With the threat of genetically engineered sweet corn hitting grocery stores next year looming, 264,000 people petition top retailers and food makers

WASHINGTON - October 27 - In response to Monsanto’s release of the company’s first genetically engineered sweet corn for human consumption, a coalition has collected more than 264,000 petition signatures from consumers who refuse to purchase the corn and are asking retailers and food processors to reject it.

Regina, Saskatchewan, November 22, 2011 - Nominations for the 2012 FCC Rosemary Davis Award officially open today, as Farm Credit Canada (FCC) seeks to recognize and honour Canadian women for their leadership and commitment to agriculture.

Agriculture matters and women positively impact the industry and their communities. FCC is looking for five women who deserve recognition for their achievements. Past nominees range from producers and educators to agrologists and veterinarians.

Monday, 28 November 2011 16:04

GM crops created superweed, say scientists

Modified rape crosses with wild plant to create tough pesticide-resistant strain

Paul Brown, environment correspondent, The Guardian

Modified genes from crops in a GM crop trial have transferred into local wild plants, creating a form of herbicide-resistant "superweed", the Guardian can reveal.

Environmentalists are alarmed that a U.S.-based company with a plant in P.E.I. plans to sell its genetically modified salmon eggs to any approved fish farmer if the company gets U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

Ron Stotish, CEO of AquaBounty Technologies, said the company has always planned to sell its genetically modified eggs to fish farmers willing to grow them in land-based facilities.

The Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) provides to the Canada Organic Office interpretive guidance on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311).

Proposed answers to new questions, raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture are now posted on the COO Website.

The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment period.

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The Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture is named in honor of Dr. Fred Bentley (deceased 2008). Dr. Bentley was the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1958 to 1968.

The Bentley Lecture is a venue for the Agricultural community to gather, build relationships and discuss the current state of and future of the Agricultural Sector in Alberta. It is a forum for the dissemination of knowledge on agriculture and the environment.


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