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Company genetically engineers fruit flies to be "biofactories" for fake meat production. The flies are engineered to produce growth factors, then killed and ground up into a mass from which the desired protein for making lab-grown meat is extracted. #GMOs… Image
Biotech firm Future Fields has notified the Canadian authorities of its intention to commercialise EntoEngine — their name for this #GMO fly. The public can comment on the application until 28 January. In our view, EntoEngine flies have serious environmental & ethical downsides. Image
Future Fields argue that the #GMO fly is needed to replace the usual way of producing growth factors — in bioreactors. They confirm what GMWatch has long said — that bioreactor technology is expensive, resource and energy hungry, and produces vast quantities of problematic waste.
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No, the EU shouldn't allow the use of NGTs — new #GMOs — in plants. They're part of an intensive model of agriculture based on monoculture, widely acknowledged to be a contributor to climate change, biodiversity loss, poor farm revenues & unhealthy diets…
NGT advocates argue they're key to achieving the EU’s pesticide reduction target. But many new #GMOs in the pipeline are designed to increase herbicide use. Surprised? That's been the biotech business model for the last 20 years: herbicide-tolerant crops sold w/ their herbicides
NGT (gene editing) advocates also claim their new #GMOs can help achieve food security. Food security experts warn against further intensifying food production as we already produce enough to feed the world. Food insecurity is caused by poverty and inequality.
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Bill Gates calls #GMOs "magic seeds". They must indeed be magic if all the bread & corn he's ever eaten was GMO🧙‍♂️🪄🌽🧬

Gates was born in 1955 and no #GMO crops reached the US market till the 1990s. And there is still no GMO wheat on the US market to this day!🧙‍♂️🪄🍞✨
Here's @BillGates spouting that nonsense in Kenya. He also tells his audience that "the West is totally #GMO" when it comes to crops. He also seems to believe that these crops have been used for "billions of years"!!!!!!!!!!!
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A thread on lifting the ban on GMOs in Kenya.

In 2020, I wrote why the move by the Kenyan government then to lift the ban on GMOS was an ill advised

I still hold the same opinion today. Here’s why.

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1.Lifting the ban exposes innocent smallholder farmers to draconian intellectual property laws by the multinational corporations fronting GMOs.

GM seeds are patented and this could, for instance, have farmers forced to pay royalties for GM crops that contaminate their farms
This has happened with potato variety cases in India. Where farmers had to pay a fine of about Kshs.15M for a GM potato variety that grew on their farm without their knowledge.#GMOs
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Divonne-les-Bains : Karin Schneider, l'insolente qui fait du vin ...
Elle réfléchit déjà au vin qu'elle veut faire l'année prochaine, certainement avec du raisin en culture biologique ou en biodynamique.… #biodynamie
Le Hofgut Rengoldshausen célèbre 800 ans de ferme et 90 ans d'agriculture biodynamique. Depuis la fondation au XIIIe siècle, une ferme progressiste s'est développée et les femmes sont toujours influentes. #Biodynamique…
Château d’Estoublon: le jardin provençal du couple Bruni-Sarkozy Depuis longtemps conduite en agriculture biologique, les vignes se voient appliquer les principes de la biodynamie depuis quelques années.… Image
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UK environment minister George Eustice is said to have told the visiting Americans he hoped the government’s Genetic Technology Bill would be passed by parliament this year -– potentially moving the UK closer to US #GMO food norms…
So if you were wondering why the UK govt was rushing through a #GMO deregulation bill that its own advisors say is "not fit for purpose", and every survey shows is not what the public wants, then here's the answer from the Minister himself: to move the UK closer to US food norms!
When Dr Michael Antoniou was asked why the govt was rushing in GMO deregulation, he said it had to align its regs with the US to get a trade deal. He said it could only be for political and commercial reasons because the science told you this technology needed careful regulation.
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Heard the one about how we must deregulate #GMOs so the world's biggest pesticide corporations can use them to cut pesticide use?

