Traditional rice farmers join forces to stop bio-piracy

Traditional rice farmers join forces to stop bio-piracy

100 small-scale farmers have launched a network to keep traditional crop varieties in common use and to try to prevent the varieties from being grabbed by large agricultural companies who could try and cover the genes of the plants with intellectual property rights. The farmers from 15 states in India have launched the National Seed…
Are GM crops a failed agricultural experiment?

Are GM crops a failed agricultural experiment?

Genetically engineered or modified crops were supposed to herald in a new green revolution with reducing use of pesticides and better crop production. A recent study onto the first 16 years of use of GM crops has shown that pesticide use has soared as herbicide resistant weeds take hold. As any ecologist will tell you…
UK signs Nagoya Protocol

UK signs Nagoya Protocol

The UK signed up to show it’s support for the The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing yesterday (25 June 2011). Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, added her signature to that of 11 other European countries who signed yesterday.  In total 36 countries have now signed leaving only 14 signatures required for the international treaty to be…
Further evidence GM plants are now established in the wild

Further evidence GM plants are now established in the wild

Researchers in North Dakota have released news about the discovery of more established population of GM plants in the wild. A study was undertaken of wild canola plants alongside roads and highways in the state. Of 406 plants collected 86% had proteins that protected against herbicides of the glyphosate or glufosinate types.  This adds to…
Coalition government to be pro GM

Coalition government to be pro GM

Caroline Spearman, Secretary of State for department of environment, food and rural affairs, in her first public interview has committed the UK to becoming one of the most pro-GM countries. She believes that GM food in the right circumstances could be of benefit to the market place. While there are no questions that it will…