GMO Grass: Coming to a Lawn Near You?

‘Monsanto and Scotts have begun testing the first genetically engineered (GE) grass, intended for both consumer and commercial use.

Scotts Roundup-Ready Kentucky Bluegrass, genetically engineered to withstand massive amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is unregulated, will not be labeled “GMO” (genetically modified organisms), and because of the ease with which grass spreads, could in short order contaminate lawns, parks, golf courses and pastures everywhere.

source: http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/gmo-grass-coming-to-a-lawn-near-you/

GMO 'Terrorists'

China Refuses Shipments Of US GMO Corn

China Refuses Shipments Of US GMO Corn

Though already reported by NaturalSociety in the past, let’s not forget when China destroyed three shipments of US GMO corn. According to a law on Chinese books ,the Ministry of Agriculture must require environmental and food safety testing to verify data provided by the seed developer. This means that China is upholding the scientific method and is actually testing the claims of companies like Monsanto, Dow, and Syngenta, saying that ‘GMO is safe for humans and the environment” when we all know this to be untrue.

Source: livefreelivenatural.com/china-refuses-shipments-us-gmo-corn

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

(Reuters) - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/us-france-gmo-idUSBREA3E1NY20140415

EU governments giving biotech companies final say about national bans

EU governments giving biotech companies final say about national bans

Europe’s environment ministers are working on a new law about the national ban for GM crops. The movement for a GM free Europe has demanded better rights for regional or national bans for many years. But the current proposal discussed amongst national governments would open the floodgates for GM crops.

First, the proposal gives biotech companies the power to decide whether a national ban is permitted or not. If it decides it is not, the member state that wants to ban a crop has to come up with specific arguments. It is not sure whether those arguments will hold in court.

Second, if this proposal on national bans is agreed, it could give a signal to the European Commission to allow more GM crops to be grown. Whilst a number of countries would indeed ban the GM crops, others will not. The area grown with GM crops in Europe would increase. For the first time we would see herbicide-tolerant GM crops on the field.

Without extra measures, this will endanger our ability to maintain GM-free seeds, food and feed as contamination spreads across boundaries. Mandatory anti-contamination measures are therefore essential, backed up with strict and clear liability. This proposal is unacceptable. The option in the proposal that gives biotech companies a role in decision of governments to restrict the cultivation of a GM crops should be deleted. Governments should insist with the Commission that GM crops like Pioneer's 1507 maize are not wanted.

See here for the last draft proposal: http://www.stopthecrop.org/sites/default/files/optout_25_march_version_0.pdf
source: http://www.corporateeurope.org

Feeding the Future - London April 14 2014

ICPPC directors Sir Julian Rose and Jadwiga Lopata are taking part in a protest at the UK Ministry of Agriculture in London. 'Feeding the Future' is the title of the demonstration by farmers, farm workers and concerned citizens to take place outside the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, London on the 17th April 2014.

The protest is organised by the UK Land Workers Alliance and is part of wider international actions to highlight the importance of small, medium sized and peasant farms throughout Europe and beyond.

Jadwiga Lopata and Julian Rose will be carrying placards calling for an end to discrimination against family farms that supply their local communities with farm-fresh healthy foods.

At present UK, US and most European governmental agricultural policies emphasize the importance of large scale monocultural and agrichemically dependent production systems that deplete the fertility of the land, the quality of crops and the nutritional value of foods purchased throughout the World.

The protest on 17th April will demand a new emphasis: support for traditional and organic family farming enterprises that are the backbone of national and international food security.

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