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News releases and comments from GM Freeze are listed below.

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Monsanto Bow to French Ban on GM Maize Seed in 2012

Immediate release (25 Jan 2012)

Monsanto has announced that they will not be selling seeds for their GM maize MON810 in France [1] this year following an announcement last week that the French Government would seek to extend their ban [2] on its cultivation despite …
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France Determined to Continue GM Maize Ban

Immediate release (17 Jan 2012)

GM Freeze welcomed the confirmation from the French Government it intends to continue its ban on cultivating Monsanto’s MON810 GM. [1] ***correction 30 Jan 2012: Bulgaria also bans GM cultivation, brining the EU total to seven countries. Apologies for this …
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FSA: Consumers demand better GM labelling

Immediate release (9 Jan 2012)

Research sponsored by the Food Standards Agency (FSA, published today [1]) has found very strong support for comprehensive labelling on all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, including labels for meat, milk, eggs and fish from animals reared …
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Rothamsted’s GM Wheat “Remodel” is High Risk Option

Immediate release (22 Nov 2011)

GM Freeze today described Rothamsted Research’s proposal to attempt to increase wheat yields using GM as a “high risk and potentially costly mistake”. Rothamsted’s new five year science strategy, published last week, includes an aim to increase wheat yields to …
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Insects Developing Resistance to GM Bt Crops

Immediate release (10 Nov 2011)

GM Freeze today published a review of insect resistance to Bt toxins in GM maize and Bt cotton crops around the world. It shows how, contrary to promises from GM companies, pesticide use is increasing to keep up with insects …
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RR Crops to Raise the White Flag?

Immediate release (19 Oct 2011)

Superweed spreading “exponentially” in GM cotton – Monsanto tells farmers they are on their own Herbicide resistant weeds are winning the pesticide “arms race” in US Roundup Ready crops, and Monsanto has no intention of shouldering responsibility for rising weed …
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Defra Approval of UK GM Wheat Trial a Mistake

Immediate release (16 Sep 2011)

GM Freeze today described Defra’s decision to approve a GM wheat trial at Rothamsted Research as “a big mistake and premature”. The consent [1], issued today, includes provision to prevent the GM wheat crossing with couch grass and to stop …
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Call to Reject UK GM Wheat Application

Immediate release (17 Aug 2011)

GM Freeze has called on Defra Ministers to reject an application from Rothamsted Research [1] to field trial GM wheat in Hertfordshire in 2012 and 2013. The group has also requested Ministers to hold a public consultation on the use …
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GM Freeze Welcomes Commons Call to Make Science Data Public

Immediate release (1 Aug 2011)

GM Freeze today welcomed the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report recommendation that data used in peer reviewed scientific publications should be made public. The presumption must be that, unless there is a strong reason otherwise, data should …
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BASF Pulls the Plug on New GM Crop Development in the EU

Immediate release (11 Jul 2011)

BASF Plant Sciences have decided not to develop GM crops for the European market. Recent correspondence with the company said they, “[D]ecided some time ago to not initiate any new projects that are focused exclusively on the European market.” GM …
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