#GMO crops are helping drive pesticide use, especially herbicide use, not reducing it. And new GMOs are set to do exactly the same.
1st-generation #GMO crops were introduced over 20 years ago with the same promises of pesticide reductions now being made for #newGMO crops. Due to the adoption of GMO herbicide-tolerant crops in the US herbicide use from 1996-2011 INCREASED by an estimated 239M kg—239000 tonnes!
In Argentina🇦🇷after #GMO herbicide-tolerant soy was authorised in 1996, they saw a 60% increase in herbicide use (figures 2000-2014) with accompanying reports of increased rates of cancers and birth defects… #GMOs
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Advisory body deals blow to UK gene editing plans… “Not fit for purpose,” is the response from the UK Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) to govt attempts to deregulate food editing of crops and animals. #GMOs
The RPC gives a “red” (or failing) grade to the UK govt regarding the new gene-editing bill’s impact on businesses. It also says more discussion is needed on “impacts, labeling & traceability”. It also says that consumer sentiment toward gene-editing has to be further considered
The RPC says the govt’s impact assessment didn’t rely on independent evaluations: “Much of the evidence re risk discussed in the impact assessment is drawn from interested parties, or based on scientific trials that don't replicate real-world conditions (incl farmers’ behavior).”
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GeneWatch UK—The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill: Briefing for Committee Stage…
The Bill's exemption from regulation of certain #GMOs is very wide, applying to ALL plants (not just crops), including algae, wild plants & trees, and ALL multiple-celled animals, including pets, farmed and wild animals, some of which are highly mobile (e.g. fish and insects).
Exempt #GMOs (such as forestry trees, pets or wild animals, including insects) will not be required to have ANY environmental risk assessment before open release into the environment, and there is NO provision to stop, destroy or clean-up such releases if anything goes wrong.
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German ministry warns on risks of new #GMO products… And even the European Commission's representative expects gene-edited organisms will be traceable and labelled. #GMOs Image
The German environment minister @SteffiLemke emphasised that there's no need to regulate new #GMOs differently. But she said if new regulation is introduced in the EU, we need risk assessment and mandatory labelling (both of which are missing from #GMO deregulation in the UK)
@SteffiLemke The German environment minister also warned that that new GMO techniques (involving gene editing) have unintended effects, that new #GMO products may pose risks for health and the environment, and that the claimed benefits are not proven: "There is a high risk of greenwashing."
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Leading molecular geneticist warns about the impact of #GMOs (including gene editing) and glyphosate… His deep familiarity with gene editing makes him concerned about its deregulation. And his cutting-edge research makes him concerned about #glyphosate
Dr Michael Antoniou says deregulation "will make it almost a free-for-all", which he views with great concern because gene editing technologies are "nowhere near as precise" as claimed – "in fact, they are imprecise, and they carry major risks to both health and the environment."
Dr Antoniou contrasts the highly regulated, highly contained, carefully monitored & targeted use of gene editing in a clinical context, with agriculture where deregulated novel engineered organisms carrying unintentional genetic damage will be freely released into the environment
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The UK Govt says that before moving to #GMO deregulation it consulted with the "independent experts" on its Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), whose view is that gene-edited organisms pose no greater risk than traditionally bred foods. But guess what👇
Meet Jim Dunwell, chair of the UK's "independent" #GMO advisory body ACRE. Jim used to work for the GM firm Zeneca. He gets a Syngenta pension. And he was a founding member of a GM industry-funded group that lobbies "to make the case for GM crops & foods."… Image
If someone with a GM industry background & Syngenta pension who co-founded a pro-GMO lobby group doesn't sound like an "independent expert" on #GMOs, then you need to know he's far from alone, eg he's just 1 of 3 members of ACRE who all connect to Syngenta
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UK govt turns its back on science in #GMO free-for-all Bill… GMWatch publishes its response to a Bill that's based on dishonesty and a determination to dismiss years of peer-reviewed findings on the real effects of gene editing. #GMOs
The UK govt's Bill is accompanied by an Impact Assessment. Both are deeply problematic, as they cast aside the interests of public health & the environment and raise animal welfare concerns—in the rush to smooth the path to market for new experimental #GMO crops & animals. #GMOs
Claire Robinson of GMWatch and the molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou have laid out their concerns with the Bill and propose a series of Amendments. They spell all this out in easy-to-follow detail👉… #GMOs
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Scotland's Environment Minister signals no change to #GMO regime in Scotland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿… In a letter to the UK Govt, the Minister says Scotland won't be deregulating and it opposes no labelling of #NewGMOs—"the public have a right to know what they are consuming."
