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GMO Seralini – Seralini’s team wins defamation and forgery court cases on GMO and pesticide research

Seralini’s team wins defamation and forgery court cases on GMO and pesticide researchOn 25 November 2015, the High Court of Paris indicted Marc Fellous, former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, for “forgery” and “the use of forgery”, in a libel trial that he lost to Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini.

The Biomolecular Engineering Commission has authorised many GM crops for consumption.The details of the case have not yet been publicly released but a source close to the case told GMWatch that Fellous had used or copied the signature of a scientist without his agreement to argue that Séralini and his co-researchers were wrong in their reassessment of Monsanto studies.The Séralini team’s re-assessment reported finding signs of toxicity in the raw data from Monsanto’s own rat feeding studies with GM maize.

The sentence against Fellous has not yet been passed and is expected in June 2016.

Source: GMO Seralini – Seralini’s team wins defamation and forgery court cases on GMO and pesticide research

Indigenous Activists Win Major Court Rulings Against Monsanto in Mexico : Waking Times

Monsanto must now consult with indigenous communities throughout the Yucatán peninsula before they will be granted any future permits for GMO soy farming, as of a court decision in early November 2015. Monsanto planned to farm genetically modified soybean in over 250,000 hectares of the Yucatán region, yet a Mexican court has suspended the Biotech giant’s permit. The judgement was based on constitutional law that requires the consideration of indigenous communities affected by development projects.

The key organizations involved in the effort to stop GMO soy farming in Mexico were the Maya beekeepers, made up of about 15,000 Maya families who produce and collect honey and who filed the injunction, with the support of Greenpeace, Indignación and Litiga OLE. The Mayans primary concern is that “growing the plant requires the use of glyphosate, a herbicide classified as probably carcinogenic,” putting their communities, environment and economic activities at risk.

Source: Indigenous Activists Win Major Court Rulings Against Monsanto in Mexico : Waking Times

MIT scientist links autism to Monsanto’s Roundup and predicts HALF of U.S. children will be autistic by 2025

Evidence just keeps pilling up against the herbicide Roundup manufactured by Monsanto and they can not be denied much longer. Even California has jumped the wagon and has called for it to be labeled as cancer causing. We must be very vigilant to what we put in our bodies may that be through our food but also beauty products and others. More and more our food crops and fruit trees are being sprayed with this and other similar chemicals and our food supply is being poisoned. Keep your family safe, buy locally, visit your farmer’s markets and if you can grow your own vegetables organically, do so. You will never regret investing in producing your own food supply.

MIT research scientist and author Stephanie Seneff has studied autism for almost a decade, and her recent presentation regarding rising autism rates included a dramatic and controversial prediction. Seneff believes that if current rates continue, by 2025 one out of every two children born in the United States will be diagnosed with autism —  and she links the rise with the increased use of Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate. Additionally, she notes that exposure to heavy metals (such as mercury and aluminum, found in vaccines) are also a likely factor, especially in conjunction with glyphosate. Heavy use of Roundup began in 1990 and has increased ever since. Autism has seen a similar rise in that time period.

Source: MIT scientist links autism to Monsanto’s Roundup and predicts HALF of U.S. children will be autistic by 2025

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Canada sued over FDA approved GMO Frankenfish | Examiner.com

Canada sued over FDA approved GMO Frankenfish Use your key for the next articleNext: OPM issues self-plus-one health insurance information for federal employees

“The FDA has…determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat,” said Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.Silver Gold ManThe Canadian government is being sued by environmental groups in order to stop AquaBounty Technologies from producing genetically modified (GM) salmon eggs in Canada and shipping them to Panama. Assuring the GM salmon will be kept in special disease- and antibiotic-free conditions, AquaBounty claims its GM salmon “pose no threat to the environment. AquaBounty also claims the modified fish can grow to the size of wild salmon with 75% less feed, reducing the product’s carbon footprint by up to 25 times, reported Food Dive on Wednesday.

