Twelve dairy cows has died on a farm in Hesse Germany, after being fed a diet with significant amounts of a single GM corn variety, Bt 176. 2. What's being called "mysterious cattle deaths" in Hesse, Germany, has led to criminal charges filed against Switzerland-based multinational biotech company, Syngenta. According to the organization GM Watch, the latest criminal charges filed by Gloeckner suggest that Syngenta'
While the struggle to label GMOs continues in the U.S., Europe, where labeling is mandatory, genetically engineered (GE) crops are restricted or banned in most countries. Seven European countries; Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland and Slovakia have recently blocked a proposal by the Danish EU presidency to allow the cultivation of GE plants on the continent. Already, France have placed a temporal b
Today, an increasing number of crops commercially grown today are genetically modified (GM) to resist insect pests and tolerate herbicides. Even though Bt corn is one of the most commonly grown GM crops in the United States, its effects on the long-term health of soils is known little. Although there are many advantages using biotechnology in agriculture, there are more disadvantages and hazards of the GM technology.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that the alarming decline in the population of monarch butterflies, is an unintended consequence of the widespread use of genetically modified seeds, as these butterflies lay eggs developing into caterpillars on milkweeds. GM corns and soybeans are altered to resist Roundup herbicides allowing farmers to spray their fields indiscrimately, eradicating milkweeds and
After a brief legal tussle, the French government has banned GM corn made by Monsanto. This is coming after a similar ban in 2008 was overturned last November when the biotech company challenged it in court. The government has moved swiftly in restoring the ban, though temporarily. Foremost French anti-GM crops campaigner and European MP Jose Bové called it a "good news" saying "the risk has been avoided. We now have