The mayor of the Big Island of Hawaii, Billy Kenoi, has signed bill 113 into law. This bill prohibits biotech companies from operating on the Big Island, and it bans farmers from growing any new genetically altered crops.
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Hawaii is joining Mexico, which last month banned (on an interim basis) the planting of all genetically engineered corn, and Italy, which in July became the 9th European country to ban planting of Monsanto’s GMO corn.
Many of you will have heard about the study by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues which said rats fed on a diet containing NK603 – a corn seed variety made tolerant to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller – or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet.
We have held off blogging on this to see what the media reaction would be. Most often when negative studies about GE crops come out, the methodology behind the study is criticised by biotech back scientists, and, if that doesn’t work, the reputation of the scientists are called into question. The first has been the response to this study. The North American mainstream media has also tried to ignore the study, but it has been all over the European press.
We are posting 5 blogs taken from GM watch. More will follow in the next few days.
The bottom line is we don’t know if GE crops are safe or not because of a lack of independent testing (regulatory authorities in the USA and Canada take the studies produced by biotech companies, and don’t do their own studies). And if we don’t know whether they are safe or not, they shouldn’t be planted or eaten.
This is a really important study so we are posting the summary in full. This is probably the most definitive report to date to show us we don’t need GE foods.
Why genetically engineered food is dangerous: New report by genetic engineers Earth Open Source 17 June 2012
The report called “GMO Myths and Truths, An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops”, by Michael Antoniou, PhD, Claire Robinson, and John Fagan, PhD is published by Earth Open Source. The report is 123 pages long and contains over 600 citations, many of them from the peer-reviewed scientific literature and the rest from reports by scientists, physicians, government bodies, industry, and the media. The report is available here:http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/58 A shorter summary version will be released in the coming weeks. Below are some key points from the report. Continue reading
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Tagged Ban GM crops, Biotech Companies, Bt Toxin, Dow AgroSciences, FDA, GE Foods, Glyphosate, GM Alfalfa, GMO, Monsanto, Roundup Ready, Superweeds, Syngenta
If you would like to work on a GE Free zone in your community, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 29, 2012. Vancouver. – Last night, Richmond City Council (British Columbia) unanimously confirmed a decision to make the city a GE Free Zone.
Following the initial unanimous decision by the General Purposes Committee on May 24, 250 Richmond residents turned out last night to support final approval at City Council. The biotechnology industry lobby group CropLife presented in a failed effort to dissuade councilors from approving the resolution. Continue reading
Richmond, British Columbia, 22nd May 2012
For general release
The Richmond Food Security Society and the Society for a Genetically Free (GE) BC would like to warmly congratulate Richmond City Council on its courageous stand against GE crops and trees at its General Meeting on the 22nd May Continue reading
A committee of City Council will be debating the call for a GMO ban in Richmond on Tuesday at 4pm. Continue reading
Around 2 thousand representatives of Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo communities say no to GMOs
Mérida, Yucatán.- With the message in Maya “MA OGM” (No to Genetically Modified Organisms in English) formed by the bodies of more than two thousand people in seven Mayan ceremonial centers and a field of the Yucatan Peninsula, beekeeper communities, organizations and firms that form the group Sin transgénicos (1) demanded municipal and state authorities of Campeche, Yucatán y Quintana Roo as well as federal authorities, to declare their territories “GM-free”, giving the risks that these crops represent for the environment, beekeeping, biodiversity and human health(2). Continue reading