Tag Archives: genetically modified organisms

Can you tell real biotech nightmares from Hunger Games fiction?

26 Apr

Monkeywrench the Capitol! No Compromise! Make the Odds Be Ever in Our Favor!

A month ago, we here at the Earth First! Newswire exposed our nerdiness by publishing what some have called a hyperbolic claim that the Hunger Games trilogy could bring the eco-revolution. Well, we’re following up on that by re-posting a great quiz from our friend over at Food and Water Watch. Check it out:

Hunger Games? Or Real Life?

“Can you tell your real-life facts from Hunger Games fiction? In the arena, your life may depend on it. For each question, tell us whether it’s true in the Hunger Games books, or in real life… or both.”

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France Demands Suspension of Monsanto GMO Corn Approval

20 Feb

France asked the European Commission on Monday to suspend authorization to plant Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) MON810 corn, the environment ministry said, as the country seeks to keep a ban on GM crops despite losing court rulings.

France banned in 2008 the growing of MON810 corn, the only GM crop approved for planting in the European Union, citing environmental risks.

Its highest court ruled against the ban in November, following a similar decision by the European Court of Justice last September, leading the government to say it would look at all ways to maintain the freeze on GM planting.

The French government’s request to the EU executive was based on “significant risks for the environment” shown in recent scientific studies, the ministry said in a statement.

EU governments are divided over authorizing GM crop cultivation, with some countries like France reluctant to allow them in view of public hostility.

Denmark, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU, is seeking to revive stalled talks on allowing individual countries to decide on whether to allow GM crops.