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Keep on rocking in the (GM) free world!

Leading organic brands and retailers – Doves Farm, Neal’s Yard, Pukka Herbs, Viridian Nutrition and As Nature Intended – are joining campaign group Beyond GM on the UK leg of Canadian rocker Neil Young’s latest world tour. Young’s 2016 UK/EU tour continues with the ecological and anti-corporate themes explored in his latest albums, The Monsanto Years […]

May 16, 2016 Continue Reading
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New genetic engineering techniques mustn’t bypass EU GMO laws, warns IFOAM

New genetic engineering techniques must not be allowed to bypass EU laws governing GMOs, says IFOAM EU. The European organic grouping warns of “severe economic consequences” if some of these techniques are deregulated by the European Commission. “New techniques bearing the same potential risks as the GMOs currently on the market should not be used […]

January 14, 2016 Continue Reading
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Russia signals aim to be organic superpower 

Russia has signalled its intention to become a global “organic superpower”, reports Russia Today. In September, Russia announced that it would ban genetically modified organisms in crops and in food products. Now, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has signalled the country’s desire to become the world’s biggest producer of “ecologically clean”, non-GM and organic food. […]

December 6, 2015 Continue Reading
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Germany begins move to ban GM crops

Germany has initiated a move to ban the cultivation of GM crops using an opt-out contained in a new EU Directive. Under new rules on GM, individual states can unilaterally ban GM crops even in the case of those officially approved by the EU. In a statement, the German agriculture minister, Christian Schmidt, stressed that Germany […]

August 27, 2015 Continue Reading
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70% don’t trust BBC’s reporting on GM

Nearly 70% of the public do not trust the independence of experts featured on BBC programmes about GM. That’s the main finding of an open access survey which looked into the impartiality of the BBC when it comes to the reporting of genetically modified food and farming. The survey, set up by the GM campaign […]

July 13, 2015 Continue Reading
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Natural and organic world gets behind people-friendly GM Free Me campaign

Well-known figures from the natural products world have been getting behind a new initiative that aims to give ordinary people a louder voice in the intensifying debate on GM foods. The GM Free Me initiative takes the form of a ‘visual petition’ where people upload a photo of themselves holding the downloadable GM Free Me […]

January 16, 2015 Continue Reading
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MEPs vote to strengthen GM opt-outs

MEPs have voted to strengthen the hand of EU countries who want to be able to ban GM crops at the national level. In June, the European Commission agreed a draft Directive that would provide a legal basis to allow individual member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs already authorized, or under […]

November 20, 2014 Continue Reading
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Non-GMO sales “skyrocket” in the US

Non-GMO sales in the US “skyrocketed” last year, according to data gathered by Nutrition Business Journal and New Hope Media. NBJ’s research shows that products containing no GMOs – verified by the Non-GMO Project or certified organic – grew 80% in 2013, confounding sceptics who have suggested that the non-GMO movement had peaked. The biggest […]

August 21, 2014 Continue Reading
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US organic companies and farm groups want controversial GM crop trials halted

More than 150 businesses and organisations – including leading organic brands Amy’s Kitchen and Clif Bar – want the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to halt controversial trials of genetically modified crops. The group has written to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to express concern over the discovery this summer of unapproved genetically engineered wheat in […]

September 18, 2013 Continue Reading
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The times, they really are a-changing

In a compelling session at the Natural Products Live talks (part of Natural & Organic Products Europe), organic food pioneer Craig Sams announced the shocking news that World War III was upon us. But this was a world war we should all welcome, said Sams – this was a world war against climate change, which, […]

April 11, 2013 Continue Reading
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US natural food retailers galvanised into action on GMOs

Next month (October) more than 580 natural food retailers across the US will take part in the first ever Non-GMO Month. The event, aimed at “celebrating consumers’ rights to choose to buy food and products that do not contain GMOs”, coincides with the launch of THE “NON-GMO Project Verfied” seal on retail products. (more…)

September 28, 2011 Continue Reading
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