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  Posting date: July 03, 2017
EPA Called to Start Monitoring Synergistic Effects of Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General has released a report recommending that before approving pesticides, the agency should first assess the enhanced toxicity caused by interactions of pesticide mixtures.
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  Posting date: February 02, 2017
Major Upcoming Developments in the USDA's Regulatory System on GMOs
The USDA is in the process of introducing new GMO disclosure laws and instituting fundamental changes to how it assesses and regulates GM plants as pests/noxious weeds.
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  Posting date: February 02, 2017
Shocks for Developing Countries from President Trump’s First Days
His first days in office indicate that President Trump intends to implement what he promised, with serious consequences for the future of the UN, trade, the environment and international cooperation, and developing countries will be most affected.
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  Posting date: December 28, 2016
Organic Agriculture Maintains Its Exclusion of All GM Technologies
The organic movement is expanding its stand on the exclusion of GM from organic systems, to include new technologies like synthetic biology and new plant breeding techniques.
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  Posting date: July 14, 2016
Gene-edited Crops in the USA Slipping through the Regulatory Net
In the USA, the first CRISPR-edited crops may now be cultivated and sold without oversight by the regulatory agency, despite concerns persisting about their health and environmental risks.
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  Posting date: June 14, 2016
U.S. Review of GE Crops Calls for Greater Public Accountability
A U.S. review of GM crops has found the need for greater public accountability regarding health and safety aspects.
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  Posting date: February 17, 2016
GE Alfalfa Found Growing Wild in West USA
A USDA study confirms that GE alfalfa has dispersed beyond cultivated fields in alfalfa-growing parts of western USA, calling into question its "coexistence" policy between GE and non-GE crops.
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  Posting date: December 10, 2015
Are GM Crops and Foods Well Regulated
Canada has approved the commercialisation of GMOs for 20 years now. This report examines and critiques Canada's biosafety regulatory system.
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  Posting date: August 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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  Posting date: November 21, 2014
US Citizens Write Open Letter Warning on GM Crops
An open letter from individuals and organizations representing 57 million Americans warns of the risks of GM crops, drawing from the two decades of experience in the US.
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