TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… Twitter also vigorously echoes this assertion. Yet serious doubts have been raised about these statements. For one, a trade agreement similar to TTIP, the Canada-EU free trade agreement (CETA), explicitly mentions lifting“trade barriers” for biotech crops. And where CETA goes, TTIP is very likely to follow. Indeed, it would be surprising if this were not the case, given that the EU’s GMO rules are a burning issue for the US (see below, GM rules as ‘barriers to …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

… “trying to play catch-up on organic aquaculture,” says Miles McEvoy, who heads up USDA’s organic program. The European Union and Canada, along with other countries, have been exporting their own organic products to the United States. Retailer Wegmans already is selling organic seafood imported from Norway and elsewhere. Organic shoppers “skew to higher income and education which makes them extremely desirable,” says Dave Wagner, the company’s vice president of …

Biotech foes keep up the pressure for GMO labelling

… from.” Multinational food companies often produce non-GMO versions of their most popular products for export to Europe, said Courtney Pineau, associate director of the Non-GMO Project. “It’s not just feasible, it’s something they already do,” she said. When prompted, nearly every Canadian will tell a pollster that foods created through the manipulation of an organism’s DNA should be labelled, but federal authorities in the United States and Canada have shown little interest in …

FDA Approves Some Genetically Modified Apples and Potatoes – WSJ

By Tennille Tracy, Posted March 20 2015 The Food and Drug Administration signed off on genetically modified varieties of apples and potatoes, and for the first time suggested the products might need to carry a label to inform consumers about the ways in which they’re different from conventional varieties. The so-called Arctic apple, developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. in Canada, has been designed to resist browning when cut open or sliced. The Innate potato, developed by the …