Source: Canada sued over FDA approved GMO Frankenfish | Examiner.com

Petition · Say No to Genetically Modified Salmon · Change.org

 Aaron Sam Merritt, BC

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first ever genetically modified salmon as safe to eat, while not requiring them to be labelled.  While regular salmon reach market size in 32-36 months, the “AquAdvantage” salmon grows to the same size in 16 to 18 months.  The FDA has forbidden the breeding of AquaAdvantage salmon in the United States, and is only allowing the salmon to be raised in hatchery tanks in Canada and Panama.  With the approval by the FDA, there is growing concern about the potential increased production of fish eggs at the AquaBounty facility in Souris, P.E.I.  Meanwhile, there are concerns about environmental risks, including to wild salmon.  There are also concerns about lack of transparency when it comes to potential consumers, and selling genetically modified salmon on grocery store shelves with no labels.Health Canada has confirmed it is reviewing a submission by AquaBounty to sell genetically modified salmon in Canada.  There has been no consultation by Health Canada or the Department of Fisheries and Oceans with Canadians and Indigenous Peoples.  Please sign the petition to say that we do not want genetically modified salmon grown or sold in Canada and the rest of North America.

LETTER TO

Minister Hunter Tootoo
Minister Jane Philpott
Prime Minister of Canada/Premier Ministre du Canada Justin Trudeau

Say No to Genetically Modified Salmon

Source: Petition · Say No to Genetically Modified Salmon · Change.org

Friends of the Earth: FDA’s Approval of GMO Salmon Denounced | eNews Park Forest

Friends of the Earth: FDA’s Approval of GMO Salmon DenouncedPosted by Press Release Date: November 19, 2015in: CommentaryLeave a commentshare15 0 0 0 More than 60 grocery chains, majority of consumers already reject “Frankenfish”WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)–November 19, 2015.  Today scientists, environmental and consumer groups and fishermen lambasted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically engineered salmon created by AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (ABTX:LSE), a majority owned subsidiary of synthetic biology company Intrexon (NYSE: XON). This is the first-ever genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption despite widespread public outcry, risks to wild salmon and a faulty assessment based on incomplete company data.Despite this approval, a large segment of the market has already rejected genetically engineered salmon. More than 60 grocery store chains representing more than 9000 stores across the U.S. have made commitments to not sell the GMO salmon, including Safeway, Kroger, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Aldi and many others.“Despite FDA’s flawed and irresponsible approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption, it’s clear that there is no place in the U.S. market for genetically engineered salmon.” said Lisa Archer, Food and Technology program director at Friends of the Earth. “People don’t want to eat it and grocery stores are refusing to sell it.”75 percent of respondents to a recent New York Times poll said they would not eat genetically engineered salmon, and 1.8 million people sent letters to the FDA opposing approval of the so-called “frankenfish.”The FDA has said it will probably not require labeling of the fish, however Alaska, a top wild salmon producer, requires labeling of genetically engineered salmon and momentum is growing for GMO labeling in a number of states across the U.S. and at the federal level.AquaBounty Technologies’ AquAdvantage® salmon is genetically engineered with the DNA of an eel-like ocean pout to grow faster. At least 35 other species of genetically engineered fish, along with chickens, pigs and cows, are currently under development, and the FDA’s decision on this genetically engineered salmon application sets a precedent for other genetically engineered fish and animals.A growing body of science suggests that GMO salmon may pose serious environmental and public health risks, including potentially irreversible damage to wild salmon populations.“There were over 250 million wild salmon harvested in Alaska and Puget Sound this year. Why should we put this sustainable resource at risk for the benefit of a few multinational corporations who will, sooner or later, introduce GE salmon into their floating feed lots? Americans will be eating synthetic salmon, thinking they are receiving the nutritional benefits of wild salmon,” said Dr. Pete Knutson, owner of Loki Fish Company and Commissioner on the Puget Sound Salmon Commission.“There’s no place on our dinner plates for genetically engineered fish. We will continue to work to ensure the market, from grocery retailers to restaurants, continues to listen to majority of consumers that don’t want to eat this poorly studied, unlabeled genetically engineered fish,” said Archer.More information on health and environmental risks of genetically engineered salmon and a full list of stores that have made commitments to not sell genetically engineered seafood and salmon, letters sent to companies by Friends of the Earth and allies, and a list of coalition partners are available at http://www.gefreeseafood.org.Grocery stores, restaurants and chefs can add their name to the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood by visiting http://www.foe.org/gefreeseafood

