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- 06/13 - Campaign to Label GE Foods Newsletter June 2006
- 06/13 - Monsanto's Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) Once Again Under Fire
- 06/09 - More on New Biotech Crops Moratorium in Santa Cruz, California
- 06/09 - Santa Cruz California Ponders Ban on Genetically Engineered Crops
- 06/08 - Consumer Group Sues FDA over Biotech Foods
- 06/08 - World Hunger & Genetically Engineered Crops: Ag-Biotech's Bag of Lies
- 06/07 - EU Slams the Door on Genetically Engineered Biopharmaceutical Milk
- 06/07 - University of Hawaii Agrees to Give Up Controversial Patents on Taro Plant
- 06/06 - Newsweek Online Debate on Organic Versus Genetically Engineered Foods
- 06/06 - Gene-Altered Rice Laced with Pharmaceutical Diarrhea Drug Stirs Up Widespread Opposition
- 06/02 - Missouri Monsanto Law Pushed Back by Farmers & Consumers
- 06/02 - Roots of Resistance to GE Wheat Run Deep
- 06/01 - Genetically Engineered Crops May Produce Herbicide Inside Our Intestines
- 05/31 - UN Convention Calls for Moratorium on Genetically Engineered Trees
- 05/26 - Genetically engineered trees are the new threat to Canada's forests
- 05/25 - Greece Battles to Maintain Ban on Genetically Engineered Crops
- 05/24 - Researchers Develop Non-GMO Allergy-Free Soybean
- 05/24 - Widespread Contamination of Papaya in Hawaii by Gene-Altered Variety
- 05/24 - Monsanto Begins Moving to Marker Assisted Breeding Instead of Controversial Gene-Splicing?
- 05/23 - rBGH to Blame for Rise in Twin Birth?
- 05/22 - Mad Biotech Scientists Continue Reckless Experiments with Human Gene-Spliced Rice
- 05/22 - Native Hawaiians Protest Patent on the Sacred Taro Plant
- 05/19 - WTO Ruling on GE Crops Will Not Deter EU or Developing Nations from Restricting Hazardous GMOs
- 05/19 - EU to Hold Firm on Modified Seeds Despite WTO
- 05/18 - Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims Sue Dow and Monsanto in US Court
- 05/17 - Shareholders' proposals on GMO risks have limited success
- 05/17 - Biotech Bullying: Vermont Governor Vetoes Bill to Protect Farmers from Genetic Contamination
- 05/15 - World Council of Churches Calls for a Ban on the Terminator Technology
- 05/12 - GMO Free Ireland Demands the Right of Self-Determination From EU
- 5/12 Plum Pox Virus Surveillance Beginning in Adams, Cumberland, York Counties
- 05/12 - Debunking Industry Claim That GE Foods Are Safer Than Organics
- 05/11 - "Open Source" Marker Assisted Breeding--Not Gene-Splicing--Key to Developing a New Non-Allergenic Soybean
- 05/11 - Six Massachusetts Towns Vote Against Genetic Engineering
- 05/09 - Poland & Other EU Nations Banning Genetically Engineered Crops
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USDA close to Approving 'FrankenPlums'
The United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting public comments regarding the commercial approval of a Genetically Engineered (GE) plum variety, known as "C5." Not only would the approval of C5 be the first commercially released temperate GE tree variety in the United States, but also the first significant GE fruit approved for human consumption. Approval of C5 will pave the way for more GE food and tree varieties, as well as guarantee the widespread genetic contamination of conventional and organic stone fruit varieties, including plums, peaches, cherries, and apricots.
Here's How Organic Consumers
Can Take Action
Since commercial approvals of GE soy, corn, cotton, and canola almost a decade ago, grassroots activists have effectively stopped new approvals of GE crops. Genetically Engineered crops have contaminated organic varieties, have not been adequately safety tested, and have contributed to the the corporate takeover of the seed supply.
Please contact the USDA today and call for strict health, safety and environmental testing for all GE crops, as well as increased funding for ecological and integrated pest management alternatives for the plum pox virus.
Take further action! Send a letter to the Plum Industry through the Institute of Responsible Technology.
The GE C5 Honey Sweet Pox Potyvirus Resistant plum was developed jointly by USDA, the Institut National de la
Recherche Agronomique (France) and Cornell University. The C5 plum variety is designed to be resistant to the plum pox virus (PPV). PPV, or Sharka, is the biggest plum pest in Europe and Chile.
First found in 1999 in Adams County, PA, eradication programs have been successful in containing the virus without the use of gene splicing. Plum Pox causes no harm to animals or people who eat diseased fruit. With the exception of GE papaya, GE plums would be the first significant gene spliced food to directly enter the food supply.
According to the Pesticide Action Network, countless toxic pesticides are applied to conventional plums, as well as dozens of "bad actor" pesticides, which include known or probable carcinogens and neurotoxins. Organic certified plums are virtually free of dangerous toxins.