has halted indefinitely introduction of Intacta 2 Xtend soybeans to U.S. farmers—a second-generation product boasting multiple genetically modified Bt proteins and tolerance to dicamba. The company cites a “lack of product demand from growers” but entomologists suggested insect resistance is the more probable   reason. First-generation Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans, with their single Bt protein […]

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Monsanto name gone but Bayer’s commitment to GMOs and pesticides remains

Bayer and Monsanto are completing their $66 million merger or “marriage made in hell” as activists call it, and Bayer will ditch the Monsanto name. “Bayer will remain the company name,” Bayer said in a statement. “Monsanto will no longer be a company name. The acquired products will retain their brand names and become part […]

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Environmentalists and farmers seek court decision halting use of Dow’s “Agent Orange” pesticide

A coalition of environmental organizations and farmers represented by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice recently filed new legal papers in federal court seeking the reversal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) approval of Dow Chemical’s toxic pesticide, Enlist Duo. The novel pesticide is a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D, to be sprayed over the […]

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