Source: Friends of the Earth: FDA’s Approval of GMO Salmon Denounced | eNews Park Forest

U.S. approves genetically modified salmon for human consumption | Globalnews.ca

U.S. approves genetically modified salmon for human consumptionBy Staff The Associated Press7294    moreCould genetically modified salmon be coming to a store near you?AP Photo/Ted S. Warren- A A +ListenHALIFAX – The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has approved the production and sale of the first genetically modified salmon for human consumption.AquaBounty said in a statement today that it has won approval for its AquAdvantage salmon, an Atlantic salmon that has been genetically engineered at a plant in P.E.I. to mature more quickly than conventional farmed fish.RELATED Anti-GMO protesters march against Monsanto in Canada and around the world More genetically modified Okanagan apples in the works World Food Prize goes to genetically modified crop researchersREAD MORE: Genetically modified ‘Arctic Apple’ approved by Health CanadaThe decision comes years after the U.S.-based company applied for the permission to sell its fish to consumers, drawing criticism from some who say there is too much uncertainty about the health of the product.AquaBounty has received approval from Environment Canada for the production of Atlantic salmon fish eggs at its hatchery in Prince Edward Island, which is the subject of a Federal Court case filed by three environmental groups.Health Canada has also confirmed that the department is reviewing the safety of AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon as a food source.To date, it said no genetically modified animal has received approval for human consumption in Canada.

Source: U.S. approves genetically modified salmon for human consumption | Globalnews.ca

US approved GE salmon

Press Release: Canadian Groups Concerned as US Approves GM Salmon – Canada to produce GM fish eggs

Canadian Groups Concerned as US Approves GM Salmon
Canada to produce GM fish eggs

For Immediate Release

Thursday November 19, 2015. Ottawa. Canadian environmental and consumer groups are expressing grave concerns over the US government’s approval of the world’s first genetically modified (GM) food animal, a GM Atlantic salmon that will originate as GM fish eggs produced in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada.

“This approval has grave consequences for Canadians and people across the world, and poses a serious environmental threat,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), “If Health Canada also approves this fish, Canadians won’t even know how to avoid it in grocery stores because GM foods are not labeled.”

The Canadian government has already approved the GM salmon and eggs for commercial production, in a decision that was challenged in court this week. However, Health Canada has not yet approved it for human consumption.

“We were just in court two days ago challenging Canada’s approval of GM salmon production,” said Mark Butler of Ecology Action Centre. “We’re extremely concerned about the risks to the future of wild Atlantic salmon.”
Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society were in federal court on Tuesday arguing that the Canadian government’s approval of GM salmon production was unlawful. The US company AquaBounty has a facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada where GM fish eggs would now be produced for shipment to Panama, for grow out and processing for the US market.

“We don’t want PEI to be known as the home of the Frankenfish,” said Sharon Labchuk of the PEI group Islanders Say No to Frankenfish. “We cannot allow this global threat to originate from our beautiful island.”

In an Ipsos Reid poll conducted in August 2015 for CBAN, almost half of Canadians (45%) said they would not eat a GM salmon and 88% said they wanted mandatory labelling of all GM foods.

For more information:
Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, 613 809 1103;
Mark Butler, Ecology Action Centre, 902 266 5401;
Sharon Labchuk, Islanders Say No to Frankenfish, 902-626-7327;
Karen Wristen, Living Oceans Society, 604 788 5634.