"The Scottish Govt remains wholly opposed to the imposition of the Internal Market Act, and will not accept any constraint on the exercise of its devolved powers to set standards within devolved policy areas." Refers to unlabelled #GMOs from England being marketed in Scotland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
"Your own consultation last year rejected the changes to the regulation of GM that you're now pursuing. Consumer information & choice is key. I'm therefore extremely concerned that the UK Govt’s preferred option, as set out in the Bill documentation, will not require labelling.."
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#Gentechnik, wie sie im #Bioladen zu finden ist: In solchen "Atomaren Gärten" entstanden Sorten, die noch heute im Biolandbau üblich sind. In der Mitte des Gärten befand sich eine radioaktive Strahlenquelle..
die gezielt geöffnet werden konnte. Durch die unkontrolliert erfolgenden Mutationen entstehen neue Genvarianten mit eventuellen neuen, positiven Eigenschaften, die für die Züchtung genutzt werden können. Doch die meisten entstehenden Mutationen unbrauchbar, weil die Gendefekte
häufig die Lebensfähigkeit der Pflanze vermindern. Auch bei den letztlich genutzten neuen Sorten sind mehrere tausend Gene verändert - wie viele, weiß niemand genau. Manche, die sich besonders unangenehm bemerkbar machen, müssen mühsam wieder herausgekreuzt werden.
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BBC slammed for “lies” about gene-edited foods but it refuses to correct its misreporting… In multiple stories the BBC has hidden the fact that the Govt is “deregulating all manner of genetic manipulations of crops”—Dr Michael Antoniou, Kings College London
The BBC & other UK media have repeated ad nauseam the govt's lie that gene editing only involves “snipping out a small piece of DNA” but anyone who reads the govt's bill will see it includes the insertion of foreign DNA as “part and parcel of the deregulation”—Dr Michael Antoniou
#GMO promoters claim foreign DNA can be removed from gene-edited plants like stitches from a wound. But it's not so clean a process: “The gene-editing tool DNA can fragment & bits can randomly insert in many locations around the DNA of the plant and that is not being checked for”
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UK Gene-Editing Bill Raises Animal Welfare Concerns… Experts warn that, contrary to the hype, the technology is imprecise and will open the door to the “wild west” of genetics. #GMOs
“It’s not precise, so the term ‘precision breeding’ is a complete misnomer. In addition to any intended genetic modification you invariably have large numbers of unintended alterations to the organism.” These could include the production of toxins and allergens in plants or crops
“It’s a ‘wild west’ of gene-editing of crops, plants and animals and even bacteria that are going to be released into the environment in an uncontrolled way,” says Dr Michael Antoniou, lead geneticist in gene expression and therapy at King’s College London. #GMOs
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Food experts slam the BBC for 'lies' about gene-edited foods… If you can’t open, try here #GMOs
The BBC and other media have been accused of “repeating uncritically and ad nauseam” UK Government “lies” about genetically edited foods. “They’re literally ripping up the rulebook on all types of genetic ­modification procedures & being completely dishonest to the science.” #GMO
Dr Michael Antoniou, a ­genetics expert from the King’s College London School of Medicine, said claims gene editing didn't involve genes from other species “misrepresented” the facts. “Under the new bill, the insertion of foreign DNA is part and parcel of the deregulation.” #GMOs
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100% of members of UK govt's #GMO advisory body have potential or actual conflicts of interest—List of interests reads like a Who's Who of the British biotech industry!… Image
All members of ACRE have COIs that may enable them to benefit from any weakening of the regs around GMOs + in spite of ACRE's role in regulating environmental releases of #GMOs, only 1 of ACRE's panel has expertise in ecology and none seem to have ANY in environmental toxicology. Image
Get this! Jim Dunwell, the chair of this "independent" #GMO advisory body to the UK govt, was a founding member of the biotech industry-funded lobby group CropGen that says its mission is "to make the case for GM crops and foods." He also gets a pension from GMO giant Syngenta.
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This @chicagotribune editorial bends over backwards to say #GMOs are fab (claiming they do all kinds of things they've never managed, and that they've been eaten safely "for generations"!!) in the course of saying USDA's new #GMO labeling is a pile of💩…
@chicagotribune A straightforward mandate to better inform the public has been turned into a complicated decision tree only a bureaucrat could love. The govt has replaced the commonly used terms “genetically modified” & #GMO. Instead, food manufacturers are required to use “bioengineered” or BE.
@chicagotribune The USDA's “bioengineered” or BE labels are supposed to disclose ingredients “derived from biotechnology” or “ingredients derived from a bioengineered source.” Yet refined products can dodge ANY disclosure via "a loophole you could drive a tractor through", says @chicagotribune
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This #meme shows an 'experiment' on #GMO 🌽.

