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OGTR seeks comments on applications for GM cotton

OGTR seeks comments on applications for GM cotton
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator has issued an “Early Bird” notification about four applications for limited and controlled releases of GM cotton.Syngenta, CSIRO and Dow AgroSciences ha...

Update on GM sweet corn investigation
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry today announced that its investigations into a GMO-contaminated sweet corn crop grown at Gisborne earlier this year had produced a significant amount of inform...

Hard News on GE issues
>From time to time we feature extracts, or even whole columns, from Hard News writer Russell Brown - a commentator on the domestic and international political scene. Russell has often had very percept...

Health Minister seeks advice on EU labeling laws
Health Minister Annette King is getting advice on the implications of new European genetically engineered (GE) food labelling laws, which the Green Party is calling on Parliament to copy. Green MP...

Recycling GE food myths
The European Parliament's approval on July 2 of new labeling requirements for food and feed made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients is the latest in a series of developments in the ongoing i...

UN food safety body divided over GM
The United Nations advisory body on food safety is, according to this story, divided over labelling genetically modified (GM) animal feed, underscoring a rift between the United States and the Europea...

A GE warning
It is a concern that another GE contamination of sweet corn grown in New Zealand is under investigation. It shows New Zealand's GE-free status is again at risk, even when a moratorium on the release o...

GM corn crop raises concerns
The discovery that genetically modified corn could be grown in Gisborne without detection until long after it had been harvested and exported should set alarm bells ringing, the Waikato Times says in ...

GE genie escapes to spoil NZ image
It seems to have been well established by research, and reinforced by daily anecdotes, that many New Zealanders' knowledge of science is woeful, writes The Dominion Post in an editorial. That ignoranc...

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