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Section: Traits in Agriculture Date: Sep 01, 2015
 Glyphosate confirmed as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization
On July 29, 2015 a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) released a monograph of the herbicide glyphosate on which it had based its earlier decision that this chemical is a probable carcinogen for humans.
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Section: Sustainable Systems Date: Aug 28, 2015
 Industrial Food System in the US is Unhealthy, Inequitable and Unsustainable
Current US agricultural/food policies support and perpetuate the dominant industrial model that is neither healthy nor sustainable. What is recommended instead is an approach that combines human rights, public health and an agroecological perspective.
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Section: Assessment & Impacts Date: Aug 19, 2015
 Comprehensive Studies on the Social Impacts of GM Crops Seriously Lacking
A review of 99 journal articles on the social impacts of GM crops in agriculture has found that very few are comprehensive in nature, focusing mostly on economic impacts in the Global South and presenting rosier results than warranted.
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Section: Assessment & Impacts Date: Aug 12, 2015
 Systems Biology Study Finds GMOs not “substantially equivalent”
A novel systems biology study shows that GM soy is not "substantially equivalent" to conventional soy, and that the US FDA's regulatory standard of "substantial equivalence" to assess the safety of GM foods is "outdated and unscientific".
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Section: Biosafety Science Date: Aug 10, 2015
 Inadequate Scientific Evidence to Declare GM Herbicide Tolerant Crops Safe or Sustainable
A sustainability assessment of GM herbicide tolerant crops has found scientific evidence lacking to rule them safe or sustainable. It points to empirical evidence showing possible adverse effects and to incomplete information and research on GM crops.
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Section: Agriculture / Organisms Date: Aug 04, 2015
 GE Trees: A Looming Threat Over Native Forests
This article updates on GE trees developments worldwide and warns of the risk of GE trees, including GMO contamination spreading from GE trees into native forests, which would be irreversible.
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Section: Agriculture / Organisms Date: Aug 03, 2015
 Bt Cotton in India Falls Short from Socio-Economic and Agroecological Perspectives
Two studies have found Bt cotton in India limited in terms of socio-economic and agroecological benefits. Bt cotton in low-yield rainfed areas is not economically viable, increasing the risks of farmer bankruptcy and suicide.
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Section: Sustainable Systems Date: Jul 29, 2015
 Compelling Evidence of Human Health Effects of Pesticides
This report examines research on the human health effects of synthetic agricultural pesticides and finds compelling evidence of harm. It calls for a phase-out of pesticides, and a radical shift to ecological agriculture.
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Section: Sustainable Systems Date: Jul 27, 2015
 Agroecology Can Feed Africa
Evidence on how small-scale agroecology can feed Africa in a better and more sustainable manner than the industrial model of agriculture. In order for this to happen, a radical shift towards agroecology is required.
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»  Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research
»  CAP/SAM Raise Serious Concerns on Planned GM Mosquitoes Release
»  The Genetic Engineering of Smallpox
»  Biotechnology and Sustainable Development
»  Why Biotech Patents Are Patently Absurd - Scientific Briefing on TRIPs and Related Issues
»  Capacity Building and the Biosafety Protocol: A TWN report
»  Model Law for Safety in Biotechnology for Africa
»  Post-Market Oversight of Biotech Foods: Is the System Prepared?
»  Biotechnology and Indigenous People

Tackling Hidden Hunger

  1) Course Announcement: Capacity Building Course Southern Africa Region, 20-26 September 2015, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Date: September 20, 2015 to September 26, 2015
Venue: Potchefstroom, South Africa
  2) Capacity building course ASEAN-region: Synthetic biology –biosafety and contribution to addressing societal challenges
Date: November 21, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Venue: Hanoi

  1) Campaign To Stop Smallpox Genetic Engineering
Date: January 28, 2014
  2) Stop the Spread of Transgenes!
Date: May 28, 2014

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