It went #viral multiple times in the last decade.

Do we see a scientific study by 'students in England'❓

I found who took these pictures. How? 👇👇👇 1/..

#GeoLocation 🌎
#Verification 📸
#SpeurJeMee? 🧐 #HowToOSINT
We'll look for the original context 1⃣ AND we'll examine whether this 'experiment' meets the scientific standard 2⃣. 2/...
1⃣ To find the original context, we need to find who posted this picture first.

You always start this kind of investiagion with muliptle (!) Reverse Image Searches. Always use #Google, #Yandex, #TinEye (👇) and #Bing. 3/...
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New in print with @natalatl: Domestication, crop breeding, and genetic modification are fundamentally different processes. Calling #GMOs just another kind of plant modification, ignores the most critical break - the sociopolitical uses of the technology…
Yes, domestication, institutional breeding, and biotech all involve genetic and phenotypic changes, but while domestication is a diffuse coevolutionary process, commercial breeding and biotech have focused overwhelmingly on crops and traits that return capital #capitalocene
Crop breeding institutions in the 20th century made it possible to alienate farmers from new plant varieties, a process legally and materially intensified by commercial biotechnology. Globally, currently planted traits are overwhelmingly pest/herbicide resistant commodity crops
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Let's talk about @BillGates @gatesfoundation food + ag agenda. It's not just the #patents; plans to ramp up ultra-processed foods and #monocrops; uncertainty about #GMO experiments (on animals, gene drives) but also who decides, who benefits? 1/10
It's too much to fit in one article, that's why we're writing a series - see statements (linked in post) from hundreds of groups representing hundreds of millions of people opposing Gates/WEF/agribusiness agenda playing out at @UN @FoodSystems Summit 2/10
The failures of the Gates-led "green revolution" to expand chemical industrial agriculture in #Africa are well documented, and long predicted by food system experts @foodfirstorg @eholtgim @altierimiguel… 3/10
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Un juez otorgó a Monsanto, filial de @BayerenMexico, una suspensión provisional que le permite seguir usando glifosato. Esta es la historia del herbicida industrial, sus efectos en la salud global y los desencuentros que ha causado en el gobierno mexicano. Abrimos hilo🧵
El glifosato es químico activo del herbicida más usado en el mundo: Roundup. La compañía enfrenta al menos 13 mil 400 reclamos de personas que denuncian haber padecido cáncer por entrar en contacto con esta sustancia…
En 2019, @SEMARNAT_mx impidió su importación, argumentando desconocimiento de su potencial riesgo. Según un audio filtrado, el principal promotor de este agronegocio en el gabinete era Alfonso Romo, entonces jefe de la Oficina de la Presidencia…
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